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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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RISM online catalog, 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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Rediscovered: 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...

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In the news: From the First[最初] to the Best[最高]: Ewha Music Research Institute

The Ewha Music Research Institute (EMRI) is consistently gaining recognition as a hub for the study of East Asian music, namely that of China, Japan, and Korea, as it continues to embark on new collaborative research projects and organizes pertinent conferences focusing on important issues of...

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Library collections: Cataloging and Digitizing the Dom-Musikverein and Mozarteum Collection in Salzburg (to 1881)

The International Mozarteum Foundation has started a new project in cooperation with the Archdioceses Archive in Salzburg. The goal is to catalog the valuable historical collection of the Dom-Musikverein and Mozarteum (Society for Music at the Cathedral and Mozarteum).

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New publications: The 2014 Annual Report

The annual report for 2014 has been posted to the RISM website. Did you know that thanks to the hard work of our colleagues--in over 35 countries around the world--there are over 880,000 records in the online database? Other highlights from 2014: The CD-ROM data for series A/I (Einzeldrucke vor...

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Events: New research on copyists and watermarks

Report from a conference in Berlin: Researching Copyists and Watermarks in the Digital Age: Between Academic Specialization and Catalog Enrichment, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, 6-8 October 2014

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