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Music & Music Research

RIPM : RĂ©pertoire International de la Presse Musicale

Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals (RIPM) provides access to eighteenth-, nineteenth- and twentieth-century periodical literature dealing with music.  RIPM focuses on music and musical life from approximately 1800 to 1950.

What Is RIPM?

RIPM is a citation index. A database of full-text exists, but is not carried by the University of Kentucky Libraries.

COVERAGE is from approximately 1800 to1950.

FORMATS INDEXED are musical periodicals from Europe and North and South America.

SUBJECTS focus on music and musical life.

FULL TEXT may be available online for some materials. Look for the "Get Text @ UK" icon or select the "Linked Full Text" option on the search page.

Tips for Searching RIPM

Search Strategy


Sample Search


Boolean Operators


mozart AND requiem


records with both terms




opera OR musical

records with at least one of the terms

  NOT jazz NOT blues records that contain "jazz" but exclude "blues"




symphony, , symphonic, symphonisches, etc.

Wild Card : Alternate Spelling



schonberg, schönberg, schoenberg

Wild Card: Unknown Character



despres, desprez


“   ”

“figured bass”

the EXACT phrase; good for song titles


(   )

(nijinsky AND ballet) NOT stravinsky

items that exclude "stravinsky", but contain both "nijinsky" and "ballet"



machaut n5 virelai

results within 5 words of each other, any order



machaut w5 virelai

results within 5 words of each other, in order specified


Suggestions to help you get started:

  • Advanced Search   Start with this search mode
  • Boolean/Phrase   Use this default
  • Apply related words   Check this box to include true synonyms and plurals of your terms
  • Limits Set limits for  Publication Date, Language, Linked Full Text, Document Type


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Journal Titles in RIPM

Journal titles and years of coverage in RIPM can be found here: Journal Titles in RIPM

You can even click on individual titles to bring up *every* article from that journal (if you want...)

Mobile App for RIPM

A mobile app for RIPM is available from EBSCO.