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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The Musical Public Domain in 2022

What do the composers Arnold Schönberg, Armin Knab, and Camillo de Nardis have in common? They all died in 1951, so their music entered the public domain in the European Union on January 1, 2022. This means that they, and others who died the same year, died long enough ago...

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Autograph Manuscript—Engraver's Copy—Printed Edition: An Ideal Case

Emilie Zumsteeg (born 9 December 1796 in Stuttgart, died 1 August 1857 in Stuttgart) grew up with music as the youngest child of Johann Rudolph Zumsteeg (1760-1802), who had been a court musician with the Stuttgart court orchestra starting in 1781. After his death, her mother, Luise, founded a music...

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Looking Back on 2021

As with presenting the year’s musician anniversaries, it has become custom for us to take a look back on the past year and share what was most popular with our website readers. These are the year’s blog posts that were read the most often, according to our website statistics:  ...

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Musician Anniversaries in 2022

Happy New Year! As in past years, we are using the beginning of the year to look at significant anniversaries of birth or death for people found in the RISM catalog. We are listing not only our RISM composers, but also librettists, performers, dedicatees, or other people who are connected...

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Happy Holidays 2021!

The RISM Editorial Center wishes you all the best for a festive holiday season, fittingly with a historical Christmas and New Year’s card from as early as 1843. We are grateful for your interest in our work and in particular for your valuable contributions that help us improve our service...

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Temporary Closure

As a precautionary measure due to the novel coronavirus, the RISM Editorial Central in Frankfurt is closed. 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