RISM: International Inventory of Musical Sources after 1600

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RISM: International Inventory of Musical Sources after 1600 is an annotated index and guide to music manuscripts produced after 1600. The manuscripts are found in over 740 libraries and archives in more than 30 countries worldwide. 

The database, Series A/II of Répertoire International des Sources Musicales (RISM), is linked to three other databases providing additional information to specific content: Composer, Library Sigla and Bibliographic Citations. It contains over 740,000 searchable music incipits which can be viewed as musical scores. 

Each manuscript is described in detail with up to 100 fields of information available. The most important of these fields are:

  • Name of the composer, arranger etc., with biographical dates
  • Title of work in standardized form
  • Music incipit (opening of musical text in musical notation)
  • Provenance/Institution
  • Source form (score, voice etc.)
  • Location of manuscript and shelf mark


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  • Journal alerts and Search history alerts.
  • Compatible with RefWorks.
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  • A visual search tab allows the user to search efficiently across broad subjects, and then returns a visual map of results, organized by topic.
  • iPhone and Android applications.

Dates covered

1600 to 1850.

Updating frequency



Music manuscripts.

Type of coverage

Citations, with musical incipits and library locations.

Print counterpart or
related resources

RISM CD-ROM (in Laurie Music Library)

Producer/content provider

31 national RISM offices and the RISM-Zentralredaktion

Vendor/electronic presentation provider


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Supplementary Subject(s)