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Rediscovered: Vivaldi and a Search Engine

Guest post by Michael Talbot (Liverpool, UK) Anyone my age (seventy) has, as it were, “grown up” in parallel with RISM in the various phases of its, and our, evolution. Especially since the transfer of the manuscripts database to an OPAC on the internet, the potentiality to make discoveries,...

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Rediscovered: New Music from Old Fritz: Manuscripts by Frederick the Great Discovered

"Diese Noten haben Ihro Majestät der König Friederich von Preußen eigenhändig geschrieben."This music was written by Your Majesty the King Frederick of Prussia in his own hand. Three autograph music manuscripts by Frederick the Great that were believed to have been lost were discovered...

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Rediscovered: Significant Bach Discovery in Stade, Germany

A significant discovery was made while cataloging music manuscripts of the Seminary Library in the northern German town of Stade, held on deposit at the Stade City Archives (D-STs). Steffen Voss, a staff member of the RISM Germany--Munich office, discovered two contemporary scores of so-called...

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Rediscovered: Unknown piano piece by Mozart discovered in Tyrol, Austria

The musicologist Univ.-Doz. Mag.art. Dr.phil. Hildegard Herrmann-Schneider came upon a handwritten music book from around 1780 during her everyday work for RISM in Tyrol. This volume contains, among other pieces, a previously unknown piano piece, which is unequivocally attributed to the junior...

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Rediscovered: Unknown piano piece by Mozart discovered in Tyrol, Austria

During the ongoing work being done for the Répertoire International des Sources Musicales (RISM/International Inventory of Musical Sources), Dr. Hildegard Herrmann-Schneider came across a music book from around 1780 in Tyrol. This manuscript contains, among other titles, a...

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Rediscovered: Unknown Work by Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach Discovered

In the process of cataloging the manuscripts of Group IV in the Hessian Music Archive in Marburg (D-MGmi), a previously completely unknown pièce d'occasion by Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach came to light. The second-youngest son of Johann Sebastian Bach and the court Kapellmeister in Bückeburg...

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Rediscovered: Cantatas from Blankenburg (Harz) in the Wolfenbüttel regional church archives

Ca. 95 previously unknown church cantata manuscripts

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Foto: Helmut Lauterwasser

Rediscovered: Two previously unknown works by Johannes Brahms discovered

Two previously unknown early works by Johannes Brahms were discovered in February 2010 while the RISM working group based at the Bavarian State Library in Munich were cataloguing the music manuscripts of the municipal archives of Celle (D-CEsa).

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Foto: Bibliothèque royale de Belgique

Rediscovered: Discovery of Joseph Haydn's original manuscript for the pieces Hob. XIX:1 and Hob. XIX:2 (Royal Library of Belgium, Brussels)

In February 2007, the Music Division of the Royal Library of Belgium had the good fortune to acquire from private ownership a valuable document that had been previously unknown to researchers.

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