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Help RISM Link to Digitized Sources

Has your institution undertaken a digitization project in recent years? Are the digital surrogates linked to their corresponding RISM records? The RISM Catalog of Musical Sources offers around 75,000 links to digitized sources: autograph manuscripts, full scores, manuscript parts, first editions, libretti, treatises, and more from all around the world....

23 August 2021

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Updated Tutorials for the RISM Online Catalog

New, updated tutorials are now available for the RISM Online Catalog. All tutorials are available through the catalog’s Help page as well as through RISM’s YouTube channel and the playlist Guides to the RISM Online Catalog. All videos are in English and include English captions. Three introductory videos give an...

19 November 2020

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Help RISM identify unknown languages

We were editing some records and found that around 100 vocal pieces in the RISM database have the language code “undetermined.” Do you recognize any of the languages used in the text? Take a look at the table and let us know if anything looks familiar (link also here):    ...

21 September 2020

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Almost 20,000 Records from the BnF Now Also in RISM

We have received the following from François-Pierre Goy (Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Département de la Musique): Even though not all music manuscripts from the Bibliothèque nationale de France are in RISM, F-Pn is now the siglum with the fifth highest number of records in the database. The Music Department of...

29 June 2020

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10 Years of the RISM Online Catalog: Our Users

The RISM Catalog was released online ten years ago this month. On Monday we shared a piece by the RISM director, Klaus Keil, about the development of the catalog from microfiche to open access catalog. Today we’d like to share a few encouraging words from a very important group of...

25 June 2020

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10 Years of the RISM Online Catalog

Ten years ago this month, the RISM online catalog was first released free of charge. Not only has the amount of data significantly increased since then, but the catalog’s software is regularly updated and improved. The amount of data has increased from an initial 700,000 records with descriptions of music...

22 June 2020

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New RISM Tutorial in German

We are pleased to announce the release of a new tutorial in German about the RISM project and the online catalog. Musikwissenschaft: RISM – Internationales Quellenlexikon der Musik was produced by the musicology department of the Universität Tübingen as part of the series “Tübinger Tutorials zur Musikwissenschaft.” The RISM video...

20 April 2020

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2019 Upgrade of the RISM Catalog

RISM and the Bavarian State Library (BSB, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek) announce a major upgrade of the RISM online catalog at https://opac.rism.info/. One year ago, the RISM Catalog interface was redesigned and many improvements were added. Today’s release comes one year after that major upgrade. The main focus of development was on...

9 September 2019

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Search Strategies for Printed Music

Printed music is one of the “classic” RISM sources, with a long RISM tradition alongside music manuscripts, libretti, and treatises. Searching for printed music in the RISM catalog has only been possible since 2015, when printed editions by a single composer (to 1800) were added along with anthologies printed between...

25 March 2019

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Searching for People in the New RISM Catalog

The new version of the RISM catalog that was released over the summer has opened up the possibility to do a detailed search for the people that appear in RISM records: composers, publishers, singers, instrumentalists, dedicatees, etc. Though we are working on making this tool more intuitive to use, we...

22 October 2018

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