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Events: Lili Boulanger (21 August 1893–15 March 1918)

The following is a guest post by Dr. Anya Holland-Barry: Marie-Juliette Olga (“Lili”) Boulanger (21 August 1893–15 March 1918) was a French composer whose musical compositions exemplified leading contemporary French musical styles of her day. She came from a long familial lineage of musicians, and...


Events: International Women's Day: Women Pianists in RISM

Today is International Women's Day. Last year we published a list of the ca. 800 women composers who are found in the RISM online database. In June we added eight more names to the list and in October another twelve were added.This year we would like to focus on the women pianists in RISM. Since...


Events: Frisian and the European Capital of Culture 2018

We have received the following from Simon Groot (Universiteit van Amsterdam, RISM Netherlands): One of the European Capitals of Culture in 2018 is Leeuwarden, the capital city of the northern Dutch province Friesland (Frisia). Although a small country, in the Netherlands several dialects of the...


Events: Be My (Robert) Valentine

Today is Valentine's Day, and the perfect Valentine for all music lovers is the music of Robert Valentine.Robert Valentine (1674-1747) was an English composer who spent most of his career in Rome beginning in the 1790s. In his publications, Valentine Italianized his name to "Roberto...


Events: Ecco carnevale!

Today is Rosenmontag in our corner of Germany, the highlight of the Carnival season. It is hard to avoid colorful costumes, parades, and general revelry (in all its forms). Join us on our own parade of Carnival music through the centuries!Carnival has been marked by its unique regional and national...


Events: Valletta, Malta: European Capital of Culture 2018

Valletta and Leeuwarden are the two European Capitals of Culture for 2018. Valletta is the smallest capital in the European Union and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.The city was built by the Knights of Malta beginning in 1566 and the sights can be reached easily by foot. But as Alexiei...


Events: Exhibit in the Bavarian State Library on Historic Tablatures

The Bavarian State Library (BSB) in Munich is presenting an exhibit on tablature manuscripts entitled "Etlich Liedlein zu singen oder uff der Orgeln und Lauten zu schlagen." The manuscript tablatures and partbooks from the 16th and 17th centuries will be on view until 28 March 2018.The...


Events: Conference Report: "Keeping Music Alive: Women Composers in Digital Music Archives"

The following has reached us from Park Jeong Suk (Ewha Womans University): As the South Korea branch of IAML and RISM, the EMRI (Ewha Music Research Institute) organized an international conference entitled “Keeping Music Alive: Women Composers in Digital Music Archives” on October 27 and 28,...


Events: Second Muscat Workshop in Prague

Zuzana Petrášková, the leader of the RISM Czech Republic national working group, organized a Muscat workshop from 27 to 29 November 2017 at the National Library of the Czech Republic in Prague. A Muscat workshop had previously been held there in November 2016.A total of ten people participated in...


Events: Music and the Court of Mary, Queen of Scots

Mary, Queen of Scots (1542-1587) is a complicated figure and in many ways a tragic one. After a childhood in France, Mary Stuart began her personal reign in Scotland at the age of 18 in a country that she barely knew. During her rule she showed no gift for leadership, could not gain control of the...

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