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Events: Countdown to Muscat!

Last week, we welcomed around 20 participants from around the world to learn the ins and outs of Muscat, RISM's new program for cataloging musical sources that will be launched in November. From October 12-14, 2016, we were excited to host participants from Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic,...


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...


RISM A-Z: Sara Levy

This entry in our series RISM A-Z comes to us from Julia Neumann, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz. Gifted harpsichordist, avid collector of musical sources, an early appreciator of Bach, Berlin salonnière, and not least of all great-aunt of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy ...


New at RISM: Agreement Signed between ICCU, IAML Italy, and RISM

On July 7, 2016, the Protocol between ICCU, IAML-Italia and RISM (English starts on p.5) was signed.The partners agree to collaborate, through a working group, as follows: to recognize the importance of their institutional roles in light of the aims of international research about music...


New at RISM: New Library Sigla in Latin America

Three new countries in Latin America have been added to the RISM database of library sigla: Costa Rica: Archivo Histórico Musical in San José (CR-SJahm) Nicaragua: Fondo Histórico Documental de la Música Nicaraguense (FONMUNIC) in Managua (NIC-Mfmn) Puerto Rico: Archivo General de Puerto...


Events: Conference this week: Documenting Musical Sources in Latin America

RISM will be hosting a conference this week on Thursday called Documenting Musical Sources in Latin America. We are looking forward to welcoming thirteen of our colleagues who will report on the state of describing musical sources in eight countries in Central and South America. The conference is...


New publications: RISM Data, Big Data

The RISM online catalog currently contains over 1,052,000 records. When you count these along with 101,000 authority files for people, 63,000 for institutions, and 32,000 for secondary literature, that's a lot of data!All of it is freely available as linked open data under a Creative Commons...


New publications: Johann Jacob Rambach, Theologian and Writer

Johann Jacob Rambach (1693-1735) first completed an apprenticeship as a joiner before he turned to theology. Born in Halle, Rambach published works on hermeneutics and various collections of sermons. But a further 360 of his song texts have also survived. In fact, many composers drew upon his...


New publications: "Thematic catalogue of 17th-century organ tablatures from the Liegnitz Bibliotheca Rudolphina" by Elżbieta Wojnowska

A thematic catalog by Elżbieta Wojnowska (1949-2012) has just been published by the National Library of Poland: Elżbieta Wojnowska, Thematic Catalogue of 17th-Century Organ Tablatures from the Liegnitz Bibliotheca Rudolphina, ed. Tomasz Jeż. Warsaw: Biblioteka Narodowa, 2016.The catalog documents...


RISM A-Z: The House of Kinsky

This entry in the series RISM A-Z brings us to Kinsky, a noble family that has a long history of ties to music.If you say the name Kinsky today, fans of music history might first think of Ferdinand Johannes Nepomuk Joseph Fürst Kinsky von Wchinitz und Tettau, or Ferdinand von Kinsky (1781-1812)...

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