Full-Text Encyclopedic Content

RILM Music Encyclopedias is the first comprehensive collection of encyclopedic content spanning important subject areas including popular music, opera, instruments, blues, gospel, recorded sound and women composers. The collection will expand continuously with additional titles that fit the needs of the international musicological research community.

RILM Music Encyclopedias is a valuable research resource for the international music community with content spanning multiple countries and languages including:

  • English
  • German
  • French
  • Czech
  • Italian
  • Dutch
  • Greek
  • Portuguese
  • Slovak
  • Spanish

Important National and Subject-Specific Titles

  • Biographical Dictionary of Afro-American and African Music
  • Biographical Dictionary of Russian/Soviet Composers
  • Encyclopedia of the Blues
  • Das Gothic- und Dark Wave-Lexikon
  • Groβes Sängerlexikon
  • International Encyclopedia of Women Composers

Essential General Music Publications

  • Algemene muziekencyclopedie
  • Biographical Dictionary of Musicians
  • Dictionnaire de la musique
  • The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music
  • Handwörterbuch musikalischer Terminologie
  • Komponisten der Gegenwart

Seminal Historical Titles

  • Fétis, Biographie universelle des musiciens et bibliographie générale de la musique
  • Eitner, Biographisch-bibliographisches Quellen-Lexikon
  • Riemann, Musik-Lexikon (11th edition)
  • Schmidl, Dizionario universale dei musicisti

Visit the RILM website for a complete list of titles included in RILM Music Encyclopedias.