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DEUMM Online

The most important modern music dictionary in the Italian language

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What is DEUMM Online?

DEUMM Online digitizes, enhances, and extends the Dizionario enciclopedico universale della musica e dei musicisti (DEUMM), the most extensive modern music dictionary in the Italian language. DEUMM was first issued in print between 1983 and 2005 by the renowned Italian publisher of reference works, UTET Grandi Opere, under the editorship of Alberto Basso. Comprising a broad range of entries (persons, topics, dances, genres, geographical locations, institutions, instruments, and works), DEUMM Online will be available on RILM’s Egret platform, gaining advanced and intuitive search and translation functionalities. The content in DEUMM Online will be linked to other RILM resources as well as external databases such as the Virtual International Authority File (VIAF) or the OPAC SBN. This venerable music encyclopedia, which has set the standards in modern Italian music lexicography, will, in its new online format, once again become an indispensable node in a comprehensive, international, networked research experience that only RILM can provide.

Forthcoming Updates

DEUMM Online will publish 100–150 new or updated articles per year. The newly created content will reflect both the current trends in Italian and global music scholarship, expanding particularly in the areas of popular music, film music, jazz, traditional music, world music, and music in antiquity. Priority will be given to biographical entries for composers and musicians active since the 1980s; geographical entries for countries and cities, and Italian towns in particular; entries for ethnic groups and cultures; institutions; and performance practice. Given the significance of Italian music throughout the centuries and the presence of Italian musicians throughout the world, DEUMM Online will remain the ultimate resource for the study of all aspects of Italian musical culture.

The Team

The core editorial team consists of Prof. Dr. Daniela Castaldo of the Università del Salento and Prof. Dr. Antonio Baldassarre of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts and, who serve as General Editors; Bianca De Mario who is the Managing Editor; and Dr. Zdravko Blažeković, who is directing the project on RILM’s side. They are advised by a team of by Subject Editors with an expertise in a variety of music-related topics.

So much content, all in one digital collection

Alberto Basso’s list of entries planned for the original edition

Number of entries published in printed edition of DEUMM:

  • 247 organ registers
  • 541 genres
  • 488 dances
  • 1630 instruments
  • 441 countries & cities
  • 2147 topics
  • 7381 works
  • 21,856 biographies
  • 2,554 families

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DEUMM Online will be on EBSCO Discovery Services.


Alberto Basso, DEUMM’s founding editor