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RILM Index to Printed Music

On 1 July 2018, Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale assumed ownership of the Index to Printed Music (IPM), the ultimate digital finding aid for searching specific musical works contained in printed collections, sets, and series. IPM indexes individual pieces of music printed in the complete works of composers, in anthologies containing pieces from disparate historical periods, and in other scholarly editions. It is essential for providing access to this content for students, scholars, teachers, and other researchers. Performers, conductors, and directors of ensembles will also find IPM a valuable search tool, because it provides a granular level of detail about each piece, including performing forces, language, music incipits, multiple clefs or figured bass, and more. Different editions of the same piece can be located easily. New volumes and works are added to existing sets and series, and new editions appear on the market continually. IPM – currently with over 550,000 entries, each curated by a team of experts – expands every year to be as comprehensive and up-to-date as possible.

By mid-2019, an enhanced IPM will be available with the following new features:

  • Biographical facts identifying composers, editors, and lyricists, such as birth and death dates and locations, occupations, and more
  • Hyperlinks to open-access editions
  • Music incipits for works that are otherwise difficult to distinguish from each other
  • Easy toggling between collections and the individual works contained therein
  • Expanded search filters to enable refined searching by place and date of publication, document type, genre, and language of text

These enhancements will be implemented over time, and new features are planned.

Before RILM assumed ownership of IPM, it was owned by the James Adrian Music Company, which was founded in 2000 by George R. Hill. George Hill had already been working on IPM for many years before this, and he continued to devote himself to IPM’s development until 2018. IPM includes the complete contents of Collected Editions, Historical Series & Sets & Monuments of Music: A Bibliography, by George R. Hill and Norris L. Stephens (Berkeley: Fallen Leaf Press, 1997), which, in turn, was based upon Anna H. Heyer’s Historical Sets, Collected Editions, and Monuments of Music: A Guide to Their Contents (American Library Association, 1957–1980).

IPM is available on the EBSCOhost® platform.

For inquiries and suggestions please contact ipm@rilm.org.

For trials, sales, and subscription terms please contact your EBSCO Sales Representative or email information@ebsco.com.