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Events: Be My (Robert) Valentine

Today is Valentine's Day, and the perfect Valentine for all music lovers is the music of Robert Valentine.Robert Valentine (1674-1747) was an English composer who spent most of his career in Rome beginning in the 1790s. In his publications, Valentine Italianized his name to "Roberto...

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Events: Ecco carnevale!

Today is Rosenmontag in our corner of Germany, the highlight of the Carnival season. It is hard to avoid colorful costumes, parades, and general revelry (in all its forms). Join us on our own parade of Carnival music through the centuries!Carnival has been marked by its unique regional and national...

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New at RISM: Contract signed between RISM and UNAM

The Seminario de Música en la nueva España y el México independiente at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) has been building a database called Musicat for a number of years. Its contents include the music collections of the Mexico City Cathedral. A catalog of the polyphonic...

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New at RISM: New (and first) Library Siglum for Armenia

At RISM we regularly receive requests from scholars, archivists, and librarians for new library sigla to be created. In the course of our daily work, we also stumble upon institutions for which we have no siglum. Such was the case when we read about the Aram Khachaturian Museum in Yerevan,...

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Events: Valletta, Malta: European Capital of Culture 2018

Valletta and Leeuwarden are the two European Capitals of Culture for 2018. Valletta is the smallest capital in the European Union and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.The city was built by the Knights of Malta beginning in 1566 and the sights can be reached easily by foot. But as Alexiei...

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New at RISM: New RISM Coordinating Committee

RISM relies on its international partners and benefits from several structures in place to maintain a close relationship between RISM, its sponsoring societies, and its working groups. One of these bodies is the Advisory Council, whose membership includes all active RISM contributors around the...

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Library collections: New FONCA-RISM project in Mexico City | FONCA-RISM: Nuevo Proyecto en la Ciudad de México

We have received the following announcement from John Lazos (RISM Mexico/Canada):Dr. John Lazos, who has collaborated with RISM to catalogue over 500 music works from Mexico, just received a grant from FONCA (Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes). This grant permits Dr. Lazos to catalogue...

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Library collections: The secret garden of Pierre Bergé

The following originally appeared the blog of the Loeb Music Library (Harvard University) and is by Christina Linklater (RISM US). It is reproduced here with kind permission. The Loeb Music Library has just acquired three items previously owned by the French industrialist, arts patron and AIDS...

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RISM A-Z: Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)

We continue our series RISM A-Z with Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706). Organists certainly do not need convincing that Johann Pachelbel wrote more than just the Canon in D! Jean M. Perreault breaks down the numbers like this in his Thematic Catalogue of the Musical Works of Johann Pachelbel:...

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Events: Exhibit in the Bavarian State Library on Historic Tablatures

The Bavarian State Library (BSB) in Munich is presenting an exhibit on tablature manuscripts entitled "Etlich Liedlein zu singen oder uff der Orgeln und Lauten zu schlagen." The manuscript tablatures and partbooks from the 16th and 17th centuries will be on view until 28 March 2018.The...

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