Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (MGG)
- Host: Bärenreiter-Verlag Karl Vötterle GmbH & Co. KG
- Other institutions involved: Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale. http://www.rilm.org/
- URL: http://www.mgg-online.com/
- Main language: Multilingual
General description: MGG Online will include the content
of the 1994–2008 print edition of MGG as well as future
updates, revisions, and additions which will be made using
the TEI-edition of FontoXML. Regular updates will guarantee
that MGG remains musicology’s foremost reference work. All
entries from this widely consulted and cited encyclopedia
will be accessible to users through the new online database
beginning in 2017.
For over half a century the abbreviation MGG has stood for the reference work Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart. Friedrich Blume was the founding editor of the first edition of MGG, which was published by Bärenreiter from 1949 to 1986. The second edition, edited by Ludwig Finscher, appeared between 1994 and 2008 as a co-production of Bärenreiter and J.B. Metzler; it comprises 29 volumes and 25,000 pages, with approximately 20,000 articles written by over 3500 authors from 55 countries. MGG offers well-researched and authoritative texts on almost every aspect of music, as well as numerous professional directories, bibliographies, tables, figures, and indexes. As its original subtitle suggests, MGG is in the fullest sense a universal encyclopedia of music.