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RISM online catalog: Almost 20,000 Records from the BnF Now Also in RISM

We have received the following from François-Pierre Goy (Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Département de la Musique): Even though not all music manuscripts from the Bibliothèque nationale de France are in RISM, F-Pn is now the siglum with the fifth highest number of records in the database. The...

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RISM online catalog: 10 Years of the RISM Online Catalog: Our Users

The RISM Catalog was released online ten years ago this month. On Monday we shared a piece by the RISM director, Klaus Keil, about the development of the catalog from microfiche to open access catalog. Today we’d like to share a few encouraging words from a very important group of people: our...

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RISM online catalog: 10 Years of the RISM Online Catalog

Ten years ago this month, the RISM online catalog was first released free of charge. Not only has the amount of data significantly increased since then, but the catalog's software is regularly updated and improved. The amount of data has increased from an initial 700,000 records with descriptions...

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Library collections: Was this book of Pleyel sonatas once part of Jane Austen's circle?

Music is part of the atmosphere of any Jane Austen novel. Eighteen music books containing almost 600 pieces in print and manuscript form and belonging to the Austen family were digitized in 2016. We know that the novelist used or compiled several of the books herself, representing some of the few...

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New at RISM: The First Record from Andorra in RISM: The “Periodico de musica” of Maria Rosa d’Areny Jordana

We have received the following from Joan Benavent Peiró, PhD student in musicology at University of Andorra. The Principality of Andorra has recently been incorporated into the RISM database with the cataloging of “El Periódico de música de la S. D. Maria Rosa de Areny” (RISM ID no.: 1001050169)....

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Library collections: Stylistic Eras Meet Each Other

Pater Roman has a short report for us about how things have almost returned to normal at Heiligenkreuz Abbey (Austria) after these exceptional circumstances. Gregorian chant rings out in accordance with Cistercian and Benedictine traditions at the Romanesque and Gothic collegiate church of...

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Events: James Hewitt at 250

James Hewitt was born on this day--June 4--in 1770 in England and died in 1827 in Boston. Two things stand out right away: first, he is a near exact contemporary of Ludwig van Beethoven, and second, he was in the United States when the United States was itself in its infancy. Indeed, Hewitt was in...

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New at RISM: Vicente Olmos Claver: A Spanish Chapel Master of the 18th Century

We have received the following from Ángel Marzal, who recently cataloged the works of Vicente Olmos Claver for RISM.  Vicente Olmos Claver was born around 1744 in Catarroja, a Spanish town located near Valencia. According to documentation in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Valencia, our chapel...

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Library collections: Music Manuscripts by Richard Strauss and Hans Pfitzner Online

The following was originally published on the blog of the Bavarian State Library and is reprinted here with kind permission.  For years, the Bavarian State Library (BSB) has been making music manuscripts from its most prominent composer archival collections available online, including the...

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RISM A-Z: Wilhelmine Schröder-Devrient (1804-1860)

"This is a formidable woman - my ideal in art!" said Clara Schumann about the most important German singer of the 19th century, Wilhelmine Schröder-Devrient (born 6 December 1804 in Hamburg, died 26 January 1860 in Coburg). As the daughter of artistic parents, she seemed destined for a...

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