Bibliography of the music literature

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The Bibliographie des Musikschrifttums (BMS) is an international, interactive and freely accessible specialist bibliography for musicological literature. It has been published online since 2006 as a continuation of the bibliography of music literature by the State Institute for Music Research Prussian Cultural Heritage (SIMPK) , Berlin, which was published up to the reporting year 1988 .


The bibliography of music literature was established in 1936 by the State Institute for German Music Research in Berlin as a continuation of the bibliographical overviews in the volumes of the "Peters Music Library Yearbook" with the aim of continuously listing the international literature on music. It was first published by Friedrich Hofmeister in Leipzig (reporting years 1.1936–4.1939, published 1936–1941); the editors were Kurt Taut from 1936–1938 and Georg Karstädt from 1939–1941 . After a reporting period of four years, the BMS had to discontinue its publication due to the war. Its resumption after the Second World War goes back to the initiative of the musicologist and librarian Wolfgang Schmieder , who, on behalf of the newly constituted Institute for Music Research, published a first new volume in 1954 for the reporting period 1950/51. Since then, the bibliography has been continued as an independent publication by the State Institute for Music Research Prussian Cultural Heritage . The BMS was published 1954–1968 by Hofmeister in Frankfurt, from 1969 by Schott in Mainz. The last printed volume was published in 2001 for the reporting year 1988. Since 1968 the bibliographical editors of the SIMPK have also been working as the German editors for Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM) .

Bibliography sources

The BMS editorial team evaluates national bibliographies , specialist journals and special bibliographies as sources and examines non-specialist journals that deal with musically relevant topics in a broader sense. Around 600 sources are evaluated per year and around 10,000 titles are recorded. Authors and publishers can make a significant contribution to keeping the database up-to-date by entering their bibliographic data themselves using an online input form.

Media genres

The bibliography of music literature lists musicological and music-related books and articles from magazines , commemorative publications , congress reports , yearbooks , compilations , critical reports on complete editions as well as relevant contributions from interdisciplinary works and reviews . Many songs contain a summary ( Abstract provided) or linked to Web resources.

Scope / growth

In April 2012, the BMS records more than 315,000 writings related to music from 1950 to 1975 and from 1986, for the period 1989–1999 temporarily limited to writings published in Germany. The conversion and revision of existing old data (1936–1941; 1976–1985) is planned, and the gap between the reports 1942–1949 is planned.

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