Who uses RISM?
- Musicologists who are looking for source material in their field of research and use RISM's data as a foundation for thematic catalogues or music editions.
- Musicians who discover a breadth of lesser-known works in order to give concerts that go beyond the usual repertory.
- Librarians who want to know if additional copies of a certain manuscript exist at other institutions.
- Students who need to consult primary sources for an assignment or term paper.
- Music antiquarians who want to identify the prints they bought.
Comments from our users
Gloria Eive (Fine Arts Editor, ECCB: The Eighteenth-Century Current Bibliography; Saint Mary's College of California)
"I have been searching through RISM's entries since the very first hard-copy volumes were published many many years ago, so you will understand how much I appreciate the online database now. You will understand my delight recently at finding another 'new' manuscript by 'my composer' Paolo Alberghi, one I had not found before although I have made repeated searches in RISM for many years. The 'new discovery' of course is mine, since the manuscript is almost 250 years old, and I am infinitely grateful to RISM for making this new discovery possible."
Prof. Michael Schneider (Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Frankfurt am Main; Conductor, La Stagione Frankfurt)
"As a period instrument musician who is both a performer and a researcher, I am constantly in search of original music sources, be it manuscripts and publications of relatively unknown works or the 'classics.' The work that RISM does is an invaluable and irreplaceable service in my own daily work. This includes the published volumes of music prints, the recently released online catalog of manuscripts, and the on-the-spot support of the RISM staff. I, for one, am thankful that this institution, so very important for the music world, happens to be based in Frankfurt!"