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Germany : Dresden, Munich : Working group Germany

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.


RISM Germany Working Group: Steering Committee

Prof. Dr, Thomas Betzwieser (1. Vorsitzender)
Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
Institut für Musikwissenschaft
Senckenberganlage 31
60054 Frankfurt am Main

Prof. Dr. Hartmut Schick (2. Vorsitzender)
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Institut für Musikwissenschaft
Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1
80539 München

Dr. Bernhold Schmid (Schriftführer)
Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Musikhistorische Kommission
Orlando di Lasso-Ausgabe
Alfons-Goppel-Str. 11
80539 München

Projektleiter Dresden:
Dr. Barbara Wiermann
Sächsische Landesbibliothek - Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek

Projektleiter München:
Dr. Reiner Nägele
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek


Dresden Office

RISM Arbeitsstelle Dresden
Sächsische Landesbibliothek – Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden
D-01054 Dresden
Head: Dr. Andrea Hartmann
Phone: +49 +351 4677-398
Fax: +49 +351 4677-741

Munich Office

RISM Arbeitsstelle München
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
D-80328 München
Head: Dr. Gottfried-Heinz-Kronberger
Staff: Dr. Helmut Lauterwasser and Dr. Steffen Voss
Phone: +49 +89 28638-2110, -2884, -2395
Fax: +49 +89 28638-2479
Helmut.Lauterwasser(at)bsb-muenchen.de, Steffen.Voss(at)bsb-muenchen.de

For RIdIM:
Telefon: +49 +89 28638-2927
Fax: +49 +89 28638-2479