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The First Ukrainian Collection of Medieval and Renaissance Music Manuscripts from Lviv is Online

We have received the following from Sofyja Holub (RISM Ukraine): The first Ukrainian collection of Medieval and Renaissance musical manuscripts that was cataloged in RISM is held at the Scientific Library of Ivan Franko National University in Lviv. Cooperation between RISM and the library began in February 2019 in Lviv,...

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Rediscovering Eugène Ysaÿe

We have received the following from Marie Cornaz (RISM Belgium, Section de la Musique - Muziekafdeling, Bibliothèque royale de Belgique - Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België): We have to pleasure to inform you about the publication of a biography on the violinist, pedagogue, composer, conductor and concert organizer Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931),...

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How Small Changes Can Cause Great Confusion

In the course of revising catalog entries for printed anthologies to 1700, we always encounter more complex cases. John Playford’s The Musical Companion, which was published in 1672 and 1673 and is the topic of this post, is a prime example for many reasons. In the printed B/I volume (François...

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My Internship at RISM: A New Cataloging Experience

We share with you the following report from Deanna Pellerano, a Master of Library Science (music specialization) and Master of Musicology candidate at Indiana University: When I learned that RISM offered an internship at its Editorial Center, I knew immediately that this would be an excellent internship for me. At...

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Music and Pandemics

A recent review of the book Plague and Music in the Renaissance by Remi Chiu caught our eye. Chiu looks at the different ways that music found expression during the time in history when the plague was basically a constant threat. Though the book was published in 2017, it takes...

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Creating Your Own Catalog Printout from the RISM Database

Musicologists and librarians working on diverse projects frequently approach the Editorial Center to have RISM records gathered and printed as a separate catalog. Such catalogs may be needed for all sorts of reasons: to publish a printed catalog of the holdings of a collection, to provide funding agencies and sponsors...

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Charpentier, 12 points

It is this manuscript that started it all—or more specifically, the first few bars of the page. The collection of autograph music by Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704) gathered in a volume known as Mélanges autographes, vol. 10, contains the Te Deum (H. 146), whose opening bars we have been hearing more...

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Virtual Conference: Watermarks and Musicology

We have received the following from Bernhard Lutz (Bavarian State Library): The Bavarian State Library (BSB) will be hosting a virtual conference in German on 21-22 May 2021 entitled “Wasserzeichen und Musikwissenschaft.” The event will mark the close of a DFG-funded project concerning digital cataloging of watermarks in music manuscripts...

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Publishing Patriotism: The Napoleonic Wars in Musical Print

The following is by Dominic Bridge and originally appeared on the Music Blog of the British Library. We are reprinting it here to mark the 200th anniversary of Napoléon Bonaparte’s death (© British Library Board/Creative Commons). At the turn of the 19th century, British perceptions of revolutionary France and the...

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Announcing the Second RISM Lecture: The Bach Collection of the Berlin Staatsbibliothek

The warm reception of the First RISM Lecture centered on the music collection of the Cappella Sistina has inspired us to continue our series. We are now pleased to announce that Professor Christoph Wolff who (among countless other accomplishments) was President of RISM from 2004 to 2013, and has since...

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