Concept

1656 in music

Summary
The year 1656 in music involved some significant events. Events *May – The Siege of Rhodes, Part I, by Sir William Davenant, the "first English opera" (under the guise of a recitative), is performed in a private theatre at his home, Rutland House, in the City of London. The vocal music is by Henry Lawes, Matthew Locke and Capt. Henry Cooke, and the instrumental music by Charles Coleman and George Hudson. The performance includes the innovative use of painted backdrops and the appearance of England's first professional actress, Mrs. Coleman as Ianthe. Publications
  • Michel Lambert's first compositions are printed by Ballard.
Classical music
  • Johann Jakob Froberger – Libro quarto di toccate, ricercari, capricci, allemande, gigue, courante, sarabande (presentation manuscript)
Opera
  • The Siege of Rhodes (see Events above)
Births *May 31 – Marin Marais, viol player and composer (died 1728) *September 9 – Johann Caspar Ferdinand
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