RISM at the GfM Conference: Source Documentation since Beethoven

Monday, September 27, 2021

The annual conference of the German Musicological Society (Gesellschaft für Musikforschung) is taking place this week in Bonn. The theme of the conference is Musicology after Beethoven.

Please join us on Thursday, 30 September at 11:30 for our paper entitled “Source Documentation in RISM since Beethoven.”

Ludwig van Beethoven, along with other composers born after 1770, was purposely left out of the earliest RISM projects, which focused on printed music before 1800 and later expanded to music manuscripts before 1800. These chronological limits proved to have far-reaching consequences for source documentation in RISM. It wasn’t until the 1990s that some RISM national groups began to move past the pre-1800 timeframe in order to catalog complete collections in RISM, accommodate research needs, and support modern edition projects.

Today, many RISM contributors add post-1800 sources in RISM. We have a long way to go, but we can give you an overview of the 19th-century composers in RISM today. Taking 1770 as our starting point for year of birth (which was the former cutoff in the beginning of RISM), the 19th-century composers with the most sources in RISM are:

Female composers

  1. Hensel, Fanny (1805-1847)
  2. Diener, Olga (1890-1963)
  3. Voigt-Schweikert, Margarete (1887-1957)
  4. Reichardt, Louise (1779-1826)
  5. Mayer, Emilie (1812-1883)
  6. Schumann, Clara (1819-1896)
  7. Szymanowska, Maria (1789-1831)
  8. Wurm, Mary J. A. (1860-1938)
  9. Amalie Marie Friederike Auguste, Herzogin von Sachsen (1794-1870)
  10. Hortense, koningin van Holland (1783-1837)

Male composers

  1. Chopin, Fryderyk Franciszek (1810-1849)
  2. Rossini, Gioachino (1792-1868)
  3. Beethoven, Ludwig van (1770-1827)
  4. Rinck, Johann Christian Heinrich (1770-1846)
  5. Weber, Carl Maria von (1786-1826)
  6. Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Felix (1809-1847)
  7. Schneider, Friedrich (1786-1853)
  8. Führer, Robert (1807-1861)
  9. Ett, Caspar (1788-1847)
  10. Schubert, Franz (1797-1828)
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