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Library collections: Exhibit at the Frankfurt University Library: 350th Anniversary of Johann Andreas Herbst's Death

Johann Andreas Herbst (1588–1666) and His Music Library: A Testimonial to Music Playing and the Art of Printing Music Motivated by the ceremonial coronations for Holy Roman Emperor that took place in Frankfurt am Main in 1612 for Matthias and in 1619 for Ferdinand II, the city appointed its first...

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Library collections: RISM Modern Monday: Mexican Music

Our third entry in our RISM Modern Monday series is by John G. Lazos, who contributes Mexican sources to RISM (Spanish follows):Mexican music is generally recognized as the music from the first decades of the twentieth century, a perception which was influenced by a twentieth-century Mexican...

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Library collections: RISM Modern Monday: Richard Strauss

The second part of our RISM Modern Monday series is dedicated to Richard Strauss (1864-1949), showing you again how sources in the RISM database extend well past the year 1800.Through a partnership with the Richard Strauss Institute, we have integrated their index of sources (RSQV) into the RISM...

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Library collections: RISM Modern Monday: Music Manuscripts in the Gustav Mahler-Alfred Rosé Collection

Did you know that music in RISM's database extends beyond the year 1800? Over the next few Mondays, we'll put the spotlight on some of the newer pieces in the database.

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Library collections: Manuscript Tablatures and Partbooks up to the 17th Century in the Bavarian State Library

The manuscript tablatures and partbooks of the Bavarian State Library (BSB) up to the seventeenth century are, in addition to early printed music and choirbooks, the third and final type of universal music collection owned by the dukes of Bavaria in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.The...

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Library collections: Poland's Bibliotheca Rudolphina

The Silesian duke Georg Rudolf von Liegnitz (1595-1653) of the Piast dynasty had a remarkable library. Polish music librarians and musicologists are currently cataloging parts of its music collection. As a result of World War II, the music collection was divided and distributed among four Polish...

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Library collections: Manuscript containing Jewish liturgical songs (1832) now in RISM

In 2010, a manuscript of liturgical songs of the Jewish community in Vienna was discovered. Now digitized and cataloged, it is first instance of a manuscript with liturgical synagogue music from the early nineteenth century in the RISM online catalog.

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Library collections: Historical inventories of music online

Eight historical, handwritten inventories of music from the Dresden court have recently been made available online for researchers and everyone interested in music.

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Library collections: Schubert Autograph Music Manuscripts in Schubert Online

All of the autograph music manuscripts by Franz Schubert (1797-1828) that are housed at the Berlin State Library (Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, SBB) - numbering around 60 total - have been digitized and cataloged in the RISM database as part of the project Schubert Online. The digitized music is...

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Library collections: The Royal Library of Belgium acquires the only known manuscript of "Le Retour des plaisirs" (1719) by André Vaillant

The Music Division of the Royal Library of Belgium has recently acquired the handwritten score (shelf no. Mus. Ms. 4448) which belonged to Gilles-Joseph de Boussu. The manuscript is so far the sole extant musical source of this opera, which has been entirely transcribed by Kris De Baerdemacker,...

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