RISM Conference 2012

Music Documentation in Libraries, Scholarship, and Practice

To mark the 60th anniversary of RISM, an international conference took place from 4-6 June 2012 at the Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur in Mainz, Germany (Academy of Sciences and Humanities; Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 2, 55131 Mainz).

Sources are the foundation of all historical scholarship. Musical sources are, at the same time, the foundation of historical musical performance. Information about musical sources, as RISM has been compiling and providing for 60 years, thus serves both: scholarship and musical performance.

Although the basic principles of documenting musical sources have stayed constant to a large extent, the technological means of keeping, exchanging, and linking data has changed. Efforts to build up the largest databases possible must be expanded to incorporate other preexisting databases. Furthermore, linking to resources such as authority files, Google Maps, online reference works, and digitized media is also in demand. Just the sheer number of digitized materials that are offered online has vastly increased in recent years. In many cases, this makes the use of sources considerably easier.

These developments are reason enough, ten years after the conference that marked the first 50 years of RISM, to bring together the newest approaches and look into further trends about the intersections of technology, scholarship, and practice.

The presentations, in alphabetical order:

Peter Ackermann (Frankfurt University of Music and Performing Arts): Innovative Methods for Producing Catalogs of Works on the Basis of Sources Indexed in RISM Using the Example of G.P. da Palestrina (Innovative Verfahren zur Herstellung von Werkverzeichnissen auf der Basis der bei RISM nachgewiesenen Quellen am Beispiel G. P. da Palestrina)
Paper (PDF)

Sarah Adams (RISM US): Update on the US Working Group
Paper (PDF)

Annemarie Bösch-Niederer (RISM Austria-Vorarlberg): “… haben diese Klosterfrauen eine schöne Musicam von Stimmen und Instrumenten.” On Music in Convents: New Discoveries from Vorarlberg, Austria (Zur Musik in Frauenklöstern – neue Funde aus Vorarlberg/A)

Hyun Kyung Chae (Music Research Institute, Ewha Womans University - RISM South Korea): Establishing a Database of East Asian Music Educational Materials from the “Modern Era” [近代] as a Foundation for the Cultural Study of Music

Laurence Decobert (RISM France): The Databases of RISM in France: Outlook and New Prospects (Le portail RISM France : contenu et perspectives)

Jürgen Diet (Bavarian State Library, Munich): Searching the RISM Data in the Future: Improved Content-Based Searching and Linking to Other Data Sources
Slides (PDF)

Antonio Ezquerro Esteban (RISM Spain): Cataloging Musical Sources: Spain and RISM. From Higinio Anglés to New Challenges

Catherine Ferris (RISM Ireland): RISM Activity in the UK and Ireland
Paper (PDF)

Massimo Gentili-Tedeschi (URFM Italy): Music Manuscripts as a Special Case toward the Extension of Bibliographic Descriptive Standards for Unpublished Resources
Link to presentation

Teresa M. Gialdroni (Italy): Clori, Archivio della cantata italiana: Current State of Progressand New Perspectives
Paper (PDF)

Franz Jürgen Götz (RISM Germany): Musical Figures: The Transmission of Music Notation in the Visual Arts (Notenbilder – Überlieferung von musikalischer Notation in der bildenden Kunst)

Anne Graham and Deborah Pierce (University of Washington): RISM Data as Metadata for Digital Collections
Paper (PDF)

Andrea Hartmann (RISM Germany): The Dresden RISM Office Partneringwith Libraries and Archives: New Paths toward Collaboration with the SLUB Dresden(Kooperationen der RISM-Arbeitsstelle Dresden mit Bibliotheken und Archiven: Neue Wege in der Zusammenarbeit mit der SLUB Dresden)
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Hildegard Herrmann-Schneider (RISM Tyrol - South Tyrol & OFM Austria): “Die Musikbibliographie ist die Grundlage alles historischen Wissens.” On Today’sRelevance of Robert Eitner’s CentralIdea from 1898 (“Die Musikbibliographie ist die Grundlage alles historischen Wissens”. Zur Aktualität von Robert Eitners Leitgedanken aus dem Jahre 1898 heute)
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Heidi Heinmaa (National Library of Estonia): Musical Sources in Estonian Collections
Paper (PDF)

Stefan Ikarus Kaiser (RISM - Austrian Academy of Sciences): The Music Collection at Wilhering Abbey (Musiksammlung des Stiftes Wilhering)
Paper (PDF)

Vjera Katalinic and Lucija Konfic (RISM Croatia): Project RISM in Croatia: The Past Decade
Paper (PDF) | Slides (PDF)

Metoda Kokole and Klemen Grabnar (RISM Slovenia): RISM inSlovenia in the Past Decade: Newly Cataloged Music Collections, Especially Early Seventeenth-Century Choirbooks
Paper (PDF)

Niels Krabbe and Axel Teich Geertinger (Danish Center for Music Publication, Copenhagen): MEI (Music Encoding Initiative) as a Tool for Thematic Catalogs -Thoughts, Experiences, and Preliminary Results
Paper (PDF)

Peter van Kranenburg (Meertens Institute, Amsterdam), Geert-Jan Giezeman and Frans Wiering** (University ofUtrecht): An Alignment-Based Melodic Similarity Measure for RISM Incipits

Helmut Lauterwasser (RISM Germany): On Disappearing in One Big Pot: Distinct Collections of Church Music in Large Libraries, Small Church Archives in the RISM Database (Über das Verschwinden im großen Topf. Geschlossene Kirchenmusiksammlungen in großen Bibliotheken - Kleine Kirchenarchive in der RISM-Datenbank)

John G. Lazos (Canada/Mexico): A Portrait of the Composer José Antonio Gómez: Encountering Independent Mexico through New Technologies

Helmut Loos (University of Leipzig): Large-Scale Data Analysis in Historical Musicology: Potential and Opportunities (Massendatenauswertung in der historischen Musikwissenschaft. Möglichkeiten und Chancen)
Paper (PDF; German) | Paper (PDF; English summary)

Mattias Lundberg (RISM Sweden): The Swedish Working Group of RISM in Relation to National and Regional Projects in Archival Research and Music Bibliography: Where to Go from Here?
Paper (PDF)

Beatriz Magalhaes Castro (University of Brasilia): RISM Brazil in Relation to Ibero-AmericanRISM Projects: A Contextual Problem in Cross-Cultural Reference and Information Retrieval

Alina Mądry (Poland): Eine Sammlung von Musikhandschriften aus dem Archiv der Erzdiözese in Posen: Die Stiftskirche von St. Maria Magdalena (A Collection of Music Manuscripts from the Archive of the Archdiocese in Poznań: St. Maria Magdalena Collegiate Church)
Paper (PDF) | Slides (PDF)

Cheryl Martin (RISM Canada): Canadian Music Resources in RISM

Christoph Meixner (Weimar): The Thuringian Regional Music Archive in Weimar: Thuringia’sMusical Treasury as a Model Case (Das Thüringische Landesmusikarchiv Weimar. Die Musikschatzkammer Thüringens als Modellfall)

Eva Neumayr (RISM Salzburg): Using Watermarks to Identify Related Sources

Stanislav Oustachev (Russia, Glinka Museum Moscow): The RISM Project atthe Glinka Museum
Paper (PDF)

Klaus Pietschmann (University of Mainz) and Christiane Wiesenfeldt (University of Hamburg) : The MassDataBase (MDB) at the Institute of Musicology, Mainz (Die MessDatenBank (MDB) des Mainzer Musikwissenschaftlichen Instituts)

Laurent Pugin (RISM Switzerland): The Use of METS for Delivering Digital Objects together with RISM Catalog Records
Paper (PDF)

Jaime Quevedo (Columbia): Music Documentation, Identification and Characterization: A Challenge to Catalog and Become Acquainted with the Musical Heritage of Columbia

Emilia Rassina (RISM Russia): Current Work of RISM in Russia
Paper (PDF)

Daniel Röwenstrunk (Detmold/Paderborn): Prospects forLinking RISM and Edirom Online
(Perspektiven für eine Verknüpfung von RISM und Edirom online)

Ludmiła Sawicka (RISM Poland):The RISM Working Group at the Warsaw University Library and the Project to Catalog Old Dispersed Manuscripts of Silesian Origin, in Particular the Works of Johann Georg Clement (Wrocław, Warsaw and Krzeszów)
(Die RISM-Arbeitsgruppe in der Universitätsbibliothek zu Warschau und das Projekt Katalogisieren von alten zerstreuten Handschriften schlesischer Herkunft. Im Besonderen die Werke von Johann Georg Clement–Breslau, Warschau und Grüssau)
Paper (PDF)

Sonja Tröster and Birgit Lodes (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna): Tracing Ludwig Senfl in Sixteenth-Century Sources: ACatalogue Raisonné in a Digital Environment
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Steffen Voss (RISM Germany): The Instrumental Repertoire of the Dresden Court: AReport onthe DFG Project at the SLUB Dresden (Das Instrumentalmusikrepertoire der Dresdner Hofkapelle – Ein Erfahrungsbericht über das DFG-Projekt an der SLUB Dresden)

Undine Wagner (RISM Germany): Archives of Lay Musicians as Evidence of Church Music Practice in Thuringia: Holdings atthe Thuringian Regional Music Archive and Cataloging for RISM (Adjuvantenarchive als Zeugnisse der Kirchenmusikpraxis in Thüringen. Bestände im Thüringischen Landesmusikarchiv und deren Katalogisierung für RISM)
Paper (PDF)

Emanuel Wenger (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna): Bernstein - The Memory of Paper: A Portal for Watermark Research


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