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Events: A Musical Guide to the World Cup

Summer can officially begin! The World Cup is here. Tonight is the first game of the 2018 World Cup, in which the men's teams of 32 nations will compete for the ultimate prize in soccer.We're starting the group stage with a look at the musical sources for each of the qualifying nations. Countries...

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Events: Royal Wedding Fever

We're still waiting for our invitation to the Royal Wedding this Saturday, but we won't give up hope yet (maybe it just got lost in the mail). While details have not yet been divulged about what pieces will specifically be played at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding ceremony, we can take...

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Events: The 200th Anniversary of Leopold Koželuh's Death

The Bohemian composer Leopold Koželuh (1747-1818) was baptized with the names Jan Antonín, but to avoid confusion with his cousin of the same name, he added Leopold by 1774. Leopold learned composition from Jan Antonín (the cousin) and piano from František Xaver Dušek. After initial success as a...

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Events: RISM at the III Encuentro de Archivos Sonoros y Musicales de Chile

I (Klaus Keil) had the opportunity to give a presentation about RISM and its database of musical sources during the conference III Encuentro de Archivos Sonoros y Musicales de Chile (5-16 March 2018). The Biblioteca nacional de Chile invited me to participate in the conference.During the...

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Events: The Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth is open again, in all its Baroque glory

After more than five years of renovation, the Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth will reopen in a ceremony today (12 April). This Baroque opera house is one of a kind in the world, with a splendid wooden interior surrounded by tiered boxes, and has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2012.The...

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Events: 100th Anniversary of Claude Debussy's Death

The following post is by Ulrike Schädel, our intern for winter 2018: This Sunday, 25 March 2018, marks the 100th anniversary of Claude Debussy's death. He was born in a little French village in 1862 and died at the age of 56 in 1918 in Paris. The RISM database reveals Debussy's innermost dark side...

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Events: Lili Boulanger (21 August 1893–15 March 1918)

The following is a guest post by Dr. Anya Holland-Barry: Marie-Juliette Olga (“Lili”) Boulanger (21 August 1893–15 March 1918) was a French composer whose musical compositions exemplified leading contemporary French musical styles of her day. She came from a long familial lineage of musicians, and...

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Events: International Women's Day: Women Pianists in RISM

Today is International Women's Day. Last year we published a list of the ca. 800 women composers who are found in the RISM online database. In June we added eight more names to the list and in October another twelve were added.This year we would like to focus on the women pianists in RISM. Since...

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Events: Frisian and the European Capital of Culture 2018

We have received the following from Simon Groot (Universiteit van Amsterdam, RISM Netherlands): One of the European Capitals of Culture in 2018 is Leeuwarden, the capital city of the northern Dutch province Friesland (Frisia). Although a small country, in the Netherlands several dialects of the...

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Events: Be My (Robert) Valentine

Today is Valentine's Day, and the perfect Valentine for all music lovers is the music of Robert Valentine.Robert Valentine (1674-1747) was an English composer who spent most of his career in Rome beginning in the 1790s. In his publications, Valentine Italianized his name to "Roberto...

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