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Welcome to Oxford Music Online

Oxford Music Online is the home of Grove Music Online (GMO) and the access point for other Oxford online music reference subscriptions.

With over 60,000 articles written by over 6,000 music scholars, Grove Music Online is the authoritative resource for music research with an ongoing mission to chart the diverse history and cultures of music and musicians from around the globe.

Grove Music Online is the eighth edition of Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians, and contains articles commissioned specifically for the site as well as articles from New Grove 2001, Grove Opera, and Grove Jazz. The recently published second editions of The Grove Dictionary of American Music and The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments are still being put online, and new articles are added to GMO with each site update.

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Featuring:The History of Grove Music

Since 1873, The History of Grove Music has expanded from a four-volume, hardbound reference work focused on European art music into a powerful online encyclopedic database covering musical practice and practitioners across the globe. For a detailed history of Grove’s inception, explore this interactive timeline from Oxford Music Online.

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What's New:

283 new and updated GMO articles.
299 articles from AmeriGrove 2nd ed.
302 articles from the Instruments dictionary, 2nd ed.

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We are pleased to announce that Library Journal has named the second edition of The Grove Dictionary of American Musical Instruments to its Best Reference of 2014 list.GDMI’s “enormous breadth and depth” is lauded as “a remarkable achievement.” Congratulations to all who contributed to the dictionary!

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