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Library collections: Music and the Natural Sciences in 1800

Sometimes musical sources are well hidden. Or would your normally expect an imprint entitled Discourse Introductory to a Course of Lectures on the Science of Nature to have an appendix containing three vocal pieces?The Discourse is actually interesting in several regards. The author of the book...

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Library collections: New Ysaÿe manuscripts in the Royal Library of Belgium

We have received the following from Kris De Baerdemacker of RISM Belgium and the Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België, Muziekafdeling - Bibliothèque royale de Belgique, Section de la Musique: The Music Division of the Royal Library of Belgium has recently acquired three Eugène Ysaÿe manuscripts: the...

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Library collections: Music treasure lost and found

The following originally appeared on the Music Blog of the British Library and is © British Library Board and posted here under a Creative Commons Attribution Licence. Music cataloguing had a rather shaky beginning in the British Library. In the Library's early years when it was part of the British...

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Library collections: Stories from Special Collections: When did "Così fan tutte" go to Detmold?

The following is by Joachim Eberhardt and originally appeared on the website of the Lippische Landesbibliothek Detmold. It is reproduced here with kind permission. This mystery came to light through a question from a researcher: In our library, there is a set of handwritten score and parts for...

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Library collections: New Watermark Digitization Project at the Bavarian State Library

We have received the following from Bernhard Lutz of RISM Germany: Indexing and digitization of watermarks in the music manuscripts of the Bavarian State Library up to the end of the 17th centuryThe Bavarian State Library holds an internationally important collection of music manuscripts from the...

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Library collections: Downloading and Using Your Library's RISM Records

Sometimes libraries have their manuscripts cataloged in the RISM database but these records are not in the library's local catalog. Did you know you can download your RISM records and import them into your library's OPAC?The Moravian Music Foundation (MMF) did just this for over 900 records that...

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Library collections: New FONCA-RISM project in Mexico City | FONCA-RISM: Nuevo Proyecto en la Ciudad de México

We have received the following announcement from John Lazos (RISM Mexico/Canada):Dr. John Lazos, who has collaborated with RISM to catalogue over 500 music works from Mexico, just received a grant from FONCA (Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes). This grant permits Dr. Lazos to catalogue...

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Library collections: The secret garden of Pierre Bergé

The following originally appeared the blog of the Loeb Music Library (Harvard University) and is by Christina Linklater (RISM US). It is reproduced here with kind permission. The Loeb Music Library has just acquired three items previously owned by the French industrialist, arts patron and AIDS...

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Library collections: Music in the Convent of St Adalbert's Abbey in Staniątki, Poland

Marcin Konik (RISM Poland) has completed a project that investigated the music of the Benedictine Monastery in Staniątki, Poland (PL-STAb), resulting in 250 new records in the RISM database. The RISM records were entered by Ludmiła Sawicka. Here is a summary of a newly published article that...

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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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