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MGG stands for Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (German: Music in History and Presence; musical encyclopedia)

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Instead, the reader is referred to the complete thematic catalogue contained in the first three volumes of the HandelHandbuch (Barenreiter, 1978-) and the worklists prepared by Anthony Hicks for the Handel article in the revised edition of New Grove Dictionary of Music (2001) and Hans Joachim Marx for the revised edition of Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (2003).
In light of Spitta's accomplishments, it is surprising how little has been written on his life: Hugo Riemann's Philipp Spitta und seine Bach-Biographie (Berlin, 1900), the Spitta entries in Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart [(Kassel: Barenreiter, 1965), 12:1055-58] by Heinrich Spitta and in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (London: Macmillan, 1980) by Christoph Wolff, and the Brahms-Spitta correspondence (in Johannes Brahms: Briefwechsel, vol.