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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.

In early 2017, you’ll notice some improvements to Oxford Music Online and Grove Music Online, including a fresh look and feel, improved search capabilities, and even more frequent updates to the content. Contact us with any questions or comments.

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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We are pleased to announce that The Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd Edition has received an extensive, multi-part review in the Journal of the Society for American Music.

Praise for AmeriGrove II:

“The enormous achievement of AmeriGrove II deserves our admiration, and it prompts a feeling of gratitude in the user.”

“Some of the newer articles in cultural theory are genuinely cutting edge.”

“As the entries on race and ethnicity show, AmeriGrove II is alive with dialogue, especially in its entries on broad musical and historical topics…”

Journal of the Society for American Music Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society

We are also pleased to announce that The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, 2nd Edition has received a warm review in the Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society.

Praise for GDMI II:

“…the dictionary manages to convey a sense of excitement about its subject matter – no small feat for a reference dictionary.”

“…a captivating and often stimulating five-volume dictionary.”

“An area of particular strength in Grove 14 is its attention to electronic instruments, specifically keyboards/synthesizers and computers.”

“…will dominate many discussions in the coming years.”

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A subscription to Grove Music Online also includes:


What's New:

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

Free articles:

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Cell [Mobile] Phone Orchestra, Crete, Lady's Glove Controller, Outsider Music, and Alice Tully.

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