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.



  • Illustration einer Trompete

    Democracy" is associated with numerous values such as freedom, justice and humanism, which must be constantly renegotiated. It is understood as a form of rule, society and life and is differentiated accordingly in terms of time, culture and state. Democracy can be symbolically demanded or consolidated through musical performances, because music is a possible practice for shaping, accompanying or commenting on the negotiation process of what is understood by "democracy".

    Open Call
  • 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


  • Guided tour through the Jazzit
    Andreas Neumayer and Willi Tschernutter will guide you through the location of the converted former Volksheim, where workshops and music education take place alongside concerts from a wide range of musical genres.
    Guided Tour
    · Free entry
  • 6.6.—7.6.2024
    Kleines Studio
    Kontrapunkt-Traditionen (III)
    The three-part symposium series "Counterpoint Traditions" sheds light on the intentions, significance and reverberations of counterpoint teaching since the 18th century. The focus is on the formation of schools and their fixation in national and international literature as well as local traditions.
    · Free
  • 28.6.2024
    06:00 pm
    „Weibliche Komponisten“ oder doch Komponistinnen?
    · Free
  • 17.10.—19.10.2024
    Annual Conference of the Austrian Society for Musicology 2024
    The annual conference thematises and discusses music-related phenomena that are related to ideas of democracy and democratic principles. We welcome submissions from all sub-disciplines of musicology.
    · Free


Nothing benefits the state like music. The musical performance of the state
Writings on the history of political music


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Kai Bachmann | © Christian Schneider
Kai Bachmann

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

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