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Maundy Thursday

Today, Maundy Thursday, marks the beginning of the Triduum Sacrum, the three holy days of the Lord’s passion, death and resurrection, and thus the climax of Holy Week. Traditionally, in the Roman Catholic liturgy, the organ plays for the last time in the Gloria of the Mass of the Lord’s...

1 April 2021 – Events

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The 2020 Annual Report

The 2020 annual report for the RISM Central Office has now been published. You can read the report in its entirety on the RISM website. Here are some of the highlights: The year 2020 brought an important change for RISM: Klaus Keil, who had served as director of the Zentralredaktion...

30 March 2021 – New publications

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The 150th anniversary of the death of François-Joseph Fétis

The following is by Hugo Rodriguez (KBR - Bibliothèque royale de Belgique - Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België) and originally appeared on the KBR website. It is published here with kind permission. The 150th anniversary of the death of François-Joseph Fétis In 2021, Belgium and the musical world are commemorating the...

26 March 2021 – Musical anniversaries

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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...

15 March 2021 – Rediscovered

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The Library of the Landgravine Caroline Henriette von Hessen-Darmstadt (1721–1774)

We have received the following guest post from Beate Sorg: Goethe, who never knew her personally, called her “The Great Landgräfin.” Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, to whose entourage she belonged for a number of years, donated a marble urn for her grave in the Herrengarten in Darmstadt with...

11 March 2021 – Musical anniversaries

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International Women's Day 2021: Women Composers in RISM

In 2017, on the occasion of International Women’s Day, we published a spreadsheet of all women composers found in RISM. Over the past four years, this number has grown from ca. 800 to over 1,000. That was more than enough reason for us to publish this new spreadsheet. In addition,...

8 March 2021 – Events

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RISM Lecture on the Cappella Sistina Collection Now Online

We are happy to report that the inaugural RISM Lecture held on January 28, 2021 proved a runaway success. Over 270 people attended the event online, not merely from almost all European countries, but also from Brazil, Mexico, the United States and even Nigeria. We are particularly proud of our...

4 March 2021 – Events

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Two Books about Music at the Salzburg Cathedral Now Online

The newest issue of Fontes Artis Musicae caught our eye because it contains reviews of two recent publications involving our RISM Salzburg working group. Dommusikarchiv Salzburg (A-Sd). Thematischer Katalog der musikalischen Quellen, Reihe A. Edited by Eva Neumayr and Lars E. Laubhold with Ernst Hintermaier, RISM Arbeitsgruppe Salzburg. Vienna: Hollitzer...

1 March 2021 – New publications

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Digital Analysis of Chant Transmission

We have received the following from Anna de Bakker: Do you own a piece of a chant manuscript? Or perhaps you know about a manuscript page displayed in a choir room, or at a church or library? Then we are looking for you! Digital Analysis of Chant Transmission is an...

25 February 2021 – Electronic resources

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The Musical Public Domain in 2021

When we said goodbye to 2020, we said hello to a host of composers whose music entered the public domain on January 1, 2021. This means that the people in question died long enough ago that copyright protection has expired for their works and there is no law prohibiting the...

22 February 2021 – In the news

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