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RISM A-Z: Many Qs

Normally in our series RISM A-Z we focus on just one person at a time. Since there is little information about the only woman composer in RISM whose last name begins with Q (Lucia Quiciani), we will throw the spotlight on several women:The Italian composer Lucia Quiciani was a pupil of Marco...

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RISM A-Z: Philippe Quinault (1635-1688)

Our occasional series RISM A-Z brings us to the letter Q. Christoph Willibald Gluck, Carl Heinrich Graun, Georg Friedrich Händel, Jean-Baptiste Lully, and Tommaso Traetta are some composers associated with the librettist Philippe Quinault (baptized 5 June 1635, Paris – 26 November 1688, Paris).The...

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RISM A-Z: Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)

We continue our series RISM A-Z with Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706). Organists certainly do not need convincing that Johann Pachelbel wrote more than just the Canon in D! Jean M. Perreault breaks down the numbers like this in his Thematic Catalogue of the Musical Works of Johann Pachelbel:...

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RISM A-Z: Elena Pozza-Sorgo (1784 – 1865)

Elena Pozza-Sorgo (1784 – 1865) was a member of a noble family from Dubrovnik. Besides Croatian, she was fluent in Italian and Latin. She wrote poetry, played piano, and made some attempts in composition: thus she is the first Croatian female composer whose compositions are preserved.

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RISM A-Z: Prince Vladimir Fyodorovich Odoyevsky (1803-1869) and Music

Today we are continuing our Russian Week (see also the post from Monday about John Field in St. Petersburg) with letter O of the series RISM A-Z. The spotlight is on a prominent figure of Russian music and cultural life in the nineteenth century.Author, philosopher, composer, copyist, music critic,...

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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 A-Z: Johann Martin Friedrich Nisle (1780-after 1861)

Our series RISM A-Z is moving right along, and here is the second entry for letter N. Anyone who looks for Johann Martin Friedrich Nisle in music encyclopedias will first come across the alternative first names Jean (Frédéric) and Giovanni. This is in fact an indication that the horn player and...

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RISM A-Z: Hester Needler

We've reached the halfway point in our series RISM A-Z. We'll start the second half of the series with the letter N, which today stands for Hester Needler. Not much is known about Needler, but she is the composer of a collection of 6 anthems in the RISM online catalog and appears as a previous...

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RISM A-Z: Karl Marx (1897-1985)

Music researchers of the world, unite! Today in our series RISM A-Z we're going to talk about Karl Marx–that's right, the Bavarian composer and choral conductor!*Our Karl Marx was born in 1897 in Munich, meaning he was rife for military service when World War I broke out. He was conscripted in 1917...

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RISM A-Z: Hélène-Antoinette-Marie de Montgeroult (1764-1836)

Our series RISM A-Z brings us to the letter M. The French composer and pianist Hélène de Montgeroult (1764 Lyon – 1836 Florence) was a pupil of Jan Ladislav Dussek and Muzio Clementi. She did not perform publicly as a pianist but was active in salons. In 1784, Hélène de Nervo married the retired...

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