Looking Back on 2020

Monday, February 15, 2021

This time, looking back on the past year is not as refreshing as it has been previously. It goes without saying that 2020 did not proceed as we thought it would, and our grand plans to highlight 19th-century music throughout the year - inspired by the Beethoven anniversary - unraveled along with basically anything else related to schedules or calendars.

Despite this, RISM work continued and in fact some great work was done despite the circumstances. Here are the most popular stories from the world of musical sources that we published here on the RISM blog in 2020:

  1. Electronic thematic catalogs
  2. The Fondo Cappella Sistina in RISM, by Thomas Schmidt
  3. Preview of New Records for Polish Music in RISM, by Marcelina Chojecka
  4. Help RISM identify unknown languages
  5. Free access to Fontes Artis Musicae
  6. RISM and Katy Perry
  7. Richard Strauss Digital (SLUB Dresden)
  8. Music and Dance for the Recovery of King Philip III of Spain
  9. 10 Years of the RISM Online Catalog (part 1, part 2)
  10. Announcing the new RISM UK Catalogue (British Library)

Social media highlights:

  1. The Hidden Cities project
  2. Friedrich Nietzsche, Famous Composer
  3. Portuguese Early Music Database
  4. The Library of Ton Koopman
  5. Digitized music online from the Berlin State Library

We wish you a happy and especially healthy 2021, echoing the same sentiments as 100 years ago.

Image: Stamp, 1920, from Malmö Museer via Europeana. CC BY.

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