Focus of Work: Salzburg Music History

Mozarteum, Hauptfassade Am 13. Juni 1939 feierte das Mozarteum mit einem Festakt das 25-jährige Bestehen des Mozarthauses und die Erhebung zur Hochschule für Musik. | © Stadtarchiv Salzburg, Fotoarchiv Franz Krieger

From local presence to dimensions of international... Since its beginnings in the early Middle Ages, Salzburg's music history has been an example of the interplay between regionality and European networking. The research focus Salzburg Music History is dedicated to its development in the context of sources, reception and interpretation. Symposia, workshops and guided tours are organised, whereby the latter are not only aimed at a specialist audience, but also at a broad circle of interested parties in the sense of the Third Mission. Salzburg's "music turned to stone" (Hermann Bahr) is revived, researched, documented and made accessible in many ways: through publications, overviews of relevant sources and annual bibliographies of specialist literature relevant to the topic.

Research focus Salzburg Music History
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Department for Musicology

Main Topics

  • Comparative Regional Musical History
  • Older Salzburg music history in the Middle Ages and Renaissance
  • Musical life of the archbishop's residence in comparison with other Central European residences
  • Role of music practice in various social classes and social communities such as monasteries
  • Salzburg's role as a crossroads of Italian and South German-Austrian musical 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 W.A. Mozart's influence and Salzburg's musical 'radiance
  • Aspects of dance history
  • Developments in musical institutionalisation and their interaction with socio-economic conditions in the city and countryside
  • Musical folk culture in the city and province of Salzburg
  • History of the University Mozarteum Salzburg and its predecessor institutions


  • 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.
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Research projects

  • 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
  • Palais Mollard | © Österreichische Nationalbibliothek/Pichler

    A work contract was used to record the holdings (especially sheet music) of Salzburg's music history in the archives of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, the manuscript and music collection of the Vienna Library, and the collection of manuscripts and old prints of the Austrian National Library, which cannot be searched online until further notice. Work contractor: Alison Dunlop.

    Research project
  • Johann Michael Sattler, Ansicht der Dreifaltigkeitsgasse [Kosmorama] 1827/28 | © Salzburg Museum

    With the aim of comprehensively documenting the history of the house at Mirabellplatz 1, surveys were conducted of the relevant archival records in the Provincial and City Archives of Salzburg, the Archives of the Archdiocese of Salzburg, and the Archives of the University Mozarteum. In addition to an overview of the holdings relevant to the history of the house, important passages of text were excerpted from the records, and a documentation of the available photographs was prepared. Work contractor: Roger Michael Allmannsberger. Project management: Thomas Hochradner.

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