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.

Temporary Closure

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

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International Women's Day 2021: Women Composers in RISM

In 2017, on the occasion of International Women’s Day, we published a spreadsheet of all women composers found in RISM. Over the past four years, this number has grown from ca. 800 to over 1,000. That was more than enough reason for us to publish this new spreadsheet. In addition,...

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RISM Lecture on the Cappella Sistina Collection Now Online

We are happy to report that the inaugural RISM Lecture held on January 28, 2021 proved a runaway success. Over 270 people attended the event online, not merely from almost all European countries, but also from Brazil, Mexico, the United States and even Nigeria. We are particularly proud of our...

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Two Books about Music at the Salzburg Cathedral Now Online

The newest issue of Fontes Artis Musicae caught our eye because it contains reviews of two recent publications involving our RISM Salzburg working group. Dommusikarchiv Salzburg (A-Sd). Thematischer Katalog der musikalischen Quellen, Reihe A. Edited by Eva Neumayr and Lars E. Laubhold with Ernst Hintermaier, RISM Arbeitsgruppe Salzburg. Vienna: Hollitzer...

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Digital Analysis of Chant Transmission

We have received the following from Anna de Bakker: Do you own a piece of a chant manuscript? Or perhaps you know about a manuscript page displayed in a choir room, or at a church or library? Then we are looking for you! Digital Analysis of Chant Transmission is an...

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The Musical Public Domain in 2021

When we said goodbye to 2020, we said hello to a host of composers whose music entered the public domain on January 1, 2021. This means that the people in question died long enough ago that copyright protection has expired for their works and there is no law prohibiting the...

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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