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Library collections: Arias Identified in Dresden Royal Private Music Collection

Our colleague Roberto Scoccimarro from the SLUB in Dresden (D-Dl) brings us the latest from the Dresden Court Music project. Arias in the Royal Private Music Collection are full of exciting surprises, allowing us to identify composers and put stray arias back with their operas. One example is...

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Library collections: The Full English: Digitized English Folk Manuscripts

The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) and its partners present the world’s largest online collection of English folk manuscripts. Freely explore 80,000 pages of traditional songs, dances, tunes and customs from the golden age of folk music collecting, within the manuscripts of nineteen of...

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Library collections: Digitizing Materials from Dresden's Royal Music Collections

In February 2015, the first manuscripts were digitized from the DFG-funded project Dresden Court Church and Royal Private Music Collection (Hofkirche und Königliche Privat-Musikaliensammlung). High-resolution images can be found of compositions by Jan Dismas Zelenka, Johann David Heinichen, Antonio...

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Library collections: Happy Birthday, Brahms and Tchaikovsky!

On May 7, Brahms and Tchaikovsky share a birthday—an annual event since Tchaikovsky waltzed into the world in1840, seven years after Brahms. Recognition of this coincidentally shared date might provide an excuse to look in the Library’s depths for any links between our Tchaikovsky and Brahms...

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Library collections: New Research on Mexican Sources

During the month of April, Dr. John Lazos is spending his time between research at various Mexican archives and giving a seminar at the Faculty of Music of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Dr. Lazos has been awarded a bursary from the Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes (FONCA)...

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Library collections: Composers identified in Dresden's royal music collections

In the DFG project Hofkirche und Königliche Privat-Musikaliensammlung (Dresden Court Church and Royal Private Music Sheet Collection), which has been underway for the past year and a half, scholars working on the project have already made numerous new identifications.

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Library collections: Bach 330: The Brandenburg Concerto Manuscript at the Library of Congress

In May, 1723, Johann Sebastian Bach began, following his appointment as the Cantor at St. Thomas School and Director of Music in Leipzig, a period of creative activity of staggering productivity. In fulfillment of his responsibility for providing sacred music for the principal churches of Leipzig,...

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Library collections: Cataloging and Digitizing the Dom-Musikverein and Mozarteum Collection in Salzburg (to 1881)

The International Mozarteum Foundation has started a new project in cooperation with the Archdioceses Archive in Salzburg. The goal is to catalog the valuable historical collection of the Dom-Musikverein and Mozarteum (Society for Music at the Cathedral and Mozarteum).

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Library collections: Funding Renewed for KoFIM Berlin Project

The following announcement has come to us from Martina Rebmann (Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin): With generous support from the German Research Foundation (DFG), the KoFIM Berlin project (Kompetenzzentrum Forschung und Information Musik/Center of Excellence for Research and Information in Music) will...

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Library collections: 'Earliest' polyphonic music discovered in British Library

Reports emerged recently in the press of the discovery in the British Library of the earliest piece of polyphonic music. Can this strange coded message really rewrite the history of choral music by shifting the earliest known harmony back by more than a century? Let’s take a closer look…

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