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  • The gateway to Grove Music Online, with access to search The Oxford Dictionary of Music and The Oxford Companion to Music
  • 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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Read the definitive Grove jazz article on Beat, written by Barry Kernfeld.

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 have reviewed 44 articles covering film composers and refreshed data for 278 images and articles 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 25, 2018

What's new in October 2018

Forty-four articles covering film composers have been revised and data for over 270 images and articles have been refreshed in Grove Music Online.

OCTOBER 4, 2018

John Tyrrell (1942-2018)

The Grove Music Online board and staff are 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.