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Events: An Extraordinary Musical Prodigy

This spaniel hasn't just hopped on the piano stool to howl at whatever noise comes out of that wooden box. If the title of the painting is any indication, Portrait of an Extraordinary Musical Dog, this pooch has some real talent. The artist Philip Reinagle (1749-1833) depicts a dog whose paws are...

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Events: RISM at the IAML Congress in Leipzig

This year’s IAML congress is just a short train ride away in Leipzig. From 22-27 July 2018 we will join our colleagues around the world at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater "Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy" Leipzig (HMT) for the annual congress of the International Association of Music...

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Events: Müllner-Peter Symposium in Sachrang (Bavaria)

We have received the following from Steffen Voss (RISM Germany): This year marks the 175th anniversary of the death of Peter Huber, known as Müllner-Peter, the "Milner Peter from Sachrang" (1766-1843). Huber owned a mill in the small mountain village of Sachrang in the Chiemgau region of...

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Events: Celebrating Music Manuscripts and the European Year of Cultural Heritage

The year 2018 has been named the European Year of Cultural Heritage. Throughout the continent, the focus is on cultural heritage as expressed in a wide variety of manifestations: monuments, books, clothing, historic towns, oral traditions, landscapes, digitized objects—even performing arts and...

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Events: Charles Gounod at 200

Yesterday we celebrated the 200th birthday of the French composer, conductor, and organist Charles Gounod (17 June 1818 – 18 October 1893).Gounod is especially known today as the composer of the operas Faust (1859) and Roméo et Juliette (1867). But this does not do justice to his extensive oeuvre,...

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Events: A Musical Guide to the World Cup

Summer can officially begin! The World Cup is here. Tonight is the first game of the 2018 World Cup, in which the men's teams of 32 nations will compete for the ultimate prize in soccer.We're starting the group stage with a look at the musical sources for each of the qualifying nations. Countries...

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Events: Royal Wedding Fever

We're still waiting for our invitation to the Royal Wedding this Saturday, but we won't give up hope yet (maybe it just got lost in the mail). While details have not yet been divulged about what pieces will specifically be played at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding ceremony, we can take...

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Events: The 200th Anniversary of Leopold Koželuh's Death

The Bohemian composer Leopold Koželuh (1747-1818) was baptized with the names Jan Antonín, but to avoid confusion with his cousin of the same name, he added Leopold by 1774. Leopold learned composition from Jan Antonín (the cousin) and piano from František Xaver Dušek. After initial success as a...

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Events: RISM at the III Encuentro de Archivos Sonoros y Musicales de Chile

I (Klaus Keil) had the opportunity to give a presentation about RISM and its database of musical sources during the conference III Encuentro de Archivos Sonoros y Musicales de Chile (5-16 March 2018). The Biblioteca nacional de Chile invited me to participate in the conference.During the...

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Events: The Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth is open again, in all its Baroque glory

After more than five years of renovation, the Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth will reopen in a ceremony today (12 April). This Baroque opera house is one of a kind in the world, with a splendid wooden interior surrounded by tiered boxes, and has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2012.The...

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