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New at RISM: Printed Music to 1550: A Report from the Central Office II

For those who are interested in early music prints, watch out! After revising the entries from the RISM B/I series to 1550 (see report) and related A/I entries, all of the remaining A/I entries to 1550 have now been revised. Some of them now have exact years and in other cases new copies have been...

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Electronic resources: Bach Family Autographs Online

Have you ever seen Johann Sebastian Bach's Art of the Fugue in the composer's own handwriting? How about the St. Matthew Passion or the Well-Tempered Clavier? With the Bach Digital database, you have all this and more at your fingertips.If you're not familiar with this resource, Bach Digital is a...

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Events: The Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth is open again, in all its Baroque glory

After more than five years of renovation, the Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth will reopen in a ceremony today (12 April). This Baroque opera house is one of a kind in the world, with a splendid wooden interior surrounded by tiered boxes, and has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2012.The...

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Electronic resources: RISM's B/III (The Theory of Music) Now a Database

We have received this announcement from our colleague Christian Meyer: The catalogs of manuscripts described in RISM's series B/III (The Theory of Music, 6 vol., Munich: G. Henle, 1961-2003), published online in 2001 through the Lexicon musicum Latinum (LML), is now available as a database.The HTML...

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New at RISM: Byzantine Music Archives join Muscat

We have received the following announcement from Arsinoi Ioannidou on behalf of RISM Greece: The Working Group of the RISM Office in Greece, Maria Aslanidi, Aris Bazmadelis and Arsinoi Ioannidou, is currently embarking on a nationwide project to document Byzantine music in Greece, using Muscat....

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In memoriam: Remembering Danuta Szlagowska (1946-2018)

We were saddened to hear of the death of our dear colleague Prof. Dr. Hab. Danuta Szlagwoska, who passed away on 13 March 2018.Prof. Szlagwoska had been a member of the RISM Poland working group in Gdańsk since 1997. Through her extensive documentation work there, she contributed immensely to the...

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Events: 100th Anniversary of Claude Debussy's Death

The following post is by Ulrike Schädel, our intern for winter 2018: This Sunday, 25 March 2018, marks the 100th anniversary of Claude Debussy's death. He was born in a little French village in 1862 and died at the age of 56 in 1918 in Paris. The RISM database reveals Debussy's innermost dark...

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New publications: The Compositions Attributed to G. F. Handel, 1700-1800

This one is new to our bookshelves: Hans Joachim Marx and Steffen Voss, Die G. F. Händel zugeschriebenen Kompositionen, 1700-1800 / The Compositions Attributed to G. F. Handel, 1700-1800 (HWV Anh. B) (Hildesheim: Olms, 2017). ISBN: 978-3-487-15483-1.This book is the result of a project called...

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Events: Lili Boulanger (21 August 1893–15 March 1918)

The following is a guest post by Dr. Anya Holland-Barry: Marie-Juliette Olga (“Lili”) Boulanger (21 August 1893–15 March 1918) was a French composer whose musical compositions exemplified leading contemporary French musical styles of her day. She came from a long familial lineage of musicians, and...

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Electronic resources: The Music Printing History Online Museum

We stumbled upon this interesting online museum: Music Printing History. It details different technological aspects concerning printing music and is richly illustrated.You can see examples of the technology that brought about the historical printed music that RISM currently covers (to about 1800):...

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