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The RISM publications represent RISM's activities that began in 1952 and continue to the present day. The online catalog is the focus of RISM's current activities and is freely available online. Series A documents musical sources in two parts: printed music (A/I) and music manuscripts (A/II). Series B is designed to cover specific categories of repertory. Series A and B are supplemented by Series C, the Directory of Music Research Libraries.  Special volumes have also been published on the Tenorlied and RISM library sigla (now available as an online database).

Online Catalog

The RISM online catalog

The RISM Online Catalog is a free resource that can be accessed from www.rism.info and opac.rism.info. It documents manuscripts, printed music, libretti, and treatises.

The online catalog contains all of series A/I, A/II, and years 1500-1550 of B/I.

It is made possible through a partnership between the Bavarian State Library (Munich), the State Library of Berlin, and RISM. The Bavarian State Library is responsible for the operation and technical implementation of the RISM online catalog.

 

 

Series A: Inventories of musical sources

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Series A is entirely available free online.

A/I: Einzeldrucke vor 1800 (Individual Prints before 1800). Kassel: Bärenreiter, 1971-2012.
9 volumes, 4 supplements, index, CD-ROM; free online database since 2015.    

  • Einzeldrucke vor 1800, 9 vols., 1971-1981.
  • Einzeldrucke vor 1800: Addenda et Corrigenda, 4 vols., 1986-1999.
  • Einzeldrucke vor 1800: Register der Verleger, Drucker und Stecher und Register der Orte zu den Bänden 1-9 und 11-14, 2003.

Series A/I documents printed music published between 1600 and 1800 that holds the work of a single composer. At over 100,000 entries, this is the most comprehensive source available for printed musical works. A CD-ROM that incorporates all of the printed volumes was released in 2011. The contents of the CD-ROM were added to the free online catalog in 2015.

For a supplement to the printed volume 9, see Haberkamp and Rösing (1981).

A/II: Music Manuscripts after 1600. Database index, 1984-1986 (2 microfiches); annual CD-ROM, 1996-2008; free online database since 2010. Also available as a subscription database from EBSCO (2008-present; offered through NISC 2002-2008). 

  • Musikhandschriften nach 1600: Sixteen editions in total: 1-2 on microfiche; 3-16 on CD-ROM (German, English, French, Italian, Spanish). First edition, 1984 (ca. 19,000 entries); sixteenth edition, 2008 (ca. 614,000 entries).

Series A/II is the most comprehensive guide available to music manuscripts created after 1600.  Sources from over 900 libraries, museums, archives, churches, schools, and private collections in more than 35 countries around the world are described in the database. Full bibliographic information is available for over one million records. Included are manuscripts, printed music, librettos, and treatises. The database is updated monthly.

Series B: Bibliographies of materials organized by topic

Publisher: Munich: G.Henle (unless otherwise noted)

B/I and B/II: Printed collections of the 16th-18th centuries

Includes about 4,500 printed collections that were published in anthologies. An index of composers in B/I, edited by Petro Zappalà, is available as a PDF. The first half of B/1, covering the years 1500-1550, was added to the free online catalog in 2015.

  • B/I: François Lesure, Recueils imprimés, XVIe-XVIIe siècles (1960). 
    • Countries included: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United States, USSR, Yugoslavia.
  • B/II: François Lesure, Recueils imprimés, XVIIIe siècle (1964)
    • Countries included: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United States, USSR, Yugoslavia.
    • For a supplement to B/II, see Lesure (1972).


B/III: The theory of music from the Carolingian Era up to c.1500


These publications are focused on sources of medieval music theory. They offer a "description of all manuscripts in which are preserved Latin treatises--however small--dealing with the theory of music which was in use from the Carolingian era to 1400 [which was extended to 1500 in volume 3]. Moreover, it relates the anonymous treatises in one or other manuscript to those other manuscripts in which the same--generally unpublished--treatise is found...The Index supplies a survey of the manuscripts in which this theoretical tradition is preserved, by providing a list of the authors' names and the incipits of the anonymous treatises."

  • B/III/1: Joseph Smits van Waesberghe with Peter Fischer and Christian Maas, The Theory of Music from the Carolingian Era up to 1400. Volume I: Descriptive Catalogue of Manuscripts, 1961.
    • Countries included: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland.
  • B/III/2: Pieter Fischer, The Theory of Music from the Carolingian Era up to 1400. Volume II: Italy, 1968.
  • B/III/3: Michel Huglo and Christian Meyer, The Theory of Music. Manuscripts from the Carolingian Era up to c. 1500 in the Federal Republic of Germany, 1986.
  • B/III/4: Michel Huglo, Christian Meyer, and Nancy C. Phillips, The Theory of Music. Manuscripts from the Carolingian Era up to c. 1500 in Great Britain and in the United States of America: Descriptive Catalogue, 1992.
  • B/III/5: Christian Meyer, Elżbieta Witkowska-Zaremba, Karl Werner Gümpel, The Theory of Music: Manuscripts from the Carolingian Era up to c. 1500 in the Czech Republic, Poland, Portugal and Spain: Descriptive Catalogue, 1997.
  • B/III/6: Christian Meyer with Giuliano Di Bacco, Pia Ernstbrunner, Alexander Rausch, and Cesarino Ruini, The Theory of Music. Manuscripts from the Carolingian Era up to c. 1500: Descriptive Catalogue of Manuscripts: Addenda, Corrigenda, 2003.
    • Countries included: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United States.


B/IV: Manuscripts of polyphonic music, 11-16 centuries

Search B/IV in DIAMM (Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music).

  • B/IV/1: Gilbert Reaney, Manuscripts of Polyphonic Music. 11th-Early 14th Century, 1966.  
    • Description, bibliography and thematic incipits for all the known polyphonic manuscripts up to the beginning of the Ars Nova period.
    • Countries included: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United States, USSR.
  • B/IV/2: Gilbert Reaney, Manuscripts of Polyphonic Music (c. 1320-1400). With supplement to B/IV/1. 1969.
    • Description, bibliography and thematic incipits for all the known polyphonic manuscripts between c. 1320 and c. 1400, with the exception of Czech and Polish manuscripts and Italian Ars Nova sources.
    • Countries included in main text: Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, United States.
    • Countries included in supplement: Austria, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Poland, Yugoslavia.
  • B/IV/1-2, suppl.: Andrew Wathey, Manuscripts of Polyphonic Music. Supplement to B/VI,1-2. The British Isles, 1100-1400, 1993.
    • A supplement to Reaney's catalogs that describes additional sources in Great Britain and Ireland.
  • B/IV/3: Kurt von Fischer with Max Lütolf, Handschriften mit mehrstimmiger Musik des 14., 15., und 16. Jahrhunderts. Mehrstimmige Musik in italienischen, polnischen und tschechischen Quellen des 14. Jahrhunderts. Mehrstimmige Stücke in Handschriften aller Länder aus der Zeit um 1400-1425/30. Organale Sätze im älteren Stil und mehrstimmige Stücke in Choralhandschriften des 15. und 16. Jahrhunderts [Austria-France], 1972.
    • Countries included: Austria, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland.
  • B/IV/4: Kurt von Fischer and Max Lütolf, Handschriften mit mehrstimmiger Musik des 14., 15., und 16. Jahrhunderts Mehrstimmige Musik in italienischen, polnischen und tschechischen Quellen des 14. Jahrhunderts. Mehrstimmige Stücke in Handschriften aller Länder aus der Zeit um 1400-1425/30. Organale Sätze im älteren Stil und mehrstimmige Stücke in Choralhandschriften des 15. und 16. Jahrhunderts [Great Britain-Yugoslavia], 1972.
    • Countries included: Great Britain, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, United States, Yugoslavia.
  • B/IV/5: Nanie Bridgman, Manuscrits de musique polyphonique, XVe et XVIe siècles. Italie, 1991.
    • Descriptions of polyphonic music manuscripts of the 15th and 16th centuries preserved in Italian libraries.

B/V: Manuscripts of tropes and sequences
Musicologie Médiévale
maintains a list of B/V entries for which digitized music exists, as well as other sources not in B/V but within the scope of the volume.

  • B/V/1: Heinrich Husmann, Tropen- und Sequenzen Handschriften, 1964.
    • Countries included: Austria, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Vatican City.
  • B/V/2: Nancy van Deusen, Katalog der mittelalterlichen Sequenzen [in preparation].


B/VI: Printed writings about music
Attempts to bring together all literature concerning music, whether theoretical, historical, aesthetic, or technical. Countries included: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United States, USSR, Yugoslavia.

For a supplement to B/VI, see Lesure (1979).

  • B/VI/1: François Lesure, Écrits imprimés concernant la musique (A-L), 1971.
  • B/VI/2: François Lesure, Écrits imprimés concernant la musique (M-Z), 1971.


B/VII: Manuscripts of lute and guitar tablatures

A descriptive catalog of all manuscripts handed down in lute and guitar tablature. Countries included: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, East Germany, France, Great Britain, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United States, USSR, West Germany, Yugoslavia.

For a supplement to B/VII, see Boetticher (1979) and Fabris (1982).

  • B/VII/1: Wolfgang Boetticher, Handschriftlich überlieferte Lauten- und Gitarrentabulaturen des 15. bis 18. Jahrhunderts, 1978.


B/VIII: German hymns (DKL)

A catalog of traceable printed sources of German hymns, of all denominations, from the end of the 15th century until 1800 that contain at least one melody in musical notation. Also contains those editions of which no copy is known but whose former existence has been determined by previous bibliographies or research. Part 2 is an index arranged by title, names, places, publishers, and sigla.

Countries included: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, East Germany, France, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, United States, USSR, West Germany, Yugoslavia.

  • B/VIII/1: Konrad Ameln, Markus Jenny, and Walter Lipphardt, Das deutsche Kirchenlied. Kritische Gesamtausgabe der Melodien. Band 1, Teil 1: Verzeichnis der Drucke von den Anfängen bis 1800. Kassel: Bärenreiter, 1975.
  • B/VIII/2: Markus Jenny, Das deutsche Kirchenlied. Kritische Gesamtausgabe der Melodien. Band 1, Teil 2: Verzeichnis der Drucke. Register. Kassel: Bärenreiter, 1980.


    B/IX: Hebrew sources

    • B/IX/1: Israel Adler, with the assistance of Lea Shalem, Hebrew notated manuscript sources up to circa 1840: A descriptive and thematic catalogue with a checklist of printed sources, 2 vol., 1989.
      • Volume 1: Catalogue - Volume 2: Index
      • All available Hebrew manuscript documents containing notated musical items which are datable up to circa 1840.
      • Countries included: Denmark, France, Great Britain, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, United States, USSR, West Germany.
    • B/IX/2: Israel Adler, Hebrew writings concerning music in manuscripts and printed books from Geonic times up to 1800, 1975.
      • A corpus of Hebrew writings concerning music (not only a catalog of these sources), arranged alphabetically by author.
      • Austria, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, United States, USSR, West Germany.


    B/X: The theory of music in Arabic writings, c. 900 - 1900

    Over 500 sources of Arabic music theory from its beginnings to the end of the nineteenth century.

    • B/X: Amnon Shiloah, The theory of music in Arabic writings (c. 900-1900). Descriptive catalog of manuscripts in libraries of Europe and the U.S.A., 1979.
      • Countries included: Austria, Denmark, East Germany, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United States, West Germany.
    • B/X/A: Amnon Shiloah, The theory of music in Arabic writings (c. 900-1900). Descriptive catalog of manuscripts in libraries of Egypt, Israel, Morocco, Russia, Tunisia, Uzbekistan, and supplement to B/X, 2003.


    B/XI: Ancient Greek music theory

    Descriptions for nearly 300 codices, extending from the 11th through the 17th centuries. Countries included: Austria, Denmark, East Germany, Egypt, France, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United States, West Germany.

    • B/XI: Thomas J. Mathiesen, Ancient Greek music theory: A catalogue raisonné of manuscripts, 1988.

    B/XII: Persian music theory

    Over 200 Persian musical manuscripts, encompassing virtually the total corpus thereof. Countries included: Afghanistan, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Denmark, Egypt, France, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, India, Iran, Ireland, Netherlands, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Tajikistan, Turkey, United States, Uzbekistan.

    • B/XII: Mohammed Taghi Massoudieh, Manuscrits persans concernant la musique, 1996.



    B/XIII: Hymnologica Slavica (Slavic hymns)

    Publications of hymn sources in the Czech, Slovak, Polish, and Sorbian languages containing musical notation, from the 16th to 18th centuries. Countries included: Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States.

    • B/XIII/1: Jan Kouba, Marie Skalická, Gerhard Schuhmacher, Karol Hławiczka, Leon Witkowski, Teresa Krukowski, Gerhard Schuhmacher, Jan Raupp, Hymnologica Slavica: Hymnologica Bohemica, Slovaca (HBS), Polonica (HP), Sorabica (HS). Notendrucke des 16. bis 18. Jahrhunderts, 2012.


    B/XIV: Manuscripts of the processional
    Descriptions of over 1100 notated processionals and over 150 manuscripts with processional chant.

    • B/XIV/1: Michel Huglo, Les manuscrits du processionnal, vol. 1: Autriche à Espagne, 1999.
      • Countries included: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Spain, Switzerland.
    • B/XIV/2: Michel Huglo, Les manuscrits du processionnal, vol. 2: France à Afrique du Sud, 2004.
      • Countries included: Croatia, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States.


    B/XV: Polyphonic music in Ibero-American sources
    Printed music and manuscripts that form "a general inventory of polyphonic masses, mass sections and Requiem masses transmitted in sources from Spain, Portugal and Latin America between circa 1490 and 1630."
    Countries included (manuscripts): Colombia, France, Guatemala, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, United States.

    • B/XV: Cristina Urchueguía, Mehrstimmige Messen in Quellen aus Spanien, Portugal und Lateinamerika, ca. 1490-1630. Drucke, Handschriften und verlorene Quellen, 2005.

     

    B/XVI: Palm-leaf manuscripts

    • B/XVI: Tilman Seebass, Catalogue raisonné of the Balinese Palm-Leaf Manuscripts with Music Notation, 2015.

    B/XVII: Trio Sonatas

    • B/XVII: Ludwig Finscher, Laurenz Lütteken, and Inga Mai Groote, eds., assisted by Cristina Urchueguía, Gabriela Freiburghaus, and Nicola Schneider: Die Triosonate: Catalogue Raisonné der gedruckten Quellen, 2016. 2 vols. plus database (database access information here).

     

    Series C: Directory of Music Research Libraries

    Publisher: Kassel: Bärenreiter-Verlag

    This series was based on Rita Benton, ed., Directory of Music Research Libraries (Iowa City: The University of Iowa, 1967-1975): Part I: Canada and the United States; Part II: Thirteen European Countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, East Germany, Finland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, West Germany); Part III: Spain, France, Italy, Portugal.

    Canada and the United States

    • C/I: Marian Kahn, Helmut Kallmann, Charles Lindahl, Directory of music research libraries. Volume 1: Canada and the United States, 2nd ed., 1983.

    Sixteen European Countries

    • C/II: Elizabeth Davis, Directory of music research libraries. Volume 2: Sixteen European countries. 2nd ed., 2001.
      • Countries included: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Spain, Switzerland.
    • C/III/1: Elizabeth Davis, Directory of music research libraries. Volume 3, 1: Sixteen European countries. 2nd ed., 2001.
      • Countries included: France, Finland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, United Kingdom.
    • C/III/2: Directory of music research libraries. Volume 3, 2: Italy [in preparation].

    Israel, Japan, and Oceania

    • C/IV: Cecil Hill, Katya Manor, James Siddons, Dorothy Freed, Directory of music research libraries. Volume 4: Australia, Israel, Japan, New Zealand, 1979.

    Eastern Europe

    • C/V: James B. Moldovan, Lilian Pruett, Directory of music research libraries. Volume 5: Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland, Yugoslavia, 1985.

     

     

    Special volumes

    • Norbert Böker-Heil,  Harald Heckmann, and Ilse Kindermann: Das Tenorlied: Mehrstimmige Lieder in deutschen Quellen, 1450-1580. Catalogus musicus 9. Kassel: Bärenreiter.

      • Volume 1: Drucke, 1979.
      • Volume 2: Handschriften, 1982.
      • Volume 3: Register, 1986.
    • RISM-Bibliothekssigel: Gesamtverzeichnis (RISM library sigla). Munich: Henle, 1998.
      A new, searchable edition is available here on this website.

    PUBLISHERS

    Series A/I; series B, volume VIII, parts 1 and 2; series C

    Series B (except for volume VIII, parts 1 and 2)

    Series A/II CD-ROM (1995-2008)

    Series A/II subscription database (2002-2006)

    Series A/II subscription database (2006-present)

    Congress report (2010)