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The Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals is one of four international cooperative bibliographic undertakings in music, alongside Le Repertoire international des sources musicales (RISM), Le Repertoire international de litterature musicale (RILM), and Le Repertoire international d'iconographie musicale (RIdIM). "These are, without doubt, the most important current bibliographic documentation projects in the field of music research."1 Of the four "Rs" RIPM alone focuses on nineteenth-century music and musical life. RIPM was established to provide access to eighteenth-, nineteenth- and twentieth-century periodical literature dealing with music. While the importance of this monumental documentary resource has long been recognized by the musicological community, RIPM represents the first effort to undertake and to coordinate retrospective periodical indexing on an international scale.
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