Subject Guides and Research Resources

The free resources on this page will let you explore Grove Music Online's history and articles. Don't see what you're looking for? Suggest a new resource.

Grove Conversations

Grove Conversations are interviews with selected Grove editors and authors. Is there someone you'd like to know more about? Suggest a Grove Conversation.

Grove Edition Prefaces 

Explore the history of Grove through the prefaces to earlier editions.

Grove Music Online Letters from the Editor

Read current and past Letters from the Editor for Grove Music Online

Grove Opera Indexes

These indexes were created to help readers who are looking for the name of an opera but have little information about it. There is an index sorted by composers, one sorted by characters, and one by the first words of arias; each listing has links to the Grove articles on the opera and its composer.

Research Resources

Grove Music Online contains a number of articles defining key research resources like periodicals, libraries, and other collections. A full list of resources is available here. Coming soon: these articles will be freely available.

Spoof Articles

Grove Music Online holds a biannual contest for the best article spoofing Grove style.  Read more about the contest and see its past winners here. 


These timelines have been editorially compiled to lead the reader into the content of Grove Music Online, revealing areas of the dictionary that some readers may not yet have explored. As specific content areas of Grove continue to be developed, we will be adding new and updating existing timelines.

Topical Guides for Grove Music Online

Topical Guides are collections of articles on key topics in music. Explore them here.