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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Earliest Manuscript Source of Lasso Requiem Found in Augsburg

Recently we were browsing the social media site academia.edu and came across a review by Barbara Eichner of Tobias Rimek’s book Das mehrstimmige Repertoire der Benediktinerabtei St. Ulrich und Afra in Augsburg (1549–1632) (Stuttgart: Carus, 2015; the review originally appeared in Jahrbuch des Vereins für Augsburger Bistumsgeschichte [2016]). Eichner’s review...

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New Findings on French Polyphonic Masses (1587-1626)

The following is a guest post by Laurent Guillo: In November 2016, a volume gathering 26 music prints published by the Ballard workshop in Paris between 1587 and 1626 was discovered in the early books collection of the Bibliothèque de Fels (Institut catholique de Paris; RISM siglum: F-Pic). At the...

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Yet another misattributed (and rediscovered) Vivaldi work in Dresden

The following is a guest post by Michael Talbot (University of Liverpool, Department of Music, Emeritus): Regular Dresden-watchers will be aware of the ambitious project “Die Notenbestände der Dresdner Hofkirche und der Königlichen Privat-Musikaliensammlung aus der Zeit der sächsisch-polnischen Union” supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), which was brought to...

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