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Library collections: Gaetano Brunetti manuscripts online at the Library of Congress

We have received the following from our colleagues at the Library of Congress: The Library of Congress’ Music Division has put 53 holograph and 64 copyist manuscripts of Italian composer Gaetano Brunetti online. Gaetano Brunetti (1744-1798) was an Italian composer and violinist who moved to Spain...

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Library collections: The Music for Richard Wagner's "Rienzi" Preserved in Dresden

This weekend was supposed to see the opening of the Wagner Festival in Bayreuth. Instead, a full, alternative program is planned. We'll take this opportunity to take a look at the music preserved for Richard Wagner's Rienzi, which was used in Dresden over a long period of time. The music material...

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Library collections: New Records from the Moravian Music Foundation now in RISM

We have received the following from Barbara Strauss, Moravian Music Foundation (Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA). The Salem Collegium Musicum Collection is now in RISM (library siglum: US-WS). The Salem Collegium Musicum collection includes primarily instrumental chamber and small-orchestra...

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Library collections: The Gerald Coke Handel Collection at the Foundling Museum

The following is by Katharine Hogg (The Foundling Museum, GB-Lfom) and originally appeared on the IAML UK & Ireland blog. It is reprinted here with kind permission. The Gerald Coke Handel Collection at the Foundling Museum comprises over 12,000 items from the eighteenth century to the present,...

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Library collections: Was this book of Pleyel sonatas once part of Jane Austen's circle?

Music is part of the atmosphere of any Jane Austen novel. Eighteen music books containing almost 600 pieces in print and manuscript form and belonging to the Austen family were digitized in 2016. We know that the novelist used or compiled several of the books herself, representing some of the few...

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Library collections: Stylistic Eras Meet Each Other

Pater Roman has a short report for us about how things have almost returned to normal at Heiligenkreuz Abbey (Austria) after these exceptional circumstances. Gregorian chant rings out in accordance with Cistercian and Benedictine traditions at the Romanesque and Gothic collegiate church of...

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Library collections: Music Manuscripts by Richard Strauss and Hans Pfitzner Online

The following was originally published on the blog of the Bavarian State Library and is reprinted here with kind permission.  For years, the Bavarian State Library (BSB) has been making music manuscripts from its most prominent composer archival collections available online, including the...

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Library collections: The Franz Lehár Collection in Bad Ischl, Austria

We have received the following from our RISM contributor Sandra Föger (RISM Austria): April 30, 2020 marks the 150th birthday of Franz Lehár. His works are still very much alive on stages worldwide even today. His operettas such as The Merry Widow, The Count of Luxemburg, Gipsy Love, Paganini, Der...

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Library collections: Preview of New Records for Polish Music in RISM

We have received the following from Marcelina Chojecka (RISM Poland, Narodowy Instytut Fryderyka Chopina): Between August 2019 and January 2020, the Fryderyk Chopin Institute has catalogued 771 manuscripts and autographs by Polish composers in the RISM database: Józef Elsner (1769–1854) –...

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Library collections: New Imported Records from France

After receiving a batch of records from the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris and after an intensive period of technical preparations, we gained some experience and found some ways for an automated data conversion. In fall 2019, ca. 19,000 records for handwritten musical sources were then...

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