… to the website of the Department of Musicology Weimar Jena!

The course catalogue for the winter semester 2021/22 can be found here!

© 2020 Tiago de Oliveira Pinto

The sciences and the “good” (bonis) arts play a major role at our department. Sciences (scientiis) are central to us, but what exactly is meant by bonis artibus, as depicted on the frontispiece of the late baroque city theater of Mantua, the “Teatro Bibiena” from the 18th century? Are the fine arts meant? We don't know for sure, but probably all of the “good” arts are included, comprising the performing arts and music. Inaugurated in 1770 with a concert by 14-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the Teatro Bibiena in Mantua always served as a venue for the presentation of scientific knowledge and discoveries. And this sense of scientiis et bonis artibus brings us closer to everyday life at our institute in terms of content: On the one hand, scientific engagement with music is generated from studying it; on the other hand, musicology advances musical practice and its transmission, locating it again and again in its time and also in its respective socio-cultural setting. This gives musicology a central position at a music university like ours.

In the last semester it was still relatively quiet, i.e. it penetrated less musical sound from the seminar rooms and lecture hall in the corridors of the Hochschulzentrum am Horn as it did before. Nevertheless, we registered over 1000 inscriptions in our courses of music history (and histories), of the theory of musical forms; but also the musicological field as such was introduced. Furthermore, there where classes about music and birdsong and much more, thus conveying the great breadth that characterizes Weimar musicology. Everything was essentially done online, with the support of Moodle and the Webex video conferencing system. We don't yet know how it will be in the coming semester. There is great hope that we will all really be able to meet again, because just as music builds on the direct exchange of musicians, the lively communication of musicological content also depends on dialogue and on the creative and critical exchange of views between teachers, scholars and students.

So let's look forward to the months ahead with hope. On this website you will find out in due course how we (may) organize the coming semester.

Until then, I wish all members of our institute, students and teachers, as well as visitors

Bonis feriae !

Prof. Dr. Tiago de Oliveira Pinto
UNESCO Chair and Head of Department


The Department of Musicology Weimar-Jena engages with its neighbouring disciplines in the Humanities in numerous ways, while also being attuned to issues of performance practice, music education, and arts management. The establishment of the B.A. and M.A. programmes in musicology emphasises the traditional musicological methods of enquiry to the same extent that the concerns for professional development are further strengthened; the programme in arts management affords close ties with professional practice in its courses, while seeking to maintain an engagement with the transdisciplinary concerns of cultural studies.

In its current set-up, the Department can be considered an exemplary case of forward-looking musicological practice, allowing ample space for popular and global musics—crucial not only in the education of future generations of teachers—while maintaining the 'core' concerns which remain crucial to a modern music academy (Early music, music of the Classical and Romantic eras, and contemporary music).

As a joint department of two institutions, the Department offers links with the exceptional education in performance at the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar as well as with the values of one of Germany's oldest universities. The synergies generated by the association with the Humanities disciplines at the Friedrich Schiller University as well as with the artistic subjects at the University of Music Weimar make the Department of Musicology Weimar-Jena unique: the breadth of its portfolio and opportunities allow it to occupy a special place among German academies. In addition, Weimar's Department of Musicology offers a large number of courses which can be attended by students of all institutes and degree programmes in order to experience music as an holistic entity—a conglomeration of science, teaching, and performance.

Crucially, the Department has access to a unique combination of archival resources: the Hochschularchiv | THÜRINGISCHEN LANDESMUSIKARCHIV in and the Lippmann+Rau-Musikarchivs | Internationales Archiv für Jazz und populäre Musik in Eisenach, for which the Department provides the scholarly expertise. Close ties with archives in Sondershausen and Meiningen, as well as the exceptional holdings at the Thüringer Landesbibliothek in Jena (the Jena Choirbooks, for example) add to this wealth of resources.

Alongside regular cooperations with regional and national partners, the Department of Musicology maintains close contacts with renowned international institutions, universities, and libraries.