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The year 1696 in music involved some significant events.
- Giacomo Antonio Perti becomes maestro di cappella to S Petronio, Bologna, where he remains for the rest of his life.
- Francesco Antonio Pistocchi becomes maestro di cappella to the Duke of Ansbach.
Published popular musicEdit
- Henrico Albicastro – Il giardino armonico sacro-profano
- Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber – Harmonia artificioso-ariosa
- John Blow – Ode on the Death of Purcell
- Dieterich Buxtehude – VII suonate, op. 2
- Marc-Antoine Charpentier – Ego mater agnitionis, H.371
- Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer – Les pièces de clavessin, Op.2
- Johann Kuhnau – Frische Klavierfrüchte
- Isabella Leonarda – Messe e motetti concertate, Op.18
- Nicola Matteis – A Collection of New Songs
- Franz Xaver Murschhauser – Octi-tonium novum organicum, octo tonis ecclesiasticis, ad Psalmos, & magnificat
- Henry Purcell – A Choice Collection of Lessons for the Harpsichord or Spinnet (published posthumously)
- Johann Paul von Westhoff – Six Partitas for solo violin
- Tomaso Albinoni – Zenone, Imperator d'Oriente
- Giuseppe Aldrovandini – Dafni
- Giovanni Bononcini – Il Trionfo di Camilla
- Sebastián Durón – Salir el amor del mundo
- John Eccles – The Loves of Mars and Venus
- Marin Marais – Ariane et Bacchus
- Bernardo Pasquini – Radamisto
- Daniel Purcell – Brutus of Alba
- Alessandro Scarlatti – La Didone delirante, R.344.30
- February 10 – Johann Melchior Molter, violinist and composer (died 1765)
- February 17 – Ernst Gottlieb Baron, lutenist and composer (died 1760)
- May 23 – Johann Caspar Vogler, organist and composer (died 1763)
- August 12 – Maurice Greene, composer (died 1725)
- November 11 – Andrea Zani, violinist and composer (died 1757)
- December 25 – Prince Johann Ernst of Saxe-Weimar, amateur composer (died 1715)
- date unknown
- Pierre Février, organist, harpsichordist and composer (died 1760)
- Marged ferch Ifan, harpist and wrestler (died 1793)
- April 21 – Jacques Gallot, composer
- May 31 – Heinrich Schwemmer, composer and music teacher (born 1621)
- June 29 – Michel Lambert, French composer of airs (born 1610)
- July 25 – Clamor Heinrich Abel, German composer (born 1634)
- ^ Fenlon, Iain (1999). Early Music History: Volume 17: Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Music. Cambridge University Press. p. 199. ISBN 9780521622424.
- ^ Don, Randel (1996). The Harvard Biographical Dictionary of Music. Harvard University Press. p. 479. ISBN 9780674372993.