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A New Woman Composer is Born

We received the following from Nina Eichholz. It originally appeared on the website Hofmusik in Dresden and is published with kind permission. In the course of the project Court Church and Royal Private Music Collection at the SLUB Dresden, the anonymous aria “Per costume o mio bel Nume” (D-Dl Mus.1-F-49,12-12;...

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A Previously Unknown Lute Tablature

We have received the following from Dieter Kirsch: It doesn’t happen too often nowadays for objects to turn up in public collections that have so far managed to elude researchers. Such a case will be described below. Among the music manuscripts housed at the Stadtbibliothek Braunschweig (D-BSstb), which are currently...

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Karl Friedrich Abel Manuscripts Found in Poland

We have received the following from Sonia Wronkowska of RISM Poland: Two new sources for works by Karl Friedrich Abel (1723-1787) have recently been found by Sonia Wronkowska in Poland, in the library of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (PL-Pu), originating from the Maltzan family palace in Milicz (formerly...

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An exciting collection

The following article has reached us from Gottfried Heinz-Kronberger of RISM Germany: The music collection from Spitz an der Donau in Austria is preserved in the archives of the Benedictine Abbey Niederaltaich (D-NATk) in southeast Germany. This arrangement has a historical reason. Niederaltaich Abbey, which was founded in 741, stretched...

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First Music Manuscript Discovered in Antarctica

The RISM online catalog documents musical sources from five continents – so far, only Africa and Antarctica were missing from our map. So it came as a surprise, even to us, that Antarctica - of all places - will offer RISM users musical sources in the near future. In a...

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Oldest complete Finnish songbook discovered in Dresden

New year, new discovery: musicologist Suvi-Päivi Koski has uncovered the oldest known complete Finnish songbook at the SLUB in Dresden, according to the SLUBlog. It is entitled Yxi Wähä Suomenkielinen Wirsikiria (“A small Finnish songbook”), published by Hemmingius Henrici Maschoensis, and was printed in 1607 in Rostock, Germany. The first...

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Setting the RISM Records Straight

Since it’s the season for giving, we’d like to share what you, our RISM users, have given us recently: numerous corrections and identifications of anonymous compositions. Misattributions occur occasionally in the database, sometimes because of the wrong composer’s name on the source itself or misidentifications by later catalogers. And “anonymous”...

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New Discoveries of Vivaldi in Dresden

The following is a guest post by Francisco Javier Lupiáñez Ruiz: Two years ago I started to prepare a concert program based on anonymous pieces from the Schrank II collection from Die Sächsische Landesbibliothek – Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden (SLUB). The Schrank II contains a large collection of musical works...

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Mozart autograph from Budapest now available online

The head of the RISM national working group in Hungary, Balázs Mikusi (National Széchényi Library, Budapest; H-Bn), has announced that the newly discovered autograph fragment of Mozart’s famous Sonata in A major (K. 331, with the ‘Alla Turca’ finale) is now available online. The National Széchényi Library has just launched...

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The music world will sit up and take notice! On the new Urtext edition of Mozart’s Piano Sonata in A Major KV 331

This post is by the CEO of Henle Verlag and our very own RISM president, Wolf-Dieter Seiffert, and is reprinted from the Henle blog with kind permission. You presumably know Mozart’sA-major Piano Sonata KV 331 (with the “alla turca” rondo). One of the best-known sonatas, if not THE best-known, of...

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