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In memoriam: Friedrich W. Riedel (1929-2020)

Prof. Dr. Friedrich W. Riedel, who led the RISM Zentralredaktion from 1960 to 1967 when it was in Kassel, died on 10 September 2020. Friedrich Wilhelm Riedel was born in 1929 in Cuxhaven and studied sacred music in Lübeck and music, history, and liturgics in Kiel, earning his doctorate in 1957....

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In memoriam: José Vicente González Valle In Memoriam

It saddened us to learn that the founder of the RISM working group in Spain, Prof. Dr. José Vicente González Valle, passed away on 23 February 2019.José Vicente, as we called him, was an organist, priest, musicologist, a good organizer, and a kind, dear man. He first encountered RISM during his...

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In memoriam: Remembering Danuta Szlagowska (1946-2018)

We were saddened to hear of the death of our dear colleague Prof. Dr. Hab. Danuta Szlagwoska, who passed away on 13 March 2018.Prof. Szlagwoska had been a member of the RISM Poland working group in Gdańsk since 1997. Through her extensive documentation work there, she contributed immensely to the...

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In memoriam: Dr. Kurt Dorfmüller (28 April 1922 – 16 June 2017)

"RISM owes a great debt of gratitude to Herr Dorfmüller for his long-time service as a member of the Commission Mixte and as chair of his Advisory Research Committee." So wrote the then-president of the Association Internationales Quellenlexikon der Musik e.V., Harald Heckmann, in 1998....

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In memoriam: RISM mourns the loss of Wolfgang Rehm (1929-2017)

The International Inventory of Musical Sources (RISM) mourns the loss of Wolfgang Rehm, who passed away on April 6, 2017.Wolfgang Rehm was a founding member of the Association Internationales Quellenlexikon der Musik and was its treasurer from 1967 to 1990, though correspondence with him goes back...

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In memoriam: Remembering Cheryl Martin

We were saddened to hear of the unexpected death of Cheryl Martin on July 15, 2016. Cheryl was the leader of the RISM Canada working group, which she took over in 2011 following William Guthrie's retirement.Cheryl was a librarian at Western University in Ontario. Her cataloging expertise was always...

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In memoriam: In memoriam: Joachim Schlichte-Bierbaum (1947-2015)

On Monday, April 20, 2015, Dr. Joachim Schlichte-Bierbaum died of heart disease at the age of 68. From 1982 to 1990, he was the director of the RISM Central Office. Schlichte was born in Lübeck in 1947 and studied music education, choral conducting, German studies, art history, and musicology in...

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