Focus of work Salzburg music history

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The working focus of Salzburg Music History has set itself the goal of making information on Salzburg's music history easily accessible through overviews and archival materials, and of updating this information on an ongoing basis. In addition, there are publications and numerous events such as workshops, symposia and guided tours, which are aimed not only at a specialist audience, but also at all interested parties.

Research focus Salzburg Music History
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5020 Salzburg

Department for Musicology

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Institute for Salzburg Music History at the Department of Music & Dance Studies (Paris-Lodron-University Salzburg)

Erzabt-Klotz-Straße 1
5020 Salzburg


The research focus Salzburg Music History, which has been located at the Department of Musicology of the Mozarteum University since 2014, is dedicated - as a successor to the research platform Salzburg Music History founded in 2011 - to the development of topics of Salzburg's music history in the network of sources, reception and interpretation in a variety of ways. It is  cooperation partner of the Interuniversity Institution Science & Art and is dedicated in many ways to the development of topics from Salzburg's musical past and present - with events, research, holdings from Salzburg's music history and an extensive database. In cooperation with other Salzburg institutions or sponsored by public funds, further accents are set in the communication of Salzburg's music history (e.g., through symposia, exhibitions, discussion concerts) according to available resources.

The cooperation with the Research Institute for Salzburg Music History at the Paris Lodron University Salzburg is documented in the interest group Research Platform Salzburg Music History.

The main topics are:

  • Older Salzburg music history in the Middle Ages and Renaissance
  • Music life of the archbishop's residence in comparison with other Central European residences
  • Role of music practice in diverse social classes and social communities such as monasteries
  • Role of Salzburg as an intersection of Italian and Southern German-Austrian music culture until the beginning of the 19th century.
  • Intensity and significance of musical life in the Biedermeier and Gründerzeit periods
  • Salzburg's position in musical modernity and contemporary culture
  • Local and international scope of the impact of W.A Mozart and the musical 'radiance' of Salzburg
  • Aspects of dance history
  • Developments of musical institutionalization and its interaction with the socio-economic framework in the city and the province of Salzburg
  • Musical folk culture in the city and the province of Salzburg
  • History of the University Mozarteum Salzburg including its predecessor institutions


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Sarah Haslinger

Univ.-Ass. for Salzburg Music History

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Research projects

  • 1.1.2015
    Taking stock of Salzburg's popular music cultures of the 1950s & 1960s 

    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 music history
  • 1.1.2014

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

    Research project music history
  • 1.1.2013
    Salzburg Music Sources from 1600: Manuscripts & Prints 

    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 music history
  • 1.10.2012

    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 music history


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