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Events: 500 Years of the Protestant Reformation

Reformation Day is celebrated by Protestants and is an important religious holiday in German-speaking countries. In Germany and Austria, October 31 marks the beginning of the Protestant Reformation by Martin Luther. The first Sunday in November is celebrated as Reformation Sunday in...

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Electronic resources: Polona, the Digital Library of Poland, Now in English

Polona, the digital library administered by the National Library of Poland, has published its 2 millionth work and has just released an interface in English. (Look at the bottom of the page for a link to the English version.) Polona includes treasures of Polish culture from the National Library and...

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Events: Muscat Workshop in Vienna

The following news has reached us from Stefan Engl (President, IAML Austria): A Muscat workshop took place in Vienna on 17 October 2017 in the new facilities of the Education Department at the Austrian National Library. The leader of the workshop was Dr. Ikarus Kaiser, organist of Wilhering Abbey...

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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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