Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart


Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (MGG, "Music in History and Present Time") is the largest and most comprehensive German encyclopedic dictionary, and among Western music reference sources, only The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians is comparable to it in size and scope. It is published by Bärenreiter-Verlag in collaboration with J. B. Metzler'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung.The first edition (1949–1968, supplemented 1973–1986) comprises 17 volumes, of which two are supplement volumes, and one is an index or register. The current second edition (1994–2007, supplemented in 2008) was edited by Ludwig Finscher. It consists of a subject encyclopedia (Sachteil) in 10 volumes and a biographical encyclopedia (Personenteil) in 17 volumes, and an index or register volume, which are continuously updated. An additional supplement volume, addressing both music subjects and biographies, was published in May 2008. A CD-Rom version of the second edition is also available in a few libraries, mainly in Germany.The second edition pursued a distinction between musical topics and biographies, and a view at connections and context. The layout is clear, with distinct titles and subtitles. The second edition has fewer illustrations, but of high quality. While the first edition had an entry America which handled only North America, the equivalent entry in the second edition covers Latin American music, which the U.S. and Canady are new entries.
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original title: Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart
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