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

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

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Looking back on 2022

As in past years, we are using the beginning of a new year to take stock of the previous year and share what was most popular with our website readers. These are the year’s blog posts that were read the most often, according to our website statistics: The Musical Public...

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Call for Papers: Musical Sources of the 19th Century in Germany: Challenges and Opportunities

In celebration of the 70-year anniversary of the establishment of the German RISM working group, on 21 November 2023 a single-day symposium will be held in the Bavarian State Library in Munich. We are pleased to reprint here the full Call for Proposals: The first German working group of RISM...

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Musical Anniversaries in 2023

Happy New Year! As in past years, we are using the beginning of the year to look at significant anniversaries of birth or death for people found in RISM. We are listing not only our RISM composers, but also librettists, performers, dedicatees, or other people who are connected to a...

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Happy Holidays 2022!

The RISM Editorial Center wishes you all the best for a festive holiday season, fittingly with a historical document: an early (1863) edition of “Silent Night,” John Freeman Young’s English translation of Joseph Mohr’s “Stille Nacht” as set to music by Franz Xaver Gruber. We wish you many a silent...

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Werckmeister—Oranienburg or Berlin?

If you were at the RISM Day which took place alongside this year’s IAML Congress in Prague, you might remember that there are entries for printed editions in RISM’s A/I series that should ideally be split into separate ones. One example is when a library indicates that it owns “several...

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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