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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, theory 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

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