Conference and Workshop: Works, Work Titles, Work Authorities: Perspectives on Introducing a Work Level in RISM

Dates: May 9-11, 2019
Location: Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur
            Geschwister-Scholl-Str. 2
            55131 Mainz

Registration: Registration form

The conference is free and open to the public. Please help us plan by registering by 5 April 2019.


Conference and Workshop: Works, Work Titles, Work Authorities: Perspectives on Introducing a Work Level in RISM

Libraries worldwide have been discussing work titles with increasing intensity. Transferring this idea to musical works seems particularly feasible at first glance, seeing as the production of catalogs of works has a tradition of more than 100 years in musicology.

However, especially in recent decades, the concept of the work itself has been uncovered as a construct of the 19th century. In many cases, attention has been drawn to those genres that cannot be forced into a fixed form. This especially applies to operas, whose form can change from performance to performance. But it also concerns chamber music, which is sometimes presented in different versions and with different instruments, etc., when it is first published. The examples could easily be continued.

Nevertheless, work titles in libraries are an important tool with which musical sources, modern printed music, books about specific musical works, and audiovisual media can be given detailed cataloging and made available. RISM would therefore like to adopt this tool by introducing a work level. But RISM has more, and other, possibilities than an individual library does, because descriptions of sources from a wide variety of libraries can be found in the RISM database.

The conference and workshop is intended to enable a dialogue for the different points of view and expectations of musicologists and librarians and to develop solutions for RISM as a project between the two sides.

More information can be found on the conference website.




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