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Library collections: Manuscript containing Jewish liturgical songs (1832) now in RISM

In 2010, a manuscript of liturgical songs of the Jewish community in Vienna was discovered. Now digitized and cataloged, it is first instance of a manuscript with liturgical synagogue music from the early nineteenth century in the RISM online catalog.


Library collections: Historical inventories of music online

Eight historical, handwritten inventories of music from the Dresden court have recently been made available online for researchers and everyone interested in music.


Library collections: Schubert Autograph Music Manuscripts in Schubert Online

All of the autograph music manuscripts by Franz Schubert (1797-1828) that are housed at the Berlin State Library (Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, SBB) - numbering around 60 total - have been digitized and cataloged in the RISM database as part of the project Schubert Online. The digitized music is...


Library collections: The Royal Library of Belgium acquires the only known manuscript of "Le Retour des plaisirs" (1719) by André Vaillant

The Music Division of the Royal Library of Belgium has recently acquired the handwritten score (shelf no. Mus. Ms. 4448) which belonged to Gilles-Joseph de Boussu. The manuscript is so far the sole extant musical source of this opera, which has been entirely transcribed by Kris De Baerdemacker,...


Library collections: Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880) at the British Library

Jacques Offenbach died 135 years ago today. To mark the occasion we're bringing you this post by Susan Halstead, which originally appeared on the British Library's European Studies Blog (CC-BY). The RISM database has 125 works relating to Offenbach. A dish fit for the gods: 150 years of...


Library collections: Poetry of the Seventeenth Century in Music

The 37 "Livres d’airs de différents auteurs" (1658) issued by the music publishers Robert and Christophe Ballard are now digitized and available free online from Gallica.


Library collections: Digitized Opera Scores at the German Historical Institute in Rome

Digitization of around 180 opera scores from the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries has recently been completed as part of a multi-year research project financed by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and led by Dr. Roland Pfeiffer at the Department of Music History of the German Historical...


Library collections: Cataloguing 17th- and 18th-century Manuscripts of French Music in the Ward Collection (US-CAward)

Natasha Roule, a candidate for the PhD in historical musicology at Harvard University, has spent the summer as a Pforzheimer Fellow at Houghton Library, Harvard’s principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, including rich holdings in print and manuscript music. Here is her account of her...


Library collections: Two significant Hanover collections now in RISM

Cataloging historical manuscripts in RISM has recently been completed for two important music institutions in Hanover, the capital of Lower Saxony. Though these collections are relatively small, they contain sources that are of great historical interest and significance. Both institutions loaned...


Library collections: After more than 200 years, one of Mozart’s autograph manuscripts returns to Salzburg

Thanks to the generous support of a private donor, the Salzburg Mozarteum Foundation has been able to acquire an extensive autograph manuscript by Mozart. The manuscript is a copy of a work by Eugenio di Ligniville by Wolfgang and Leopold Mozart, which was in private hands until now. The original...

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