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Searching for Musical Sources in RISM’s Online Catalogue

About the catalogue
RISM’s online catalogue of musical sources is the gateway to over 700,000 music manuscripts, treatises, and libretti. The works of over 30,000 composers are represented, housed in
hundreds of libraries and archives around the world.

The online catalogue includes RISM’s publication Series A/II (Music Manuscripts after 1600). The catalogue also includes the ongoing indexing that has been completed by the RISM working groups since the publication of these volumes. The information in Series B and C is still only available in book form.

 

Searching the catalogue
The RISM catalogue can be accessed from the home page. To begin searching the catalogue, type a keyword or phrase into the search box and press Go.

Use quotation marks to search for an exact phrase; omit them if the words may appear in any order anywhere in the record. Punctuation and case are ignored.

Examples: Lodo*
                 autograph cherubini
                 Ifigenia in
                 "deux journées"

 

The Search Results page lists hits alphabetically by composer. To the left of the results is a column to refine your search. Above the results is the search box and a link to the Advanced Search function.

 

To examine an entry in detail, click on the blue link. The location of the manuscript is found at the bottom of the record. Clicking on the location will give you the address of the institution. To save the record for future reference, click on the Set Bookmark link in the upper right-hand corner and your browser's bookmark function will open. To get the permalink, click on the Quote This Data Record link in the lower right-hand corner of the record.

 

Filter your search

Back on the Search Results page, you can filter your search by selecting a filter in the Refine Search box on the left. Expand categories by clicking on the + (plus) sign. Clicking on D-B, for example, will show you all the sources within your search parameters that are held by the Berlin State Library. Further refinements are possible: for example, all the sources that are manuscripts and date from 1802-1813.

 

 

Deselect a search filter at any time by clicking on the x next to the filter.

 

Advanced search

An advanced search is available to the right of the search box on the Search Results page. Here you can specify up to three specific fields to search. Truncation and phrase searching are allowed.

 

Examples:

Field

Text

Notes

 1)

Composer

Haydn



Title

Symphonies

Use the plural for form and genre terms

 

Key

E major

The key of individual movements can also be searched

 




2)

Composer

Hasse


 

Siglum

-D*

Use the minus sign (-) to exclude terms and the asterisk (*) to truncate. This search will show all Hasse sources outside Germany.

The full record display describes the source in full, including incipits.


If you click on a term marked with an “i” and highlighted in blue, a window opens with further information, such as explanations of abbreviations.

If you see the phrase “In Collection,” it means that the work described is part of a manuscript collection or collected edition. By clicking on the blue number, you arrive at the collection's main entry. From there, you can view the records for the rest of the works in the collection.

Consult the table of abbreviations, below, as required.

Registered users of RISM may consult the description guidelines, which are published on the website.

 

 

Abbreviations and descriptions

A

alto

a-trb

alto trombone

a-vla

alto viola

Ar:

arranger

arp

harp

Autograph

autograph

?Autograph?

presumably autograph

B

bass (vocal)

b

bass (instrumental)

b-trb

bass trombone

b.fig* (nur als Stimmenbezeichnung)

bass, figured

Bariton

baritone

bass:

thorough-bass mentioned

bc

thorough-bass (figured)

bombarde

bombardon

brasses

brass players: cor, clno or tr, trb

 

 

cb

double-bass

cemb

clavicembalo, cembalo, virginal, spinet

    cemb 4hands

clavicembalo, cembalo, etc. fourhanded

chalumeau

shawm

choir book

choir book

cl

clarinet

clav

clavecin

clno

clarino

cnto

cornetto

Co:

cocomposer

comp:

date of composition

Contra-A

contralto

contra-fag

double bassoon

cor

horn

cor di bassetto

basset horn

cor inglese

cor anglais

Coro

choir parts

Coro

choir

 

 

date

 

    1691

in 1691

    1782a

before 1782

    1782c

about (ca.) 1782

    1782p

after 1782

    18.in

beginning of the 18th century

    18.me

middle of the 18th century

    18.ex

end of the 18th century

    18.1t

18th century, first third

    18.3q

18th century, 3rd quarter

    18.2d

18th century, 2nd half

    18.sc

18th century

 

 

    18/19

18th/19th century

    1691*

born 1691

    1797a+

died before 1782

    1782p+

died after 1782

De:

dedicatee

Dessus

soprano (vocal)

dessus

soprano (instrumental)

 

 

Ed:

publishing company

 

 

fag

bassoon

fl

flute

fl.picc

piccolofuvola

 

 

guit

guitar

 

 

hautecontre

alto instrument

hpcd

harpsichord

 

 

i

instrumental part

Incipit corrected

mistakes within incipit corrected

Incipit incorrect

mistakes within incipit not corrected

Incipit transposed

incipit is transposed

Incpl:

incomplete (enumeration follows)

iSol

solo instrument

iSol:

instrumental soloists mentioned

 

 

keyb:

keyboard instruments

ecclesiastical modes:

 

    1t

1st tone (Dorian)

    2t

2nd tone (hypodorian)

    3t

3rd tone (Phrygian)

    4t

4th tone (hypophrygian

    5t

5th tone (Lydian)

    6t

6th tone (hypolydian)

    7t

7th tone (Mixolydian)

    8t

8th tone (hypomixolydian)

    9t

9th tone (Aeolian)

    10t

10th tone (hypoaeolian)

    11t

11th tone (Ionian)

    12t

12th tone (hypoionian)

Kornetto

cornet (not cnto)

 

 

lute

lute

 

 

Mezzo-S

mezzo-soprano

 

 

No title indicated

no title indicated

 

 

ob

oboe

ob d'amore*

oboe de amor

olim:

old signature

oN:

further names

orch

orchestra (instrumental ensemble)

orch:

further instruments mentioned

org

organ

    org 4hands

organ (four-handed)

 

 

oT:

alternative title

 

 

part

part

Pe:

performer

1.perf:

1st date of performance

perf:

further date of performance

pf

pianoforte

    pf 4hands

pianoforte (four-handed)

Pl.no:

record number

plck:

plucked instrument(s) mentioned

Prov:

previous owner

 

(distinction between

 

person and institution)

publ:

date of publication

recorder

block flute

RISM A/I

cross-reference to RISM series A/I

RISM B/

cross-reference to RISM series B

Role:

role

 

 

S

soprano, cantus, discantus

score

score

See:

see: (literary reference)

short score

piano reduction or

 

compressed score

Sprechstimme

speech voice

stck

percussion

strings

vl 1, 2, vla, vlc, b

 

 

T

tenor

t-trb

tenor trombone

taille

tenor part

Te:

librettist

theorbe

theorbo

timp

timpano(s)

    keys:

 

        major (mode): C, G, D, A, E, B, F#, C#, F, Bb, Eb, Ab, Db

 

        minor (mode): a, e, b, f#, g#, d#, a#, d, g, c, f, bb

 

    for example:

 

    A

A major

    B

B major

    b

B minor

    f#

F-sharp minor

    Bb

B-flat major

tr

trumpet

 

 

trb

trombone

Treble

highest voice within sentence

treble

treble-highest instrumental voice

 

 

V

(vocal) voice

V 5

5th voice

Vag

additional voice

violetta

violetta

vl

violin

vla

viol(a)

 

 

vla d'amore*

viola d`amore

vla da gamba

viola da gamba

vlc

violoncello

vlne

violone

VSol

vocal solo parts as code: S, A, T, B

VSol:

vocal solo parts mentioned

 

 

winds

wind players

Without shelfmark

without shelfmark

Without title

without title

wm:

watermark

woodwinds

woodwinds: fl, ob, cl, fag

Wri:

writer