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500th Anniversary of Erhard Öglin's Death

We have received the following from Nicole Schwindt (Chair, RISM Germany): The turn of the year 2020/2021 marks the 500th anniversary of the death of the first printer to print mensural music with movable type in Germany. The Augsburg-based printer Erhard Öglin published a music book only six years after...

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Cataloging Music Manuscripts from the Rostock University Library by RISM Germany (Dresden)

The Dresden office of RISM Germany commenced a project in December 2020 to catalog the music manuscripts in the Rostock University Library (D-ROu). The collection comprises ca. 950 manuscripts from the 16th to 19th centuries. The first batch of manuscripts that arrived in Dresden for cataloging contains the music collection...

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Composer Anniversaries 2021

Happy New Year! As in past years, we are using the beginning of the year to look at significant anniversaries of birth or death for people found in the RISM catalog. We are listing not only composers in RISM, but also librettists, performers, and dedicatees, or also people who are...

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Announcing the First RISM Lecture: The Fondo Cappella Sistina in RISM

The Répertoire International des Sources Musicales (RISM) has long provided both musicologists and performing musicians with indispensable research tools. Currently, RISM’s freely available online catalog includes over 1.2 million records for musical sources held in diverse institutions around the world. Major additions to the database have oftentimes resulted from larger-scale...

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Welcome to the new RISM Website!

We invite you to take a look at the website of the RISM Editorial Center, which has been redesigned in cooperation with the RISM Digital Center. Visitors to the RISM website can still directly search the RISM Online Catalog of Musical Sources containing over 1.2 million records for historical music...

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Announcing the RISM Digital Center

We are pleased to announce that RISM Switzerland has been restructured to form the RISM Digital Center. This evolution is the result of more than a decade of active contribution to the field of digital methods, including the development of tools highly relevant for the entire RISM community and beyond....

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Joseph Bologne's "L’Amant Anonyme"

Joseph Bologne de Saint-Georges was born 275 years ago, on December 25, 1745 – or perhaps in 1739, as documentary sources are conflicting. Regardless, we are celebrating his music with this guest post by the editors of a new critical edition of Joseph Bologne’s“L’Amant Anonyme,” the composer’s only surviving opera....

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My Internship at RISM

In October 2020 the RISM Central Office offered a group internship for the first time. Over the course of the year, we received several applications from students who were interested in an internship. We adapted to the Corona situation and offered four people internships at once. Miquela Döppenschmitt is the...

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Friedrich Gottlieb Klingenberg: The Wedding Composer

You can only find biographical information about Friedrich Gottlieb Klingenberg somewhat indirectly. There are no entries for him in the standard references works Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart or New Grove (both print and the online versions). He is only mentioned in connection with the city Stettin (today Szczecin) and...

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Music for a while… for more than 325 years!

Autograph manuscript of Henry Purcell’s Sonata in F major (Z. 810). BL Add MS 30930, f. 37v. The following is a joint post between the RISM Zentralredaktion and the British Library: When Henry Purcell died (on 21 November 1695 - 325 years ago this past Saturday) he was probably one...

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