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
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
Im Rahmen der Sichtung von Fragmenten im Bayerischen Hauptstaatsarchiv wurde eine aufregende Entdeckung gemacht. Es ist nicht die erste Blüte, die aus diesem Fundus der Fragmentensammlung herausragt. 2018 wurden schon Teile einer Sonate für zwei Violinen und Basso Continuo von Johann Caspar Teubner aus dem Jahr 1695 gefunden (BayHStA, Fragmentensammlung...
1 March 2021 – Library collections
The Dresden office of RISM Germany commenced a project in December 2020 to catalog the music manuscripts in the Rostock University Library (D-ROu). The collection comprises ca. 950 manuscripts from the 16th to 19th centuries. The first batch of manuscripts that arrived in Dresden for cataloging contains the music collection...
19 January 2021 – Library collections