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1541 in Music
The decade of the 1540s in music (years 1540-1549) involved some significant compositions.
- 4 April - Cristobal Morales leaves the position of master of the choristers at the Chapel of the Papal Basilica in St. Peter's, Rome
- 23 April - Thomas Tallis loses his job at Waltham Abbey due to the Dissolution of the Monasteries
- 27 April - Gioseffo Zarlino is elected capellini and mansionario of the Scuola di San Francesco in Chioggia
- 1 May - Ambrose Lupo is taken on as a musician and composer at the court of Henry VIII
- 30 December - Jacques Arcadelt is appointed maestro di cappella at the Sistine chapel in Rome
- December - Nicolas Gombert dismissed from his position at the court chapel of the Emperor, Charles V
- 25 May - Cristobal Morales re-joined the Papal choir at St. Peter's, Rome
- 15 July - Jacob Buus appointed second organist at the basilica of S Marco, Venice
- 1543: Thomas Tallis becomes a Gentleman of the Chapel Royal in England.
- 20 July Tielman Susato is granted a three-year privilege to print music in the Netherlands.
- 6 May Waclaw of Szamotuly joined the Chapel Royal of Sigismund II Augustus of Poland in Vilnius.
- 28 May Jacques Arcadelt reappointed maestro di cappella at the Sistine chapel.
- 12 June Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina marries Lucrezia de Goris in his home town of Palestrina, Lazio.
- 9 August Cristobal Morales leaves the position of maestro di cappella at Toledo Cathedral.
- Bologna's first public theatre, the Teatro Della Sala, was opened. It burned down in 1623.
- Gian Domenico del Giovane da Nola - Canzone villanesche a3, books 1 and 2.
- Martin Agricola - Book of Protestant hymns Sangbuchlein, published in Wittenberg.
- Jhan Gero - Il Primo Libro de Madrigali Italiani et Canzoni Francese a due voci, published in Venice.
- Hans Neusidler - three books of lute music: Das erst Buch: ein newes Lautenbüchlein, Das ander Buch: ein new künstlich Lautten Buch, and Das dritt Buch: ein new künstlich Lauten Buch.
- Jacques Arcadelt - "Il Quinto Libro di Madrigali" for 4 voices published in Venice.
- Jacquet de Berchem - "Ala Dolc'ombra de le Belle Frondi" published by Antonio Gardano in Venice.
- Francesco Corteccia - "Libro Primo de Madrigali a Quattro Voce" published by Girolamo Scotto in Venice.
- Georg Rhau - "Newe Deudsche Geistliche Gesenge" published in Wittemberg.
- Cipriano de Rore - "Il secondo libro de madrigali" for 5 voices published in Venice.
- Giovan Thomaso di Maio - Canzone villanesche a3, book 1.
- Claude Goudimel - book of chansons.
- Hans Neusidler - Das ander Buch: ein new künstlich Lauten Buch
- Gian Domenico del Giovane da Nola - Motets for five voices.
- date unknown - Giovanni Maria Artusi, Italian composer and theorist (died 1613)
- probable - William Byrd, English composer (died 1623)
- probable - Jakob Regnart, Franco-Flemish composer (died 1599)
- - Giovanni Battista Dalla Gostena, Italian lutenist and composer (murdered 1593)
- probable - Girolamo Dalla Casa, Italian composer, cornetist and writer (died 1601)
- probable - William Daman, Flemish recorder player, organist and composer (died 1591)
- probable - Giovanni Dragoni, Italian composer (died 1598)
- probable - Noel Fagnient, Flemish composer and shopkeeper (died c.1600)
- probable - Johannes de Fossa, Flemish composer and choirmaster (died 1603)
- probable - Marcin Leopolita, Polish composer and musician (died c.1585)
- probable - Francesco Rovigo, Italian composer and organist (died 1597)
- probable - Alexander Utendal, Flemish singer, composer and choirmaster (died 1581)
- probable - Matthaus Waissel, German lutenist, composer, Lutheran theologian, publisher, schoolteacher and writer
- Maddelena Casulana, Italian composer, lutenist and singer. First female composer of the period to have her music printed and published.
- Ivo de Vento, Flemish composer and organist. Died 1575.
- October 19 - Giovenale Ancina - Italian priest and composer (died 1604)
- date unknown - Luca Bati, Italian composer (died 1608)