Musical Archives

The Abbey of Stams owns around 3000 musical manuscripts as well as prints (many of them unique), mostly from the 18th and 19th century. They prove how important the abbey was in cultural matters. Apart from the music that was played during prayers, there were performances of chamber and symphonic music, and music theatre.

The musicians were either monks, servants or famous guests.

At the moment, the collection is being catalogued by musical historian Hildegard Herrmann-Schneider.

More than 8.100 records are available in RISM-OPAC (library siglum: A-ST).


For questions on this issue or user requests please contact:

Univ.-Doz. Mag. Dr. Hildegard Herrmann-Schneider | RISM Tirol-Südtirol & OFM Austria| Institut für Tiroler Musikforschung | Rumer Str. 51d | A – 6063 Innsbruck / Post Rum | Telefon:  +43 / (0) 512 / 263 272   | E-Mail: email hidden; JavaScript is required | (see Forschung for a list of publications of Hildegard Herrmann-Schneider concerning also Stams Abbey´s music history).


Music from the Abbey

From 1994 to 2007 more than 20 CD Editions of music from the Stams music archive were published by the Institut für Tiroler Musikforschung in Innsbruck .

For further information see


Download – Benutzungsordnung – Archive Stams (PDF)
Download – Reproduktionsauftrag – Musikarchiv (PDF)