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. RISM’s over 1.4 million records can be searched at no cost through the RISM Catalog and RISM Online. 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.

Fontes Special Issue

Issue 69/3 (2022) of Fontes Artis Musicae is in celebration of RISM. Details here

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New Volume Published in RISM Series B: RISM B/XVIII/1

RISM’s series B covers specific categories of repertory. The newest volume has just been published: RISM B/XVIII/1. Christian Meyer: Les sources manuscrites des séquences et proses notées. IXe-XVIe siècles, vol. 1 France, Catalogue descriptif, Munich: G. Henle Verlag, 2022, 751 p., ISBN 978-3-87328-159-2, ISMN 979-0-2018-2532-8 This volume treats manuscript sources...

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International Conference Celebrating 70 Years of RISM

The following is by Pia Shekhter (President of IAML, the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres) and originally appeared on the IAML website. It is reprinted here with kind permission. An international conference was held 7-9 October 2022 acknowledging the 70th anniversary of RISM (Répertoire International des...

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Franz Liszt at the Library of Congress

We have received this announcement of the new Franz Liszt portal from Susan Clermont (Music Division, Library of Congress): The Music Division is a vital resource for primary source material related to the life and work of Franz Liszt (1811-1886). From the earliest days of the Music Division, 1st editions...

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RISM at the Academies' Day in Leipzig

This year’s Academies’ Day of the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities took place in Leipzig on 6 October 2022. The theme of the day was Music and Society. Different research projects from the eight member academies were presented alongside a packed accompanying program. The close proximity...

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Fontes Special Issue: In Celebration of RISM’s Seventieth Anniversary

The latest issue of the journal Fontes artis musicae is a special issue entitled In Celebration of RISM’s Seventieth Anniversary. Guest editor Nicole Schwindt (Chair, RISM Working Group, Germany) describes the ground that RISM has covered in the seven decades since the project’s founding, writing in the issue’s preface that...

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Fontes Special Issue

Issue 69/3 (2022) of Fontes Artis Musicae is in celebration of RISM. 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