News archive – Rediscovered

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Autograph manuscript by Melchior Hoffmann discovered

The following has reached us from Julia Neumann, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin: An autograph manuscript by Bach contemporary Melchior Hoffmann has recently been identified at the Berlin State Library as a result of work being carried out by KoFIM (Music Research and Information Competence Centre), a DFG project. This anonymous manuscript,...

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Sensational new source: A previously unknown Carnival song by Beethoven!

The following extremely important announcement has reached us from Henle Verlag and is published here with kind permission: The new series PianoPlus is an ideal entry and re-access to the world of classical music, and likewise for all carnival enthusiasts and carnival grouches, who would like to make music with...

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Niccolò Jommelli rediscovered: International award for essay on autograph extant at the National Library of Portugal

The following article originally appeared on the website of the Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal (CC BY 4.0) Niccolò Jommelli rediscovered: a new autograph of a 16 voice Laudate pueri, byAntónio Jorge Marques, has received a special mention in the6th Principe Francesco Maria Ruspoli Musicological Studies International Prize. The essay analyses...

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Rare performance of Mangold's Tanhäuser

We would like to draw your attention to a performance in Darmstadt of Tanhäuser by – not Wagner – Carl Amand Mangold. The RISM database has records for a copy of the manuscript in Berlin (RISM ID no. 456014917) and an aria (RISM ID no. 464122202) in Mangold’s hand. The...

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A Donizetti Discovery

The following entry is by Nicolas Bell and originally appeared on the British Library Music Blog. It is reprinted here with kind permission. The British Library’s Stefan Zweig Collection of musical, literary and historical autograph manuscripts includes many well-known treasures, but there are other pieces which have proved more difficult...

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Vivaldi Embedded – Violin concerto by Brescianello turns out to be a pasticcio

The following article is by Karl Wilhelm Geck and was originally published on the SLUBlog. We are publishing it here with the kind permission of the SLUB Dresden. Once again, the digital Schranck No: IIcollection–with its Baroque instrumental repertoire of the Dresden Court Orchestra–has proven to be a reservoir of...

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Listen to the world's oldest piano

From the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York: “Dongsok Shin performs the Sonata in d minor, K.9 by Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757) on the earliest known surviving piano, made by the instrument’s inventor, Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655-1731), in Florence, 1720. Scarlatti’s keyboard compositions were performed on both the harpsichord and the...

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Légende norvégienne: Unknown work by the Belgian violinist and composer Eugène Ysaÿe at the Royal Library of Belgium

The music collections of the Royal Library of Belgium (B-Br) have been recently enlarged by a previously unknown work__by the Belgian violin virtuoso Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931), entitled_Légende norvégienne_, thanks to the acquisition of the autograph score version. In the spring of 1882, Eugène Ysaÿe toured in Norway. During his three-week...

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Unknown lieder by Dutch composer Anna Merkje Cramer discovered in Cologne

In the library of the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne (D-KNh), nine previously unknown lieder by the Dutch composer Anna Merkje Cramer (1873-1968) were recently identified. They had been cataloged under the wrong name due to a misreading. Cramer was a pupil of Wilhelm Berger, with whom she...

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Missing Works by Italian Composer Giovanni Francesco Bicchini Discovered

In the attic of the archives of the Ospedale Wolf-Ferrari in Messina, Italy (I-MEow), a collection of important works by the relatively unknown Italian composer Giovanni Francesco Bicchini (d. 1585) was recently discovered by RISM catalogers working in the area. Our view of this composer, previously known only through his...

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