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Library collections: Presenting the Music Collection at Melk Abbey

The following is a guest post by one of our RISM contributors Johannes Prominczel, music archivist at Melk Abbey. The music archive of Melk Abbey in Austria consists of around 10,000 items of notated music and books as well as about 50 musical instruments.The focus of the collection is on...


Library collections: Two sources, lots of material for research – the digital Annaberger Chorbücher

The two Annaberg choirbooks described below have been documented by the RISM working group in Dresden and are detailed in the RISM online catalog. The two manuscript collections can be found at the SLUB with the shelfmarks Mus.1-D-505 (link in RISM) and Mus.1-D-506 (link in RISM). The RISM records...


Library collections: Newly Cataloged Music from Chile

A new article in the current issue of Fontes Artis Musicae calls attention to recently cataloged music collections in Chile: Laura Fahrenkrog and Fernanda Vera, "Recently Catalogued Music Archives and Fonds in Santiago, Chile: A Contribution to the Dissemination of Written Musical Heritage of...


New at RISM, Library collections: Eugène Ysaÿe's Manuscripts

Belgian composer and violin virtuoso Eugène Ysaÿe (1858- 1931) was born 158 years ago this Saturday. Those looking for manuscript sources for Ysaÿe should look no further than the Royal Library of Belgium (B-Br). The Fonds Eugène Ysaÿe contains 161 autograph manuscripts and 1,083 printed scores (by...


Library collections: Women and music-making during the Bourbon Restoration

Emerson Morgan from the RISM US working group at Harvard University has written this article about a score newly cataloged for RISM, La naissance du sauveur (RISM ID no. 900022067). This manuscript of a unique Christmas cantata, authored by a woman composer and dedicated to a woman patron, offers...


Library collections: George Frideric Handel at the British Library

Georg Friedrich Händel (1685 - 1759) died 257 years ago today. Though born in Germany, he settled in England and became a citizen. Handel may have lost an umlaut in the process, but England gained a treasure trove of manuscripts - and indeed, in the RISM database you will find more Handel sources...


Library collections: The dating game

Trying to work out when exactly a piece of music was actually written down on paper, or published, sometimes needs the nose of a bloodhound, the detective skills of a Sherlock Holmes, and an inbuilt joy of puzzles.


Library collections: RISM Modern Monday: Marianne Teuscher (1903-2009), the "Queen Mum" of the Music Department

No, you're not mistaken: the dates of birth and death for Marianne Teuscher are correct. She lived to the ripe old age of 106 and is quite likely the longest-lived person in the RISM database - and as the fifth and last person in our RISM Modern Monday series, she brings us right to our present...


Library collections: RISM Modern Monday: Composer Archives in RISM

In our series RISM Modern Monday, we mustn't omit composer archives - collections of personal papers and/or manuscripts that are left to a library - particularly because they contain a large share of the twentieth-century musical sources that are documented in RISM. Processing these archival...


Library collections: Exhibit at the Frankfurt University Library: 350th Anniversary of Johann Andreas Herbst's Death

Johann Andreas Herbst (1588–1666) and His Music Library: A Testimonial to Music Playing and the Art of Printing Music Motivated by the ceremonial coronations for Holy Roman Emperor that took place in Frankfurt am Main in 1612 for Matthias and in 1619 for Ferdinand II, the city appointed its first...

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