How to Write About Music: The Rilm Manual of Style
This book addresses a multitude of special problems faced by writers on music-problems rarely solved by general writing guides. It applies an international perspective to matters often handled piecemeal and in ethnocentric fashion: work titles, manuscript sources, transliteration, non-Western theoretical systems, opus and catalogue numbers, and pitch and chord names, to name just a few. Detailed guidelines are provided for the bibliographic handling of standard print, audiovisual, and electronic sources, as well as specialized ones such as program notes, liner notes, and music videos. Throughout, abundant examples illustrate each point. Students, scholars, librarians, critics, performers, postmodernists, and premodernists will find this book indispensable. Repertoire International de Litterature Musicale (RILM) has been working with writings about music since 1967, as the publisher of RILM abstracts of music literature, the foremost bibliography and abstracting service for current scholarly writings on music worldwide.
Published January 2005