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New at RISM: RISM Projects While Working from Home

With Coronavirus restrictions still in place to varying degrees around the world, not everyone has been able to return to their library or archive to work at full capacity. We have a few suggestions for those of you who are looking for projects that can be carried out from home that involve your...

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New at RISM: RISM Data in Now EROMM

Digitized musical sources (manuscripts, printed music, writings on music theory, libretti) from RISM are now available through EROMM Search. EROMM is the European Register of Microform and Digital Masters, which has the goal of coordinating digitization and microfilming activities and helping users...

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Events: Isabella Leonarda at 400 (1620-1704)

Isabella Leonarda was baptized 400 years ago yesterday, on 6 September 1620. The very thin documentary evidence tells us that the composer joined the order Collegio di Sant'Orsola in Novara at the age of 16 and lived there until her death. The young Ursuline sisters also received music instruction....

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Events: Nicola Porpora's "Carlo il Calvo" in Bayreuth

The Bayreuth Festival was cancelled this year due to coronavirus, but a different Bayreuth festival, the Bayreuth Baroque Opera Festival, is opening tonight with Nicola Porpora's Carlo il Calvo. Nicola Porpora (1686-1768) was one of the most important voice teachers of his day, and his students...

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New publications: New Book about Music in Stams Abbey, Austria

Wo die Engel musizieren. Musik im Stift Stams by Hildegard Herrmann-Schneider

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New at RISM: A Farewell from Long-Time RISM Director Klaus Keil

Dear working group contributors, supporters, and friends of RISM, I have been the director of the RISM Central Office for nearly 30 years and have worked here for more than 37. The time has come for me to go. On 31 August 2020, I will leave my position and go into retirement.It is a privilege to be...

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Library collections: Taking on “Anonymous”

Thanks to numerous tips from several colleagues, we are now able to provide more specific information about collections of arias that are housed at the Biblioteca Estense in Modena (I-MOe). Many of the composers of unattributed arias have been identified, as well as the operas that the arias are...

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Library collections: The anonymous cantata "Chiuso è già Borea nevoso"

Over 230,000 sources in the RISM online catalog are anonymous and often languish unnoticed. One cantata, however, shows that it is sometimes worth it to leave trusted paths of inquiry: this beautiful manuscript from 1716. As a matter of fact, we know quite a bit about the work: Antonio Ottoboni...

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Library collections: A Royal Library: King Ludwig II's Music Collection

One of the people with a major birthday in 2020 is King Ludwig II of Bavaria, who was born 175 years ago on August 25, 1845. (Here's a song to celebrate him.) King Ludwig is a figure who probably needs no introduction: his fairy-tale castles belong to the itineraries of many visitors to Bavaria,...

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Events: Online Muscat Workshop with the Chopin Institute (Warsaw) In the Age of the Corona Pandemic

Online Muscat Workshop 3-7 August 2020 in English with the Chopin Institute (Warsaw) in the Age of the Corona Pandemic

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