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New at RISM: Johann Kuhnau (1660-1722)

Johann Kuhnau – wasn't he Johann Sebastian Bach's predecessor as Thomaskantor in Leipzig? Correct, but are you also familiar with his compositions? Maybe not so much.Kuhnau became especially famous through his works for keyboard instruments, which included Musicalische Vorstellung Einiger...


New at RISM: New RISM Working Group in Asia Founded

The working group RISM-Chinese Language Region was planned at a conference concerning the Collaborative Project on Chinese Music Resources (CPCMR) held in October 2015. CPCMR was launched to promote the collection of Chinese music literature, to develop technical standards for processing the...


New at RISM: New CD of Music for Johann Konrad Wörle's Organs

Premieres of new sounds: Presenting music from the Biblioteca dell'Accademia nazionale dei Lincei e Corsiniana in Rome (I-Rli), the Biblioteca nazionale centrale in Rome (I-Rn), and the Santini-Bibliothek in Münster (D-MÜs) on an organ built by the Tyrolean organ builder Johann Konrad Wörle (also...


New at RISM: Music, musicology, libraries: An intern's report

We just said farewell to our intern Anne-Marie Wurster, who spent five weeks with us here at the the RISM Central Office in Frankfurt. She has submitted this reflection of her time here:At the intersection of musicology and librarianship - that's right where I wanted to be. And that is how I...


New at RISM: 30 Johann Bachs, or searching for "unclear" composers

Back in March we showed you in this space how to link to RISM searches in the online catalog. In most cases, this works without a hitch - you can even use pseudonyms or other forms of the name, as long as they are entered as variants in RISM. Here's a search using "Melante" for Georg...


New at RISM: Announcing a New RISM Working Group in Poznań, Poland

A new RISM working group was founded this past June at the Institute for Musicology at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. Under the direction of Dr. habil. Alina Mądry and with the support of Dr. habil. Magdalena Walter-Mazur, the new RISM group in Poznań will work with interested...


New at RISM: The Start of Bohemian Watermark Research in the RISM Working Group in Prague (National Library of the Czech Republic)

This report has come to us from Eliška Šedivá, RISM Czech Republic: A year ago we started to develop a proper and systematic method for researching watermarks as an important indication of the provenance and time determination of musical sources. Furthermore, we believe that correct watermark...


New at RISM: Results of the RISM User Study, Part IV: Your Comments - Libraries, Coverage, and Completeness

The week concludes with another close look at the comments you made in the recent RISM survey. "I just wish some very important institutions like A-Wgm [Vienna, Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde] were also listed." - Respondent 135 The core of this question came up often, variously...


New at RISM: Results of the RISM User Study, Part III: Your Comments - Chronological Limits

Today, we're continuing the conversation about comments we received from the recent RISM survey. On Monday we talked about countries represented in RISM and secondary literature. Today: "Do you still have the cataloging limit of 1850?"- Respondent 372 "I thought you were limited to...


New at RISM: Results of the RISM User Study, Part II: Your Comments - Coverage in RISM and Citing Literature

We received hundreds of comments in our recent survey of the online catalog. We are carefully considering each one of them and would like to take some time to address some of the larger issues raised. Today we are talking about coverage in RISM and citing literature. Later this week, we will...

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