RILM: Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature, a comprehensive, ongoing guide to publications on music from all over the world, is an indispensable tool for scholars, students, librarians, performers, teachers, and music lovers. It provides broad yet detailed coverage and facilitates both focused research and browsing for readers of all levels.

Our database currently contains over 400,000 entries; the number of entries published annually has increased from 2,532 in 1967 to some 30,000 per year. Our subscribers represent an international body of scholars, musicians, librarians, students, large universities, small liberal arts colleges, conservatories, public libraries, and research institutes.

RILM's broad international coverage and concise abstracts distinguish it from all other music reference resources. All scholarly works are included: articles, books, bibliographies, catalogues, dissertations, Festschriften, films and videos, iconographies, critical commentaries to complete works, ethnographic recordings, conference proceedings, electronic resources, and reviews.

A typical entry gives the title in the original language, an English translation of the title, complete bibliographic data, a content description—or abstract—of up to 200 words, and indexing of names, institutions, and concepts.

Every RILM abstract represents value added to the raw material of bibliographic citation. These abstracts reflect the efforts of a team of well-trained and experienced musicologists, librarians, and translators who insure that each entry is clearly, succinctly, and accurately summarized.

Currently RILM has entries for publications in over 140 languages. Established in 1966 under the joint sponsorship of the International Musicological Society and the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres, RILM was the pilot project of the interdisciplinary Bibliographic Center planned by the American Council of Learned Societies. The City University of New York graciously provides an institutional context for its endeavors. Our Commission Internationale Mixte, comprising representatives from the two sponsoring societies, form a body of distinguished scholars and librarians.

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