MGG Online

MGG Online was developed by the publishers Bärenreiter and J. B. Metzler in collaboration with the Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM). The database contains the complete content of the second edition of the MGG (printed edition published 1994-2008), the authoritative reference work for musicology since 1949. It also includes continuously updated and newly written articles and entirely new keywords.

Extensive Content Covering All Music Disciplines

MGG Online features the content of the second edition of Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart in full:

  • Biographical articles include over 9000 composers, more than 2000 performers, and 1000 theorists. Articles cover non-Western composers, performers, and writers as well as 500 figures from jazz and popular music.  More than 500 articles covering philosophers and literary figures, and over 5000 on instrument makers, publishers, musicologists, writers, librettists, and visual artists complete the bibliographic section.
  • Subject articles include music aesthetics and theory, epochs and genres, church music and pop music, instruments and manuscripts as well as cities and countries. The encyclopedia exceeds expectations with comprehensive articles on institutions (including music libraries), music iconographical subjects, and relationships to the other arts (for example color-tone relationships). Equally unique are the discussions of music related to history, art, literature, philosophy, law, the natural sciences, and other topics.

Continuously Updated Content 

Bärenreiter and J.B. Metzler are responsible for the content of MGG Online, ensuring that the encyclopedia remains comprehensive and authoritative.

Since its launch in November 2016, hundreds of articles have been updated or rewritten by internationally renowned scholars. In addition, numerous new keywords have been added in the areas of popular music, jazz, contemporary composers and performers, vocal soloists, new media, gender, USA and Canada.

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