News Archive

Library collections: The dating game

Trying to work out when exactly a piece of music was actually written down on paper, or published, sometimes needs the nose of a bloodhound, the detective skills of a Sherlock Holmes, and an inbuilt joy of puzzles.

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In the news: 18th-Century Music Manuscript "Libro Sesto" Tells of Colonial History in Chile

The "Libro sesto," a late 18th-century manuscript from Santiago, Chile, was copied by an African slave named Maria Antonia Palacios, who was responsible for music at her master's house. The manuscript was donated to the Biblioteca Nacional de Chile in 2014.

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Electronic resources: Announcing the Bohemian Watermark Database

The Music Department of the National Library of the Czech Republic presents the Bohemian Watermark Database.

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Events: Conference: The Music Repertoire of the Society of Jesus in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (1565–1773)

From February 5 to 6, 2016, Guido Kraus from the RISM Central Office attended an international musicological conference at the University of Warsaw Library entitled "The Music Repertoire of the Society of Jesus in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (1565–1773). Sources – Editing –...

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Events: RISM Workshop and Seminar in Warsaw (February 3-4, 2016)

The workshop “Introduction to Kallisto” and a RISM seminar took place at the beginning of February in Warsaw, and was organised by the Polish RISM Centre (Music Department) and the Librarian Education Department of the National Library of Poland. Sonia Wronkowska and Guido Kraus conducted the...

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New at RISM: The 2016 RISM Bird Count

The winter months keep most of us indoors, but this time of the year is greeted by birdwatchers on both sides of the Atlantic as they grab their binoculars and head outside for annual bird counts. There is the Christmas Bird Count in North America, the Big Garden Birdwatch in the UK, the Stunde der...

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New publications: The Dukes of Arenberg and Music in the Eighteenth Century: The Story of a Music Collection

Our colleague Marie Cornaz from RISM Belgium has recently published a revised and expanded edition of her Les ducs d’Arenberg et la musique au XVIIIe siècle. Histoire d’une collection musicale and it is available for the first time in English: Marie Cornaz, The Dukes of Arenberg and Music in...

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Library collections: RISM Modern Monday: Marianne Teuscher (1903-2009), the "Queen Mum" of the Music Department

No, you're not mistaken: the dates of birth and death for Marianne Teuscher are correct. She lived to the ripe old age of 106 and is quite likely the longest-lived person in the RISM database - and as the fifth and last person in our RISM Modern Monday series, she brings us right to our present...

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Library collections: RISM Modern Monday: Composer Archives in RISM

In our series RISM Modern Monday, we mustn't omit composer archives - collections of personal papers and/or manuscripts that are left to a library - particularly because they contain a large share of the twentieth-century musical sources that are documented in RISM. Processing these archival...

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