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Library collections: Music Manuscripts from the Staats- und Stadtbibliothek Augsburg to the Mid-17th Century: Cataloging, Digitizing, and Watermark Thermography

We have received the following from Bernhard Lutz (Bavarian State Library): Starting November 2020, the Bavarian State Library will catalog and digitize ca. 80 music manuscripts from the dawn of music notation to the mid-17th century owned by the State and City Library of Augsburg (Staats- und...

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Library collections: Diversity in RISM

There are over 138,000 people in the RISM online catalog: not all composers or musicians who ever lived, but only those who are connected with a musical source. Biographical information is recorded about each person in a separate record so that we can clearly identify the person and separate them...

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Library collections: Announcing the new RISM UK Catalogue

The following originally appeared on the Music Blog of the British Library on 16 October 2020 (Creative Commons):  RISM UK is pleased to announce the launch of the new RISM UK Catalogue. The catalogue is a subset of the international RISM Online Catalogue of Musical Sources. It contains all...

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Library collections: The Fondo Cappella Sistina in RISM

We have received the following from Thomas Schmidt (Dean of Music, Humanities and Media, Professor of Musicology, University of Huddersfield): The catalogue of the music sources of the Fondo Cappella Sistina in the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana goes back to a research project under the direction...

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Library collections: Jenny Lind at 200

The famous Swedish soprano Jenny Lind was born 200 years ago, on October 6, 1820. In the RISM database, Lind is not only named on sources as a singer (such as in the Swedish song "Der Hirt" by Isak Berg) but also as a dedicatee, former owner, and even copyist. Anton Wallerstein's...

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Library collections: Taking on “Anonymous”

Thanks to numerous tips from several colleagues, we are now able to provide more specific information about collections of arias that are housed at the Biblioteca Estense in Modena (I-MOe). Many of the composers of unattributed arias have been identified, as well as the operas that the arias are...

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Library collections: The anonymous cantata "Chiuso è già Borea nevoso"

Over 230,000 sources in the RISM online catalog are anonymous and often languish unnoticed. One cantata, however, shows that it is sometimes worth it to leave trusted paths of inquiry: this beautiful manuscript from 1716. As a matter of fact, we know quite a bit about the work: Antonio Ottoboni...

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Library collections: A Royal Library: King Ludwig II's Music Collection

One of the people with a major birthday in 2020 is King Ludwig II of Bavaria, who was born 175 years ago on August 25, 1845. (Here's a song to celebrate him.) King Ludwig is a figure who probably needs no introduction: his fairy-tale castles belong to the itineraries of many visitors to Bavaria,...

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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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