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Grove Music Online comprises New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians (2001), New Grove Dictionary of Opera (1992) and New Grove Dictionary of Jazz (2002), which provide scholarly articles and biographies. These are considered the most authoritative reference materials for its full-text scholarly writings and bibliographies.


 New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians (2001)

 29 volumes

 Call number: MuR 780.3 G88

 Location: Music Western Reference Books



 New Grove Dictionary of Opera (1992)

 4 volumes

 Call number: MuR 782.103 N53

 Location: Music Western Reference Books



 New Grove Dictionary of Jazz (2002)

 Call number: MuR 781.6503 N532 k

 3 volumes

 Location: Music Western Reference Books



Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (MGG) is an authoritative encyclopedia of music, written in German. It offers in-depth articles on every aspect of music as well as many related areas such as literature, philosophy, and visual arts.

Call number: MuR 780.3 B6 

29 volumes

Location: Music Western Reference Books



The Oxford history of Western Music is written by Richard Taruskin

Volume 1 The earliest notations to the sixteenth century

Volume 2 The seventeenth and eighteenth centuries

Volume 3 The nineteenth century

Volume 4 The early twentieth century

Volume 5 The late twentieth century

Volume 6 Resources: chronology, bibliography, master index

Call number: MuR 780.9 T19 o9

Location: Music Western Reference Books


New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments describes Western and non-Western musical instruments

of all ages in the context of instrument families. Photos are accompanied by brief illustrations.   

Call number: MuR 781.9103 N5

3 volumes 

Location: Music Western Reference Books


The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music provides full-length scholarly articles of the following continents.

Volume 1 Africa 

Volume 2 South America, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean

Volume 3 The United States and Canada

Volume 4 Southeast Asia

Volume 5 South Asia: the Indian subcontinent

Volume 6 The Middle East

Volume 7 East Asia: China, Japan, and Korea

Volume 8 Europe

Volume 9 Australia and the Pacific Islands

Volume 10 The world's music: general perspectives and reference tools

Call number: MuR 780.9 G23 N4

Location: Music Western Reference Books

For the accompanying CDs of musical examples, search at Find@HKUL.


Encyclopedia of Popular Music features topics of jazz, rap and techno. Entries of biographies and

groups include record labels, release dates and a 5-star album rating system for reference.


 Call number: MuR 781.6403 E56

 10 volumes 

 Location: Music Western Reference Books