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  • The authoritative resource for music research with over 52,000 articles written by nearly 9,000 scholars charting the diverse history and cultures of music around the globe

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Bedřich Smetana

Bedřich Smetana

Read Kelly St Pierre’s newly updated entry on Bedřich Smetana, a composer of nationalistic music who became a national symbol himself.

Image credit: Bedřich Smetana (1824-1884) Czech composer c. 1875; Bedřich Smetana / PVDE / Bridgeman Image

Johann Sebastian Bach

Portrait of Johann Sebastian Bach

Read the Grove classic entry on J.S. Bach.

Image credit: William H. Scheide Library, Princeton, New Jersey / photo Willard Starks

We are pleased to add 16 new entries and 111 revised entries, including taxonomy and display enhancements, for this site update. Read more about the changes.

Concert in the Egg painting by Hieronymus Bosch

Subject Guides

Learn more about particular time periods or genres with our subject guides. Each guide contains lists of editorially-selected articles associated with a particular time period or genre.

Close up of a conductor hand with sheet music in the background

Update Grove Music Online

Have you ever wondered how Grove is updated? Read about our many projects.

Find out more about Grove’s author updating program, UpdateGMO. Are you a Grove contributor who wants update your article(s)? Let us know.



OCTOBER 4, 2018

John Tyrrell (1942-2018)

The Grove Music Online board and staff is sad to report the death of Grove’s former executive editor, Janáček scholar John Tyrrell (1942-2018). 

SEPTEMBER 28, 2018

What's new in September 2018

Sixteen new articles have been added and over 100 articles have been revised in Grove Music Online.

AUGUST 31, 2018

What's new in August 2018

 Five new articles have been added and over 29 articles have been revised in Grove Music Online.