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New at RISM: New Year's Greetings and Composer Anniversaries

Happy New Year! We are looking forward to celebrating the anniversaries of the following musicians as well as other people that you can find in the RISM online catalog.


New at RISM: A Summer of Musical Sources

Martin Bierwisch, a musicology student at the Universität Mainz, spent the summer with us as an intern. Read on about his experiences. If you are interested in an internship with RISM, please get in touch: The idea of doing an internship at the RISM Zentralredaktion was the...


New at RISM: Music for Advent

On Sunday, the Christmas season will be in full swing: It's the first Sunday of Advent.


New at RISM: Christoph Wolff named Honorary President of RISM

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Christoph Wolff has been named Honorary President by the current RISM Board of Directors. While he was president of RISM from 2004-2013, he made outstanding contributions to the Association. First and foremost was the successful renewal of funding for the RISM Zentralredaktion...


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...


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