Since 1873, Grove Music has expanded from one piece of hardbound reference detailing the work and lives of musicians to becoming a powerful online encyclopedic database that serves to educate the world about music. George Grove, founder of the Grove dictionaries, was motivated by the lack of music reference works available to scholars and music professionals. He compiled the first volume of Grove’s Dictionary in 1878 with the extensive help of venerable editors. Today, Grove’s work is published online as a continually evolving digital database, formally known as Grove Music Online. For a detailed history of Grove’s inception, explore this interactive timeline from Oxford Music Online.
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