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Events: Musical Greetings for Mother's Day

This Sunday, Mother's Day will be celebrated in dozens of countries around the world, including here in Germany. Cards and flowers are usually a must on the second Sunday in May, but at RISM we have some suggestions for brightening the day with music.

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Events: Five opera premieres to look forward to in May

For opera lovers looking for rarely heard gems, the month of May will not disappoint. We have chosen to highlight five for which there are autograph manuscripts in the RISM database.

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In the news: Vratislavia, Brassel, Breslau, Wrocław, or "WrocLove"

The fourth-largest city in Poland has worn many names over the course of its storied past. This year, Wrocław is one of the two European Capitals of Culture, along with Donostia-San Sebastián in Spain. The full calendar of events and more information about the Polish city can be found on...

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New at RISM: 326 Years of Gottlieb Muffat (1690-1770)

Today we are celebrating the 326th anniversary of the day that Gottlieb Muffat (1690-1770) was baptized, the closest we have to a date of birth. "The Famously Little-Known Gottlieb Muffat" is the name of an essay by Alison J. Dunlop that nicely sums up the contradiction between the fame...

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Events: Shakespeare 400 in Music

Around the world, playwrights, thespians, and lovers of English literature are celebrating William Shakespeare (1564-1616), who died 400 years this Saturday. (His 452nd birthday is next Tuesday.) The Bard left us a legacy that is treasured worldwide and he works still inspire music to this day.With...

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Electronic resources: The Manuscript Tradition of Orlando di Lasso's Works

Orlando di Lasso (ca. 1532 -1594) is one of the most important musicians of the sixteenth century. A prolific composer, his works were published a lot even during his lifetime. These editions, numbering over 470 between 1555 and 1687, have long been known to musicologists. But are there also any...

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Library collections: George Frideric Handel at the British Library

Georg Friedrich Händel (1685 - 1759) died 257 years ago today. Though born in Germany, he settled in England and became a citizen. Handel may have lost an umlaut in the process, but England gained a treasure trove of manuscripts - and indeed, in the RISM database you will find more Handel sources...

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Electronic resources: The English Broadside Ballad Archive

Explore this database of over 7,000 ballads that document seventeenth-century English popular song - all digitized, and some with recordings.

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RISM A-Z: Isabella Leonarda (1620-1704)

Last month we discussed Italian composer Giacomo Insanguine (1728-1795) in our series RISM A-Z, and today we stay in Italy but step 100 years back to look at composer and nun Isabella Leonarda (1620-1704). Much is still unknown about her life. At the young age of sixteen, she joined the religious...

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Electronic resources: Corpus Musicae Ottomanicae: Critical Editions of Ottoman Manuscripts

A new project has started that aims to prepare critical editions of important Ottoman music manuscripts from the nineteenth century. The project Corpus Musicae Ottomanicae (CMO) began in October 2015 and their website was launched this March. The project is based in Münster, Bonn, and Istanbul with...

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