Printed Music (A/I and B/I) now in RISM's Online Catalog

RISM is pleased to announce a major addition to its free online catalog that strengthens its utility as a resource for the documentation of printed music. Two of its major publications have been added to the online catalog and are freely available online for anyone to search at and

The addition of these printed sources brings the total number of records in the online catalog to over 1,010,000. New search fields allow users to search by Publisher, A/I or B/I number, and Plate number. Search results can be refined using the categories Publisher or a RISM Series. Icons of prints and manuscripts allow quick visual recognition.

We would like to express our gratitude to Bärenreiter and Henle Verlag for allowing us to incorporate the data into our catalog.

This addition of over 100,000 prints to the online catalog is an initial step towards revitalizing coverage of printed music in RISM. There are certainly many additions and corrections to be made to the A/I and B/I data and we ask for your patience as we work out a procedure for reporting new information. Institutions or individuals with additions or corrections to prints already in A/1 or B/1 are welcome to report them to us but for larger amounts of corrections, as well as new printed items without entries in A/1 or B/1, it will probably be easier to wait until the new cataloging program, Muscat, is available (expected in late 2015).

Any questions can be directed to:

Watch this brief video for an overview of what is new:




Image: Jean-Philippe Rameau, Pieces de clavecin en concerts, Paris, auteur; Vve Boivin; Le Clair (gravé par Huë), 1741. A/1: R 190

Category: RISM online catalog, New at RISM

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