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Barbara Dobretsberger, Ao.Univ.Prof. Dr.

University Lecturer in Historic Musicology

  • Mirabellplatz 1/IV (Room: A04002)
  • 5020 Salzburg

The Austrian musicologist Barbara Dobretsberger completed her artistic-pedagogical studies and her studies in musicology and German philology (“with distinction”) in Salzburg and Vienna. At the Mozarteum University Salzburg, she wrote a thesis entitled Auflösung der funktionalen Harmonik in der Klaviermusik der Romantik und des Impressionismus. Integration der Analyse in den Klavierunterricht (Resolution of functional harmony in the piano music of the Romantic and Impressionist periods. Integration of analysis into piano education). The topic of the thesis she completed at the University of Salzburg is Ästhetik des Klavierliedes zwischen Tonalität und Atonalität. Ausgewählte Lieder von Strauss, Pfitzner, Schönberg, Berg und Webern (Aesthetics of piano accompanied ´Lieder’ between tonality and atonality. Selected ‘Lieder’ by Strauss, Pfitzner, Schönberg, Berg and Webern). The title of the dissertation with which she graduated at the University of Vienna, under the supervision of Prof Dr Gernot Gruber, is Boguslaw Schaeffer – Aspekte seines sinfonischen Werkes (Bogusław Schaeffer – Aspects of his symphonic works). Her post-doctoral thesis on Première und Deuxième Sonate von Pierre Boulez – Phänomene strukturalistischen Denkens (Pierre Boulez’s First and Second Piano Sonatas – the phenomena of structuralist thinking), which she completed in 2003, led to a tenure track position (venia docendi) as a lecturer at the Mozarteum University. 

From the 98/99 winter semester, to the 18/19 winter semester, Barbara Dobretsberger was based in the Mozarteum’s Institute of Conducting, Composition and Music Theory. She has worked in the Musicology Department since the 2019 summer semester. Barbara Dobretsberger is intensively involved in teaching. Inter alia, she is the author of two specialist books on the morphology of instrumental and vocal forms, as well as a member of various university committees. She is busy as a jury member, an international appraiser, and a visiting professor in European, Asian, and African countries.