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Library collections: RISM Modern Monday: Music Manuscripts in the Gustav Mahler-Alfred Rosé Collection

Did you know that music in RISM's database extends beyond the year 1800? Over the next few Mondays, we'll put the spotlight on some of the newer pieces in the database.

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Library collections: Manuscript Tablatures and Partbooks up to the 17th Century in the Bavarian State Library

The manuscript tablatures and partbooks of the Bavarian State Library (BSB) up to the seventeenth century are, in addition to early printed music and choirbooks, the third and final type of universal music collection owned by the dukes of Bavaria in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.The...

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Library collections: Poland's Bibliotheca Rudolphina

The Silesian duke Georg Rudolf von Liegnitz (1595-1653) of the Piast dynasty had a remarkable library. Polish music librarians and musicologists are currently cataloging parts of its music collection. As a result of World War II, the music collection was divided and distributed among four Polish...

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Library collections: Manuscript containing Jewish liturgical songs (1832) now in RISM

In 2010, a manuscript of liturgical songs of the Jewish community in Vienna was discovered. Now digitized and cataloged, it is first instance of a manuscript with liturgical synagogue music from the early nineteenth century in the RISM online catalog.

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Library collections: Historical inventories of music online

Eight historical, handwritten inventories of music from the Dresden court have recently been made available online for researchers and everyone interested in music.

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Library collections: Schubert Autograph Music Manuscripts in Schubert Online

All of the autograph music manuscripts by Franz Schubert (1797-1828) that are housed at the Berlin State Library (Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, SBB) - numbering around 60 total - have been digitized and cataloged in the RISM database as part of the project Schubert Online. The digitized music is...

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Library collections: The Royal Library of Belgium acquires the only known manuscript of "Le Retour des plaisirs" (1719) by André Vaillant

The Music Division of the Royal Library of Belgium has recently acquired the handwritten score (shelf no. Mus. Ms. 4448) which belonged to Gilles-Joseph de Boussu. The manuscript is so far the sole extant musical source of this opera, which has been entirely transcribed by Kris De Baerdemacker,...

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Library collections: Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880) at the British Library

Jacques Offenbach died 135 years ago today. To mark the occasion we're bringing you this post by Susan Halstead, which originally appeared on the British Library's European Studies Blog (CC-BY). The RISM database has 125 works relating to Offenbach. A dish fit for the gods: 150 years of...

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Library collections: Poetry of the Seventeenth Century in Music

The 37 "Livres d’airs de différents auteurs" (1658) issued by the music publishers Robert and Christophe Ballard are now digitized and available free online from Gallica.

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Library collections: Digitized Opera Scores at the German Historical Institute in Rome

Digitization of around 180 opera scores from the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries has recently been completed as part of a multi-year research project financed by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and led by Dr. Roland Pfeiffer at the Department of Music History of the German Historical...

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