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New at RISM: RISM Survey

The RISM Central Office is carrying out a survey about our online catalog, which is available free of charge at and We would like to find out who our users are, what their expectations are, and how they use the catalog. The survey is anonymous and responses will...


New at RISM: New (and first) siglum for Monaco

At the beginning of June 2014, the first RISM library siglum for the Principality of Monaco was created:  MC-MCpgil, for the Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco-Ville. The heart of the collection is made up of songs of Irish-American origin and Irish books. Many of the music scores...


New at RISM: Who was František Ignác Tůma (1704-1774)?

Today marks the 310th birthday of František Ignác Tůma. But who is celebrating? Probably nobody, because only a few people today have heard of him. A stele with organ pipes commemorates the Czech composer at his birthplace Adlerkosteletz (today Kostelec nad Orlicí). Tůma received his musical...


New at RISM: 250th anniversary of Jean-Philippe Rameau's death

Jean-Philippe Rameau died 250 years ago today. The RISM online catalog has 230 works by him in over 40 libraries. The sources are widely disseminated throughout Europe and the United States and are mostly of Rameau's stage works. There is also one autograph manuscript among them: sketches to a...


New at RISM: Jommelli at 300

Along with C. P. E. Bach and Christoph Willibald Gluck, there is another composer who was born exactly 300 years ago: Niccolò Jommelli (1714 – 1774). Jommelli was famous in his lifetime for his numerous operas and also wrote a number of oratorios, masses, and other sacred vocal music. While he was...


New at RISM: Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Mariae (B.V.) Nativitas

The birth of the Virgin Mary is commemorated on September 8 in the Catholic Church, the Orthodox Church, and the Anglican Church. The feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (In Nativitate B.M.V.) is also called the Nativity of Our Lady. It probably evolved from the festival of the...


New at RISM: On the Trail of the Music at the Dresden Court

The following article is by Nina Eichholz and was originally published on the SLUBlog. We are publishing it here with the kind permission of the SLUB Dresden. The second SLUB project began one year ago to catalog its valuable music materials from the time of the Saxon-Polish union...


New at RISM: Teresa Milanollo @RISM

Today is the birthday of Italian violinist and composer Teresa Milanollo (1827-1904). As a nine-year-old, Teresa fascinated audiences with her violin playing. Together with her sister Maria, who was five years younger, they were a successful violin prodigy duo...


New at RISM: Music Migrations in the Early Modern Age: the Meeting of the European East, West and South

The MusMig (Music Migrations) project is a three-year project funded by the Joint Research Programme “Cultural Enconters” of HERA (Humanities in the European Research Area). It seeks to document the movement of music and musicians in the east, west, and south of Europe during the seventeenth and...


New at RISM: Cats in Music

Today is International Cat Day! With RISM, you can find all the music you need to celebrate in style. If International Cat Day had started 200 years ago, musicians could have enjoyed these pieces, from RISM series A/I (printed editions before 1800): Charles Dibdin: The cat, a new song (RISM A/I...


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