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

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Digital Collections Portal at the Leipzig Bach Archive

We would like to share this announcement with you courtesy of the Bach-Archiv Leipzig: To celebrate its 70th anniversary, in November 2020 the Leipzig Bach Archive launched a web portal that provides digital access to the archive’s historical collections. At digitalesammlungen.bach-leipzig.de, objects from the archive’s collections and important permanent loans...

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500th Anniversary of Erhard Öglin's Death

We have received the following from Nicole Schwindt (Chair, RISM Germany): The turn of the year 2020/2021 marks the 500th anniversary of the death of the first printer to print mensural music with movable type in Germany. The Augsburg-based printer Erhard Öglin published a music book only six years after...

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Cataloging Music Manuscripts from the Rostock University Library by RISM Germany (Dresden)

The Dresden office of RISM Germany commenced a project in December 2020 to catalog the music manuscripts in the Rostock University Library (D-ROu). The collection comprises ca. 950 manuscripts from the 16th to 19th centuries. The first batch of manuscripts that arrived in Dresden for cataloging contains the music collection...

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Composer Anniversaries 2021

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 composers in RISM, but also librettists, performers, and dedicatees, or also people who are...

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Announcing the First RISM Lecture: The Fondo Cappella Sistina in RISM

The Répertoire International des Sources Musicales (RISM) has long provided both musicologists and performing musicians with indispensable research tools. Currently, RISM’s freely available online catalog includes over 1.2 million records for musical sources held in diverse institutions around the world. Major additions to the database have oftentimes resulted from larger-scale...

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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