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Library collections: 'Earliest' polyphonic music discovered in British Library

Reports emerged recently in the press of the discovery in the British Library of the earliest piece of polyphonic music. Can this strange coded message really rewrite the history of choral music by shifting the earliest known harmony back by more than a century? Let’s take a closer look…

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Library collections: Historical Schott Archive Acquired by State Libraries in Berlin and Munich and Six Research Institutions

Led by an initiative of the Bavarian State Library and the Cultural Foundation of the German Federal States, a consortium of buyers has succeeded in acquiring the historical archive of the Schott Verlag in Mainz. Numerous sponsors and the research institutions supported the entire purchase.

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Library collections: Music Archival Collections at the Bavarian State Library

Extending to all aspects of music and musical culture, the Bavarian State Library holds over 350 archives and collections of various sizes pertaining to individuals. The collection is cataloged and made accessible for research by two different administrative units of the library. The Music...

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Library collections: Erwin und Elmire in the Collection of the Deutsches Nationaltheater, Weimar: For the 275th Birthday of Anna Amalia, Duchess of Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach

The following article was written by our RISM Germany colleague, Undine Wagner, of the Thüringisches Landesmusikarchiv. The Court of the Muses in Weimar and Anna Amalia's roundtable salon, to which luminaries such as Goethe, Wieland and Herder belonged, have become catchphrases in the cultural...

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Library collections: Tudor Treasures

I was asked to look out some of the Music Department’s “Tudor treasures” to complement items displayed by other departments. An early item of printed music is Martin Luther’s Deudsche Messe vnd Ordnung Gottis Diensts, published by Michael Lotter in Wittenberg in 1526. This first edition sets out...

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Library collections: A Donizetti Discovery

The British Library's Stefan Zweig Collection of musical, literary and historical autograph manuscripts includes many well-known treasures, but there are other pieces which have proved more difficult to identify. When Stefan Zweig bought a manuscript of Gaetano Donizetti from a dealer in Milan in...

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Library collections: Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek

Ten years ago, in September 2004, a devastating fire broke out at the Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek in Weimar (D-WRz). In total, 196,000 books and manuscripts, including music materials, were in the building that burned. 28,000 were spared but 50,000 were completely destroyed. A further 118,000...

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Library collections: Mozart autograph in the music collections of Mariastein Abbey, Switzerland

Online catalogue of the music collections

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Library collections: Music Collections in Berlin and Munich

C.P.E. Bach, Wilhelm Killmayer, Ruth Zechlin, Richard Strauss, Manfred Schubert, and RISM itself. The latest edition of Bibliotheksmagazin: Mitteilungen aus den Staatsbibliotheken in Berlin und München is packed with articles about music collections and includes an article by our colleague Steffen...

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Library collections: Wagner exhibit in Bamberg

The latest edition of the Bibliotheksforum Bayern has a wonderfully illustrated article about last year's exhibition about Richard Wagner at the Staatsbibliothek Bamberg (D-BAs). The library marked the occasion of both the 200th anniversary of Wagner's birth and the 130th anniversary of his death...

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