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About Grove® Music Online

Grove Music Online has been the leading online resource for music research since its inception in 2001, a comprehensive compendium of music scholarship offering the full texts of The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd edition (2001), The New Grove Dictionary of Opera (1992), and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd edition (2002), as well as numerous subsequent updates and emendations. Including more than 50,000 signed articles and 30,000 biographies contributed by over 6,000 scholars from around the world, Grove Music Online is the unsurpassed authority on all aspects of music.

Many of the most-recent additions to Grove Music Online come from two new print publications, The Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd edition (8 vols., 2013), and The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, 2nd edition (5 vols., 2014). When these volumes are fully online, they will add nearly 20,000 new and revised articles to the website. We are also adding new and revised articles through online-only update projects, one covering Southeastern and East Central Europe and the other under the auspices of the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music

Subscriptions to Grove Music Online also include access to The Oxford Companion to Music (2011) and The Oxford Dictionary of Music, 2nd edition (revised 2006), which supplement Grove's more-extensive coverage with content geared toward undergraduates and general users. Many articles feature Scorch-enabled musical examples to illustrate particular concepts and styles, and the tools and resources page offers specific pathways into the content, including timelines and topical guides. In addition, a robust linking program connects users to music bibliographies in the RILM database and sound examples via partnerships with Classical Music Library and DRAM. Biographical articles in Grove Music Online are also linked to their counterparts in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography for mutual subscribers to both resources. Please visit our tips page to learn more about navigating the site.

Learn more about the story of Grove Music Online as told by its Editor in Chief, authors, and users.

History of Grove Music

For historical documents about Grove Music, please visit our History of Grove Music page.

Letters from the Editor

Letter from the Editor, March 2012

Letter from the Editor, September 2009

Press release announcing Deane Root as Editor in Chief (Sept 2009)

Letter from the Editor, March 2008

Grove authors should be sure to visit our Author Resources page.

Editorial Board, Advisory Panel, and Major Project Editors

The Grove Music program at Oxford University Press has an editorial board of five distinguished scholars who guide the long-term development of Grove, an advisory panel of representatives from eight societies devoted to music scholarship, and a team of major project editors who oversee the production of Grove’s specialized works.

Editorial Board, Advisory Panel, and Major Project Editors


Our editorial team is actively reaching out to Grove contributors and new authors for corrections, updates, recommendations for audio/visual links, and suggestions for revisions and new content. Visit our UpdateGMO page to learn more.

Grove Music Essentials (ebooks)

The Grove Music Essentials ebooks are articles drawn from the larger Grove Music Online resource, and provide in-depth yet accessible content for anyone interested in the study of music. Visit our Grove Music Essentials page to learn more.

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