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Events: Amélie-Julie Candeille at 250

Child prodigy, singer, actress, composer, librettist, harpist, pianist, playwright, comedian, or maybe simply polymath...few of the people in the RISM database can lay claim to so many roles. Amélie-Julie Candeille (1767-1834), who was born 250 years ago today, found success on a number of fronts...

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Events: Riga, RISM, Līgo

Four people from the RISM Central Office attended the annual IAML Congress in Riga, Latvia in June 2017. The following is a congress diary from all four participants that was originally published on the IAML website. In keeping with the Congress Diary tradition, the reflections are presented in the...

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Events: Mark the Music! Uncovering Musical Sources in Sweden

Last month, the week before the IAML Congress in Riga, the Svenska musikbiblioteksföreningen (the Swedish branch of IAML) hosted a course called Mark the Music — a course for librarians working with music. Pia Shekhter (University of Gothenburg's Music and Drama Library) invited me (Jennifer...

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Events: Timothy Swan (1758-1842): An Early American Composer

Timothy Swan died 175 years ago this Sunday. We might be able to call Timothy Swan one of the first American composers. Born on July 23, 1758, in the British colony of Massachusetts, Swan initially worked as a merchant in his youth and learned the trade of hatmaking.

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New at RISM: A Musicological Summer in Frankfurt

Musicology, music librarianship, and German language study are the three main interests that I discovered in the course of my undergraduate career, so it was thrilling for me to find out during my final semester of college that I would be able to undertake an internship at the RISM Central Office...

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RISM A-Z: Eva Judd O’Meara: A Music Librarian in a New Profession

Eva Judd O’Meara (1884-1979) did not take the conventional road to a career in music librarianship. She had no musical training, she lacked a college degree, and she became a music librarian by accident. But it was not just a matter of being in the right place at the right time; her keen...

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RISM online catalog: Deciphered any initials today?

From time to time, diligent users of the RISM online catalog send us information regarding the identification of pieces, particularly printed editions, where the composers are named only by initials (these are the pieces with A/I numbers beginning with IN and ININ). The following post will briefly...

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Library collections: A Century of John Milton Ward

Today, John Milton Ward, the donor of the Harvard Theatre Collection’s Ward Collection, would have been 100 years old. Having spent most of my formative Harvard years working with him, I’d like to take a moment to share some thoughts.

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In memoriam: Dr. Kurt Dorfmüller (28 April 1922 – 16 June 2017)

"RISM owes a great debt of gratitude to Herr Dorfmüller for his long-time service as a member of the Commission Mixte and as chair of his Advisory Research Committee." So wrote the then-president of the Association Internationales Quellenlexikon der Musik e.V., Harald Heckmann, in 1998....

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New at RISM: Barbara Strozzi: A Woman Composer in 17th-Century Venice

2017 is an important anniversary for Venice. This year the city celebrates the life and works of Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643), who was born 450 years ago. While Monteverdi is certainly the best known composer who was active in Venice during the seventeenth century, the “Floating City” was also...

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