MGG OnlineDie Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart is now available as an online database

The comprehensive and authoritative German-language music encyclopedia, 
Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (MGG), is now available as a dynamic online database under the title MGG Online. Its Editor-in-Chief, Laurenz Lütteken, is collaborating with an editorial board of internationally respected musicologists, the MGG editorial department, and authors around the world to update and add new content on a continual basis. MGG Online has been created and implemented by the publishers Bärenreiter, J.B. Metzler, and Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale.

MGG Online contains the complete content of the second edition of MGG, published in 29 printed volumes between 1994 and 2008 under Editor-in-Chief Ludwig Finscher. It consists of more than 18,000 articles written by 3500 authors from 55 countries. MGG Online contains this content in a continuously updated and expanding database with revised data and rewritten articles. Beginning in 2017, new entries will be added regularly. All article versions remain permanently accessible and clearly labeled. 

MGG Online resides on a powerful new platform developed by RILM, further enhancing the content through cutting-edge search and browse functions. MGG’s widely reputed and comprehensive works lists can now be sorted by the user according to several criteria. Other features include easy toggling between article versions; individual user accounts in which bookmarks and annotations can be created, saved, and shared; integrated translation from German to more than 100 languages; and links to RILM Abstracts of Music Literature. The platform will be continually enhanced with new features and search possibilities.

MGG Online was launched on November 7, 2016. Excerpts from the launch celebration at the AMS/SMT conference in Vancouver can be watched at

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