Die 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.[1] It is published by Bärenreiter-Verlag in collaboration with J. B. Metzler'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung.[2]

Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart
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First edition
AuthorMultiple
CountryGermany
LanguageGerman
SubjectMusic (musicology, music history, music theory)
Genre
PublisherBärenreiter
Publication date
  • from 1949 (first edition)
  • from 1994 (second edition)
Media typehardback, paperback, and online

The first edition (1949–1968, supplemented 1973–1986) comprises 17 volumes, of which two are supplement volumes, and one is an index or register.[2] The current second edition (1994–2007, supplemented in 2008) was edited by Ludwig Finscher.[1][3] It consists of a subject encyclopedia (Sachteil) in 10 volumes[4] and a biographical encyclopedia (Personenteil) in 17 volumes, and an index or register volume, which are continuously updated.[5] An additional supplement volume, addressing both music subjects and biograhies, was published in May 2008.[6] A CD-Rom version of the second edition is also available in a few libraries, mainly in Germany.[3][7]

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.[8]

EditionsEdit

  • Friedrich Blume (ed.): Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart: allgemeine Enzyklopädie der Musik. Unter Mitarbeit zahlreicher Musikforscher des In- und Auslandes. (General encyclopedia of music /with contributions of numerous musicologists in Germany and abroad), 17 vol., Bärenreiter / Metzler, Kassel / Basel / London / New York / Prague (Bärenreiter) / Stuttgart / Weimar (Metzler) 1949–1986.[2]
  • Friedrich Blume (ed.): Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart: allgemeine Enzyklopädie der Musik (same as paperback) dtv, Munich / Bärenreiter 1989, ISBN 3-423-05913-3 (dtv) / ISBN 3-7618-5913-9 (Bärenreiter).
  • Ludwig Finscher (ed.): Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart. 26 vol. in two parts, second, revised edition, Bärenreiter / Metzler 2003, ISBN 3-7618-1100-4 (Bärenreiter) / ISBN 3-476-41022-6 (Metzler).[9]
  • Friedrich Blume (ed.): Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart – Allgemeine Enzyklopädie der Musik (General encyclopedia of music), Digitale Bibliothek [de] vol. 60, CD–ROM, Directmedia Publishing Berlin 2016, ISBN 3-89853-460-X.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Apel, Willi, ed. (2003). "Dictionaries and encyclopedias". The Harvard Dictionary of Music. Harvard University Press. pp. 240–241. ISBN 978-0-67-401163-2.
  2. ^ a b c Literature about Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart in the German National Library catalogue (First edition)
  3. ^ a b Hagedorn, Volker (21 June 2007). "Man muss nicht Klavier spielen können". Die Zeit (in German). Retrieved 1 July 2020.
  4. ^ Literature about Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart in the German National Library catalogue (1999)
  5. ^ Literature about Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart in the German National Library catalogue (2007)
  6. ^ Literature about Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart in the German National Library catalogue (2008)
  7. ^ a b Literature about Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart in the German National Library catalogue (2016)
  8. ^ Nägele, Reiner (1995). "Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart" (in German). Retrieved 15 July 2020.
  9. ^ Eggebrecht, Harald (1 July 2020). "Jäger und Sammler". Süddeutsche Zeitung (in German). Munich. Retrieved 15 July 2020.

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