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The Flying Dutchman: The Dresden Performance Material for Richard Wagner's Opera

The Flying Dutchman has opened this year’s Bayreuth Festival. We will take the opportunity to look at the performance materials from the Dresden Court Opera. Just the fact that some of the parts were in use for over 100 years is alone worth mentioning: from 1842, the year of the...

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The 200th Birthday of Pauline Viardot on 18 July 2021

This guest post is by Christin Heitmann (author of the Systematisch-bibliographischen Werkverzeichnisses Pauline Viardots), Beethoven-Haus Bonn. July 18, 2021, marks the 200th birthday of the French singer, pianist, and composer Pauline Viardot (1821–1910). It was a nice coincidence that just a few months before this anniversary, in November 2020, Pauline...

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RISM at the 2021 IAML Congress Online

The annual congress of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (IAML) will be held for the first time online this year, from 26-30 July 2021. An advantage of the online environment is that the congress will be more accessible to people around the world and registration...

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RISM Lecture on the Bach Collection of the Berlin Staatsbibliothek Now Online

Inspired by the many queries from all over the world, in early March we posted a full recording of the Inaugural RISM Lecture about the music collection of the Cappella Sistina on RISM’s YouTube channel. We are now pleased to publish in the same way the Second RISM Lecture, dedicated...

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Venetian Music Online

The project Venetian Music Online began in 2016, sponsored by the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. The project focuses on “research on music in Venice and its historical territories, and the history of Venetian musical culture in its European dimension.” Results from the project will be published in the series...

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From Everyday Goods to Cultural Goods: The Music Archive of the Cistercian Abbey of Stams, Austria

Stams Abbey was one of the most important musical centers in Tyrol in the 17th and 18th centuries. The Stams Abbey Music Archive still bears witness to this today. The music materials, once used to organize the everyday musical life in this monastery, underwent a transformation over time from everyday...

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The New Online Directory of RISM Library Sigla

With the launch of the new RISM website last December, we took the opportunity to offer a new and improved Online Directory of RISM Library Sigla. The new directory is updated continuously and is the most complete and up-to-date source of RISM sigla. Currently, there are 8,500 institutions in the...

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New on our Bookshelves: The Basset Horn in Italy

Last year Adriano Amore released his eighth publication about clarinets in Italy, Il Corno di bassetto in Italia. The book’s eight chapters serve as a comprehensive survey, starting with questions of terminology and reaching to a discography. The chapter with quotations about the basset horn range from Francescos Antolini’s La...

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Plaine & Easie Tutorial Now Available

We are pleased to announce a new tutorial from the RISM Editorial Center in cooperation with the U.S. RISM Office at Harvard University. This tutorial focuses on entering music incipits in RISM’s cataloguing program, Muscat, using the Plaine & Easie Code. The Plaine & Easie Code is a library standard...

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The 450th Anniversary of Giovanni Animuccia's Death

Giovanni Animuccia is one of the many people whose musical anniversaries we are marking in 2021. He was likely born around 1510 in Florence, went to Rome in around 1550, and was chapel master of the Cappella Giulia beginning in 1555 at San Pietro. Animuccia held this position until his...

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