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Oxford Music Online hosts Grove Music Online and other Oxford music reference works. The site is updated three times per year, with new and updated articles, new tools for navigating content, and improved functionality. Visit this page to keep up with all the latest news and developments.

December 2011 Update

New to Grove Music

Australian Composers

The contemporary Music of Australia is featured in this update, with 19 new and revised articles on composers and music of the region edited by Richard Toop, including

Ros Bandt
William Barton
Anne Boyd
Nigel Butterley
David Chesworth
Brett Dean
Ross Edwards
Paul Grabowsky
Matthew Hindson
Richard Mills
Damien Ricketson
Jon Rose
Andrew Schultz
Peter Sculthorpe
Roger Smalley
Paul Stanhope
Carl Vine
David Young

Musical Instruments

This update also includes the latest installment of articles from the forthcoming second edition of the Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments to Grove Music Online. This new edition, edited by Laurence Libin, will expand coverage not only of instruments and their makers, but also of broader topics such as authentication, ergonomics, gender associations, and sustainability. Particular care is being taken to bring articles on non-Western and electronic instruments up to date.

Browse a few of this update's 196 new entries on instruments from across the globe below, or click here for the complete list of new articles.

Aerophones
Rgya-gling
Serbung
Tematne ’are
Xaphoon

Chordophones
Kalembete
Saw
Tuṇtuṇe
Violino grande

Idiophones
Rongo
Spoons
Stamping tube
Tidir

Membranophones
Ilongo
Ingabe
Rammana
Sabar

Keyboard Instruments
Pyrophone
Śruti box
Superpiano
Thomas Organ

Instrument Makers
Frank Proffitt
Richard Ranger
Harold Rhodes
Franz Schwarzer

Updating Program

Two years ago, in response to feedback from scholars, we launched Update GMO, a major program to ensure that Grove content remains authoritative and useful to researchers. This update includes a number of articles which have been revised through this program, including entries on Pierre Boulez, Jean Cocteau, Les Six and Sergey Diaghilev.

Hundreds of articles have been updated through this program so far, but there is still much work to be done and we need your help. On behalf of the editorial team and Editor in Chief Deane Root, we invite you to participate by emailing the editors at updateGMO@oup.com to

  • Submit updates to your articles
  • Suggest corrections, revisions, or new articles
  • Send us your current contact information
  • Tell us what you think

The Oxford Companion to Music

We are pleased to announce a new, online-only edition of The Oxford Companion to Music, edited by Alison Latham. This substantial revision of the original 2002 edition includes new and updated content on contemporary composers and their music, new entries on terms and works, updated bibliographic information and improved cross-referencing. It places music in its social and cultural context, with a range of new entries on topics such as politics, religion, psychology, and computers; and covers current research in and approaches to music, including analysis, theory, ethnomusicology, and performance practice. All varieties of musical forms are covered, including jazz, popular music, and dance.

This new edition is available to all Grove subscribers through the Oxford Music Online platform.

Previous Updates

  • The July 2011 update included the first installment of 88 articles from the forthcoming second edition of the Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments as well as 198 new articles from the second edition of the Grove Dictionary of American Music, and featured articles about dance, film music and Hispanic/Latino music.
  • The March 2011 update spotlighted the music education, music and dance, and Hispanic/Latino music articles included in the 198 new articles added from the second edition of the Grove Dictionary of American Music.
  • The November 2010 update featured the continued content expansion of material from the second edition of the Grove Dictionary of American Music, with a focus on 19th-century music, organ music, and scholars and librarians.
  • The June 2010 update further expanded contemporary music coverage in Grove, and introduced 200 articles from the forthcoming second edition of the Grove Dictionary of American Music.
  • The March 2010 update focused primarily on 19th-century American music, introducing 250 new articles from the forthcoming second edition of the Grove Dictionary of American Music.
  • The December 2009 update introduced 100 new articles from the forthcoming second edition of the Grove Dictionary of American Music, including entries on conductors, composers, educators, librarians, and subjects related to band music (instrument makers, bandmasters, and organizations).
  • The September 2009 update focused on contemporary composers and announced the appointment of Deane Root as Editor in Chief. (Read the press release and Dr. Root's first Letter from the Editor.)
  • The June 2009 update focused on new and revised articles on both operas and opera singers, drawn primarily from the Grove Book of Opera Singers.

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