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RISM A-Z: Eva Judd O’Meara: A Music Librarian in a New Profession

Eva Judd O’Meara (1884-1979) did not take the conventional road to a career in music librarianship. She had no musical training, she lacked a college degree, and she became a music librarian by accident. But it was not just a matter of being in the right place at the right time; her keen...

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RISM online catalog: Deciphered any initials today?

From time to time, diligent users of the RISM online catalog send us information regarding the identification of pieces, particularly printed editions, where the composers are named only by initials (these are the pieces with A/I numbers beginning with IN and ININ). The following post will briefly...

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Library collections: A Century of John Milton Ward

Today, John Milton Ward, the donor of the Harvard Theatre Collection’s Ward Collection, would have been 100 years old. Having spent most of my formative Harvard years working with him, I’d like to take a moment to share some thoughts.

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In memoriam: Dr. Kurt Dorfmüller (28 April 1922 – 16 June 2017)

"RISM owes a great debt of gratitude to Herr Dorfmüller for his long-time service as a member of the Commission Mixte and as chair of his Advisory Research Committee." So wrote the then-president of the Association Internationales Quellenlexikon der Musik e.V., Harald Heckmann, in 1998....

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New at RISM: Barbara Strozzi: A Woman Composer in 17th-Century Venice

2017 is an important anniversary for Venice. This year the city celebrates the life and works of Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643), who was born 450 years ago. While Monteverdi is certainly the best known composer who was active in Venice during the seventeenth century, the “Floating City” was also...

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New at RISM: Eight More Women Composers

This past International Women's Day, 8 March 2017, we published a list of 800 women composers who have sources in the RISM database. We are happy to say that since then, we have been able to add eight more names to the list. Some of the composers' works had been in the RISM database already, but...

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Events: The European Capitals of Culture 2017: Paphos and Aarhus

The cities of Paphos, Cyprus and Aarhus, Denmark are the two European Capitals of Culture in 2017.Paphos is located in the southwest corner of Cyprus and offers visitors countless ancient treasures. Among these are magnificent mosaic floors from Roman times and the Temple of Aphrodite in Old...

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Events: The 250th Anniversary of the Death of Georg Philipp Telemann

In 2017 all roads lead to Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767), who died 250 years ago on 25 June. This major anniversary has set in motion numerous projects. At the end of last year, the cities in which Telemann lived and worked—including Magdeburg, Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Hildesheim, Leipzig, Żary,...

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RISM A-Z: Johann Martin Friedrich Nisle (1780-after 1861)

Our series RISM A-Z is moving right along, and here is the second entry for letter N. Anyone who looks for Johann Martin Friedrich Nisle in music encyclopedias will first come across the alternative first names Jean (Frédéric) and Giovanni. This is in fact an indication that the horn player and...

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Events: Johann Stamitz at 300

The appointment of Johann Wenzel Stamitz (baptized 19 June 1717 in Havlíčkův Brod, died 27 March 1757 in Mannheim) as first violinist of the court orchestra of the Elector Palatine Carl Theodor likely took place in 1741, and from 1750 until his death he was director of instrumental music there. He...

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