Index to Printed Music (IPM)

This invaluable high-quality index for music researchers and students is the only electronic resource for finding individual pieces of music from ancient Greek times to present published in standard scholarly editions, series and sets.

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At a Glance

Subject Area: Music & Performing Arts
Ideal For: Academic Libraries

Detailed Index Browse Categories:

  • All names ID (a unique alpha numeric code that identifies editors, librettists, composers)
  • Collection
  • Composer
  • Composer ID
  • Editor
  • Format (including full score, miniature score, parts, keyboard reduction, piano-vocal, etc.)
  • Genre
  • Language (language of a text)
  • Librettist (the writer of text used in an opera, operetta and other musical works)
  • Publication year
  • Publisher
  • Series

Comprehensive Records

Designed for music research and students, Index to Printed Music (IPM) provides over 550,000 records of individual music works. Specialized search limiters allow users to search by genre (e.g., anthem, aria, ballad, chant), language of text, and year published. A separate collection authority link makes it possible to search for titles of music collections as well as individual compositions.

On 1 July 2018, Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale assumed ownership of the Index to Printed Music (IPM), the ultimate digital finding aid for searching specific musical works contained in printed collections, sets, and series. IPM indexes individual pieces of music printed in the complete works of composers, in anthologies containing pieces from disparate historical periods, and in other scholarly editions. It is essential for providing access to this content for students, scholars, teachers, and other researchers. Performers, conductors, and directors of ensembles will also find IPM a valuable search tool, because it provides a granular level of detail about each piece, including performing forces, language, music incipits, multiple clefs or figured bass, and more. Different editions of the same piece can be located easily. New volumes and works are added to existing sets and series, and new editions appear on the market continually. IPM – currently with over 550,000 entries, each curated by a team of experts – expands every year to be as comprehensive and up-to-date as possible.