New Additions to RILM Music Encyclopedias

Three titles have just joined the continuously expanding collection of historical and current titles, RILM Music Encyclopedias:

  • François Henry Joseph Blaze (Castil-Blaze). Dictionnaire de musique moderne (2nd ed.; Paris: Au magasin de musique de la Lyre moderne, 1825) 2 vols; xvi, 324 p. [25]; 389 p. First published in 1821, by its title alone, Castil-Blaze’s dictionary appears as a modernized version of Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Dictionnaire de musique. Castil-Blaze follows Rousseau in terms of entry structure and content, but he updates and makes accessible the entries to a broader readership by focusing on issues that relate to the contemporaneous state of music and by doing so with great clarity. 

  • Terry Moran. Vietnamese musical instruments: A monographic lexicon ([Singapore]: author, 2020) 384 p. Vietnamese musical instruments is one of the most comprehensive lexicons on this topic. Compiled by Terry Moran, an Australian teacher resident in Singapore, over the course of a 20-year research journey in Vietnam, the lexicon offers 241 individual entries, each accompanied by a hand-drawn illustration by Luke Agati.

  • Sokol Shupo. Enciklopedia e muzikës shqiptare (Tiranë: Asmus, 2002) 318 p. With the Enciklopedia e muzikës shqiptare, Sokol Shupo, an Albanian music researcher and composer who serves on the faculty at the Academy of Arts in Tirana, pays tribute to the many important figures in Albanian music history who are not recognized in other encyclopedias. The encyclopedia offers 186 entries on performers, composers, musicologists, and others active in Albania’s music scenes.

The addition of these titles, which augment the coverage and depth of RILM Music Encyclopedias, emphasizes RILM’s mission to include the music scholarship of all countries and in all languages.

RILM Music Encyclopedias can be accessed via EBSCOhost and, as of recently, on RILM’s platform Egret at

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