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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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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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Events: Muscat Workshops this Fall

Muscat, RISM's specialized software for cataloging musical sources, now has nearly 200 users. We continue to gain new contributors each month. Workshops are important ways of introducing contributors to the fundamentals of cataloging with RISM. This fall, four workshops will take place in three...

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Events: Happy 430th Birthday, Francesca Caccini!

Francesca Caccini (1587 – ca. 1640), along with Barbara Strozzi, was the most influential and famous woman composer and musician of the early seventeenth century.Caccini's output is strongly marked by her own creative family, the Medicis, and the artistic atmosphere surrounding the Florentine...

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Events: Nancy Storace (1765-1817)

Nancy Storace (1765-1817) was a celebrated English soprano, perhaps most famous for originating the role of Susanna in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro. Storace—and there is evidently no consensus whether to pronounce her name the English or the Italian way—was in the headlines last year when a...

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Events: Amélie-Julie Candeille at 250

Child prodigy, singer, actress, composer, librettist, harpist, pianist, playwright, comedian, or maybe simply polymath...few of the people in the RISM database can lay claim to so many roles. Amélie-Julie Candeille (1767-1834), who was born 250 years ago today, found success on a number of fronts...

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Events: Riga, RISM, Līgo

Four people from the RISM Central Office attended the annual IAML Congress in Riga, Latvia in June 2017. The following is a congress diary from all four participants that was originally published on the IAML website. In keeping with the Congress Diary tradition, the reflections are presented in the...

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Events: Mark the Music! Uncovering Musical Sources in Sweden

Last month, the week before the IAML Congress in Riga, the Svenska musikbiblioteksföreningen (the Swedish branch of IAML) hosted a course called Mark the Music — a course for librarians working with music. Pia Shekhter (University of Gothenburg's Music and Drama Library) invited me (Jennifer...

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Events: Timothy Swan (1758-1842): An Early American Composer

Timothy Swan died 175 years ago this Sunday. We might be able to call Timothy Swan one of the first American composers. Born on July 23, 1758, in the British colony of Massachusetts, Swan initially worked as a merchant in his youth and learned the trade of hatmaking.

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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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