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New at RISM: Looking Back on 2019

The year 2020 is still young, but let's take a moment to look back on 2019 at the most popular stories from the world of musical sources that we published here on the RISM blog. May 2020 be as rich with discoveries!

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Events: 2020: Not Just Beethoven!

Happy New Year!As in past years, we would like to take a look at musical anniversaries for the next twelve months. It goes without saying that Beethoven will play a large role at RISM in 2020 but there are also over other 1,300 people to discover: composers, librettists, performers, dedicatees, or...

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Events: Happy Holidays 2019!

The RISM Central Office wishes you and your family all the best for a festive holiday season. We would like to thank you for your valuable work this year and we wish you all the best for a happy and successful 2020.  Our office will be closed beginning December 23 and will reopen January 2,...

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New at RISM: Listomania

As part of our regular editing work in the Central Office, we add references to secondary literature—old and new—to records in the RISM database. We do this for many reasons: adding a catalog of works, correcting a mistaken attribution, or enhancing the record with details we did not yet have.

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In the news: Insect of the Year 2019: Red Mason Bee

The Red Mason Bee was chosen as the 2019 Insect of the Year by the environmental organization NABU for Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. It is the most common mason bee in Germany.When we think about bees, we usually think of the busy honey bee. But there are actually many species of bees. Not all...

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Library collections: Bari, Barletta, Crispiano, Lecco, Mantova, Noci, Novara, Sassoferrato, and Vercelli

The newest records in the RISM catalog include music manuscripts that we imported from the Italian database SBN Musica. This is part of an ongoing project that we reported on in August.Records from the following libraries can now be found in RISM:I-BAibimus (19 records)I-BARas (33 records)I-CRIc...

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In the news: RISM on a Lark

As we enter the deep months of winter here in Frankfurt (no snow yet, though), thinking about 2019's Bird of the Year puts us in a spring mood with thoughts of nice weather. The skylark is the 2019 Bird of the Year here in Germany, chosen by the environmental organization NABU. The attention drawn...

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Library collections: New RISM Cataloging Project at the Conservatory of Queretaro, Mexico

Proyecto de catalogación del Conservatorio de Querétaro, México (English below) John G. Lazos, nuestro colaborador está a punto de comenzar el proyecto de catalogación del acervo musical del Fondo reservado del Conservatorio “José Guadalupe Velázquez” en Querétaro, México (siendo su clave en RISM:...

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Events: RISM at the Helsinki Cataloging Seminar

RISM participated in the Helsinki Cataloging Seminar hosted by the University of Helsinki and the National Library of Finland last month, which took place on October 22. I (Jennifer Ward) was invited by our colleague Jaakko Tuohiniemi (Helsinki University Library) to hold to keynote address for an...

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New at RISM: Caught the Catch?

While revising the many anthologies published by John Playford starting around 1650 (titles ranging from Catch that Catch Can and Musicks Recreation to Select Ayres and Dialoges) the entry for B/I 1653|7 (Select Musicall Ayres and Dialogues […] Printed by T[homas] H[arper] for John Playford) stood...

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