The Work Level in RISM

CFP: Conference/Workshop on the Work Level in RISM
Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur
Mainz, Germany
Deadline: 31 January 2019
Conference dates: May 9 to 11, 2019

Libraries worldwide have been discussing work titles with increasing intensity. Transferring this idea to musical works seems particularly plausible at first glance, as the production of catalogs of works has a tradition of more than 100 years in musicology.

However, especially in recent decades, the concept of the work itself has been uncovered as a construct of the 19th century. Nevertheless, work titles in libraries are an important tool with which musical sources, modern printed music, books about specific musical works, and audiovisual media can be given detailed cataloging and made available. RISM (Répertoire International des Sources Musicales) would therefore like to adopt this tool by introducing a work level.

The conference/workshop is intended to enable a dialogue for the different points of view and expectations of musicologists and librarians and to develop solutions for RISM as a project between the two sides.

RISM will make every effort to provide a subsidy for speakers to participate in the conference.

Send abstracts of ca. 10 lines in English or German to the RISM Central Office by 31 January 2019: contact -at –

See the conference website for more information in English and German: