Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart

“Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (MGG)”, the great German music encyclopaedia, has now entered its second edition (ed. Ludwig Finscher, 1994–2008). On more than 25,000 pages with more than 4,000 illustrations and countless music examples it covers the full spectrum of music. 3,500 authors from 55 countries have contributed authoritative yet readable entries on every area of music. MGG also pays special attention to other fields with close connections to music, such as art, literature, philosophy, law and the natural sciences.

MGG is divided into a nine-volume section of conceptual articles (plus index), a 17-volume section of biographical articles (plus index) and a supplementary volume.

The conceptual section has approximately 1,300 entries on eras, countries, regions, cities, sources, genres, instruments, institutions, crossovers between music and other fields, jazz, rock, pop, dance and music theory.

The biographical section has more than 18,000 entries on figures from every corner of the world, including articles on composers, singers, instrumentalists and music theorists. Rounding off this section are numerous articles on jazz and pop artists, poets, ensembles, publishers, instrument makers, librettists, philosophers, musicologists and stage directors.

The supplementary volume, with more than 800 entries, is mainly devoted to contemporary composers. It takes up current topics of music history and musicology in articles on, among other things, gender studies, the New Simplicity, sound-art and world music.

Since November 7 the MGG is available as a database at https://www.mgg-online.com/.