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RISM online catalog: Liturgical Festivals in the RISM Database with Three Examples

These holidays are familiar to many: saint’s feast days, the celebration of name days, and the Christian holidays such as Christmas, Easter, and Pentecost. But did you know that the Church also celebrates historical events such as the Exaltation of the Holy Cross? One clear example of the...

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RISM online catalog: Deciphered any initials today?

From time to time, diligent users of the RISM online catalog send us information regarding the identification of pieces, particularly printed editions, where the composers are named only by initials (these are the pieces with A/I numbers beginning with IN and ININ). The following post will briefly...

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RISM online catalog: The Fifth Field

Here's a trick to help you get more out of searching in the RISM online catalog. You might not have even noticed it before.In our online survey, we heard from many of you that you wish you could add more search fields in the Advanced search. Well, you can, in a way—through the Fifth Field.If you...

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RISM online catalog: How to Cite RISM Records

RISM is happy when scholars cite RISM records in their publications. Here we'll show you how to do that.RISM ID number: To cite musical sources that have records in the RISM online catalog, use the RISM ID number. This number appears in the bottom right-hand corner of a record (see image, left).The...

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RISM online catalog: Length of RISM Catalog Sessions Increased

We are pleased to announce that the length of sessions for the RISM online catalog has been increased: now your session will expire after 25 minutes of inactivity.This is an improvement from the previous situation, where we heard from some users that sessions were expiring after just a few minutes....

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RISM online catalog: Searching by Instrumentation in RISM

With the release of Muscat, our new program for cataloging sources, we took the opportunity to clarify our guidelines for our RISM contributors. One of the results of this is a new, more complete list of RISM instrument abbreviations. We thought we'd also share this improved list with you–the users...

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RISM online catalog: Music Incipit Search(es)

The incipit search is one of the most popular features of the RISM online catalog. The over 1.7 million incipits (which are the first few bars of a work or movement) lead to new identifications, new discoveries, and rediscoveries. But just how does the incipit search work? In this post I'll show...

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RISM online catalog: Help RISM Link to Digitized Music

Has your institution undertaken a digital project in recent years? Are the digital surrogates linked to their corresponding RISM records? Send us links to your digitized resources!

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RISM online catalog, New at RISM: 30 Johann Bachs, or searching for "unclear" composers

Back in March we showed you in this space how to link to RISM searches in the online catalog. In most cases, this works without a hitch - you can even use pseudonyms or other forms of the name, as long as they are entered as variants in RISM. Here's a search using "Melante" for Georg...

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RISM online catalog, New at RISM: Printed Music (A/I and B/I) now in RISM's Online Catalog

RISM is pleased to announce a major addition to its free online catalog that strengthens its utility as a resource for the documentation of printed music. Two of its major publications have been added to the online catalog and are freely available online for anyone to search at opac.rism.info and...

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