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The Fondo Cappella Sistina in RISM

We have received the following from Thomas Schmidt (Dean of Music, Humanities and Media, Professor of Musicology, University of Huddersfield): The catalogue of the music sources of the Fondo Cappella Sistina in the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana goes back to a research project under the direction of Ludwig Finscher, funded by...

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Taking on “Anonymous”

Thanks to numerous tips from several colleagues, we are now able to provide more specific information about collections of arias that are housed at the Biblioteca Estense in Modena (I-MOe). Many of the composers of unattributed arias have been identified, as well as the operas that the arias are from....

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The anonymous cantata "Chiuso è già Borea nevoso"

Over 230,000 sources in the RISM online catalog are anonymous and often languish unnoticed. One cantata, however, shows that it is sometimes worth it to leave trusted paths of inquiry: this beautiful manuscript from 1716. As a matter of fact, we know quite a bit about the work: Antonio Ottoboni...

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Gaetano Brunetti manuscripts online at the Library of Congress

We have received the following from our colleagues at the Library of Congress: The Library of Congress’ Music Division has put 53 holograph and 64 copyist manuscripts of Italian composer Gaetano Brunetti online. Gaetano Brunetti (1744-1798) was an Italian composer and violinist who moved to Spain as a teenager in...

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New Records from the Moravian Music Foundation now in RISM

We have received the following from Barbara Strauss, Moravian Music Foundation (Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA). The Salem Collegium Musicum Collection is now in RISM (library siglum: US-WS). The Salem Collegium Musicum collection includes primarily instrumental chamber and small-orchestra music, as well as some oratorios, vocal collections, keyboard music and band...

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The Gerald Coke Handel Collection at the Foundling Museum

The following is by Katharine Hogg (The Foundling Museum, GB-Lfom) and originally appeared on the IAML UK & Ireland blog. It is reprinted here with kind permission. The Gerald Coke Handel Collection at the Foundling Museum comprises over 12,000 items from the eighteenth century to the present, and is a...

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Was this book of Pleyel sonatas once part of Jane Austen's circle?

Music is part of the atmosphere of any Jane Austen novel. Eighteen music books containing almost 600 pieces in print and manuscript form and belonging to the Austen family were digitized in 2016. We know that the novelist used or compiled several of the books herself, representing some of the...

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Stylistic Eras Meet Each Other

Pater Roman has a short report for us about how things have almost returned to normal at Heiligenkreuz Abbey (Austria) after these exceptional circumstances. Gregorian chant rings out in accordance with Cistercian and Benedictine traditions at the Romanesque and Gothic collegiate church of Heiligenkreuz Abbey (RISM library siglum: A-HE). For...

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Music Manuscripts by Richard Strauss and Hans Pfitzner Online

The following was originally published on the blog of the Bavarian State Library and is reprinted here with kind permission. For years, the Bavarian State Library (BSB) has been making music manuscripts from its most prominent composer archival collections available online, including the autograph manuscripts of Gustav Mahler, Josef Rheinberger,...

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The Franz Lehár Collection in Bad Ischl, Austria

We have received the following from our RISM contributor Sandra Föger (RISM Austria): April 30, 2020 marks the 150th birthday of Franz Lehár. His works are still very much alive on stages worldwide even today. His operettas such as The Merry Widow, The Count of Luxemburg, Gipsy Love, Paganini, Der...

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