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Barry S. Brook

revised by Zdravko Blažeković and Antonio Baldassare

[RidIM; International Repertory of Musical Iconography; Internationales Repertorium der Musikikonographie]

An international project, founded at a meeting of the International Association of Music Librarians (1971), on the initiative of Barry S. Brook, Geneviève Thibault and Harald Heckmann with the assistance of Howard Mayer Brown, Walter Salmen and Emanuel Winternitz.

Its aim is, on the one hand, to develop methods, means and research centres for the classification, cataloguing, reproduction and study of iconographical material relating to music, and, on the other hand, to function as a framework for the scholarly interpretation of visual sources with musical subject matter by organizing and facilitating conferences. It is designed to assist performers, historians, librarians, students, instrument makers, record manufacturers and book publishers to make the fullest use of visual materials for scholarly and practical purposes.

The cataloguing of musico-iconographic documents was until the early 1970s largely a private, uncoordinated affair, and was poorly equipped with methodology and research tools. Several systems of cataloguing visual materials have been proposed, but RIdIM appears to have become firmly established for two reasons: because it uses new technologies that facilitate the cataloguing and reproduction of vast numbers of sources; and because RIdIM could follow RISM (...


Barry S. Brook

revised by Barbara Dobbs Mackenzie

[RILM; International Repertory of Music Literature; Internationales Repertorium der Musikliteratur]

An international bibliography of scholarly writings on music. It covers both current and older literature, provides abstracts for each entry, and has been published in three formats: printed volumes (updated annually), CD-Rom (quarterly) and online (monthly). It is the second of four such bibliographical ventures in music, the first being Répertoire International des Sources Musicales (RISM), founded in 1952, the third Répertoire International d’Iconographie Musicale (RIdIM), founded in 1971, and the fourth being Répertoire International de Presse Musicale (RIPM), founded in 1987.

RILM was established in 1966 under the joint sponsorship of the International Musicological Society and the International Association of Music Libraries; Barry Brook, Harald Heckmann and François Lesur were co-founders. It was the pilot project of the interdisciplinary Bibliographic Center planned by the American Council of Learned Societies; similar methods are used in other disciplines, notably Répertoire International de la Littérature de l’art (RILA). RILM’s Commission Internationale Mixte is made up of distinguished scholars and librarians who represent the sponsoring organizations. The position of Editor-in-Chief has been held by Barry Brook (...


Rita Benton

revised by Jennifer A. Ward

[RISM; International Inventory of Musical Sources; Internationales Quellenlexikon der Musik]

An international project to document the locations of musical sources worldwide. The inventory, generally known as RISM from its French title, is jointly sponsored by the International Musicological Society and the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centres. RISM was founded in 1952 and was the first of such cooperative international music bibliography projects, joined later by Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (founded in 1966), Répertoire International d’Iconographie Musicale (1971), and Répertoire International de la Presse Musicale (1980). The sources catalogued include manuscript and printed music, libretti, and writings about music, divided into two categories, Series A and B. Series C is a directory of music repositories, some of whose material is listed in Series A and B. RISM’s publications are in print and online and serve musicologists, librarians, students, performers, and music antiquarians.

The project had its beginnings in Robert Eitner’s fundamental publications for the location of musical source material: ...