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“Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart Online” (Music in the Past and Present Online)

Monday, 04 July 2022

A German-language reference work on international musicology


Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart Online (Music in the Past and Present Online) corresponds to the content of the second print edition of the encyclopedia (MGG2, published between 1994 and 2008). The 29 volumes of MGG2, comprising around 25,000 pages, contain over 19,000 articles written by over 3,500 authors on nearly every area of music and music history plus related subjects.
Eight years after completion of the second edition, work on the print MGG encyclopedias stopped, and the transition began to the exclusively online MGG database. Through continual updates and enhancements, the database ensures that it is always level with the current state of research while maintaining the high scientific and editorial standards of the print editions.

You can switch between the English and German-language interfaces by clicking on “Übersetzen” at the top of the page.

Searching and filtering
A basic search using the search bar at the top right will show you the main entry for your search term and all articles in which it appears. You can define your search parameters more precisely by filtering your results by article type or author.
An advanced search allows you to search within specific sections of articles like the biography or the list of works.
You can also access all articles using the “Browse” function, which lists articles, authors and occupations alphabetically.

Detailed view of articles
You can adjust the detailed view of an article to suit your requirements. You can collapse or expand the right and left-hand columns, showing the name(s) of the author(s), a detailed table of contents, information on other versions of the article, and related content. External links will take you to the bibliographic database RILM, where you will find other literature related to your search term. The “GET IT!” button on RILM links to resources at the University of Graz in the form of the full text or a physical location, depending on what is available.

You can search within an article using the yellow magnifying glass symbol (“Search in this article”). All paragraphs where your search term occurs will be marked yellow in the table of contents, and you can navigate straight to them by clicking on the chapter heading.

Click on the globe icon (“Translate this article”) to activate the integrated Google translation tool with over 100 languages.

The spanner icon (“Report an error”) takes you to the function for reporting errors, by which you can contact the editors of MGG Online.

Progression of publishing
The content of MGG Online builds on the printed MGG2 encyclopedia. To maintain transparency about updates, when you click on a search result, you also see a list of all other existing versions of the text.
New entry marks an entry not published in the second print edition.
Newly written indicates a rewrite of an existing article or paragraph.
The new entries and the revisions reflect the changing state of research.
Entries marked major update” have been fundamentally reworked by the author or the editors.
Minor revisions mainly refer to the continual updates to biographical details. Corrections of spellings and typos are not recorded.

Every version of an article is available and citable.

Personalities through the Ages: Timeline
The MGG Online timeline is accessible from any page by clicking the yellow button on the menu bar at the top. It is a visualisation of musical history, using biographical details and activities of composers, musicians and other people involved in the arts. The timeline is constantly updated in the course of the continual expansion and indexing of the database contents.

The columns Updates, This day in history, News, Featured articles and Article of the day on the homepage offer glimpses into the database and encourage browsing.

If you want to mark, save and comment on entries in the database, you will need to register on the website. Registration is free. The University Library accepts no responsibility for the use of your data by the provider.

Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart Online is licenced for the University of Graz by the University Library and is accessible via unikat (where you can also find the locations of the print editions) and DBIS. Please pay attention to the terms of use. The database is accessible from anywhere on campus and, for university members, from elsewhere using a VPN.

Please make use of our online tutorials on unikat, literature research and reference management as well as the courses that take place during the semester. For further information, please see the University Library’s course catalogue.

If you have any questions about this database, please contact ub.zeitschriften(at)uni-graz.at.

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