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Describing and Cataloguing Sources from Upper Austrian Music Archives

This project involves gradually incorporating selected music sources from Upper Austrian archives into RISM's database according to the cataloguing guidelines set forth by the RISM Zentralredaktion in Frankfurt.

The foundation for this work is a comprehensive yet unpublished catalogue of over 4,400 manuscripts and prints that was compiled based on the holdings of certain church archives.

Valuable music documents of historical significance are being processed from the following archives, predominately in the possession of churches: Asten, Ansfelden, Bad Leonfelden, Freistadt ("Chorgemeinschaft" archive), Gramastetten, Gaspoltshofen, Hartkirchen Krenglbach, the private library of Dr. Glisic (papers of Anton Überlackner, St. Thomas am Blasenstein) in Linz, Linz cathedral and city parishes, Linz St. Matthias, Lohnsburg, Munderfing, Münzkirchen, Natternbach, Neuhofen im Innkreis, Ranshofen, Reichenthal, Rohrbach, St. Florian am Inn, St. Georgen an der Gusen, Schörfling, Schwanenstadt, Taiskirchen, Wels (archive of Hans Sachs Choir) and the famous music holdings of the Wilhering Cistercian Monastery. So far, only about half of this large music archive (in all more than 2,000 musical works) is documented in the RISM database. These records must be completely reviewed and supplemented by new references to music manuscripts and prints, especially from the 19th century. This work has received additional funding from Wilhering Abbey.

The sources range in date from the 18th century to the 20th. The project is supported by the Federal State of Upper Austria, the Diocesan Archive of Linz as well as the Diocesan Conservatory for Church Music in Linz at the Collegium Petrinum.


Quelle: schubert-online.at

Events: RISM Practicum at the University of Vienna

Archival Practicum in Musicology - Database of the Répertoire International des Sources Musicales (RISM) at the Institut für Musikwissenschaft


Performance: Musical Rarity from Wilhering Abbey

November 24, 2013, Wilhering abbey, Upper Austria

In the music archive at Wilhering Abbey, Dr. Ikarus Kaiser discovered the only known copy of a mass by the Baroque composer Franz Anton Ertl, who was active around Linz, Austria (RISM ID no. 600077182). On Sunday, November 24 at 10 AM (Feast of Christ the King), the work has been be performed during High Mass at Wilhering by musicians of the abbey. It was under the direction of Kurt Azesberger with Dr. Kaiser at the organ. 

More information about this performance can be found on the website of Stift Wilhering.

Performances of Rediscovered Musical Rarities from the Music Collection of Wilhering Abbey

November 27, 2011

The Wilheringer Damenquartett (Elisabeth Pouget, Christine Schwarzbauer, Gabriele Azesberger, Marcus Pouget) performed the Symphonia in D by Franz Aspelmayr (1728-1786) as part of a pre-Christmas concert in the reception hall of Wilhering Abbey. This piece is from the music archives of Wilhering Abbey (A-WIL) with the shelf mark Nr. 27 (RISM database entry for the manuscript: id. no 600077069).

November 18, 2012

The Missa solemnis in g minor in honorem Sancti Theobaldi Abbatis for choir and orchestra by the Wilhering titular organist, regens chori and music teacher Franz Gruber (1882-1936) was performed on November 18, 2012, at 10.00 a.m. in Wilhering abbey. The "David-Chor" from Eferding and the orchestra was directed by Kurt Dlouhy, Ikarus Kaiser, titular organist, played the organ. The autograph of this mass is from the historic music archive of Wilhering Abbey. The mass originated in 1912, exactly 100 years ago, and was dedicated to the former abbot of Wilhering, P. Theobald Grasböck (1846-1915), at that time general curate of the Austro-Hungarian Cistercien Congregation.


Austrian Academy of Sciences
Department of Music Research
Postgasse 7-9 / 4 / 3
A-1010 Vienna

RISM-Project: Dr. Stefan Ikarus Kaiser

E-Mail: musikarchiv@stiftwilhering.at, Tel: +43/664/8708641