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 1.3 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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IFMuC: Musical Heritage in Catalonia

We have received the following from Josep Maria Gregori i Cifré (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona): Catalonia is one of the few European regions on its way to discovering the richness of its musical heritage with respect to the repertory of compositions by its chapel masters, organists and musicians, which are...

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Clara Faisst at 150

We recently told you about the Badische Landesbibliothek in Karlsruhe and how they completed cataloging for their historical music. Among their collections is the archive of the composer, pianist, and poet Clara Faisst (1872-1948). Her 150th birthday is on 22 June. After studying at the Königliche Hochschule in Berlin, Faisst...

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"New" Keyboard Music by William Babell

We recently came across this article by Andrew Woolley concerning a collective manuscript in Bergamo (I-BGi XIV 8751 H 1, RISM ID no. 850014351): Andrew Woolley, “New light on William Babell’s development as a keyboard composer,” Early Music 46, no. 2 (May 2018): 251–270. Short title in RISM: WoolleyB 2018,...

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New Portal: Between Chopin and Tellefsen. European musical treatises—universalism and national identity

We have received the following from the Fryderyk Chopin Institute: The new portal ‘Music treatises’ is available now! The project Between Chopin and Tellefsen. European musical treatises—universalism and national identity has been underway since November 2020 and will be carried out until October 2022. It aims to facilitate access to...

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Historical Music from the Badische Landesbibliothek (D-KA)

The Badische Landesbibliothek in Karlsruhe has completed a massive project to catalog all notated music in its collections. A report of this undertaking by Julia von Hiller was originally published on the BLBlog. The portions mentioning RISM are summarized here; for the full version, please switch to the German page...

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Upcoming Events

Join us at the IAML Congress in Prague, 24–29 July 2022. 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