Through joint commissions, IAML co-sponsors with other international associations, notably the IMS (International Musicological Society), four major bibliographical series for music scholars and librarians ("the four Rs"). These are all produced by cooperation between national groups and an international centre responsible for collecting and coordinating national contributions. The series may be ordered from their respective publishers.
Répertoire international des sources musicales (RISM) / International Inventory of Musical Sources (email) is an international non-profit organization with the objective of locating and describing the sources of music worldwide.
Independent RISM working groups in different countries catalogue pre-1800 printed music and post-1600 music manuscripts, as well as libretti, treatises, and other sources. Their results are brought together by the RISM Zentralredaktion (Central Editorial Office) in Frankfurt am Main and prepared for publication. RISM publishes printed catalogues and a database of music manuscripts.
The IAML representatives to the Commission Mixte are Richard Chesser, London (UK); Massimo Gentili-Tedeschi, Milan (Italy); John B. Howard, Dublin (Ireland); Catherine Massip, Paris (France); and John H. Roberts, Berkeley (USA).
RISM has three series (see RISM's publications page for full details):
Serie A/I (Bärenreiter-Verlag, Kassel)
- Einzeldrucke vor 1800 (9 volumes, 4 supplements, index, CD-ROM, online catalogue).
- Musikhandschriften nach 1600: Available through the free online catalogue or a subscription database from EBSCO.
Serie B (G. Henle Verlag, München)
- B/I and B/II: Recueils Imprimés XVIe-XVIIIe Siècles (2 volumes; years 1500-1550 of B/I in online catalogue)
- B/III: The Theory of Music from the Carolingian Era up to c. 1500. Descriptive Catalogue of Manuscripts (5 volumes)
- B/IV: Handschriften mit mehrstimmiger Musik des 11. - 16. Jahrhunderts (5 volumes, 1 supplement)
- B/V: Tropen- und Sequenzenhandschriften
- B/VI: Ecrits Imprimés Concernant la musique (2 volumes)
- B/VII: Handschriftlich überlieferte Lauten- und Gitarrentabulaturen des 15. bis 18. Jahrhunderts
- B/VIII: Das Deutsche Kirchenlied (DKL. 2 volumes)
- B/IX: Hebrew Sources (3 volumes)
- B/X: The Theory of Music in Arabic Writings c. 900 - 1900
- B/XI: Ancient Greek Music Theory. A Catalogue Raisonné of Manuscripts
- B/XII: Manuscrits persans concernant la musique
- B/XIII: Hymnologica Slavica. Hymnologica Bohemica, Slovaca (HBS), Polonica (HP), Sorabica (HS). Notendrucke des 16. bis 18. Jahrhunderts (1 volume)
- B/XIV: Les manuscrits du processionnal (2 volumes)
- B/XV: Mehrstimmige Messen in Quellen aus Spanien, Portugal und Lateinamerika, ca. 1490-1630
- B/XVI: Catalogue raisonné of the Balinese Palm-Leaf Manuscripts with Music Notation
- B/XVII: Die Triosonate: Catalogue Raisonné der gedruckten Quellen (2 volumes)
Serie C (Bärenreiter-Verlag, Kassel)
- Directory of Music Research Libraries (5 volumes; update underway in cooperation with the Working Group on the Access to Music Archives)
- Norbert Böker-Heil, Harald Heckmann, and Ilse Kindermann: Das Tenorlied: Mehrstimmige Lieder in deutschen Quellen, 1450-1580. Catalogus musicus 9. Kassel: Bärenreiter, 1979-1986.
- RISM-Bibliothekssigel. Gesamtverzeichnis. Now available as a searchable database.
For further information, please contact either the publishers or the RISM Zentralredaktion for a brochure.
Répertoire international de Littérature Musicale (RILM) publishes a comprehensive bibliography of writings about music serving the global music research community. RILM Abstracts of Music Literature includes more than 850,000 records in 171 languages from 174 countries. It covers over 700 journals comprehensively, and 10,000 selectively, as well as books, dissertations, reviews, conference proceedings, e-publications, and all other document types. The bibliography increases on average by about 50,000 records per year, and the database is updated monthly. RILM’s International Center is housed at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City.
Association Répertoire international d'iconographie musicale (RIdIM) (email) documents visual materials relating to music, dance, theatre and opera. RIdIM publishes catalogues, studies, a newsletter, and sponsors the scholarly yearbook, Imago musicae (published with LIM – Libreria Musicale Italiana). The international office of Association RIdIM is located at Badergasse 9, 8001 Zurich, Switzerland.
The current liaison officer of IAML to the Council of Association RIdIM is: Federica Riva (Florence).
Répertoire international de la presse musicale (RIPM) / Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals (1800-1950) (email) is the most recent of the four "repertories". Since 1987, it has produced approximately ten volumes per year offering access to a significant portion of the nineteenth- and early twentieth century musical press. The Répertoire international de la presse musicale series is published in print, on the internet, and on CD-ROM by the National Information Services Corporation (NISC), and on the internet by EBSCO, NISC and OCLC. The editorial headquarters for RIPM (The RIPM International Center) is affiliated with the University of Maryland at College Park and is located in Baltimore, Maryland. In the summer of 2006 RIPM will celebrate the publication of its two hundredth volume, a database containing 500,000+ annotated records, and the birth of the RIPM Online Archive of Music Periodicals.