George Grove

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George Grove

Sir George Grove (born August 13, 1820 in Clapham near London , † May 28, 1900 in Sydenham near London) was a British music writer.


Grove became secretary of the Society of Arts in 1850 and secretary of the Crystal Palace in 1852 . From 1856 to 1896 he wrote the programs for the concerts there. In 1865 he co-founded the Palestine Exploration Fund . In 1867 he traveled to Vienna with Sir Arthur Sullivan . From 1868 to 1883 he was editor of Macmillan's Magazine . In 1882 he became director of the Royal College of Music and was ennobled with the title "Sir". Since 1895 he was an elected member of the American Philosophical Society .

The most important contribution of his work in the then emerging field of musicology was the publication of a four-volume lexicon on music. The encyclopedia , which grew steadily in the subsequent editions of the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, is the most extensive and most important musicological reference work in the English language .


  • Charles L. Graves, The Life & Letters of Sir George Grove , London 1903 ( digitized version )
  • Leanne Langley, Grove, Sir George , in: Music in Past and Present , 2nd ed., Vol. 8 (2002), pp. 99-102
  • Gerrit Waidelich, “not the merit of the Englishmen who came to Vienna in 867”? - Legends and facts about Sullivan's and Grove's review of the “dusty” performance material of Schubert's Rosamunde music (Part II), in: Sullivan-Journal . Magazine of the German Sullivan Society V. , ed. by Reinhard Saremba, No. 13 (July 2015), pp. 18–32; ISSN  2190-0647

Web links

Commons : George Grove  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Member History: Sir George Grove. American Philosophical Society, accessed September 16, 2018 .