Joachim Bruges

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Joachim Brügge (* 1958 in Kiel ) is a German musicologist and composer .


After studying music theory at the Lübeck University of Music (Diploma 1985), he studied historical and systematic musicology / ethnomusicology and ethnology at the Georg-August University in Göttingen and finished his studies in 1993 with a dissertation with Martin Staehelin " On the personal style of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ". In 2002 he completed his habilitation at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg in the field of historical musicology with the work " Wolfgang Rihms string quartets. Aspects of analysis, aesthetics and genre theory of the modern string quartet ".

Since 1994 he has been working at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg , first in Department 1 for Composition / Conducting and Music Theory and, after his habilitation, in Department 9, Musicology.

Since 2003 he has been working with Peter Kuon and Sabine Coelsch-Foisner on the development of the focus on science and art, which includes the cooperation between the Mozarteum University Salzburg and the Paris-Lodron University Salzburg in teaching, scientific and artistic projects and publications .

In 2006, together with Wolfgang Gratzer and Thomas Hochradner, he founded the Institute for the History of Musical Reception and Interpretation at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg.

With Thomas Bodmer and Hildemar Holl, numerous projects on the life and work of Stefan Zweig were realized from 2002 onwards. a. 2008 led to the establishment of the branch center in Salzburg.

Research priorities

The modern music history of the 18th – 20th centuries Century is at the center of the musicological work Joachim Brügges, with the following focal points:

  • Viennese Classic (WA Mozart),
  • 19th century instrumental music,
  • New music after 1975 (including Rihm),
  • Scientific theory questions on the musicological method discourse (analysis and reception, possibilities and limits of contextualism, critical questioning of fashion topics such as intertextuality, etc.),
  • American music (also popular music of the 70s, American musical theater).

Teaching activities

The teaching activities include music-historical topics (history of piano music, history of chamber music, history of music theory, song analysis, an overview of music history) as well as selected topics (music sociology, film music, etc.).

Contributions to university development

At the end of the 1990s, the Mozarteum University Salzburg had major tasks to cope with, such as the closure and renovation of the main building on Mirabellplatz in 1998, the implementation of various austerity programs with the shortening of the curriculum or coping with the Mozart year 2006. Joachim Brügge participated in the following working groups (selection ):

  • 1999–2002: Participation in numerous working groups to revise the curricula
  • since winter semester 2003: Representative for the cooperation with the Paris-Lodron-University;
  • from 2009–2012: Chairman of the curriculum commission "Science and Art" of the Mozarteum University Salzburg,
  • from October 2002 to October 2004, Head of Institute 14,
  • 2007–2009: Working group "Artistic Master's Thesis",
  • 2003–2010: with Peter Kuon, head of the "Science and Art" focus, from 2010 to 2014 with Peter Kuon, program director: Science and Art: Arts & Humanities.
  • since 2011: Head of the Institute of Musical Reception and Interpretation History at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg.


Joachim Bruges wrote numerous essays and articles on the history of music from the 18th to the 20th century. The present selection lists the book publications:

As an author

  • Intertextuality and the history of reception? WA Mozart, Divertimento in E flat major KV 563 (= sound-speaking, vol. 12), Freiburg i.Br. 2014, ISBN 978-3-7930-9743-3 .
  • Jean Sibelius: Symphony and Symphonic Poetry (= Beck. Study Guide: Knowledge), Munich 2009, ISBN 978-3-406-58247-9 .
  • Habilitation thesis (Salzburg 2001): Wolfgang Rihms string quartets. Aspects of analysis, aesthetics and genre theory of the modern string quartet, Saarbrücken 2004, ISBN 3-89727-261-X .
  • Dissertation: On the personal style of WA Mozart. Investigations on the model and type, using the example of "Little Night Music", KV 525 (= pocket books on musicology, vol. 121, edited by Richard Schaal), Wilhelmshaven 1996, ISBN 3-7959-0685-7 .

As editor

  • About András Schif and the "Goldberg Variations" (= sound-talking. Writings on the history of musical reception and interpretation, vol. 24), Baden-Baden: Rombach Wissenschaft - a publishing house of Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG 2020, ISBN 978 -3-96821-012-4 (print), ISBN 978-3-96821-013-1 (ePDF).
  • "Cosmic Arcadia" and "Viennese Sloppiness". Johann Strauss (son), On the beautiful blue Danube, op. 314 - Studies on the history of reception and interpretation (= sound-speaking. Writings on the history of musical reception and interpretation, vol. 21), Freiburg i. Br .: Rombach 2018, ISBN 978-3-7930-9909-3 .
  • Both Mozart and .... Salzburg anniversary conference of reception and interpretation research (2016) (= sound-speaking. Writings on the history of musical reception and interpretation, vol. 18), Freiburg i. Br .: Rombach 2017, ISBN 978-3-7930-9900-0 .
  • Between ›Cultural Heritage‹ and concert guide. WA Mozart, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik in the media (= sound-talk, vol. 15), Freiburg i. Br .: Rombach 2016, ISBN 978-3-7930-9838-6 .
  • together with Sabine Coelsch-Foisner: My Fair Lady. A transdisciplinary introduction, Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter 2015, ISBN 978-3-8253-6519-6 .
  • For the interpretation of WA Mozart's chamber music (= sound-talk, vol. 14), Freiburg i. Br .: Rombach 2015, ISBN 978-3-7930-9796-9 .
  • Facets I: Symposia on chamber music by Jean Sibelius, the song composer Max Kowalski and the Liszt reception (= musicological writings of the University of Music and Theater Munich. Ed. By Siegfried Mauser and Claus Bockmaier, vol. 6), Tutzing: Schneider 2014 , ISBN 978-3-86296-074-3 .
  • together with Nils Grosch: Singin´ in the Rain. Cultural history of a Hollywood musical classic (= popular culture and music, vol. 14), Münster a. a .: Waxmann 2014, ISBN 978-3-8309-3009-9 .
  • together with Ulrich Leisinger : aspects of the Haydn reception (= sound-talking, vol. 6), Freiburg i. Br .: Rombach 2011, ISBN 978-3-7930-9657-3 .
  • Cover strategies in popular music after 1960 (= sound-talking, vol. 11), Freiburg i. Br .: Rombach 2013, ISBN 978-3-7930-9742-6 .
  • "The book as entrance to the world" (= 1st volume of the series of publications by the Stefan Zweig Center Salzburg, edited by Hildemar Holl, Karl Müller, Gerhard Langer and Klemens Renoldner), Würzburg 2008, ISBN 978-3-8260-3983- 6 .
  • together with Wolfgang Gratzer and Thomas Hochradner: Mozart's last symphonies. Stations in their history of interpretation, (= sound-talking, vol. 1), Freiburg i. Br .: Rombach 2008, ISBN 978-3-7930-9518-7 .
  • together with Ulrike Kammerhofer-Aggermann: Cultural stereotypes and unknown cultural landscapes using the example of America and Europe (= word and music. Salzburg academic contributions, edited by Ulrich Müller and others, vol. 66), Salzburg 2007, ISBN 978-3-901681-09 -7 .
  • together with Gerhard Ammerer : Mozart interdisciplinary. Contributions from the Salzburg lecture series on the "Mozart Year" 2006 (= word and music. Salzburg academic contributions, edited by Ulrich Müller and others, vol. 64), Salzburg 2007, ISBN 978-3-902537-06-5 .
  • together with Wolfgang Gratzer and Otto Neumaier: Bildmusik. Gerhard Rühm and contemporary art, Saarbrücken 2007, ISBN 978-3-89727-335-1 .
  • together with Claudia M. Knispel: Mozart's orchestral works and concerts (= Das Mozart-Handbuch, edited by Gernot Gruber, in connection with Dieter Borchmeyer, vol. 1), Laaber 2007, ISBN 978-3-89007-461-0 .
  • together with Gernot Gruber : Mozart Lexikon (= Das Mozart-Handbuch, edited by Gernot Gruber, in connection with Dieter Borchmeyer, Vol. 6), Laaber 2005, ISBN 3-89007-466-9 .
  • together with Franz Födermayr , Wolfgang Gratzer , Thomas Hochradner and Siegfried Mauser: History of music as a history of understanding. Festschrift Gernot Gruber, Tutzing 2004, ISBN 3-7952-1173-5 .
  • together with Siegfried Mauser (editorial work): special volume Wolfgang Rihm Music Concepts 2004 (series edited by Ulrich Tadday ), ISBN 3-88377-782-X .

Memberships and honors

  • Since 2019 member of the Academy for Mozart Research of the Mozarteum Foundation
  • International main prize for science and research 2018, Culture Fund of the City of Salzburg.
  • Joachim Bruges has been a member of the International Stefan Zweig Society Salzburg (ISZG) since 2000 and an honorary member of the Dutch Stefan Zweig Society since 2015: Stefan Zweig Genootschap Nederland.

Musical works

Music for strings

  • MDG 924 1856-6, music production Dabringhaus und Grimm, June 2014, interpreters: Salzburg Chamber Soloists

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Prize winners 2018. Culture Fund of the City of Salzburg, accessed on August 21, 2020 .