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Library collections: Music in the Convent of St Adalbert's Abbey in Staniątki, Poland

Marcin Konik (RISM Poland) has completed a project that investigated the music of the Benedictine Monastery in Staniątki, Poland (PL-STAb), resulting in 250 new records in the RISM database. The RISM records were entered by Ludmiła Sawicka. Here is a summary of a newly published article that...

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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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Library collections: Paweł Podejko - an author and his thematic catalogue

Paweł Podejko’s name is most closely associated with his thematic catalogue of the historic music collection of the Jasna Góra Monastery in Częstochowa (RISM library siglum: PL-CZ). Published in Kraków in 1992, Katalog tematyczny rękopisów i druków muzycznych kapeli wokalno-instrumentalnej na...

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Library collections: Another Exciting Collection from Spitz an der Donau

We have received the following from Gottfried Heinz-Kronberger (RISM Germany, Munich Office): Soon after completing work on a collection of musical sources from Niederalteich in southwest Germany (RISM siglum: D-NATk), an unexpected offer arose to describe an additional collection that had recently...

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Library collections: Major Acquisition in Belgium: Fonds Toots Thielemans

The Music Division of the Royal Library of Belgium acquired a new important collection in December 2016, the Fonds Toots Thielemans, named after the Belgian musician who deceased on 22 August 2016 at the age of 94.

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Library collections: A Contribution to the History of Military Music in the Kingdom of Hanover

A unique collection of music manuscripts in the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Bibliothek (Niedersächsische Landesbibliothek), Hanover The well over 1,000 handwritten scores of the first and last Royal Hanover Army Music Director Johann Viktor Gerold (1808-1876) form one of the most extensive...

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Library collections: Mozart Autographs Online

Today we're marking the 225th anniversary of the death of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) and at RISM we have our own way to celebrate the composer. Our online catalog now has around 340 autograph manuscripts, of which almost 50 can be freely viewed online. The catalog can deliver the famous...

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Library collections: The Archive of the Sorbian Institute in Germany

The Archive of the Sorbian Institute (Sorbisches Kulturarchiv) is the only archive for the Sorbian language and Sorbian studies that is open to the public. The Sorbs (historically also called Wends) are a Slavic minority in Germany that has lived for centuries in Upper and Lower Lusatia (a...

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Library collections: Presenting the Music Collection at Melk Abbey

The following is a guest post by one of our RISM contributors Johannes Prominczel, music archivist at Melk Abbey. The music archive of Melk Abbey in Austria consists of around 10,000 items of notated music and books as well as about 50 musical instruments.The focus of the collection is on...

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Library collections: Two sources, lots of material for research – the digital Annaberger Chorbücher

The two Annaberg choirbooks described below have been documented by the RISM working group in Dresden and are detailed in the RISM online catalog. The two manuscript collections can be found at the SLUB with the shelfmarks Mus.1-D-505 (link in RISM) and Mus.1-D-506 (link in RISM). The RISM records...

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