RILM Retrospective Abstracts of Music Literature

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A Comprehensive Music Bibliography Providing Extensive Coverage of Music Literature Dating Before 1967

RILM Retrospective Abstracts of Music Literature, a bibliography of music articles, collections, and books published before 1967, offers researchers and music scholars thousands of records from a critical period in music research. Records are added and updated on a monthly basis.

RILM Overview

Areas of Coverage Include:

  • Ethnomusicology
  • Composition
  • Dramatic Arts
  • Dance Studies
  • Jazz Studies
  • Musicology
  • Music Analysis
  • Music Iconography
  • Music Librarianship
  • Music Pedagogy
  • Music Perception
  • Music Therapy
  • Organology
  • Performance Practice
  • Popular Music Studies

RILM Retrospective Abstracts of Music Literature matches the scope and format of RILM Abstracts of Music Literature, but its coverage specifically focuses on all document types published before 1967.


" [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.