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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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Discovery of Joseph Haydn's original manuscript for the pieces Hob. XIX:1 and Hob. XIX:2 (Royal Library of Belgium, Brussels)

In February 2007, the Music Division of the Royal Library of Belgium had the good fortune to acquire from private ownership a precious document that had been previously unknown to researchers. It is a notebook that belonged to the violinist and composer Henry Vieuxtemps (1820-1881). It contains words and musical...

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