The Department of Musicology primarily deals with European music history from the Middle Ages to the present. In addition, courses are offered in musical analysis, European folk music and non-European music, as well as cultural studies questions about music.

The research fields of the department lie predominantly in the history of music from the 18th to the 20th century: Reception-historical and analytical-hermeneutical aspects are examined as well as cultural-sociological and aesthetic questions, philology, popular music, baroque music, Viennese classical music and new music of the 20th century.

Other focal points of research are folk music of the alpine region and questions about music as a cultural phenomenon. In numerous interdepartmental projects as well as with national and international cooperation partners, a wide range of topics are touched upon: Questions of reception, treatises on composers, forms of cultural perception (European and American music in comparison) and much more. 

In the field of teaching, the Department of Musicology offers a PhD program as well as musicological courses for all musical studies in the department and propaedeutic courses for scientific work. The teachers at the department supervise numerous scientific theses (BA, MA, dissertations) and cooperate on different levels with the artistic and pedagogical departments in order to emphasize the relevance of musicological competences for interpretation in the vocal, instrumental and conducting fields as well as for music pedagogy.



  • Musik & Migration | © Carlos /
    The migration of things 

    The theory and method handbook "Music and Migration", which was published in July, is dedicated to the manifold aspects, phenomena, interactions and perspectives in the research field between music and migration in 16 thematic complexes.

  • Titelblatts der Zeitschrift „Der Norden“
    The Reception of Beethoven and His Music in Nazi-Occupied European Countries 

    Although cultural life in various Nazi-occupied countries manifested distinctive differences in outlook between 1939 and 1945, partially accountable to specific national traditions and their historical and ideological relationship to German music and the political situation, one factor that appears to bind all musical activity in these areas is the consistent presence of the music of Ludwig van Beethoven.

    Research project
  • Buchcover "Those were the days"
    Taking stock of Salzburg's popular music cultures of the 1950s & 1960s (2015) 

    Four work contracts were awarded to gather more detailed information on the history and development of schlager, folk music, rock and pop music, and dance schools in the city of Salzburg in the run-up to the symposium "Those were the days. Salzburg's popular music cultures in the 1950s and 1960s". Soundtracks, newspaper clippings, and other materials were collected; the focus of the survey, however, was an oral history project, in the context of which numerous interviews were conducted and documented with eyewitnesses or people who had provided information.

    Research project
  • Titelblatt des Librettos Extemporanea Theatri [...] | © UB Salzburg Rara 3988 I

    The libretti of cantatas, oratorios and operas in Salzburg's archives and libraries were listed.

    Research project


  • Guided tour of the ORF Salzburg regional studio
    Birgit Neuwirth-Hemmers will give a tour of the ORF Salzburg regional studio for the Salzburg music history focus, Silvia Steiner-Span will then present the archive of the regional studio, accompanied by the well-known former ORF editor Hannes Eichmann.
  • 27.1.
    04:00 pm
    Kleines Studio
    Places of Remembrance
    On the occasion of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust: music and remembrance are closely related, places of remembrance can be real places as well as take place in/through music. Through texts & music, voices & works that were banned and silenced by the Nazi regime.
    · Free



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Kai Bachmann

Ass.-Prof. for applied music theory, Ass.-Prof. for fine level listening & supervision of scientific work, Staff member for evaluation


Student assistant

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