Author. A leading musicologist, he won fame as the editor of "Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians", which first appeared in four volumes from 1878 to 1880. Frequently revised and updated, Grove's Dictionary now runs to 29 volumes and is considered the most comprehensive reference work on its subject in the English language. Grove was born in Clapham, England, and trained as a civil engineer. For many years he promoted English musicians and wrote the program notes for concerts at London's Crystal Palace. While on a trip to Vienna in 1867 with his friend, composer Arthur Sullivan, Grove discovered an unknown cache of manuscripts by Franz Schubert, including the music for "Rosamunde". He was knighted in 1882, the year he was appointed the first president of the new Royal College of Music. He retired from the position in 1894 but remained active in that institution's affairs until his death. His other books include "Beethoven and His Nine Symphonies" (1896).
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