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 our conference Musical Sources: Past and Future, 7–9 October 2022 in Mainz. Details here

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Bel canto and beyond

The following is by Christina Linklater (U. S. RISM Office, Harvard University) and originally appeared on the Loeb Music Library’s blog. It is reprinted here with kind permission. The Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library has recently acquired the personal collection of Italian accompanist, conductor and vocal coach Luigi Ricci (1893-1981):...

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Announcing the Third RISM Lecture: Musical Sources in Mexico

Our first pair of RISM Lectures focused on two of the most celebrated music collections of the old continent: the Fondo Cappella Sistina kept in the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana and the Bach manuscripts preserved in the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin. In keeping with RISM’s global outlook and mission, we wanted the...

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Program and Registration for Musical Sources: Past and Future — An International Conference Celebrating 70 Years of RISM

We are pleased to announce the final program for our event Musical Sources: Past and Future - An International Conference Celebrating 70 Years of RISM. It will take place 7-9 October 2022 in the Plenarsaal (Plenary Hall) of the Academy of Sciences and Literature in Mainz. Please visit our conference...

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RISM at the 2022 IMS Congress in Athens

While one of RISM’s sponsoring organizations, the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres (IAML) holds a congress each year, offering us the chance to share the latest news about our work in person, the International Musicological Society (IMS) puts up full congresses only quinquennially. This year the...

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An unexpected find: “Le Pêcheur Catalan” WoO II.2, No. 9 by Louise Farrenc

The following is a guest post by Christin Heitmann (author of “Louise Farrenc. Thematisch-bibliographisches Werkverzeichnis” and co-editor of the Farrenc Critical Edition published by Noetzel-Verlag), Beethoven-Haus Bonn (see the full post on the German version of this page): Many can relate to the phenomenon of finding additional sources after wrapping...

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Upcoming Events

Join us at our conference Musical Sources: Past and Future, 7–9 October 2022 in Mainz. 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