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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 former Bundesrepublik Deutschalnd. For the former Deutsche Demokratische Republik, 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.

Within the scope of RISM Germany, more than 700 collections housed in public, religious, and private institutions have been described so far. Around half of these collections consist of only printed music while the other half is made up of both music manuscripts and imprints.

The map gives an overview of the current state of the collections in RISM. After you click on a point on the map, a menu on the left-hand side opens where you can see the number of records in RISM and the cataloging status. Completed collections are green and collections marked yellow are either in process or waiting to be cataloged. Red means that the collections are new and unprocessed yet not in the long-standing strategy of RISM Germany, but the holding institutions or owners have expressed an interest in having them cataloged by RISM. Given that new collections are reported to us on a regular basis (in particular materials newly acquired by libraries and institutions that are already in RISM, but also private collections), the 250 collections that still need to be cataloged (a number determined in 2015) can be reduced only slowly.

 

Last update of the RISM Germany map in September 2017.

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...

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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...

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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...

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New at RISM: Pilotprojekt Wasserzeichen-Beschreibung in Kooperation mit WZIS

in der RISM-Arbeitsstelle Dresden

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New publications: “Catalog of the Music of the Diocese of Würzburg” published

Dieter Kirsch has compiled a three-volume catalog and received a citation (Ehrennadel) from the Diocese of Würzburg

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CONTACT

Dresden office

RISM Arbeitsstelle Dresden
Sächsische Landesbibliothek – Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden
D-01054 Dresden

Project leader: Dr. Barbara Wiermann

Dr. Andrea Hartmann (Head)
Carmen Rosenthal
Dr. Undine Wagner
Phone: +49 +351 4677-398
Fax: +49 +351 4677-741

Munich office

RISM Arbeitsstelle München
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
D-80328 München

Project leader: Dr. Reiner Nägele

Dr. Gottfried Heinz-Kronberger (Head)
Dr. Helmut Lauterwasser
Dr. Steffen Voss.
Phone: +49 +89 28638-2110, -2884, -2395
Fax: +49 +89 28638-2479