RISM Series A/II: Music Manuscripts after 1600

This database is an annotated index of music manuscripts held in libraries, archives, monasteries, schools and private collections around the world. It is published by the Répertoire International des Sources Musicale (International Inventory of Musical Sources), an international non-profit organization that aims to document the world's musical sources from the earliest times.

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At a Glance

Subject Area: Music & Performing Arts

Ideal For: Academic Libraries

Content Includes

  • More than 615,000 manuscripts records
  • More than 22,500 composers
  • Music resources found in 800+ libraries and archives
  • Music information from 32 countries

Countries Covered:

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Great Britain
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • The Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

An Extensive and Thorough Collection of Works

RISM - Series A/II: Music Manuscripts after 1600 contains an extensive collection of indexing, providing thorough information on music manuscripts written after 1600 and up to 1800, as well as their current locations. The records include information in standard bibliographic categories as well as graphical images of over 780,000 music incipits, which can be viewed as musical scores. The goal of the database is to document the world's musical sources of manuscripts or printed music, works on music theory, and libretti.

Superior Browsing Capabilities

The index can be browsed by a number of categories, including: composer, document type (such as autograph, manuscript copy, partial autograph, or possible autograph), document date, key, language (for works with text), library information (the institution holding the manuscript), literature sigla (a standardized abbreviated code representing secondary sources cited), names (composer variant names, author, provenance, arranger, etc.), role and title.


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