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New at RISM: Friedrich Gottlieb Klingenberg: The Wedding Composer

You can only find biographical information about Friedrich Gottlieb Klingenberg somewhat indirectly. There are no entries for him in the standard references works Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart or New Grove (both print and the online versions). He is only mentioned in connection with the city...

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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

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RISM online catalog: Updated Tutorials for the RISM Online Catalog

New, updated tutorials are now available for the RISM Online Catalog. All tutorials are available through the catalog's Help page as well as through RISM's YouTube channel and the playlist Guides to the RISM Online Catalog. All videos are in English and include English captions. Three introductory...

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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...

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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...

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New at RISM: Electronic Thematic Catalogs

There was a fruitful discussion on Facebook recently among music librarians to identify electronic thematic catalogs, which are especially useful in these times of remote instruction and distance learning.  In case other people are interested in thematic catalogs, catalogs of works, or simple...

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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...

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Library collections: Music Manuscripts from the Staats- und Stadtbibliothek Augsburg to the Mid-17th Century: Cataloging, Digitizing, and Watermark Thermography

We have received the following from Bernhard Lutz (Bavarian State Library): Starting November 2020, the Bavarian State Library will catalog and digitize ca. 80 music manuscripts from the dawn of music notation to the mid-17th century owned by the State and City Library of Augsburg (Staats- und...

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RISM A-Z: Georg Philipp Telemann as the Publisher of his own Compositions

During his time as Director musices in Frankfurt am Main (1712-1721), Georg Philipp Telemann was not just busy with the Sunday church services and involved in the administration of the Frauenstein Society (secretary and treasurer). Regular concert life in Frankfurt began in 1713 with the revival of...

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Library collections: Diversity in RISM

There are over 138,000 people in the RISM online catalog: not all composers or musicians who ever lived, but only those who are connected with a musical source. Biographical information is recorded about each person in a separate record so that we can clearly identify the person and separate them...

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