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Speaking of Music: Music conferences, 1835–1966

Edited by James R. Crowdery, Zdravko Blažeković, and Barry S. Brook
(RILM Retrospectives no. 4)
New York: RILM, 2004. ISBN 1-932765-00-X.
Price: $50
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Winner of the 2006 Music Library Association's Vincent H. Duckles Award for "best book-length bibliography or other research tool in music".

Papers presented at conferences are crucial sources for scholars, but locating them can be laborious and frustrating. To address this need, the Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale has published a bibliography of some 6,000 papers on musical topics from nearly 500 conferences held between 1835 and 1966. This new addition to the RILM Retrospectives series (ISSN 1547-9390) includes selected items from conferences devoted to nonmusical topics such as psychology or acoustics, as well as full coverage of those devoted exclusively to music. Each entry includes a full bibliographic citation and summary; detailed indexes are provided, organized by topics and authors as well as by conference locations and sponsors. Reflecting myriad currents of thought from the mid-nineteenth to the mid–twentieth century–the heyday of Romanticism, the advent of Modernism, the rise and fall of Marxism, and the emergence of multiculturalism, to name just a few–this 762–page book provides a fascinating window on intellectual history through the prism of music.


"Speaking of music now emerges as the dominant voice in retrospective indexing of congress reports and papers on musical topics. " (Notes)

"Scholars studying the history of music scholarship will dig deeply into the listings, making the set essential in major research libraries. " (ChoiceReviews)

"...a significant accomplishment in musicology not only because it fills a void, and it provides researchers with rich material, but also because it draws a detailed picture of the genesis and development of the discipline and its role in universal culture. " (Magyar zene)

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