RILM Abstracts of Music Literature

Produced by Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale, this comprehensive music bibliography features citations, abstracts, and subject indexing. It facilitates both focused research and browsing for readers of all levels from classical to popular music, from ethnomusicology to music therapy, from elementary music education to advanced music theory.

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At a Glance

Subject Area: Music & Performing Arts
Ideal For: Academic Libraries

Content Includes

  • More than one million records with new content added monthly
  • Articles from more than  2000 music journals and about 11,000 journals from other disciplines
  • Articles in Festschriften celebrating music scholars from 1840 through the present
  • Music-related articles published in conference proceedings from 1835 through the present
  • Books
  • Bibliographies
  • Catalogues
  • Dissertations
  • Films and videos
  • Iconographies
  • Critical commentaries on editions of works
  • Ethnographic recordings
  • Electronic resources
  • Reviews

Subjects Include

  • Composition
  • Dramatic arts
  • Dance studies
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Jazz studies
  • Musicology
  • Music analysis
  • Music iconography
  • Music librarianship
  • Music pedagogy
  • Music perception
  • Music therapy
  • Organology
  • Performance practice
  • Popular music studies

Interdisciplinary Subjects Include:

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Education
  • Folklore
  • Geography
  • History
  • Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Medicine
  • Performance studies
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Sociology
  • Women's studies

"...today [RILM] stands as an essential bibliographic source for music literature and a model of international scholarly cooperation."

— Mark McKnight, University of North Texas, published in Fontes Artis Musicae 52/1.

Detailed Coverage of a Wide Variety of Publications and Media

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature features a wealth of content from the early 1800s through the present. Updated monthly, the database includes coverage of relevant publications.

In addition to journal articles, RILM Abstracts of Music Literature covers a variety of publication and media types including essay collections, conference proceedings, critical editions of music, digital media, dissertations, monographs, online resources, reference materials, reviews, and technical drawings of instruments. Sound recordings and motion pictures that present the results of scholarly research or fieldwork are also included.

International Content

Citations in RILM Abstracts of Music Literature represent publications in 143 languages and from 178 countries. Titles of works are translated into English, and the majority of records have English abstracts. Increasingly, records feature abstracts in the original language of publication. Roman and non-roman scripts are also represented in RILM Abstracts of Music Literature

Bring the full force of RILM’s international database and powerful search techniques to bear on your music research projects.