Welcome to Grove Music Online

  • The authoritative resource for music research with over 52,000 articles written by nearly 9,000 scholars charting the diverse history, theory and cultures of music around the globe
  • Based on a work first published in 1879 and updated frequently, Grove has been in continuous publication for over a century and now publishes hundreds of new articles and article revisions each year

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Beat

Beat

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.