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Oxford Music Online

Oxford Music Online is a comprehensive site and the best place to start your research.  It includes both Grove Music Online and online resources from Oxford University Press.
Updated continuously, Grove Music Online includes overview articles with extensive bibliographies, biographical articles with works lists for composers, performers, and other musical figures, images, musical examples, and links to audio and video examples.
It includes and updates the following print resources:

  • The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2nd edition (29 volumes, 2001)
  • The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd edition (3 volumes, 2002)
  • The New Grove Dictionary of Opera (4 volumes, 1992)
  • The Norton Grove Dictionary of Women Composers (1 volume, 1994)
  • The Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd edition (8 volumes, 2013; in process)
  • The Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, 2nd edition (5 volumes, 2014; in process

Oxford University Press titles included are The Oxford Companion to Music and The Oxford Dictionary of Music, 2nd edition.

Easily search across all these resources. Also see the Grove Music Online User's Manual and additional resources for tips on fully using Oxford Music Online.

Biographical Encyclopedias

Other Music Encyclopedias