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Events: The European Capitals of Culture 2017: Paphos and Aarhus

The cities of Paphos, Cyprus and Aarhus, Denmark are the two European Capitals of Culture in 2017.Paphos is located in the southwest corner of Cyprus and offers visitors countless ancient treasures. Among these are magnificent mosaic floors from Roman times and the Temple of Aphrodite in Old...

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Events: The 250th Anniversary of the Death of Georg Philipp Telemann

In 2017 all roads lead to Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767), who died 250 years ago on 25 June. This major anniversary has set in motion numerous projects. At the end of last year, the cities in which Telemann lived and worked—including Magdeburg, Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Hildesheim, Leipzig, Żary,...

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Events: Johann Stamitz at 300

The appointment of Johann Wenzel Stamitz (baptized 19 June 1717 in Havlíčkův Brod, died 27 March 1757 in Mannheim) as first violinist of the court orchestra of the Elector Palatine Carl Theodor likely took place in 1741, and from 1750 until his death he was director of instrumental music there. He...

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Events: RISM at the IAML Congress in Riga

RISM is heading to the Baltic coast this month to participate in the annual congress of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres. From 18-22 June 2017, we will see our colleagues around the world at the stunning National Library of Latvia in Riga. As...

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Events: Exhibition: Baroque Musical Life in Grimma, Saxony

We would like to call your attention to a small exhibition that is part of this year's festival of Baroque music in Grimma (near Leipzig), Tage Mitteldeutscher Barockmusik.

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Events: RISM at the IMS Congress in Tokyo

I (Jennifer Ward) attended the International Musicological Society (IMS) congress in Tokyo from March 19 to 23, 2017, supported by a grant from Bibliothek & Information International/Goethe-Institut. The congress was hosted by the Tokyo University of the Arts and revolved around the theme...

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Events: Mathias Georg Monn at 300

Not much is known about Mathias Georg Monn, a composer of the Viennese Early Classic period who was born 300 years ago this Sunday. Monn (9 April 1717 – 3 October 1750) is named in the records of the Klosterneuburg Monastery as Discantist for the years 1731/32. In 1738 or later he was the organist...

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Events: Scott Joplin's "The Cascades" and the St. Louis World's Fair

When you think of Scott Joplin (1867 or 1868-1917), a piano rag probably comes to mind rather than a piece for piano plus strings, winds, and percussion—but the latter is precisely the instrumentation of the only work in the RISM database by Joplin, who died 100 years ago on April 1.The Joplin...

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Events: RISM at the International Musicological Society Congress in Tokyo

RISM will be represented at the 20th Congress of the International Musicological Society in Tokyo next week, from March 19 to March 23, 2017. The theme of the congress is Musicology: Theory and Practice, East and West. The IMS, along with IAML, co-sponsors the 4 R projects (RISM, RILM, RIdIM, and...

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Events: International Women's Day: Women Composers in RISM

Today, March 8, is celebrated around the world as International Women's Day. Among many other things the organizers support "a call to action for accelerating gender parity."In music, as we know, women musicians have struggled throughout history to be as visible as their male...

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