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RILM Abstracts of Music Literature

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

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).

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Subject Coverage
    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
Dates of Coverage
    1967 - current
Update Frequency
    Monthly, with approximately 2500 new records added.
    Over 0 records as of May 2013
Print Equivalent
    RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
    RILM International Center
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Sample Records
    Article in a periodical:
    TI: Title
    Beethoven and Shakespeare's "Tempest": New light on an old allusion
    MT: Monograph Title
    Beethoven forum. I (1992)
    AU: Author
    Albrecht, Theodore
    SO: Source
    Beethoven forum. Vol. 1, pp. 81-92. 1992
    IS: ISSN
    LA: Language
    RW: Related Work
    Related Record: RILM 1993-9868
    AB: Abstract
    Explores Beethoven's allusion to Shakespeare's "Tempest" in reference to the piano sonatas in D minor, op. 31, no. 2, and F minor, op. 57. Beethoven may have had in mind the fraternal strife between Prospero and Antonio, which in many respects paralleled difficulties regarding business matters between Beethoven and his brother Karl. See RILM 1989-3439 for an earlier version. [Abstractor: Robison, Brian]
    SL: Summary Language
    English (abstract)
    DE: Descriptors
    Beethoven, Ludwig van: works: sonatas, piano, op. 31, no. 2 and op. 57: relation to Shakespeare ; sonata: Beethoven, L. van: piano: op. 31, no. 2 and op. 57: relation to Shakespeare ; literature: Shakespeare, W.: : relation to Beethoven sonatas; Beethoven, Karl van: life: relation to L. van Beethoven; Shakespeare, William: literary works: : relation to Beethoven sonatas
    CL: Classification
    Historical musicology (Western music) - To ca. 1825 (Classic and pre-Classic); Music and other arts - Poetry and other literature
    PT: Publication Type
    Article in a periodical; ap
    PY: Publication Year
    AN: Accession Number

    Review Record:
    TI: Title
    Operatic osmosis (Review of)
    SO: Source
    The opera quarterly. Vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 108-110. winter 1997-1998
    IS: ISSN
    LA: Language
    RW: Related Work
    Review of RILM 1991-10378-ap
    PT: Publication Type
    Review of article; ra
    PY: Publication Year
    AN: Accession Number

    Music Recording:
    TI: Title
    Masters of Turkish music
    AU: Author
    Signell, Karl [producer]; Spottswood, Richard K [producer]; Hanim, Gülistan [performer]; Ayla, Safiye [performer]; Selcuk, Münir Nurettin [performer]; Fresan, Refik [performer]
    SO: Source
    Rounder Records, Catalog Number: CD 1051(1990). Baltimore, U. of Maryland Baltimore County. LP
    LS: Label/Studio
    Rounder Records
    PH: Physical Description
    LA: Language
    AB: Abstract
    A collection of historical recordings of Turkish music (20 items in all), originally issued by Columbia, Polydor, HMV, and Orfeon. Offers examples of vocal-instrumental genres, including five classical "gazel" (improvisation), a "durak" (mystical hymn), and three "sarkis" (light classical songs); instrumental improvisations, including "tanbur taksim" and a "halay" (dance); and three nightclub/popular dances.
    SL: Summary Language
    English (abstract)
    DE: Descriptors
    Turkey: traditional music
    CL: Classification
    Ethnomusicology (including history of music other than Western) - Asia
    PT: Publication Type
    Music recording, sound recording; mr
    AN: Accession Number

Field Codes
    The following field codes are found in the records of this database. Here they are listed in alphabetical order by two-letter code.

    AB = Abstract KW = Keywords
    AF = Author Affiliation LA = Language
    AN = Accession Number LC = LC Control Number
    AU = Author LS = Label/Studio
    CD = CODEN MT = Monograph Title
    CE = Collection Title NT = Notes
    CF = Conference PB = Publisher
    CL = Classification PG = Pages
    DE = Descriptors PH = Physical Description
    DS = Distributor PT = Publication Type
    ES = Edition Statement PY = Publication Year
    FE = Features RL = Resource Location
    IB = ISBN RP = Report Number
    IL = Illustration RW = Related Work
    IM = ISMN SL = Summary Language
    IS = ISSN SO = Source
    JI = Journal Issue SP = Sponsor
    JN = Journal Name SR = Series Title
    JP = Journal Pages TI = Title
    JV = Journal Volume UD = Update

    Abstract, AB=

    Some RILM records may have multiple abstracts, one that is in english and another that is in the original language. The abstract that is in the orignal language will is viewable clicking on a link titled, "Show Original Abstract." The abstract may contain links to referenced RILM records. For example,
    AB: Abstract

      The following contributions are cited separately in this volume of RILM: Patricia Shehan CAMPBELL, "Music education in a time of cultural transformation" (RILM 2002-2153); Michael L. MARK, "A dynamic half century for music education" (RILM 2002-2151) and "A history of music education advocacy" (RILM 2002-2156); Marie MCCARTHY and J. Scott GOBLE, "Music education philosophy: Changing times" (RILM 2002-2152); Roger Ralph RIDEOUT, "Psychology and music education since 1950" (RILM 2002-2154); Peter R. WEBSTER, "Historical perspectives on technology and music" (RILM 2002-2155).
    Author, AU=
    Author, editor, reviewer, musical group, and other names are in this field. Names display with last name first, followed by first name(s) or/and initials, eg:
    Moll, Kevin N
    Saunders, Frederick A; Hutchins, Carleen Maley
    Anderson, Jack; Lido, Serge [photography]
    Avedon, Richard [photography]; Beatles [group]

    If the name you are looking for is unusual, searching for the last name only may be sufficient, eg: au=smith
    Because you do not know how an author's name may be entered in the database, click the Browse Indexes button in the lower left margin and choose to browse the Author Index. This is an alphabetical listing of all the names that occur in this field throughout the database and it allows you firstly, to see all the spelling variations, and secondly, to select the names that you wish to search, eg:
    smit ria
    smit sytze
    smith a william
    smith ada
    smith adam
    smith adrian
    smith alan
    Browse through the list and mark the box beside the name(s) in which you are interested. Then click the search button in the left margin.
    ISBN, IB=

    All ISBNs (International Standard Book Number) are entered in the database without punctuation, so to search for a particular ISBN, remove all punctuation and enter all characters without any spaces, eg:

    ISMN, IM=
    All ISMNs (International Standard Music Number) are entered in the database with punctuation, eg: im=(M-706705-12-5)
    Keywords, kW=
    A Keywords search allows you to perform a good subject search because it looks in multiple fields that contain subject-specific words and index terms. In the RILM Abstracts Database a search of the Keywords field includes the Title (TI=) and the Descriptors (DE=) fields and also the Abstract (AB=) fields.
    Language, LA=

    This field will contain the language of the actual article and the language the article was translated from. The translated language will be noted by having "translated from" in parenthesis listed beside the language. Also, the article may have multiple languages listed, e.g., Spanish; English; Italian (translated from).

    Boolean operators can be used to exclude the translated languages from a language field search. For instance, if you wanted to search for items in English excluding items that were translated from English, you may develop your search as follows: la=english not la=(english (translated from))

    You can also combine searches with the Summary Language (SL=) tag to limit results. For example, if you wanted an item written in French containing a French summary, you could develop your search as follows: la=(french) and sl=(french (summary)).

    Publication Type, PT=

    Only the full name is contained within this field. Lateral searching has been enabled in the record for publication types., eg, pt=Article in a Periodical

    If you do not know all available publication types or their two letter codes, click the Browse Indexes button in the lower left margin and choose to browse the Publication Type Index. This is an alphabetical listing of all the full names.

    article in a collection of essays
    article in a dictionary
    article in a festschrift
    article in a periodical
    article in a symposium
    book: collection of essays
    book: facsimile edition
    book: festschrift
    book: monograph
    Browse through the list and mark the box beside the name(s) in which you are interested. Then click the search button in the left margin.
    Resource Location, RL=

    This field hyperlinks to a URL referenced in the database. In RILM this is almost always the full text of the item referenced. When you click on the highlighted URL in the RL field, the linked page will be displayed within an IDS page. To return to the IDS interface, simply click on the 'Return to Results' link located in the banner at the top of the screen.

    Report Number, RP=

    This field contains the UMI Dissertation Abstracts number. We precede each number with "UMI Order Number(s):". Multiple Dissertation Abstracts numbers will be included in one field separated with a semicolon.

    You may search individual numbers as follows: rp=(DA8924211)

    Related Work, RW=

    This field contains a link to the corresponding RILM record for a book, article, review or essay that is related to the information in that record. In non-review records the link will be preceded by the term "Related Record: RILM" followed by the RILM number, eg, Related Record: RILM 2002-1767. In review records, the link will be preceded by the the term "Review of RILM" followed by the RILM number, eg, Review of RILM 1998-8156-bm.

    Summary Language, SL=

    This contains both the language of the summary written with the work and the language of the abstract. When the language indicates a summary, it will have the term "summary" in parenthesis listed beside the language. When the language indicates the language of the abstract, it will have the term "abstract" in parenthesis listed beside the language. Multiple summary languages may appear in the field. Both the summary language(s) and the language of the abstract can appear together. An example is as follows,
    French (summary); English (summary); English (abstract)

    Boolean operators can be used to distinguish between summary languages when performing searches. For instance, if you were looking for a record that had a summary written in German, but not with an abstract in German, you could formulate a search string as follows: SL=(german (summary)) not SL=(german (abstract)).

    You can also combine searches with the Language (LA=) tag to limit results. For example, if you wanted to search for items in French with abstracts written in English, you could formulate a search string as follows: (la=(french) not la=(french (translated from))) and SL=(english (abstract)).

    Update, UD=

    A numeric code which allows you to search for information added in the latest update. Since RILM is updated monthly, the UD field is stamped in the following format: YYYYMM.

    You may perform a search for the latest update by entering the year and the month, e.g.,

Browsable Index
    A browsable index is an alphabetical listing of terms used in a specific field of a database. You can browse this list to see, for example, the names of journals indexed in RILM. Browsable Indexes are available for the following fields:
      Journal Name
      *Personal Names
      Publication Type
      *Subject Works
    The fields listed above with an asterisk are non-display fields, but are for terms that are located in the descriptor field.