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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 all articles in Grove Music Online that feature Sibelius Scorch-enabled musical examples. The guide is a complete alphabetical listing of articles containing musical examples, and has been divided thematically into examples of different musical concepts and composers’ styles.

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

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

History of Grove Music

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

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


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