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Library collections: Announcing the new RISM UK Catalogue

The following originally appeared on the Music Blog of the British Library on 16 October 2020 (Creative Commons):  RISM UK is pleased to announce the launch of the new RISM UK Catalogue. The catalogue is a subset of the international RISM Online Catalogue of Musical Sources. It contains all...

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New at RISM: Printed Music and Early Printed Books

We are excited to be included in the list of catalogs on the website Early Printed Books by Sarah Werner, a resource for exploring the history of the medium between 1450 to 1800. The website complements the book Studying Early Printed Books 1450–1800: A Practical Guide (Wiley, 2019) and offers...

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New at RISM: The Other Giacomo Puccini

No, today we don't mean the opera composer Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924), who has ca. 100 entries in the RISM database, but rather the composer of sacred music. Giacomo Puccini was the great-great grandfather of the famous opera composer and lived from 1712 to 1781.   He studied in Bologna...

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Library collections: The Fondo Cappella Sistina in RISM

We have received the following from Thomas Schmidt (Dean of Music, Humanities and Media, Professor of Musicology, University of Huddersfield): The catalogue of the music sources of the Fondo Cappella Sistina in the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana goes back to a research project under the direction...

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Library collections: Jenny Lind at 200

The famous Swedish soprano Jenny Lind was born 200 years ago, on October 6, 1820. In the RISM database, Lind is not only named on sources as a singer (such as in the Swedish song "Der Hirt" by Isak Berg) but also as a dedicatee, former owner, and even copyist. Anton Wallerstein's...

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RISM A-Z: Eugenia Tadolini

Italian opera of the 19th century presented new challenges for singers, especially for coloratura sopranos. Eugenia Tadolini (1808-1872) delighted the public as well as numerous composers throughout her over twenty-year career. Atypically for a coloratura soprano, she refrained from adding her own...

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In memoriam: Friedrich W. Riedel (1929-2020)

Prof. Dr. Friedrich W. Riedel, who led the RISM Zentralredaktion from 1960 to 1967 when it was in Kassel, died on 10 September 2020. Friedrich Wilhelm Riedel was born in 1929 in Cuxhaven and studied sacred music in Lübeck and music, history, and liturgics in Kiel, earning his doctorate in 1957....

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RISM online catalog: Help RISM identify unknown languages

We were editing some records and found that around 100 vocal pieces in the RISM database have the language code "undetermined." Do you recognize any of the languages used in the text? Take a look at the table and let us know if anything looks familiar (link also here):  ...

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New at RISM: RISM Projects While Working from Home

With Coronavirus restrictions still in place to varying degrees around the world, not everyone has been able to return to their library or archive to work at full capacity. We have a few suggestions for those of you who are looking for projects that can be carried out from home that involve your...

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New at RISM: RISM Data in Now EROMM

Digitized musical sources (manuscripts, printed music, writings on music theory, libretti) from RISM are now available through EROMM Search. EROMM is the European Register of Microform and Digital Masters, which has the goal of coordinating digitization and microfilming activities and helping users...

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