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In the news: Catalog of the Works of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina: A New Project

The filed of Palestrina studies most notably lacks a catalog of works, but this project aims to fill that gap.


In the news: Moralt, A Muscial Family

Moralt, A Muscial Family Even if the history of the Moralt family of musicians begins much earlier, to an extent we can identify Adam Moralt (circa 1741-1811) as the founding father of the Munich branch. First engaged as a bellows blower for the organs at the Mannheim Court, he moved to Munich in...


In the news: Happy Birthday, Edmée Sophie Gail (1775-1819)

Edmée Sophie Gail was born on August 28, 1775 in Paris and showed musical talent as a singer and composer from a young age. The start of the French Revolution coincided with the publication of Gail's first songs in magazines, and Gail was able to continue work as a singer and composer throughout...


In the news: Christoph Wolff honored with Medal Pour le Mérite

Last Sunday, May 29, 2016, RISM honorary president Christoph Wolff was honored with the medal Pour le Mérit für Wissenschaften und Künste, a civilian honor. In the presence of German President Joachim Gauck, the Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim and the German musicologist Christoph Wolff received...


In the news: Vratislavia, Brassel, Breslau, Wrocław, or "WrocLove"

The fourth-largest city in Poland has worn many names over the course of its storied past. This year, Wrocław is one of the two European Capitals of Culture, along with Donostia-San Sebastián in Spain. The full calendar of events and more information about the Polish city can be found on...


In the news: 18th-Century Music Manuscript "Libro Sesto" Tells of Colonial History in Chile

The "Libro sesto," a late 18th-century manuscript from Santiago, Chile, was copied by an African slave named Maria Antonia Palacios, who was responsible for music at her master's house. The manuscript was donated to the Biblioteca Nacional de Chile in 2014.


In the news: Donostia / San Sebastián: European Capital of Culture 2016

Enjoy this overview of musical life in Donostia / San Sebastián, written by our colleagues at ERESBIL-Basque Archives of Music.


In the news: Luigi Marchesi - A famous singer from the 18th century

Luigi Marchesi (1754-1829) – one of the most famous singers at the end of the eighteenth century – will be the focus of attention in the next few days with large celebrations in Italy. An exhibit dedicated to the Italian castrato, whose career began in 1765 as a choirboy at the Milan cathedral and...


In the news: Using RISM for Genealogy

Today's genealogy no longer wears itself out by piling up ancestry data. Genealogists now look at the social context of the times in which their relatives lived. As digitization facilitates access to libraries, allows archival materials to be discovered through finding aids, and fosters virtual...


In the news: Help solve a 90-year-old musical mystery

A competition has been set up by the Italian music monthly Musica to find works by the almost unknown Italian-Argentinian composer Rodolfo Zanni (1901-1927). After his mysterious death, his works completely disappeared. He composed over 80 works: symphonies, overtures, ballets,...

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