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Events: Timothy Swan (1758-1842): An Early American Composer

Timothy Swan died 175 years ago this Sunday. We might be able to call Timothy Swan one of the first American composers. Born on July 23, 1758, in the British colony of Massachusetts, Swan initially worked as a merchant in his youth and learned the trade of hatmaking.

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New at RISM: A Musicological Summer in Frankfurt

Musicology, music librarianship, and German language study are the three main interests that I discovered in the course of my undergraduate career, so it was thrilling for me to find out during my final semester of college that I would be able to undertake an internship at the RISM Central Office...

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RISM A-Z: Eva Judd O’Meara: A Music Librarian in a New Profession

Eva Judd O’Meara (1884-1979) did not take the conventional road to a career in music librarianship. She had no musical training, she lacked a college degree, and she became a music librarian by accident. But it was not just a matter of being in the right place at the right time; her keen...

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RISM online catalog: Deciphered any initials today?

From time to time, diligent users of the RISM online catalog send us information regarding the identification of pieces, particularly printed editions, where the composers are named only by initials (these are the pieces with A/I numbers beginning with IN and ININ). The following post will briefly...

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