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Music Theory

A guide for undergraduate and graduate researchers of music theory


UK Libraries provides access to over 400 databases.  Below you will find music databases grouped together by type or focus.  Grove Music, MGG, and Oxford Music are down the right hand side of this page.  You will find more information and a focus on RILM, RISM, and other specialized databases using the drop down menu on the 'Databases' tab at the top of the page.

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Histories, Bibliographies, & Indexes

The "R" Projects

Abstracting & Indexing Databases

Scores Online for Printing and Study

Grove Music Online

grove music online logoGrove Music Online includes the following resources:

  • Grove Dictionary of American Music
  • Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments
  • New Grove Dictionary of Jazz
  • New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
  • New Grove Dictionary of Opera
  • Norton Grove Dictionary of Women Composers

MGG Online (Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart)

mgg online logoMGG Online contains the complete contents of the second edition (2008) of Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart, plus continuous updates, revisions, and additions. MGG Online provides a bilingual English/German interface.

Oxford Music Online

oxford music online logoOxford Music Online includes the following resources:

  • Grove Music Online  
  • Oxford Companion to Music
  • Oxford Dictionary of Music

To search all the Oxford Music Online resources at once:

  • type your term(s) in the search box

To move from Oxford Music Online to only Grove Music Online:

  • click on ABOUT on the navigation bar
  • Under What would you like to do? Click on the link under Take me to Grove Music Online

Oxford History of Western Music

oxford history of western music online logo