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New publications: Symphonic music in Great Britain

A new book crossed our desks recently: "Two Centuries of British Symphonism from the Beginnings to 1945: A Preliminary Survey," by Jürgen Schaarwächter.


New publications: The Musical Couple Maddalena Lombardini and Lodovico Sirmen

Maddalena Lombardini Sirmen (1745-1818) grew up in Venice's Ospedale dei Mendicanti and was a composer, violinist, and cellist. In 1759, she took violin lessons from Giuseppe Tartini, and Ferdinando Bertoni taught her in composition.In 1768, Maddalena went on tour with her husband Lodovico Sirmen...


New at RISM: Johann Kuhnau (1660-1722)

Johann Kuhnau – wasn't he Johann Sebastian Bach's predecessor as Thomaskantor in Leipzig? Correct, but are you also familiar with his compositions? Maybe not so much.Kuhnau became especially famous through his works for keyboard instruments, which included Musicalische Vorstellung Einiger...


Electronic resources: The Dutch Song Database

The Dutch Song Database is a resource for song texts in Dutch, Flemish, and Frisian from the Middle Ages through the twentieth century. The database, which was launched last year, contains descriptions for over 170,000 songs. Links to song text transcriptions, notated music, and sound recordings...


New at RISM: New RISM Working Group in Asia Founded

The working group RISM-Chinese Language Region was planned at a conference concerning the Collaborative Project on Chinese Music Resources (CPCMR) held in October 2015. CPCMR was launched to promote the collection of Chinese music literature, to develop technical standards for processing the...


Library collections: Manuscript containing Jewish liturgical songs (1832) now in RISM

In 2010, a manuscript of liturgical songs of the Jewish community in Vienna was discovered. Now digitized and cataloged, it is first instance of a manuscript with liturgical synagogue music from the early nineteenth century in the RISM online catalog.


Library collections: Historical inventories of music online

Eight historical, handwritten inventories of music from the Dresden court have recently been made available online for researchers and everyone interested in music.


RISM A-Z: Fanny Hensel (1805-1847)

In today's RISM A-Z, we bring you Fanny Hensel, a composer with a high proportion of autograph manuscripts in the RISM database.


Electronic resources: Music in Southwest German Courts

After sharing an announcement last week about a conference on court music in Dresden, we'd like to invite you on a journey south and take a look at Südwestdeutsche Hofmusik - Music in Southwest German Courts. The goal of this project, which started in 2006 and is funded by the Heidelberg Academy of...


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