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RISM online catalog: Help RISM identify unknown languages

We were editing some records and found that around 100 vocal pieces in the RISM database have the language code "undetermined." Do you recognize any of the languages used in the text? Take a look at the table and let us know if anything looks familiar (link also here):  ...

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RISM online catalog: Almost 20,000 Records from the BnF Now Also in RISM

We have received the following from François-Pierre Goy (Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Département de la Musique): Even though not all music manuscripts from the Bibliothèque nationale de France are in RISM, F-Pn is now the siglum with the fifth highest number of records in the database. The...

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RISM online catalog: 10 Years of the RISM Online Catalog: Our Users

The RISM Catalog was released online ten years ago this month. On Monday we shared a piece by the RISM director, Klaus Keil, about the development of the catalog from microfiche to open access catalog. Today we’d like to share a few encouraging words from a very important group of people: our...

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RISM online catalog: 10 Years of the RISM Online Catalog

Ten years ago this month, the RISM online catalog was first released free of charge. Not only has the amount of data significantly increased since then, but the catalog's software is regularly updated and improved. The amount of data has increased from an initial 700,000 records with descriptions...

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RISM online catalog: New RISM Tutorial in German

We are pleased to announce the release of a new tutorial in German about the RISM project and the online catalog. Musikwissenschaft: RISM – Internationales Quellenlexikon der Musik was produced by the musicology department of the Universität Tübingen as part of the series “Tübinger Tutorials zur...

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RISM online catalog: 2019 Upgrade of the RISM Catalog

RISM and the Bavarian State Library (BSB, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek) announce a major upgrade of the RISM online catalog at https://opac.rism.info/.One year ago, the RISM Catalog interface was redesigned and many improvements were added. Today's release comes one year after that major upgrade....

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RISM online catalog: Search Strategies for Printed Music

Printed music is one of the "classic" RISM sources, with a long RISM tradition alongside music manuscripts, libretti, and treatises. Searching for printed music in the RISM catalog has only been possible since 2015, when printed editions by a single composer (to 1800) were added along...

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RISM online catalog: Searching for People in the New RISM Catalog

The new version of the RISM catalog that was released over the summer has opened up the possibility to do a detailed search for the people that appear in RISM records: composers, publishers, singers, instrumentalists, dedicatees, etc. Though we are working on making this tool more intuitive to use,...

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RISM online catalog: Music in Different Languages for International Mother Language Day

Today, February 21, is officially International Mother Language Day. This day was first commemorated in 2000 by the United Nations in order to highlight the significance of native languages as a cultural asset and to foster the linguistic and cultural diversity of people around the world. Over...

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RISM online catalog: Liturgical Festivals in the RISM Database with Three Examples

These holidays are familiar to many: saint’s feast days, the celebration of name days, and the Christian holidays such as Christmas, Easter, and Pentecost. But did you know that the Church also celebrates historical events such as the Exaltation of the Holy Cross? One clear example of the...

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