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- January 21 – Charles Theodore Pachelbel gives a public concert in New York City, the first documented event of its kind. Pachelbel, son of the more famous Johann Pachelbel, settles in Charleston, South Carolina, where he works as an organist, harpsichordist, composer and music teacher for the rest of his life.
- March 29 Johann Sebastian Bach revives his St Matthew Passion BWV 244 (BC D 3b) with some instrumentation, vocal, and textual changes from earlier version (BC D 3a) and scored separately for two choirs and orchestras (with two Continuo parts) at St. Thomas Church, Leipzig.
- May 12 – In celebration of the marriage of Frederick, Prince of Wales, Handel's opera Atalanta is premièred at Covent Garden Theatre.
- November 25 – A three-manual, 43-stop organ, built by Gottfried Silbermann, is dedicated at the new Frauenkirche in Dresden.
- December 1 – J. S. Bach gives a recital on the Silbermann organ at the Dresden Frauenkirche.
- specific date not listed
- Domenico Alberti is in Spain as Venetian ambassador. Opera singer Farinelli is impressed by Alberti's amateur singing.
- Antonio Lotti becomes maestro di cappella at St Mark's Cathedral, Venice.
- The first major instrument manufacturer in the United States, John Clemm, comes to Philadelphia, where he will establish an organ and piano business.
- Hanover, Virginia, hosts the first documented fiddling contest in the country.
- ^ Elson, University Musical Encyclopedia, pg. 5
- ^ Cohen, pg. xv