Working Group Germany - Dresden and Munich Offices
The RISM working group in Germany has two offices. The Munich office, which is located at the Bavarian State Library (Bayerische Staatsbibliothek), is responsible for the area of the “old states” (former West Germany). For the “new states” (former East Germany), the Dresden office, which is located at the Saxon State Library--City and University Library Dresden (Sächsische Landesbibliothek – Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden), is in charge.
The objective of the German working group is the scholarly indexing and cataloging of older music prints, manuscripts, writings, and libretti dating from around 1600 to the mid-19th century that have been handed down in German collections.
Since 1979, examples of music iconography in the field of fine arts has concurrently been indexed in the Munich office through cooperation with the Répertoire International d'Iconographie Musicale (RidIM). Detailed information about the activities of the German RIdIM office can be found here (in German).
The project is financed by the Union of German Academies of Sciences and Humanities in Mainz. Reports of the German RISM working group are published annually online and in the Jahrbuch der Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur Mainz, see annual reports of the german working groups since 2003 (in German).
The focus of the work is on scholarly cataloging of historical music manuscripts in German collections (predominantly from the time between 1600 and 1850, but sometimes beyond that). More information about this, as well as an overview of the over 200 collections that have already been described, is available here.
Library collections: A Contribution to the History of Military Music in the Kingdom of Hanover
A unique collection of music manuscripts in the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Bibliothek (Niedersächsische Landesbibliothek), Hanover The well over 1,000 handwritten scores of the first and last Royal Hanover Army Music Director Johann Viktor Gerold (1808-1876) form one of the most extensive...continue
Library collections: An exciting collection
Michael Haydn discovery in the collection of the former Spitz an der Donau provost district at the Niederaltaich Abbey Archivescontinue
Library collections: Manuscript Tablatures and Partbooks up to the 17th Century in the Bavarian State Library
The manuscript tablatures and partbooks of the Bavarian State Library (BSB) up to the seventeenth century are, in addition to early printed music and choirbooks, the third and final type of universal music collection owned by the dukes of Bavaria in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.The...continue
New at RISM: Manuscript containing Jewish liturgical songs (1832) now in RISM
In 2010, a valuable music manuscript was discovered within the rooms of the Jewish Congregation of Munich and Upper Bavaria (Israelitische Kultusgemeinde München und Oberbayern): a manuscript from 1832 entitled Gottesdienstliche Gesänge der Israeliten in Wien, liturgical songs of the Jewish...continue
Events: Premieres of rediscovered Heinrich Schütz works
It is hard to believe that there are still new works by Heinrich Schütz that are awaiting discovery. And indeed, on 1 October 2015 two small Christmas pieces by the Saxon court Kapellmeister will be heard for the first time after a nearly 400-year slumber at the opening event of the International...continue