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Tools and Resources for Grove Music Online

Welcome to the Tools and Resources page. Below you will find a variety of pathways into the content of Grove Music Online, as well as useful supplementary content.

Article features and dictionary conventions

Abbreviations and Library Sigla

Grove Music Online uses abbreviations for general terms, periodical titles, standard reference books and series, and libraries and institutions.

Grove Music Online User's Manual

Adapted from the introduction to The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, second edition, this user's manual covers Grove’s headword formats, article signatures, work lists, and more.

Guide to Playable Musical Examples in Grove Music Online

Collected here are links to articles in Grove Music Online that feature Sibelius Scorch-enabled musical examples.

Content in context

Grove Opera Indexes

These indexes were created to help readers who are looking for the name of an opera but have little information about it. There is an index sorted by composers, one sorted by characters, and one by the first words of arias; each listing has links to the Grove articles on the opera and its composer.

Music Timelines

These timelines have been editorially compiled to lead the reader into the content of Grove Music Online, revealing areas of the dictionary that some readers may not yet have explored. As specific content areas of Grove continue to be developed, we will be adding new and updating existing timelines.

Subject Guides and Research Resources

These guides are designed as overviews of the major periods and genres of music history, with lists of Grove articles covering important people, terms, and concepts.

Writings on the dictionary

Grove Conversations

Read interviews with AmeriGrove editor in chief Charles Hiroshi Garrett, and contemporary music scholar Paul Griffiths.

History of Grove Music

A history of Grove written by Grove Music Online editor in chief Deane Root, who worked under Stanley Sadie on New Grove 1980.

Preface to A Dictionary of Music and Musicians, by Sir George Grove

Read the 1879 preface and browse the articles originally authored by George Grove and currently accessible on Grove Music Online.

Preface to The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, by Stanley Sadie

Read the 1979 preface, which includes an explanation of how the “New” Grove dictionary came to be.


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