Germany : Dresden, Munich : Working group Germany
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
Dr. Bernhold Schmid (2. Vorsitzender)
Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Orlando di Lasso-Ausgabe
Dr. Christoph Meixner (Schriftführer)
Hochschule für Musik Franz Liszt
Prof. Dr. Barbara Wiermann (Beisitzerin)
Sächsische Landesbibliothek - Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek
70 Jahre RISM an der BSB
Die Musikhandschriften des «Répertoire International des Sources Musicales» an der Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek In der Reihe “Bibliothek und Wissenschaft”, 55. Band (2022), der mit dem Titel “Faszination (Buch-) Handschriften im Jahr 2022” im Harrassowitz Verlag Wiesbaden von Claudia Fabian herausgegeben wurde, erschien auf S. 121-134 von Gottfried Heinz-Kronberger der Artikel “Die...
18 January 2023 – New publications
Call for Papers: Musical Sources of the 19th Century in Germany: Challenges and Opportunities
Symposium of the RISM Working Group Germany e.V. at the Bavarian State Library Munich, November 21, 2023 Deadline: February 15, 2023 The first German working group of RISM started its cataloging activities 70 years ago, and today the two groups in Munich and Dresden can rightly be considered as the...
16 January 2023 – Events
Newly discovered collection from Sennfeld (Franconia) to be cataloged
Jörg Wöltche (Church Music Director, Deanery of Schweinfurt) has committed himself to cataloging for RISM a collection of handwritten music material dating between 1788 and 1812 that was discovered in 2018. The trove of 149 church cantatas and Lutheran masses for Protestant church services as well as 31 motets comprises...
24 February 2022 – Rediscovered
Insights into the Music Collection of Duchess Luise Friederike of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
We have received the following from Miriam Roner (RISM Germany, Dresden office): February 3, 2022 marked the 300th birthday of Luise Friederike, Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. For RISM Germany, this major birthday is a welcome opportunity to put a special emphasis on cataloging her music collection. If she were alive, she...
10 February 2022 – Rediscovered
The new website of RIdIM Germany (Répertoire International d’Iconographie Musicale) launched on 26 April 2021 and can be found at http://ridim.musiconn.de. Prior to this, as part of the second project phase of the DFG-funded Fachinformationsdienst (FID) Musikwissenschaft, the design and functionality of the RIdIM website and the web-based RIdIM database...
2 June 2021 – In the news