RILM Abstracts of Music Literature, a comprehensive, ongoing guide to publications on music from all over the world, is an indispensable tool for scholars, students, librarians, performers, teachers, and music lovers. It provides broad yet detailed coverage and facilitates both focused research and browsing for readers of all levels. From hip hop to Händel, from ethnomusicology to music therapy, from elementary music education to advanced music theory, RILM is the first stop for the researcher who wants clear, verified bibliographic information, fully cited, abstracted, and indexed. Since its first publication in 1967, RILM has been a mighty ally for music researchers, and its capabilities and coverage have been constantly expanding, most recently with the addition of retrospective coverage of music conferences from 1865 to the present. RILM currently contains over 500,000 entries; approximately 30,000 new records are added every year, covering all document types: articles, books, bibliographies, catalogues, dissertations, Festschriften, iconographies, critical commentaries to complete works, ethnographic recordings, conference proceedings, electronic resources, reviews, and more.
RILM was established in 1966 under the joint sponsorship of the International Musicological Society and the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres. The publication of RILM is made possible by the efforts of some 60 national committees located in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North and South America. The committees are composed of musicologists and librarians based at major university or national libraries and research institutes. Among the current host institutions are the British Library, the Russian State Library, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the Bibliothèque Royale (Brussels), the National Library of Canada, and the Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung, Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Berlin).
Major areas of coverage include:
- Western and Eastern classical
- Popular music
- Historical musicology
- Instruments and voice
- Performance practice and notation
- Music theory and analysis
- Music therapy
- Linguistics and semiotics
- Dramatic arts