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Library collections: Music Archival Collections at the Bavarian State Libary

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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Library collections: RISM and Big Data

The British Library and Royal Holloway, University of London (partner institutions for RISM United Kingdom) have announced that they have received a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) for just over £79,000 towards a research project exploring centuries' worth of...

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Library collections: New RISM Site in Germany: Tower Library, Nürtingen

Time and again, one finds that archives and libraries with rare and interesting musical sources manage to exist under the radar of scholars. Often these are smaller church or city archives that have just recently arranged their materials and made them accessible to the public, or whose collection...

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