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Season's Greetings

The RISM Zentralredaktion wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We invite you to flip through our large selection of predominantly unfamiliar Christmas music sources from our online catalogue.

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Tyrolean Christmas Concert 18-19 December 2010

A Christmas concert with musicfrom the archives of the Franciscan Monastery Reutte/Tyrol. The 22nd Tyrolean Christmas Concert will again be rooted in the idea of recreating a mood-filled Midnight Mass in 19th-century style utilizing Christmas music from Tyrol. The focus is on the lovely Christmas Mass by Stefan Stocker, which...

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Wilhelm Friedemann Bach @ RISM

Misjudged, underappreciated, a failure, enfant terrible, the most abused composer: Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710-1784) has been characterized again and again by these attributes. His 300th birthday has been celebrated in recent months in a variety of ways. - The Bach Museum in Leipzig presented the exhibition “Wilhelm Friedemann Bach -...

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Luigi Cherubini @ RISM

This year marks the 250th birthday of Luigi Cherubini (14 September 1760, Florence – 15 March 1842, Paris). Luigi Cherubini was admired by his contemporaries, but it is rare nowadays to find his works on concert programmes or among the repertoires of the world’s opera houses. Cherubini dominated Parisian musical...

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The congress report is ready!

In March 2002, RISM celebrated 50 years of existence with a congress in Frankfurt entitled “Academic and Technical Challenges of Musicological Source Research in an International Framework”. Participants from 23 countries took part in numerous lectures and discussions on topics including the work of RISM positions in various countries, source...

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New online music catalogue: over 700,000 entries

The new catalogue of the International Inventory of Musical Sources (RISM) provides insight into treasures of music history largely inaccessible until now A new music catalogue has been freely available online since June 2010. This database offers around 700,000 sources, mainly in manuscript, catalogued in detail according to academic criteria....

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The Royal Library of Belgium (Brussels) acquires the music collection of the Belgian jazz specialist Marc Danval

In March 2010, the Music Division of the Royal Library of Belgium had the good fortune to acquire the private music collection of the Brussels jazz specialist Marc Danval (b. 1937). This collection contains more than 12,000 78 rpm, 33 rpm and 45 rpm LPs and 800 books about jazz...

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Two previously unknown works by Johannes Brahms discovered

The copies of the two male voice choral pieces on texts by Emanuel Geibel and Wilhelm Müller are among the estate of theAlten Celler Liedertafel (Old Celle Vocal Society). Johannes Brahms, then only 19 and completely unknown, performed in Celle in May 1853 together with the Hungarian violin virtuoso Eduard...

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US RISM news

In September, 2008, the U.S. RISM Office embarked on a two-year project to catalog music manuscripts at Yale University and the Juilliard School. This endeavor, which is supported by a grant from the Mellon Foundation, has thus far yielded over 8,000 records. Incipit searching and other tools have led to...

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New RISM Working Group in Poland

A new RISM working group has been set up in Poland. It is affiliated with the Chair for Polyphonic Sacred Music at the Musicology Institute of the John Paul II Catholic University in Lublin. The director is Dariusz Smolarek. Together with Aleksandra Czech, he will work on the collection of...

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