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Events: Music for a while… for more than 325 years!

A joint RISM-British Library blog post about sources for Purcell's music


Events: Hindemith 2020

The following is a guest post from Susanne Schaal-Gotthardt (Director, Hindemith Institute, Frankfurt am Main): Paul Hindemith (1895-1963) was a careful archivist during his lifetime: starting in his student days he kept catalogs of works in which he recorded information about the work, its...


Events: Happy 253rd Birthday, Bernhard Romberg (1767-1841)

The following is a guest post by one of our current interns, Daniel Kneer:  Bernhard Heinrich Romberg was a German cellist and composer. He was born into a musical family on 12 November 1767 in the northern German town of Dinklage. Romberg received his first cello lessons from his father and...


Events: The Reopening of the Vienna State Opera in 1955

The following post is by one of our current interns, Julius Rüttger: There is a musical anniversary that we can celebrate today: Exactly 65 years ago, the famous State Opera in Vienna reopened after World War II. The opera house, which originally opened on 25 May 1869 with Mozart's Don Giovanni in...


Events: Introductory Muscat Workshops in November (FULL)

The workshops are now full. If you are interested in attending a future Muscat workshop, please write to and we will let you know when future dates have been set. The RISM Central Office will be hosting an online, introductory two-part workshop on cataloging musical sources...


Events: Isabella Leonarda at 400 (1620-1704)

Isabella Leonarda was baptized 400 years ago yesterday, on 6 September 1620. The very thin documentary evidence tells us that the composer joined the order Collegio di Sant'Orsola in Novara at the age of 16 and lived there until her death. The young Ursuline sisters also received music instruction....


Events: Nicola Porpora's "Carlo il Calvo" in Bayreuth

The Bayreuth Festival was cancelled this year due to coronavirus, but a different Bayreuth festival, the Bayreuth Baroque Opera Festival, is opening tonight with Nicola Porpora's Carlo il Calvo. Nicola Porpora (1686-1768) was one of the most important voice teachers of his day, and his students...


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


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...


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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