100.000 source entries on a single disc
The CD-ROM for series A/1 of RISM
The CD-ROM of RISM series A/I “Individual Prints before 1800” (published 1971–2003 in nine volumes, four supplementary volumes and one index volume) makes available the world‘s largest source inventory of printed musical works for the first time in electronic form. The CD-ROM offers scholars, musicians, librarians and music antiquarians – in short, all people and institutions that work with musical sources – significant assistance for researching historical musical prints.
For the CD-ROM, the contents of the nine main volumes have been converted into a database and expanded with new entries from the supplementary volumes. Composer names, library sigla and catalogues of works have been matched with the standard versions used in series A/II “Music Manuscripts after 1600”, brought up-to-date and linked with the corresponding authority files. In total, the database contains over 100,000 entries.
The advantage of the CD-ROM lies in its ability to search all titles using terms in a full text search and separate indices. The search functions are far superior to what is traditionally available in a book index. Answers can be found to questions such as “Which operas were published in London between 1711–1759?” and “Which single prints by Joseph Haydn were published by Artaria?”
Répertoire International des Sources Musicales. A/I: Individual Prints before 1800. Database on CD-ROM. ISBN 978-3-7618-9502-3. Kassel 2011: Bärenreiter-Verlag. € 445,00.
Additional copies for libraries available at a reduced price upon request.