RILM Abstracts of Music Literature

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RILM Abstracts of Music Literature is a database that provides indexing and abstracts of music scholarship. It is the world's largest continuously updated bibliography of music literature. A wide variety of genres and subject areas are included, such as classical, traditional, and popular music, jazz, historical musicology, ethnomusicology, music theory, instruments, voice, and dance.

The database contains over 750,000 citations and abstracts, which are drawn from articles, books, conference proceedings, bibliographies, catalogues, dissertations, festschriften, iconographies, critical commentaries to complete works, ethnographic recordings and videos, and reviews. It includes records from over 10,000 journals, 140 languages, and 178 countries.

The RILM database is compiled by the RILM (Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale) International Center. It is the electronic version of the print annual publication RILM Abstracts of Music Literature.



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Dates covered

19th century--present.

Type of coverage

Indexing and abstracts.

Producer/content provider

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

Vendor/electronic presentation provider


Core Subject(s)