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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Join us at the IMS Congress in Athens, 22-26 August 2022. Details here

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News

First IAML Congress Diary from Prague

The RISM Editorial Center was well represented at this year’s annual congress of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres in Prague. In traditional IAML Congress Diary style, we offer you the first of our impressions from Prague, with the usual linguistic mix. Part two will follow...

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Animal of the Year 2022: Donkey

As in previous years, various organizations have made selections for a plant or animal “of the year” for 2022. The German environmental organization NABU has a good overview. Apart from this list, the non-profit organization Bündnis Mensch & Tier has picked the donkey as the domestic animal of the year....

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Antoine Reicha Rediscovered

We have received the following from Jana Franková and François-Pierre Goy: The works of the long undeservedly forgotten French composer of Bohemian origin, Antoine Reicha (1770–1836, also known as Anton Reicha and Antonín Rejcha), have aroused renewed interest in the past decade. To celebrate his 250th birthday, the Moravian Library...

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RISM Online launched at the IAML congress in Prague

We are pleased to announce the public launch of RISM Online, a new service designed by our colleagues at the RISM Digital Center. This search tool is intended to complement the RISM Catalog that our users have known for many years, and provide them with alternative ways and means of...

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The Thematic Catalogue of the Music Collection of P. Barnabas Weiss

We have received the following from Zuzana Petrášková and Eliška Šedivá (National Library of the Czech Republic): The latest thematic catalogue in the series “Catalogus artis musicae in Bohemia et Moravia cultae” published to date is dedicated to a collection of music established during the course of the 19th century...

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Upcoming Events

Join us at the IMS Congress in Athens, 22-26 August 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