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 1.5 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.

Upcoming events

IAML Congress in Stellenbosch, South Africa, 23-28 June 2024. Details here

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Corpus Musicae Ottomanicae and RISM

RISM was invited to a workshop entitled “Mapping and Harmonizing Metadata and Normed Data” on March 14 and 15, 2024, hosted by the Orient-Institut Istanbul and led by participants of the project Corpus Musicae Ottomanicae (CMO). The CMO project produces critical editions of Near Eastern music manuscripts alongside a source...

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RISM at the 2024 IAML Congress in Stellenbosch, South Africa

This year’s annual IAML Congress will take place in Stellenbosch, South Africa and will mark the first time a IAML congress has taken place on the African continent. Our Stellenbosch page lists the RISM events during the week: the RISM session, a meeting of the Coordinating Committee, and a two-part...

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250 years of the music publisher André in Offenbach

There are many musical anniversaries to celebrate this year (for a list, see our earlier post). However, the notable anniversaries include not only those of musicians and composers but also those of companies. A case in point is the music publishing house of Johann André, founded in Offenbach in 1774,...

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Henriette Louise von Hayn at 300

This year we are celebrating the 300th birthday of the German poet Henriette Louise von Hayn, who was born on 22 May 1724 in Idstein (Hesse) and died on 27 August 1782 in Herrnhut (Upper Lusatia). At the age of 22 (1746), she joined Count Zinzendorf’s Protestant Brethren community against...

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Bad Ischl in the Salzkammergut: European Capital of Culture and musical hotspot

Alongside Tartu in Estonia and Bodø in Norway, Bad Ischl is this year’s European Capital of Culture. The title turns the spotlight not only on Ischl itself, but on the entire Salzkammergut region extending across three Austrian federal states: Upper Austria, Salzburg, and Styria. Putting aside the broader cultural implications,...

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Upcoming events

IAML Congress in Stellenbosch, South Africa, 23-28 June 2024. 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