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Rediscovered: Lost and Found: Gottfried Kirchhoff's "L'A.B.C. musical"

Our RISM ears pricked up at last year's IAML Congress in Kraków when Kirill Diskin and Maksim Serebrennikov (Saint Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory), delivering their paper "Foreign book rarities in the library of the S. Petersburg Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory," said...

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Library collections: Gaetano Brunetti manuscripts online at the Library of Congress

We have received the following from our colleagues at the Library of Congress: The Library of Congress’ Music Division has put 53 holograph and 64 copyist manuscripts of Italian composer Gaetano Brunetti online. Gaetano Brunetti (1744-1798) was an Italian composer and violinist who moved to Spain...

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New at RISM: Looking back 300 years ago: Mattheson's "Der brauchbare Virtuoso" from 1720

It's not only numerous composers who are celebrating major anniversaries: compositions are too. When you think of Johann Mattheson, you might first think of his writings that appeared in Hamburg, Der vollkommene Capellmeister (1739) or his Grundlage einer Ehren-Pforte (1740). But this time we're...

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Library collections: The Music for Richard Wagner's "Rienzi" Preserved in Dresden

This weekend was supposed to see the opening of the Wagner Festival in Bayreuth. Instead, a full, alternative program is planned. We'll take this opportunity to take a look at the music preserved for Richard Wagner's Rienzi, which was used in Dresden over a long period of time. The music material...

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Events: Workshop on Printed Music at the Chopin Institute, Warsaw

We have received the following from Marcelina Chojecka (Narodowy Instytut Fryderyka Chopina, Warsaw): On 10 July 2020 we held a lecture and training session called "A few identification methods for printed music from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries." Participants under Jeremiusz...

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In the news: Giovanni (Battista) Bononcini’s 350th Birthday

Giovanni Bononcini (born 18 July 1670 in Modena - died 9 July 1744 in Vienna) was from a musical family and probably received his first lessons from his father, who died early. Beginning in 1678, he took cello lessons from Giovanni Paolo Colonna. After several stations in Italy, Vienna became his...

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Library collections: New Records from the Moravian Music Foundation now in RISM

We have received the following from Barbara Strauss, Moravian Music Foundation (Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA). The Salem Collegium Musicum Collection is now in RISM (library siglum: US-WS). The Salem Collegium Musicum collection includes primarily instrumental chamber and small-orchestra...

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New at RISM: Music and Dance for the Recovery of King Philip III of Spain

Around exactly 400 years ago, the printed music anthology Breve Racconto della Festa a Ballo was published in Naples by Costantino Vitale, of which only one copy is known today, held by the Bibliothèque nationale de France (F-Pn). The Festa a Ballo is one of the few examples of Italian court dance...

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Library collections: The Gerald Coke Handel Collection at the Foundling Museum

The following is by Katharine Hogg (The Foundling Museum, GB-Lfom) and originally appeared on the IAML UK & Ireland blog. It is reprinted here with kind permission. The Gerald Coke Handel Collection at the Foundling Museum comprises over 12,000 items from the eighteenth century to the present,...

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New at RISM: Revising Records for Post-1600 Printed Anthologies: There is an End in Sight!

The project that began in November 2018 to revise the B/I records for printed music anthologies from 1601 to 1700, of which the printed editions up to 1610 have been online since March 2019, is slowly but surely coming to an end. Entries up to 1650 are completely online and the second half of the...

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