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Events: The 475th Anniversary of the Death of Costanzo Festa

The Italian composer Costanzo Festa (born between 1480 and 1490 in Piedmont, died 10 April 1545 in Rome) was a member of the papal choir beginning in 1517 and later directed and composed for the Cappella Sistina.   Not much is known for certain about his life. His oeuvre spans numerous...

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Events: Farewell Charles de Bériot!

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the death of Belgian composer and violinist Charles de Bériot. We bring you an excerpt from a piece by Richard Sutcliffe (Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussel) and invite you to read the post in its entirety at his 19c Belgian Music Blog. Charles de Bériot,...

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Events: Friedrich Hölderlin at 250

The German writer Johann Christian Friedrich Hölderlin (20 March 1770, Lauffen am Neckar – 7 June 1843, Tübingen) was one of the most important lyric poets of his era. Rousseau, Klopstock, and Schiller, and the ideals of the French Revolution and Greek civilization were impressed upon him as a...

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Events: Musical Leap Year Babies

Famous Leap Year Day babies are rare, but among the composers, Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868) is probably the best known. But the RISM database has even more people who celebrate their birthdays on February 29. The English composer Humphrey Bralesford (1658-1733) has almost only manuscripts for...

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Events: Lovey-Dovey

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day! The turtle dove (Streptopelia turtur) is an ancient symbol of love, devotion, and affection in many cultures. The bird makes a distinctive cooing sound and is known to be true to its mate. Medieval readers of the Physiologus knew of the bird's fidelity: upon the death...

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Events: 2020: Not Just Beethoven!

Happy New Year! As in past years, we would like to take a look at musical anniversaries for the next twelve months. It goes without saying that Beethoven will play a large role at RISM in 2020 but there are also over other 1,300 people to discover: composers, librettists, performers, dedicatees,...

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Events: Happy Holidays 2019!

The RISM Central Office wishes you and your family all the best for a festive holiday season. We would like to thank you for your valuable work this year and we wish you all the best for a happy and successful 2020.  Our office will be closed beginning December 23 and will reopen January 2,...

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Events: RISM at the Helsinki Cataloging Seminar

RISM participated in the Helsinki Cataloging Seminar hosted by the University of Helsinki and the National Library of Finland last month, which took place on October 22. I (Jennifer Ward) was invited by our colleague Jaakko Tuohiniemi (Helsinki University Library) to hold to keynote address for an...

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Events: Andreas Christoph Clamer (1633-1701) – Mensa Harmonica – at Heiligenkreuz Monastery

A Peek into the Collections of Heiligenkreuz Abey 2019

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Events: Augsburg, A Musical City

IAML Germany, the national branch of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (IAML), held its annual meeting in Augsburg this past September. Augsburg has several nicknames: the Mozartstadt (birthplace of Leopold Mozart), the Fuggerstadt (home to the...

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