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New at RISM: Twelve More Women Composers

This past International Women's Day, 8 March 2017, we published a list of the 800 women composers who have sources in the RISM database. The RISM online catalog grows continuously, and in June we added eight more names to the list. Much has happened since June, and we are pleased to announce that...

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RISM A-Z: Elena Pozza-Sorgo (1784 – 1865)

Elena Pozza-Sorgo (1784 – 1865) was a member of a noble family from Dubrovnik. Besides Croatian, she was fluent in Italian and Latin. She wrote poetry, played piano, and made some attempts in composition: thus she is the first Croatian female composer whose compositions are preserved.

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Events: Sterkel 200

Composer Johann Franz Xaver Sterkel, who died on 12 October 1817, was acquainted with Mozart and Beethoven but never matched their long-lasting fame. At the same time, he left behind a vast oeuvre with over 700 compositions. Aschaffenburg was one of the places where he was active, and for this...

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New at RISM: New Insight on Maurice Greene's Italian Vocal Music

A recent article by Michael Talbot has shed some light on the "Italian" vocal music of Maurice Greene (1696-1755) and has uncovered two previously overlooked works. Moreover, Talbot identified a handful of pieces that were previously anonymous in RISM.In "Maurice Greene’s Vocal...

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Rediscovered: Earliest Manuscript Source of Lasso Requiem Found in Augsburg

Recently we were browsing the social media site academia.edu and came across a review by Barbara Eichner of Tobias Rimek's book Das mehrstimmige Repertoire der Benediktinerabtei St. Ulrich und Afra in Augsburg (1549–1632) (Stuttgart: Carus, 2015; the review originally appeared in Jahrbuch des...

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Events: The Oboe: Instrument of the Year

This year, the oboe has pride of place as Instrument of the Year according the state music council in Germany. This honor is meant to call more attention to an instrument that, in the view of the music councils, needs more young players. In the RISM database, we have plenty of music to keep oboists...

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Library collections: Music in the Convent of St Adalbert's Abbey in Staniątki, Poland

Marcin Konik (RISM Poland) has completed a project that investigated the music of the Benedictine Monastery in Staniątki, Poland (PL-STAb), resulting in 250 new records in the RISM database. The RISM records were entered by Ludmiła Sawicka. Here is a summary of a newly published article that...

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Events: Muscat Workshops this Fall

Muscat, RISM's specialized software for cataloging musical sources, now has nearly 200 users. We continue to gain new contributors each month. Workshops are important ways of introducing contributors to the fundamentals of cataloging with RISM. This fall, four workshops will take place in three...

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Events: Happy 430th Birthday, Francesca Caccini!

Francesca Caccini (1587 – ca. 1640), along with Barbara Strozzi, was the most influential and famous woman composer and musician of the early seventeenth century.Caccini's output is strongly marked by her own creative family, the Medicis, and the artistic atmosphere surrounding the Florentine...

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RISM A-Z: Prince Vladimir Fyodorovich Odoyevsky (1803-1869) and Music

Today we are continuing our Russian Week (see also the post from Monday about John Field in St. Petersburg) with letter O of the series RISM A-Z. The spotlight is on a prominent figure of Russian music and cultural life in the nineteenth century.Author, philosopher, composer, copyist, music critic,...

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