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Library collections: Two significant Hanover collections now in RISM

Cataloging historical manuscripts in RISM has recently been completed for two important music institutions in Hanover, the capital of Lower Saxony. Though these collections are relatively small, they contain sources that are of great historical interest and significance. Both institutions loaned...

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Library collections: After more than 200 years, one of Mozart’s autograph manuscripts returns to Salzburg

Thanks to the generous support of a private donor, the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation has been able to acquire an extensive autograph manuscript by Mozart. The manuscript is a copy of a work by Eugenio di Ligniville by Wolfgang and Leopold Mozart, which was in private hands until now. The original...

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RISM A-Z: Adolph von Henselt (1814-1889)

The young Henselt experienced a meteoric rise as a composer and piano virtuoso in his native Germany. His compositional skills were likened to Frédéric Chopin's and he was even called the "Raphael of the piano." As a pianist he was compared to Franz Liszt and Sigismund Thalberg.

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New at RISM: Work on Lambach Abbey Halfway Done

Frank van der Lecq of the Netherlands describes his work cataloging the collection of Lambach Abbey (A-LA) for RISM: Cataloging the music collection of the Benedictine monastery Lambach Abbey (A-LA) in Austria is almost halfway completed. Only small details need to be added to the instrumental...

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Rediscovered: Mozart autograph from Budapest now available online

The head of the RISM national working group in Hungary, Balázs Mikusi (National Széchényi Library, Budapest; H-Bn), has announced that the newly discovered autograph fragment of Mozart's famous Sonata in A major (K. 331, with the 'Alla Turca' finale) is now available online. The National Széchényi...

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RISM A-Z: Baldassare Galuppi (1706-1785)

The 2014/2015 opera and theater season is wrapping up, so let's take the opportunity to combine our series RISM A-Z with a current production.On June 20, the opera Alessandro nell'Indie by Baldassare Galuppi (libretto by Pietro Metastasio) premiered at the Mainfranken-Theater in Würzburg. The last...

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New at RISM: Two New Countries in RISM: Andorra (AND) and Indonesia (RI)

The siglum database continues to grow! Thanks to requests made by researchers, we have added two new countries: Andorra and Indonesia. AND-AVan: Arxiu Nacional d’Andorra, Andorra la Vella, Andorra AND-AVbn: Biblioteca Nacional d’Andorra, Andorra la Vella, AndorraRI-Duufs: Universitas...

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Electronic resources: American Vernacular Music Manuscripts

The Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University announces the launch of its American Vernacular Music Manuscripts (AVMM) website. Built as part of a three-year project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and undertaken in partnership with the American Antiquarian...

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New at RISM: No siglum? No problem!

From time to time we come across articles, dissertations, or databases with a list of sigla that includes a phrase such as "the following sigla, not in RISM, were derived for this project." There's a better way! We'll make one for you! If you need a siglum for your research project,...

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RISM A-Z: Sofia Gubaidulina

Today's installment of the series RISM A-Z takes a look at Sofia Gubaidulina, a Russian composer born in 1931. Wait, a living composer in RISM? Yes! While RISM has traditionally maintained an emphasis on music manuscripts dating from between 1600 and 1800, the unique configuration of individual...

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