New at RISM: Cage, Cowell, & the Grateful Dead: Sigla Off the Beaten RISM Track

Most of our readers will be familiar with our RISM Library Sigla, which are basically abbreviations that refer to an institution in a concise way. We try to document the existence of every institution worldwide that holds materials related to music research, and these institutions are assigned a...

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New at RISM: Trnka—who? Mistaken attributions and their effects

It is not surprising that music bibliographers find it difficult enough to distinguish between composers with common names, but that this also happens with somewhat rarer names is something we are going to illustrate today using an example from the RISM A/I series (works by a single composer...

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New at RISM: New Version of the RISM Online Catalog

RISM and the Bavarian State Library (BSB, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek) announce the release of a new version of the RISM online catalog at This release represents the first phase of a development project that will include additional new features in the upcoming...

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New at RISM: A RISM Internship: Report from the Central Office in Frankfurt

The following is by Ulrike Schädel, who was an intern in the Central Office in the winter/spring of 2018. I encountered RISM for the first time in the course of musicological research. By chance, I happened to hear about an opportunity to complete a five-week internship at RISM.Everything was...

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New at RISM: Printed Music to 1550: A Report from the Central Office II

For those who are interested in early music prints, watch out! After revising the entries from the RISM B/I series to 1550 (see report) and related A/I entries, all of the remaining A/I entries to 1550 have now been revised. Some of them now have exact years and in other cases new copies have been...

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New at RISM: Byzantine Music Archives join Muscat

We have received the following announcement from Arsinoi Ioannidou on behalf of RISM Greece: The Working Group of the RISM Office in Greece, Maria Aslanidi, Aris Bazmadelis and Arsinoi Ioannidou, is currently embarking on a nationwide project to document Byzantine music in Greece, using Muscat....

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New at RISM: The 2017 Annual Report

The annual report for the RISM Central Office has been published on our website. Here are some of the highlights:Total records: Thanks to the hard work of our international contributors, the RISM online catalog currently has 1,090,000 records.Contributions from national groups: The following...

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New at RISM: Contract signed between RISM and UNAM

The Seminario de Música en la nueva España y el México independiente at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) has been building a database called Musicat for a number of years. Its contents include the music collections of the Mexico City Cathedral. A catalog of the polyphonic...

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New at RISM: New (and first) Library Siglum for Armenia

At RISM we regularly receive requests from scholars, archivists, and librarians for new library sigla to be created. In the course of our daily work, we also stumble upon institutions for which we have no siglum. Such was the case when we read about the Aram Khachaturian Museum in Yerevan,...

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New at RISM: New RISM Coordinating Committee

RISM relies on its international partners and benefits from several structures in place to maintain a close relationship between RISM, its sponsoring societies, and its working groups. One of these bodies is the Advisory Council, whose membership includes all active RISM contributors around the...

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