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



  • 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
  • Petersfrauen | © Bibliothek der Erzabtei St. Peter
    Salzburg Music Sources before 1600: Manuscripts & Prints (2013) 

    In the present data collection, manuscripts and prints with music were recorded that were produced in or for Salzburg in older times. Salzburg" is understood to mean the medieval archdiocese of Salzburg, which extended over the present-day province of Salzburg including the Bavarian Rupertiwinkel and also included parts of Carinthia, Styria and Lower Austria. Included are the proper bishoprics of Chiemsee, Gurk, Seckau and Lavant. Independent institutions, such as the monastery of St. Lambrecht, have not been included in the survey, since they went their own liturgical ways, nor has the monastery of Mattsee, which belonged to the diocese of Passau from 907. On the other hand, the music sources of the Benedictine monastery of Michaelbeuern were included, which, despite its ecclesiastical independence, was liturgically oriented to St. Peter and maintained close exchange with Salzburg. The abundance of material - information on about 270 sources was collected - was first divided into music manuscripts, music prints, and music theoretical representations according to the type of source, and then recorded in a chronological order according to centuries. Work contractors: Veronika Obermeier and Karina Zybina. Project management: Andrea Lindmayr-Brandl.

    Research project
  • Scherenschnitt

    In a first phase of work, 47 short profiles of a selection of personalities from Salzburg's music history of the 20th and 21st centuries were compiled within the framework of three work contracts. In each case, the curriculum vitae, achievements, awards/prizes, a bibliography, and a concise photo documentation are included. Work contractors: Julia Hinterberger (2012), Sarah Haslinger (2013, 2014). Project management: Thomas Hochradner.

    Research project




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Joachim Brügge

University Lecturer for Historical Musicology / Representative for Good Scientific Practice

Head of Institute
Kai Bachmann

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


Student assistant

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Archive Game Research & Playing Arts

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The archive owns a considerable collection of historical game books, game plans and graphics. The research institute, founded in 1990 by Günther Bauer, is dedicated to the cultural history of games and playing arts.