RILM: Abstracts of Music Literature (1967 to Present only)

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Compiled by the International RILM Center, RILM* Abstracts of Music Literature (1967 to Present only) is the world's largest, continuously updated bibliography of music literature, providing broad international coverage including records in 171 languages from over 10,000 journals. There is no better single source for exploring the world of music, from Western and Eastern classical to pop, folk, and jazz.

Over 750,000 abstracts are drawn from articles, books, conference proceedings, bibliographies, catalogues, dissertations, festschriften, iconographies, critical commentaries to complete works, ethnographic recordings and videos, reviews, etc. Sponsored by the International Musicological Society, the International Association of Music Libraries, and the International Council on Traditional Music, RILM documents the music scholarship of some 174 countries.

*RILM is an abbreviation of Répertoire international de littérature musicale.)


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Citations, usually with abstracts, for over 375,000 articles, essays, and reviews, and other pieces of literature about music.

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RILM Abstracts of Music Literature [annual volumes]

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60 national RILM Committees and the International RILM Center (City University of New York)

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