A CHRONOLOGICAL VIEW OF WESTERN MUSIC HISTORY IN THE CONTEXT OF WORLD EVENTS

January 1, 1752 – December 31, 1752

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January 23, 1752: Muzio Clementi is born in Rome, in the Papal States, the first of seven children born to Nicolo Clementi, a silversmith, and Magdalena Kaiser.
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July 20, 1752: Johann Christoph Pepusch dies in London, aged 85 years.
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September 14, 1752: Pursuant to the British Calendar Act of 1751, the British Empire converts to the Gregorian Calendar. The day following 2 September now becomes 14 September. There are some riots staged by those desiring the return of the eleven lost days.
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September 19, 1752: During the Querelle des Bouffons, the intermezzo Il maestro di musica by Auletta to words of Palomba, is performed in Paris by the opera company of Eustachio Bambini.
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September 25, 1752: Antonio Soler (22) joins the Hieronymite order at El Escorial and becomes permanent organist.
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October 5, 1752: Fulda is elevated to the status of Bishopric. Prince-Abbot Amandus von Buseck becomes Prince-Bishop Amandus von Buseck.
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October 18, 1752: As part of the Querelle des Bouffons, Le Devin du village, an intermède by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, is performed for the first time, at Fontainebleau before King Louis XV. See 1 March 1753.
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October 19, 1752: The first papyrus rolls are uncovered in what will become known as the Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum. Over the next two years, hundreds of rolls will be found.
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November 3, 1752: William Bromfield, surgeon to the Princess of Wales, operates on the eyes of George Frideric Handel (67), perhaps to remove a cataract. The procedure brings temporary relief to the patient but does not last. In August, the General Advertiser reported that the composer suffered a “paralytic Disorder in his Head which has deprived him of sight.”
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November 4, 1752: La clemenza di Tito, a dramma per musica by Christoph Willibald Gluck (38) to words of Metastasio, is performed for the first time, in Teatro San Carlo, Naples.
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November 11, 1752: The Theresianische Militärakademie is founded in Vienna by Empress Maria Theresia.
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November 25, 1752: Johann Friedrich Reichardt is born in Königsberg (Kaliningrad), Kingdom of Prussia, the son of Johann Reichardt, a lutenist and violinist.
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November 25, 1752: During the Querelle des Bouffons, the intermezzo La Serva padrona by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (†16) to words of Federico, is performed in the Salle de la Comédie, Versailles.
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November 30, 1752: During the Querelle des Bouffons, the intermezzo La finta cameriera by Gaetano Latilla (41) to words of Federico, is performed in Paris by the opera company of Eustachio Bambini.
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December 1, 1752: A new law goes into effect requiring all places of public entertainment within 20 miles (32 km) of the City of Westminster to obtain licenses.
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December 6, 1752: A new concert series by John Garth and Charles Avison (43) opens in Durham. The Dean of the Cathedral, Spencer Cowper, refuses to attend, feeling that this series is in competition with the one sponsored by the Cathedral. The new series will succeed and a major rivalry between the two will grow.
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December 8, 1752: The Drummer, or The Haunted House, a play by Thomas Augustine Arne (42) to words of Addison, is performed for the first time, at Covent Garden, London.
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December 11, 1752: Adolf Friedrich IV replaces Adolf Friedrich III as Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.
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December 19, 1752: During the Querelle des Bouffons, the intermezzo La Donna superba by Rinaldo di Capua (47) to words of Vanneschi, is performed at the Académie Royale de Musique, Paris by the opera company of Eustachio Bambini.
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December 26, 1752: La calamità de’ cuori, a dramma giocoso by Baldassare Galuppi (46) to words of Goldoni, is performed for the first time, in Teatro San Samuele, Venice. It is exceedingly popular.
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December 26, 1752: Antigono, a pasticcio arranged by Chiesa, with ballet music by Giovanni Battista Sammartini (51), is performed for the first time, in the Royal Ducal Palace, Milan.