Répertoire International des Sources Musicales

Arbeitsgruppe Deutschland e.V.

Arbeitsgruppe Deutschland e.V.

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
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


Perspectives on Cataloging Printed Music: Meeting with the German RISM Offices

In mid-May 2024, the staff of the Munich and Dresden RISM offices came together for a meeting in Dresden. The main topic of several discussions and workshops was exploring new options when cataloging printed music. One of the points of discussion, for example, was finding tools to describe images and...

28 May 2024 – New at RISM

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In memoriam Gertraut Haberkamp (29 January 1937 – 5 November 2023)

On the same day as Dr. Harald Heckmann, long-time president of RISM, Dr. Gertraut Haberkamp, who stood for RISM’s work like few others and was also a leading authority on the sources of the Viennese Classics, passed away in Munich. Gertraut Haberkamp was born in Bochum, the middle of five...

30 November 2023 – In memoriam

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Anniversary Symposium of RISM Germany

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the founding of RISM’s German working group, a symposium will be held on November 21 and 22 at the Bavarian State Library in Munich. The event bears the title “Musical Sources of the 19th Century in Germany: Challenges and Opportunities” and offers...

19 October 2023 – Events

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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

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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

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Dresden office

Répertoire International des Sources Musicales, Arbeitsgruppe Deutschland e.V.
Arbeitsstelle Dresden
Sächsische Landesbibliothek – Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden
D-01054 Dresden

Project leader: Prof. Dr. Barbara Wiermann

Dr. Andrea Hartmann (Head)
Dr. Amrei Flechsig
Dr. Undine Wagner
Phone: +49 351 4677-398, -396

Munich office

Répertoire International des Sources Musicales, Arbeitsgruppe Deutschland
Arbeitsstelle München
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
D-80328 München

Project leader: Dr. Reiner Nägele

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

For RIdIM (Répertoire International d’Iconographie Musicale):
Dr. Dagmar Schnell
Phone: +49 89 28638-2927
Fax: +49 89 28638-2479\