The Répertoire International des Sources Musicales (RISM) - International Inventory of Musical Sources - is an international, non-profit organization that aims to comprehensively document extant musical sources worldwide: manuscripts, printed music editions, writings on music theory, and libretti that are found in libraries, archives, churches, schools, and private collections. The RISM Catalog of Musical Sources contains over 1.2 million records and can be searched at no cost. RISM was founded in Paris in 1952 and is the largest and only global organization that documents written musical sources. RISM records what exists and where it can be found.

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As a precautionary measure due to the novel coronavirus, the RISM Editorial Central in Frankfurt is closed. Details here

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The Flying Dutchman: The Dresden Performance Material for Richard Wagner's Opera

The Flying Dutchman has opened this year’s Bayreuth Festival. We will take the opportunity to look at the performance materials from the Dresden Court Opera. Just the fact that some of the parts were in use for over 100 years is alone worth mentioning: from 1842, the year of the...

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The 200th Birthday of Pauline Viardot on 18 July 2021

This guest post is by Christin Heitmann (author of the Systematisch-bibliographischen Werkverzeichnisses Pauline Viardots), Beethoven-Haus Bonn. July 18, 2021, marks the 200th birthday of the French singer, pianist, and composer Pauline Viardot (1821–1910). It was a nice coincidence that just a few months before this anniversary, in November 2020, Pauline...

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RISM at the 2021 IAML Congress Online

The annual congress of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (IAML) will be held for the first time online this year, from 26-30 July 2021. An advantage of the online environment is that the congress will be more accessible to people around the world and registration...

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RISM Lecture on the Bach Collection of the Berlin Staatsbibliothek Now Online

Inspired by the many queries from all over the world, in early March we posted a full recording of the Inaugural RISM Lecture about the music collection of the Cappella Sistina on RISM’s YouTube channel. We are now pleased to publish in the same way the Second RISM Lecture, dedicated...

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Venetian Music Online

The project Venetian Music Online began in 2016, sponsored by the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. The project focuses on “research on music in Venice and its historical territories, and the history of Venetian musical culture in its European dimension.” Results from the project will be published in the series...

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Temporary Closure

As a precautionary measure due to the novel coronavirus, the RISM Editorial Central in Frankfurt is closed. Details here

Library Sigla

Search RISM’s abbreviations for libraries, archives and collections with historical music holdings

RISM for Libraries

Librarians, see here what RISM has to offer you

Muscat

All about Muscat, RISM’s specialized program for cataloging musical sources