The Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd edition is the largest reference publication on American music ever published. With entries that range from brief definitions of musical terms to mid-length bios of important performers to longer examinations of larger subjects such as the history of jazz, this edition marks a huge expansion in American musical scholarship, and looks ahead to an even more wide-ranging and interdisciplinary approach to the study of music. And, while numbers can never tell the whole story, the numbers floating around the Grove project are too impressive not to share with you:

Grove by numbers

  • 7 senior editors
  • 8 volumes
  • 10 years
  • 25 contributing editors
  • 117 musical examples
  • 447 images
  • 1,436 contributors
  • 5,592 pages
  • 9,131 articles

Grove Music editor Anna-Lise Santella spoke with the Editor in Chief Charles Hiroshi Garrett about the daunting project on the OUPblog.