RILM Abstracts of Music Literature

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Repertoire International de Litterature Musicale

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 600,000 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
  • Folk
  • Jazz
  • Historical musicology
  • Ethnomusicology
  • Instruments and voice
  • Librarianship
  • Performance practice and notation
  • Music theory and analysis
  • Pedagogy
  • Liturgy
  • Dance
  • Criticism
  • Music therapy
  • Acoustics
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology
  • Linguistics and semiotics
  • Literature
  • Dramatic arts
  • Physiology
  • Psychology
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IPA Source

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IPA Source: IPA Transcriptions and Literal Translations of Songs and Arias

Contains more than 11,000 International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) transcriptions and literal translations of opera arias and art song texts. IPA Source is searchable by composer, poet, title, opera aria and Latin text. Texts are available as downloadable PDFs.

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Project MUSE

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University Press Content Consortium (UPCC) Books

Project Muse provides full-text versions of scholarly journals from many of the world's leading university presses and scholarly societies, with over 120 publishers currently participating. UPCC Book Collections on Project MUSE, launched in January 2012, offer book-length scholarship, fully integrated with MUSE's scholarly journal content.  The Project Muse platform allows searching of books and journals in one place and at the same time and offers alerts and social networking options for sharing discoveries with colleagues.

The following is a list of publishers participating in UPCC Book Collections as of March 2015. See the current list at: Note that some titles are excluded from the Project MUSE platform at the publisher's discretion.

  • African Books Collective
  • Association for Scottish Literary Studies
  • Baylor University Press
  • Brandeis University Press
  • Brookings Institution Press
  • Calgary Institute for Humanities
  • Catholic University of America Press
  • Center for Literary Publishing
  • Central European University Press
  • Chinese University Press
  • Cork University Press
  • Cornell University Press
  • Cornell University East Asia Program
  • Duke University Press
  • Duquesne University Press
  • ELT Press
  • The Feminist Press
  • Fordham University Press
  • Fortress Press
  • Franciscan Institute Publications
  • Gallaudet University Press
  • Georgetown University Press
  • Hong Kong University Press
  • Indiana University Press
  • Institute of Southeast Asian Studies
  • Jewish Publication Society
  • Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Kent State University Press
  • Lawrence & Wishart
  • Leuven University Press
  • Liberty Fund
  • Louisiana State University Press
  • Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society
  • Medieval Institute Publications
  • Michigan State University Press
  • Minnesota Historical Society Press
  • The MIT Press
  • National Bureau of Asian Research
  • New York University Press
  • Northern Illinois University Press
  • Northeastern University Press
  • Northwestern University Press
  • NUS Press Ltd
  • Ohio State University Press
  • Ohio University Press
  • Oregon State University Press
  • Pennsylvania State University Press
  • Presses de l'Université du Québec
  • Princeton University Press
  • Purdue University Press
  • Red Hen Press
  • RIT Press
  • Russell Sage Foundation
  • Rutgers University Press
  • School for Advanced Research Press
  • Slavica Publishers
  • Southern Illinois University Press
  • SUNY Press
  • Syracuse University Press
  • Tagus Press at UMass Dartmouth
  • Temple University Press
  • Texas A&M University Press
  • Texas Christian University Press
  • Texas State Historical Association
  • Texas Tech University Press
  • Tufts University Press
  • University of Akron Press
  • University of Alabama Press
  • University of Arizona Press
  • University of Arkansas Press
  • University of California Press
  • University of Georgia Press
  • University of Hawaii Press
  • University of Illinois Press
  • University of Iowa Press
  • University of Massachusetts Press
  • University of Michigan Press
  • University of Minnesota Press
  • University of Missouri Press
  • University of Nebraska Press
  • University of Nevada Press
  • University of New Hampshire Press
  • University of New Mexico Press
  • University of North Carolina Press
  • University of North Texas Press
  • University of Notre Dame Press
  • University of Ottawa Press
  • University of Pennsylvania Press
  • University of Pittsburgh Press
  • University of South Carolina Press
  • University of Tennessee Press
  • University of Texas Press
  • University of Vermont Press
  • University of Virginia Press
  • University of Washington Press
  • University of Wisconsin Press
  • University Press of Colorado
  • University Press of Florida
  • University Press of Kansas
  • University Press of Kentucky
  • University Press of Mississippi
  • University Press of New England
  • Utah State University Press
  • Vanderbilt University Press
  • Wayne State University Press
  • Wesleyan University Press
  • West Virginia University Press
  • W.E. Upjohn Institute
  • Wilfrid Laurier University Press


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Oxford Companion to Music


This new edition of the classic reference work includes articles that range from clear, concise definitions of musical ideas and terms to extended surveys of musical forms and styles, with specialist coverage of virtually every musical subject. It places music in its social and cultural context, with a range of new entries on topics such as politics, religion, psychology, and computers. The book covers current research in and approaches to music, including analysis, theory, ethnomusicology, and performance practice. All varieties of musical forms are convered, including jazz, popular music, and dance.

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Musical America

Top international performing arts professionals go to for

  • In-depth coverage of performing arts industry news
  • Special Reports into the key issues and solutions driving the performing arts industry
  • Extensive databases with critical information covering the international landscape of performing artists, facilities, managers, presenters, schools, media, services and organizations.
  • Frequently updated news stories, reviews, databases
  • News directly from industry groups and organizations through our Press Releases section

The site contains a wealth of data, including international industry news, all contact information and articles from the print directory and archive information. There are subscriber-based and free areas.


  • Daily international news stories
  • Performance reviews
  • Quick-read summaries of major media stories


  • Over 14,000 contacts and addresses
  • Easy search by budget category, type of event, state, country, etc.
  • Updated on a quarterly basis
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American Song

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African American Song (former title)

Provides streaming access to more than 120,000 audio tracks, including songs by and about American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, and cowboys. Included in the database are the songs of Civil Rights, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, anti-war protests, and more. The range of genres includes country, folk, bluegrass, Western, old time, American Indian, blues, gospel, shape note singing, doo-wop, Motown, R&B, soul, funk, and others.

Labels include Rounder Records, Appleseed Recordings, Stax, Specialty Records, Testament Records, McNeil Music, Native Ground Music, Rebel Records, County Records, Smithsonian Folkways, Document Records, and more.

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Periodicals Index Online

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PIO. Full text portion also called Periodicals Archive Online (PAO).
Previously called Periodicals Contents Index Fulltext (PCI, PCIFT).

An index to over 20 million articles in more than 7,000 arts, humanities and social science journals, from their first issues through 2000. Includes full text of articles for 633 of the journals covered. Covers many older journals not indexed electronically anywhere else.

Article Index
1665 - 2000. (Dates of coverage vary by journal title--most are from first issue to 2000.)
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RISM International Inventory of Musical Sources after 1600

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RISM International Inventory of Musical Sources after 1600
Répertoire International des Sources Musicales

RISM - Series A/II: Music Manuscripts after 1600 is the most comprehensive annotated index and guide to music manuscripts, containing more than 850,000 manuscript records by over 27,000 composers found in over 800 libraries and archives in 36 countries. Records contain bibliographic information, manuscript locations, musical incipits, and bibliographic citations.

Published by the Répertoire international des sources musicale, RISM (International Inventory of Musical Sources) is an international, non-profit joint venture, which aims to document comprehensively the world's musical sources of manuscripts or printed music, works on music theory, and libretti stored in libraries, archives, monasteries, schools and private collections. The organization, founded in Paris in 1952, is the largest and only global operation that registers musical sources. RISM documents what exists and where it is stored.

after 1600 (mainly 1600-1850)
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Naxos Music Library

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Naxos Music Library is the world's largest online classical music library. Currently, it offers streaming access to 86,000 CDs with more than a million tracks, including both standard and rare repertoire. NML provides access to the complete Naxos catalogue, as well as the complete catalogues or selected recordings of over 400 labels such as ARC, Berlin Classics, BIS, Capriccio, Chandos, CPO, EMI Classics, Erato, Haenssler Classic, Hungaroton, Marco Polo, Naïve, Naxos, Nimbus, Ondine, Teldec, Vanguard Classics, Virgin Classics and Warner Classics.

NML can be accessed from any computer, anywhere, anytime. With the new iPhone / iPod Touch App / Android App, subscribers can also access the service on the go.

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Classical Music Library

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Classical Music Library offers a multi-label collection of music recordings, featuring performances from many independent and major classical labels, including EMI Classics, Hänssler, Hyperion, Virgin Classica, Bridge, Vox, and many others. Coverage includes music written from the earliest times (e.g. Gregorian Chant) to the present, including many contemporary composers. Repertoire ranges from vocal and choral music, to chamber, orchestral, solo instrumental, and opera.

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