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. In addition to articles from over 2,000 music journals, it includes articles from about 11,000 journals from other disciplines.

It includes articles in Festschriften celebrating music scholars from 1840 through the present as well as music-related articles published in conference proceedings from 1835 through the present.

In addition to journal articles, RILM Abstracts of Music Literature covers a variety of publications and media types including:

  • Books and monographs
  • Bibliographies
  • Catalogues
  • Critical editions of music
  • Digital media
  • Dissertations
  • Electronic resources
  • Essay collections
  • Ethnographic recordings
  • Films and videos
  • Iconographies
  • Reference materials
  • Reviews
  • Sound recordings
  • Technical drawings of instruments

International Content

Citations in RILM Abstracts of Music Literature represent publications in about 150 languages and from countries around the world. 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.

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

" [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.