RIPM - Retrospective Index to Music Periodicals


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This database contains detailed content analysis of writings on musical history and culture between 1800 and 1950. RIPM indexes the contents of music periodicals including articles, reviews, illustrations, music examples, advertisements, press reviews and more

The preeminent nineteenth-century British music journal, The Musical World: a Weekly Record of Musical Science, Literature, and Intelligence, was published weekly in London. This RIPM publication deals with the journal from its inception to 30 December 1865. Founded by the well-known music publisher J. Alfred Novello, The Musical World was at first edited by several important literary and musical scholars. In 1844 James William Davison became the owner of the journal which he edited until his death in 1885.

The topics of major articles published in The Musical World are unusually wide ranging and cover issues about musical performance, history and theory. While the journal focuses on issues affecting the progress of music in Britain it also treats music and music making on the continent and in North America. Regularly encountered are biographical sketches of leading British and foreign musicians, histories, and annual reports of institutions such as the Philharmonic Society, the Society of British Musicians, the New Philharmonic Society, the Sacred Harmonic Society, the provincial music festivals of Worcester, Gloucester, Hereford, Leeds and Birmingham, and many other institutions of lesser importance.

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