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In the news: Help solve a 90-year-old musical mystery

A competition has been set up by the Italian music monthly Musica to find works by the almost unknown Italian-Argentinian composer Rodolfo Zanni (1901-1927). After his mysterious death, his works completely disappeared. He composed over 80 works: symphonies, overtures, ballets,...

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New at RISM: How can you link to RISM searches?

Many smaller institutions, including libraries, archives, private collectors, etc. do not maintain an online catalog of their collections but want to present the RISM records for their items on their own websites. To facilitate this, the Bavarian State Library in Munich offers a query interface...

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Events: Opera premieres from Vienna to Paris

Two rarely-heard operas are enjoying premieres now - and there are interesting sources for both in RISM. Performances of Gli uccellatori (The Birdcatchers) by Florian Leopold Gassmann (1729-1774) started yesterday at the Theater an der Wien. There are three sources for the overture in the RISM...

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Library collections: Bach 330: The Brandenburg Concerto Manuscript at the Library of Congress

In May, 1723, Johann Sebastian Bach began, following his appointment as the Cantor at St. Thomas School and Director of Music in Leipzig, a period of creative activity of staggering productivity. In fulfillment of his responsibility for providing sacred music for the principal churches of Leipzig,...

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