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Autograph Manuscript—Engraver's Copy–Printed Edition: An Ideal Case

Emilie Zumsteeg (born 9 December 1796 in Stuttgart, died 1 August 1857 in Stuttgart) grew up with music as the youngest child of Johann Rudolph Zumsteeg (1760-1802), who had been a court musician with the Stuttgart court orchestra starting in 1781. After his death, her mother, Luise, founded a music...

17 January 2022 – New at RISM

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Looking Back on 2021

As with presenting the year’s musician anniversaries, it has become custom for us to take a look back on the past year and share what was most popular with our website readers. These are the year’s blog posts that were read the most often, according to our website statistics:  ...

13 January 2022 – New at RISM

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Musician Anniversaries in 2022

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 our RISM composers, but also librettists, performers, dedicatees, or other people who are connected...

10 January 2022 – Musical anniversaries

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Happy Holidays 2021!

The RISM Editorial Center wishes you all the best for a festive holiday season, fittingly with a historical Christmas and New Year’s card from as early as 1843. We are grateful for your interest in our work and in particular for your valuable contributions that help us improve our service...

20 December 2021 – Events

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RISM: How is it good for musicians?

As its multilingual name suggests, the Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Académies de Musique et Musikhochschulen seeks to represent the interests of higher music education institutions on an international level. Besides its annual congresses, the AEC organizes several events dedicated to more specific areas, most recently the Early Music Platform 2021,...

16 December 2021 – Events

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New Catalogue of the Diocesan Library in Sandomierz, Poland

We have received the following from Magda Walter-Mazur (RISM Poland). We previously reported on this cataloguing project in August 2021. The first part of the catalogue documenting the music collection of the Diocesan Library in Sandomierz has just been released. The book is the work of Magdalena Walter-Mazur, Karolina Kaźmierczak...

13 December 2021 – New publications

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Caroline Unger, A Prima Donna for Donizetti

The godmother of the later opera singer Caroline Unger (28 October 1803, Vienna - 23 March 1877, Florence) was no less than the writer Caroline Pichler, who lived close to the Unger family. Unger grew up at a boarding school. Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart was one of her first piano...

9 December 2021 – RISM A-Z

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Liturgical Festivals in the Western Church for the Christmas Season

The church year in Western Christianity begins with the First Sunday of Advent during the Christmas season. Ever since the liturgical reform after the Second Vatican Council, the Christmas cycle in the Roman Catholic church lasts forty days, until Epiphany (Trium Regum in RISM) on 6 January. Prior to the...

6 December 2021 – Events

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Karl Gottlieb Umbreit (1763-1829)

The Thuringian organist Karl Gottlieb Umbreit was a pupil of the Erfurt organist Johann Christian Kittel (1732-1809), who in turn had been a pupil of Johann Sebastian Bach. Umbreit’s compositions and especially his pedagogical works and influence center around role of the organ in church services. His Allgemeines Choral=Buch für...

2 December 2021 – RISM A-Z

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The Robin and Music

The fall bird migration is just about over here in Germany and many species have found their way to their winter quarters. But the European Robin (Erithacus rubecula) stays with us throughout the year and continues to show up at backyard feeders even as the days grow colder and darker....

29 November 2021 – In the news

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