Department Historical Musicology and Music Theory

The tasks of the department of “Historical Musicology and Music Theory” concentrate on incorporating the vast field of history of music from antiquity to present day in research and education and on making it useable for arts-based research. On the one hand this implies in some parts a quite close interaction with artistic activities (for instance in the field of “Gregorian Music” and “Historically Informed Performance Practice”) which are documented on numerous CD recordings also for the public. On the other hand the interfaces between scientific research and artistic projects constitute an essential facet of projects which have already been, and which still will be realized within the department. Also within the department’s research disciplines there are significant correlations. For instance, historically oriented questions are of special importance also in the fields of Music Theory and Church Music and in turn, reflections in terms of music theory have always an influence on the debate regarding the historical development of music phenomena. This department comprises scientists from Institutes 1, 6, 12 and 15 .

Spokesman: Univ.Prof. Dr.phil. Klaus Aringer, MA



Geschichte und Gegenwart des musikalischen Hörens
Möglichkeiten und Herausforderungen für neue methodische Zugänge

Internationales Symposium des Fachbereichs "Historische Musikwissenschaft und Musiktheorie"
in Kooperation mit dem Zentrum für Genderforschung



The following fields of research are covered by this department:

Music History

Church Music

Music Theory