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Master programme Harpsichord

Content and focus of the degree programme:

This study programme is only available in German.

The aims of the instrumental courses at the Universität Mozarteum Salzburg are for students to achieve artistic maturity and independence, the ability to reflect critically and evaluate their own abilities, to achieve artistic and scientific skills so as to be able to analyse musical works of art from all epochs, the ability to carry out a profession, the ability to fulfil artistic, educational and organisational tasks with a cultural dimension. In the master’s programme the students can enhance their individual abilities and interests through specialisations. The programme enhances the training in artistic subjects and moreover offers the possibility to develop special artistic and academic interests.

Higher education institution:
Universität Mozarteum Salzburg
Group of fields of study:
Art Studies
Degree programme:
Master programme
Academic degree:
Master of Arts, MA
4 Semester / 120 ECTS*

Contact & information materials:

Further information:

Languages of instruction:
Student Union fee: EUR 21,20
Tuition fee - see Detailed information
Stay abroad:
Not compulsory
Type of higher education institution:
published in the:
MBl. 2011/12, Stk. 30 (Nr. 55)

Definition of the field of studies

The instrumental studies programme “Harpsichord” provides comprehensive training and perfection in musical and interpretative capabilities as well as the technical skills to perform on the instrument harpsichord, all of which are required for a professional musical career.


The instrumental study programme "Harpsichord" includes seven compulsory subjects (the central artistic subject harpsichord; instrumental or vocal ensemble; performance practice; ornamentation, general bass; choir; theory, selected chapters from history of music; European culture in history and in the present) as well as various elective subjects. Each student has to successfully pass a practical training consisting of three stage performances. A master’s thesis must also be written. Students can choose between an academic and an artistic master’s thesis. The artistic part of the master’s examination consists of an exam repertory consisting of music from the sixteenth and seventeenth century, a representative piece by Bach, four sonatas by Scarlatti or Ibero-Italian contemporaries, an important piece by Haydn or Mozart, an important piece from the French Baroque era, two pieces of music from the 20th century as well as a chamber music piece or a bigger concert. The student will be advised of the programme he/she has to perform a week before the exam takes place. The exams will take place in public like in a competition.

Entrance examinations

If a bachelor programme was studied at the Mozarteum University Salzburg an entrance examination is not necessary. Applicants who studied at another university have to undergo an examination of their qualifications. In this examination applicants also have to prove their artistic potential to master the master’s programme. A programme must be presented which must include works of a high degree of difficulty from various stylistic epochs.

Supplementary examinations