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Library collections: Music Collections in Berlin and Munich

C.P.E. Bach, Wilhelm Killmayer, Ruth Zechlin, Richard Strauss, Manfred Schubert, and RISM itself. The latest edition of Bibliotheksmagazin: Mitteilungen aus den Staatsbibliotheken in Berlin und München is packed with articles about music collections and includes an article by our colleague Steffen...


Library collections: Wagner exhibit in Bamberg

The latest edition of the Bibliotheksforum Bayern has a wonderfully illustrated article about last year's exhibition about Richard Wagner at the Staatsbibliothek Bamberg (D-BAs). The library marked the occasion of both the 200th anniversary of Wagner's birth and the 130th anniversary of his death...


Library collections: RISM and Big Data

The British Library and Royal Holloway, University of London (partner institutions for RISM United Kingdom) have announced that they have received a grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) for just over £79,000 towards a research project exploring centuries' worth of...


Library collections: New RISM Site in Germany: Tower Library, Nürtingen

Time and again, one finds that archives and libraries with rare and interesting musical sources manage to exist under the radar of scholars. Often these are smaller church or city archives that have just recently arranged their materials and made them accessible to the public, or whose collection...


Library collections, Electronic resources: Digitized Choirbooks at the Bavarian State Library

The Bavarian State Library is currently digitizing its collection of 165 choirbooks containing polyphonic music from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, most of which are large and lavishly decorated.


Library collections: Henry Vieuxtemps at the Royal Library of Belgium

Henry Vieuxtemps (1820-1881) is in the news at the Royal Library of Belgium, with an important find and an online exhibition. Unknown opera ‘La Fiancée de Messine’ by Henry Vieuxtemps in the Music Department of the Royal Library of Belgium In 2011, the King Baudouin Foundation bought an...


Library collections, Electronic resources: Digitization Project at the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin

Among the distinguished treasures in the Music Department of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin are the approximately 10,000 works in the autograph music manuscripts collection. The collection, part of the world's cultural heritage, consists of a broad spectrum of composers with pieces in their own...


Library collections: A unique collection of music manuscripts by the Belgian composer Henry Vieuxtemps in the Music Department of the Royal Library of Belgium

The King Baudouin Foundation bought an exceptional set of music manuscripts by the violinist Henry Vieuxtemps (1820-1881), Belgium’s most famous composer of the 19th century. The manuscripts, unknown so far to musicians and musicologists, have been recently brought to the Music Department of the...


Library collections: Processing Music Manuscripts Completed at the St. Boniface Abbey Library, Munich (D-Mb)

The abbot of the St. Boniface Abbey in Munich, RR Johannes Eckert, was presented with a catalog of the music manuscripts in his abbey library on January 20, 2012.  This brought to a close the inventorying of manuscripts by Dr. Gottfried Heinz-Kronberger, from the RISM working group in...


Library collections: Manuscripts from the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Liepāja (Latvia)

Within the framework of a project sponsored by the Baltic-German Academic Consortium in the Latvian port city of Liepāja, valuable music manuscripts from the second half of the 18th century were cataloged for RISM by a team of researchers from Germany and Latvia. The project involved a unique...


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