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1591 in Music
- Alonso Lobo, Spanish composer, is appointed maestro de capilla by Seville Cathedral.
- Ruggiero Giovannelli, Italian composer and successor to Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina at St. Peter's, acquires post at Collegio Germanico in Rome.
- Giulio Belli, Italian composer, is appointed maestro di cappella at cathedral in Carpi, Italy.
- Giovanni Bernardino Nanino, Italian composer of the Roman School, is appointed maestro di cappella at S Luigi dei Francesi in Rome.
- John Bull becomes organist for Elizabeth I at the Chapel Royal.
- Emilio de' Cavalieri serves as a papal spy, engaging in several secret vote-buying missions to Florence.
- John Baldwin completes My Ladye Nevells Booke, a manuscript anthology of keyboard music by William Byrd
- William Byrd, Catholic composer in England, publishes his Cantiones sacrae, Book 2
- First collection by Giovanni Croce, his Compietta for eight voices
- Giovanni Giacomo Gastoldi - Balletti a5, published in Venice
- Hans Leo Hassler, German composer, publishes the large collection Cantiones sacrae de festis praecipuis totius anni in Augsburg
- Luca Marenzio, Italian composer of madrigals, publishes his fifth book of madrigals in Venice
- Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Italian composer, publishes a group of Magnificat settings, in Rome
- Giaches de Wert, Franco-Flemish composer, publishes his tenth book of madrigals