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Revival after 267 years

We have received the following from our colleague Helmut Lauterwasser (RISM Germany): Time and again RISM cataloging brings to light compositions that have been considered lost for centuries. A case in point is the oratorio Abraham und Isaac by Gottlob Harrer (1703-1755), Johann Sebastian Bach’s direct successor as cantor of...

25 April 2022

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Newly discovered collection from Sennfeld (Franconia) to be cataloged

We have received the following from Gottfried Heinz-Kronberger (RISM Germany, Munich office): Jörg Wöltche (Church Music Director, Deanery of Schweinfurt) has committed himself to cataloging for RISM a collection of handwritten music material dating between 1788 and 1812 that was discovered in 2018. The trove of 149 church cantatas and...

10 March 2022

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A newly discovered recorder sonata attributed to Vivaldi

We have received the following from Inês d’Avena and Claudio Ribeiro: During an artistic residency in Venice in October 2018, we discovered a handful of eighteenth-century anonymous manuscript sonatas for recorder and basso continuo at the library of the Conservatorio “Benedetto Marcello”. In the Fondo Correr, Esposti e provenienze diverse...

8 November 2021

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Sensational Discovery: Proofs for Orlando di Lasso's 'Magnum Opus Musicum' (1604) in the Archives of the Bavarian State

We have received the following from Gottfried Heinz-Kronberger (RISM Germany): An exciting discovery was made in the course of a scoping study of fragments in the Archives of the Bavarian State. This is not the first gem to be uncovered from the Fragment Collection. In 2018, parts of a sonata...

15 March 2021

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Lost and Found: Gottfried Kirchhoff's "L'A.B.C. musical"

Our RISM ears pricked up at last year’s IAML Congress in Kraków when Kirill Diskin and Maksim Serebrennikov (Saint Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory), delivering their paper “Foreign book rarities in the library of the S. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory,” said that their library holds a printed music edition that is...

10 August 2020

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A New Elise? Discovery Sheds Light on Famous Beethoven Work

A recently discovered music manuscript dating from the early 19th century has musicologists from all over the world speculating whether they are one step closer to finding out the true identity of the dedicatee of Ludwig van Beethoven’s famous bagatelle Für Elise. The previously unknown piece, written for organ and...

1 April 2020

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"In Frankfurt a/m zu haben bey Musikus Ludwig": Identifying the Copyist Johann Wilhelm Ludwig

By fortunate coincidence, a short while ago we were able to identify the previously unknown “Musikus Ludwig,” who produced custom-made manuscript copies of Italian and German vocal music at the beginning of the 19th century in Frankfurt am Main. Starting with an advertisement in the Allgemeine musikalische Zeitung (AmZ), we...

9 March 2020

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Bessie Lim, the First Woman Musician of Korea and her Newly Discovered Work

We have received the following from Dr. JeongYoun Chang (RISM South Korea): Bessie Lim (林培世, 1897-1999) was a talented woman musician in early modern Korea. She made lots of stage appearances as a soprano and composed “Temperance Song” (금주가/禁酒歌, 1918; RISM ID no. 1001064244) when it was rare to see...

18 April 2019

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Newly discovered autograph of the cantata "Die Fischerin" by Engelbert Humperdinck

We have received the following from Gottfried Heinz-Kronberger (RISM Germany): An autograph manuscript by Engelbert Humperdinck (1854-1921) has been discovered in the library collections of the Universität der Künste in Berlin: the dramatic cantata Die Fischerin for three solo voices and orchestra with words by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, which...

11 April 2019

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"Mein Herz ist viel zu schwach" – A Newly Discovered Aria by Georg Philipp Telemann

We have received the following from Helmut Lauterwasser (RISM Germany, Munich): In 2017, numerous concerts and other events marked the 250th anniversary of Georg Philipp Telemann’s death, especially in the places where he lived and worked. In CONCERTO magazine’s first issue of 2018, there is an article about a previously...

19 February 2018

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