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New at RISM: Looking back 300 years ago: Mattheson's "Der brauchbare Virtuoso" from 1720

It's not only numerous composers who are celebrating major anniversaries: compositions are too. When you think of Johann Mattheson, you might first think of his writings that appeared in Hamburg, Der vollkommene Capellmeister (1739) or his Grundlage einer Ehren-Pforte (1740). But this time we're...

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New at RISM: Music and Dance for the Recovery of King Philip III of Spain

Around exactly 400 years ago, the printed music anthology Breve Racconto della Festa a Ballo was published in Naples by Costantino Vitale, of which only one copy is known today, held by the Bibliothèque nationale de France (F-Pn). The Festa a Ballo is one of the few examples of Italian court dance...

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New at RISM: Revising Records for Post-1600 Printed Anthologies: There is an End in Sight!

The project that began in November 2018 to revise the B/I records for printed music anthologies from 1601 to 1700, of which the printed editions up to 1610 have been online since March 2019, is slowly but surely coming to an end. Entries up to 1650 are completely online and the second half of the...

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New at RISM: The First Record from Andorra in RISM: The “Periodico de musica” of Maria Rosa d’Areny Jordana

We have received the following from Joan Benavent Peiró, PhD student in musicology at University of Andorra. The Principality of Andorra has recently been incorporated into the RISM database with the cataloging of “El Periódico de música de la S. D. Maria Rosa de Areny” (RISM ID no.: 1001050169)....

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New at RISM: Vicente Olmos Claver: A Spanish Chapel Master of the 18th Century

We have received the following from Ángel Marzal, who recently cataloged the works of Vicente Olmos Claver for RISM.  Vicente Olmos Claver was born around 1744 in Catarroja, a Spanish town located near Valencia. According to documentation in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Valencia, our chapel...

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New at RISM: 300 Years of "Radamisto" by George Frideric Handel

On 27 April 1720, in the presence of King George I, the opera Radamisto by George Frideric Handel with a libretto by Nicola Francesco Haym received its premiere at the King's Theatre in London. Radamisto was Handel’s first opera for the Royal Academy of Music, a private opera company that was...

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New at RISM: RISM in re3data

The Registry of Research Data Repositories (re3data) is a global registry that covers research data repositories from different academic disciplines. It presents repositories for the permanent storage and access of data sets to researchers, funding bodies, publishers, and scholarly institutions....

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New at RISM: Karin Weißert: Internship report

As part of my bachelor’s degree in musicology at the Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt am Main, one is required to work an internship that lasts 150 hours. For my internship, I resolved not to go to an opera house or concert hall to learn the organizational requirements of putting on events. This...

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New at RISM: First RISM Siglum for Papua New Guinea

Part of our work at RISM includes creating new library sigla for any institution worldwide that holds material related to music research. We regularly receive requests from scholars, archivists, and librarians every month. In the course of our daily work, we also stumble upon institutions for which...

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New at RISM: RISM Central Office Temporarily Closed

As a precautionary measure due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the RISM Central Office in Frankfurt has been closed since 19 March 2020. We are currently working in a limited capacity, so we thank you in advance for your understanding. We continue to be reachable through the usual ways,...

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