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Musical Tables

The multifaceted nature of music transmission can be seen in an unusual musical source at the Berchtesgaden Royal Palace, in the southeastern corner of Germany. A song table (Liedertisch)–an etched slab of stone depicting music and set in a wooden frame–is now indexed in the RISM database (RISM no. 450113059)....

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Vivaldi and a Search Engine

Guest post by Michael Talbot (Liverpool, UK) Anyone my age (seventy) has, as it were, “grown up” in parallel with RISM in the various phases of its, and our, evolution. Especially since the transfer of the manuscripts database to an OPAC on the internet, the potentiality to make discoveries, either...

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New Music from Old Fritz: Manuscripts by Frederick the Great Discovered

“Diese Noten haben Ihro Majestät der König Friederich von Preußen eigenhändig geschrieben.” This music was written by Your Majesty the King Frederick of Prussia in his own hand. Three autograph music manuscripts by Frederick the Great that were believed to have been lost were discovered in the Art Collection at...

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Significant Bach Discovery in Stade, Germany

A significant discovery was made while cataloging music manuscripts of the Seminary Library in the northern German town of Stade, held on deposit at the Stade City Archives (D-STs). Steffen Voss, a staff member of the RISM Germany–Munich office, discovered two contemporary scores of so-called Quartalsmusiken by Carl Philipp Emanuel...

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Unknown piano piece by Mozart discovered in Tyrol, Austria

The musicologist Univ.-Doz. Mag.art. Dr.phil. Hildegard Herrmann-Schneider came upon a handwritten music book from around 1780 during her everyday work for RISM in Tyrol. This volume contains, among other pieces, a previously unknown piano piece, which is unequivocally attributed to the junior “Wolfgango Mozart”. On pp. 12-14 there is a...

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Unknown piano piece by Mozart discovered in Tyrol, Austria

During the ongoing work being done for the Répertoire International des SourcesMusicales (RISM/International Inventory of Musical Sources),Dr.Hildegard Herrmann-Schneider came across a music book from around 1780in Tyrol. This manuscript contains, among other titles, a hitherto unknown pianopiece that is expressly attributed to the young “Wolfgango Mozart”. This piece for piano...

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Unknown Work by Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach Discovered

In the process of cataloging the manuscripts of Group IV in the Hessian Music Archive in Marburg (D-MGmi), a previously completely unknown pièce d’occasion by Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach came to light. The second-youngest son of Johann Sebastian Bach and the court Kapellmeister in Bückeburg (near Hanover), he dedicated a...

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Cantatas from Blankenburg (Harz) in the Wolfenbüttel regional church archives

Music manuscripts in the Wolfenbüttel regional church archives It is certainly not among the main tasks of a church archive to collect old music prints and manuscripts. However, a recently rediscovered manuscript collection containing church cantatas shows how diverse these historical documents and sources are. The collection, dating from around...

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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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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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