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New at RISM: "Zampa" by Hérold @ RISM

Ferdinand Hérold (1791-1833) was a composer of Alsatian descent. He received his first music lessons from his father Franz Joseph, who had settled in Paris in 1781 to teach piano. When he was around 16, Hérold was accepted to the Paris Conservatory and joined Etienne-Nicolas Méhul’s piano class...


New at RISM: 500 Days Since the Launch of the RISM Library Sigla Database

The RISM library sigla have been used to designate repositories of musical sources since the first publications were issued in the 1960s. The library sigla are made up of a country code followed by a library code. The latter is formed from a combination of abbreviations for the city and the library...


Events: The Symphony and Ireland: A Symposium

The recent discovery of the parts for the first-known symphony composed in Ireland is the catalyst for this symposium, which aims to examine the context and trajectory of the symphony in, and of, Ireland. It will bring together leading international academics and contemporary Irish symphonic...


New publications: New Volume in RISM Series B

Hymnologica Slavica. Volume I. Hymnologica Bohemica, Slovaca (HBS), Polonica (HP), Sorabica (HS). Notendrucke des 16. bis 18. Jahrhunderts Compiled by Jan Kouba and Marie Skalická (edited by Gerhard Schuhmacher) (HBS), Karol Hławiczka and Leon Witkowski (revised and supplemented by Teresa...


New at RISM: First Phase of the RISM Ireland Database Launched

RISM Ireland is delighted to announce the launch of a new Irish-focused free-to-access database of pre-twentieth century musical materials held in repositories throughout the island of Ireland. The new Irish-focused RISM Ireland database and website...


Events: 2012 International Conference at Ewha Womans University in Seoul: The Discovery of Modernity in East Asian Music: The West, Tradition, and Beyond

The Music Research Institute at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea organized an international conference from 19-20 October 2012. The title of the conference was “The Discovery of Modernity in East Asian Music: The West, Tradition, and Beyond.” The conference consisted of five...


Library collections, Electronic resources: Digitized Choirbooks at the Bavarian State Library

The Bavarian State Library is currently digitizing its collection of 165 choirbooks containing polyphonic music from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, most of which are large and lavishly decorated.


Events: Musical Christmas Greetings from Tyrol

The annual Tyrolean Christmas Concerts will once again sound on 22-23 December 2012 in Innsbruck, Austria. For the fourth time, the music will come from the rich treasures found at Stams Abbey (A-ST).


Library collections: Henry Vieuxtemps at the Royal Library of Belgium

Henry Vieuxtemps (1820-1881) is in the news at the Royal Library of Belgium, with an important find and an online exhibition. Unknown opera ‘La Fiancée de Messine’ by Henry Vieuxtemps in the Music Department of the Royal Library of Belgium In 2011, the King Baudouin Foundation bought an...


Rediscovered: New Music from Old Fritz: Manuscripts by Frederick the Great Discovered

"Diese Noten haben Ihro Majestät der König Friederich von Preußen eigenhändig geschrieben."This music was written by Your Majesty the King Frederick of Prussia in his own hand. Three autograph music manuscripts by Frederick the Great that were believed to have been lost were discovered...


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