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date: 27 February 2021

Répertoire International des Sources Musicales [RISM; International Inventory of Musical Sources; Internationales Quellenlexikon der Musik]locked

  • Rita Benton
  • , revised by Jennifer A. Ward


[RISM; International Inventory of Musical Sources; Internationales Quellenlexikon der Musik]

An international project to document the locations of musical sources worldwide. The inventory, generally known as RISM from its French title, is jointly sponsored by the International Musicological Society and the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres. RISM was founded in 1952 and was the first of such cooperative international music bibliography projects, joined later by Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (founded in 1966), Répertoire International d’Iconographie Musicale (1971), and Répertoire International de la Presse Musicale (1980). The sources catalogued include manuscript and printed music, libretti, and writings about music, divided into two categories, Series A and B. Series C is a directory of music repositories, some of whose material is listed in Series A and B. RISM’s publications are in print and online and serve musicologists, librarians, students, performers, and music antiquarians.

The project had its beginnings in Robert Eitner’s fundamental publications for the location of musical source material: ...

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