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Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart
) (translates as Music in History and the Present
) is the largest and most comprehensive German music encyclopedia
An encyclopedia is a type of reference work, a compendium holding a summary of information from either all branches of knowledge or a particular branch of knowledge....
, and among Western music reference sources, only the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians
is comparable to it in size and scope. It is published by Bärenreiter
Bärenreiter is a German classical music publishing house based in Kassel. The firm was founded by Karl Vötterle in Augsburg in 1923, and moved to Kassel in 1927, where it still maintains headquarters; it also has offices in Basel, London, New York and Prague...
The first edition (1949–1968, suppl. 1973–1986) comprises 17 volumes, of which two are supplement volumes, and one is an index or Register. The current second edition (1994–2007, suppl. 2008) consists of a subject encyclopedia (Sachteil) in 10 volumes (including the index or Register) and a biographical encyclopedia (Personenteil) in 17 volumes and an index or Register volume. An additional supplement volume, addressing both subjects and personages, was published in May, 2008. A CD-Rom version of the second edition is also available in a few libraries, mainly in Germany.