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Events: Online Muscat Workshop with the Chopin Institute (Warsaw) In the Age of the Corona Pandemic

Online Muscat Workshop 3-7 August 2020 in English with the Chopin Institute (Warsaw) in the Age of the Corona Pandemic

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Events: Workshop on Printed Music at the Chopin Institute, Warsaw

We have received the following from Marcelina Chojecka (Narodowy Instytut Fryderyka Chopina, Warsaw): On 10 July 2020 we held a lecture and training session called "A few identification methods for printed music from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries." Participants under Jeremiusz...

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Events: James Hewitt at 250

James Hewitt was born on this day--June 4--in 1770 in England and died in 1827 in Boston. Two things stand out right away: first, he is a near exact contemporary of Ludwig van Beethoven, and second, he was in the United States when the United States was itself in its infancy. Indeed, Hewitt was in...

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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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