1774 in music
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- Antonio Salieri is appointed court composer to the Emperor Joseph II.
- Domenico Cimarosa is invited to Rome for the opera season.
- Charles Burney writes A Plan for a Music School.
- Pascal Taskin becomes keeper of the King's instruments.
- Georg Joseph Vogler becomes a pupil of Giovanni Battista Martini at Bologna.
- Joseph Haydn – Great Organ Mass
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Symphony No. 29 in A
- Carl Stamitz – Concerto for Viola no 1 in D major
- January 24 – Karl Moser, composer
- February 16 – Pierre Rode, violinist, composer, (d. 1830)
- March 5 – Christoph Ernst Friedrich Weyse, composer
- April 17 – Václav Jan Křtitel Tomášek, organist and composer
- October 7 – Ferdinando Orlandi, composer
- November 14 – Gaspare Spontini, composer
- November 18 – William Horsley, composer
- December 20 – Guillaume-Perre-Antoine Gatayes, composer