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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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Grove Music Online

Browse our selection of freely available articles.

Featuring: Southeastern and East Central Europe

SEC Update Map

Begun in 2013 under the editorial direction of Jim Samson (emeritus, Royal Holloway), the Southeastern and East Central Europe project is GMO's largest online update project to date. Several hundred articles are now online and more will be published in our regular updates over the next two years. Click on the map above to explore some of our newest articles on music and musicians of this region.

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Written by leading international scholars in the field and drawn from Grove Music Online, these ebooks provide the definitive authority on any given topic within the field of music.

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What's New:

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

Free articles:

Explore select freely available articles, including biographies of jazz legends Billie Holiday, Bing Crosby, and Dizzy Gillespie.

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Library Journal

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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