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Two new music databases on Libraries website

Music students, scholars, and aficionados may find themselves singing the praises of one or both of the Libraries new electronic resources in music.

The Répertoire international de la presse musicale (RIPM: renamed in English as the Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals) was established to provide access to 19th - and early 20th - century periodical literature dealing with music. While the importance of music periodicals in this period as a documentary resource has long been recognized by the musicological community, RIPM represents the first effort to undertake and to coordinate retrospective indexing of these periodicals on an international scale.

RIPM Online is a cumulative database consisting of over 500,000 annotated records. An international board of distinguished scholars, librarians and archivists has selected music journals-published in Austria, Belgium, Canada, The Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Germany, Hungary, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden and the United States-for priority treatment by RIPM.

A second new database, RISM: International Inventory of Musical Sources after 1600 (Répertoire International des Sources Musicales) (RISM Online/Series A/II: Music manuscripts after 1600), is the most comprehensive annotated index and guide to music manuscripts produced after 1600. Fifty years of careful research and joint initiatives sponsored by RISM brings together among others more than 564,000 records by over 19,500 composers into one database which can be easily searched. The manuscripts are found in over 740 libraries and archives in 31 countries including: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, The Netherlands, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Rumania, Russia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, Uruguay and USA.

RISM's music manuscript database is linked to three other databases providing additional information to specific content: Composer, Library Sigla and Bibliographic Citations. The database can be searched from hyperlinks in the Music manuscript database, or directly from a database search menu. The four RISM databases include more than 564,000 records with at least 20,000 new records added each year. The music manuscript database contains over 740,000 searchable music incipits which can be viewed as musical scores. 1.8 million music manuscripts are estimated to exist for which RISM provides the most extensive cataloging to-date.

Users may access either RIPM or RISM from the frontpage of the Libraries website by following the path: Find > Indexes and Databases > Arts & Humanities > Music > (name of database).

Posted November 2, 2006