1753 in music
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- January 10 – King Louis XV of France banishes Eustachio Bambini and his Italian opera company from Paris.
- May 1 – George Frideric Handel plays the organ in public for the last time, at the Foundling Hospital, London.
- June 15 – Schlosstheater Schwetzingen in Schwetzingen Palace, Baden-Württemberg, designed by Nicolas de Pigage, is inaugurated with a performance of Ignaz Holzbauer's opera Il figlio delle selve.
- October 12 – Cuvilliés Theatre in the Munich Residenz, Bavaria, designed by François de Cuvilliés, is inaugurated with a performance of Ferrandini's opera Catone in Utica.
- November 21 – Niccolò Jommelli is appointed music director and Oberkapellmeister to Charles Eugene, Duke of Württemberg, at Stuttgart.
- Teatro Carignano in Turin is inaugurated with a performance of Baldassare Galuppi's opera Calamità de' cuori.
- Grand Théâtre in Antwerp is inaugurated.
- Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach publishes the first part of his treatise Versuch über die wahre Art das Clavier zu spielen ("An Essay on the True Art of Playing Keyboard Instruments"), including instructions for improvisation.
- Georg Philipp Telemann – Fürchtet den Herrn und dienet ihm treulich (oratorio)
- Maria Agnesi – Ciro in Armenia
- Antoine Dauvergne – Les troqueurs
- Johann Adolf Hasse – Solimano
- Niccolò Jommelli – Attilio Regolo, with libretto by Metastasio
- Jean-Philippe Rameau – Daphnis et Eglé
- June 8 – Nicolas Dalayrac, composer of opéra-comique (died 1809)
- September 29 – Johann Gottfried Schicht, conductor and composer (died 1823)
- November 6 – Jean-Baptiste Bréval, cellist and composer (died 1823)
- November 30 – Johann Baptist Schenk, composer (died 1836)
- December 28 – Johan Wikmanson, organist and composer (died 1800)
- February 7 – Giovanni Alberto Ristori, opera composer and conductor, 60
- February 16 – Giacomo Facco, violinist, conductor and composer, 77
- May 19 – Jacques Aubert, composer, 63
- August 4 – Gottfried Silbermann, German constructor of keyboard instruments, 70
- September 24 – Georg Gebel (the younger), composer, 43
- November – Giuseppe Valentini, violinist, painter, poet, and composer, 71
- November 4 – Johann Nicolaus Bach, organist and composer, eldest son of Johann Christoph Bach, 84
- November 16 – Nicolas Racot de Grandval, harpsichordist and composer, 77
- unknown date – John Holt, bell-ringer and composer, 27