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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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Of Misspelt and Corrected Title Pages

Imagine you are an engraver and have spent hours if not days bent over the plate of a title page that you were asked to make by a music publisher – and then you notice an error. What now? Start over? Leave the error? Or is there some way of...

25 November 2021 – New at RISM

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Frescobaldi Thematic Catalogue Online: New Edition

We have received the following from Alexander Silbiger (Professor Emeritus, Department of Music, Duke University): Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643) was the first major composer in the history of Western music to concentrate on instrumental music. In quantity, his surviving keyboard works far surpass those of any predecessor or contemporary; he was...

22 November 2021 – Electronic resources

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Carillon Concert at Stift Heiligenkreuz for the 300th Birthday of Matthias Vanden Gheyn

We have received the following from Pater Roman Nägele (Curator of the Art Collection, Director of the Manuscript Collection, Leader of the Music Archive, Stift Heiligenkreuz, Austria): The carillon of Heiligenkreuz Abbey, a Cistercian monastery in the Vienna Woods, is housed in a Baroque bell tower. Abbot Franz Gaumannmüller commissioned...

18 November 2021 – Events

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Caspar Neumann. Souls and Funds. The Book of Births and Funerals for the City of Wrocław

We have received the following from Grzegorz Joachimiak (RISM Poland, Wrocław): Caspar Neumann (1648-1715) is a unique figure in the history of Wrocław in the context of science and art, especially concerning demographic statistics and the fascination with death. Throughout history the idea of vanitas has most often increased its...

15 November 2021 – Library collections

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Matteo Capranica: A Composer from Rieti

Angelo Fusacchia has devoted a long time to researching musicians who were from or active in the Italian province of Rieti. He has cataloged the Archivio musicale del Duomo di Rieti (I-RId) for RISM. Matteo Capranica is an almost completely unknown composer today. He must have been somewhat famous at...

11 November 2021 – Library collections

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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 – Rediscovered

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IAML Online Meeting: Swedish musical life during the last four hundred years

The following is by Pia Shekhter (President, International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres) and was originally published on the IAML website. It is published here with kind permission. On behalf of the Swedish IAML Branch it is a pleasure for me to invite you all to: Swedish...

4 November 2021 – Events

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