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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), , the Dresden office, which is located at the Saxon State Library--City and University Library Dresden (Sächsische Landesbibliothek – Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden).

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. Nicole Schwindt (1. Vorsitzende)
Staatliche Hochschule für Musik
78647 Trossingen

Dr. Bernhold Schmid (2. Vorsitzender)
Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Orlando di Lasso-Ausgabe
80539 München

Dr. Christoph Meixner (Schriftführer)
Thüringisches Landesmusikarchiv
Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt
99425 Weimar

Prof. Dr. Barbara Wiermann (Beisitzerin)
Sächsische Landesbibliothek - Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek
01054 Dresden


Dresden Office

Répertoire International des Sources Musicales, Arbeitsgruppe Deutschland e.V.
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
Staff: Dr. Miriam Roner und Dr. Undine Wagner

Munich Office

Répertoire International des Sources Musicales, Arbeitsgruppe Deutschland e.V.
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 (Répertoire International d'Iconographie Musicale):
Telefon: +49 +89 28638-2927
Fax: +49 +89 28638-2479