RISM – Répertoire International des Sources Musicales

The International Inventory of Musical Sources - Répertoire International des Sources Musicales (RISM) - is an international, non-profit organization which aims for comprehensive documentation of extant musical sources worldwide. These primary sources are manuscripts or printed music, writings on music theory, and libretti. They are housed in libraries, archives, monasteries, schools and private collections.

The organization, founded in Paris in 1952, is the largest and only global operation that documents written musical sources. RISM records what exists and where it can be found. As a result, musical traditions are protected through cataloguing in a comprehensive inventory while also being made available to musicologists and musicians. Such work is thus not an end in itself, but leads directly to practical applications.

Read more on Wikipedia in over 10 languages.

Presentation by Sílvia Sequeira in Portuguese.

A video overview of RISM's work and the online catalog in German, part of the series Tübinger Tutorials zur Musikwissenschaft.


Our motto...
Knowing what exists
and where it is kept

...lives through the exchange of information. Join the RISM Community and learn how you can contribute to the project.