Univ.Prof. Dr. Nils Groschⓒ Hubert Auer

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Nils Grosch
Chair of Arts History, Musicology and Dance Studies Department

University of Salzburg, Unipark Nonntal
Erzabt-Klotz-Straße 1, Room 2.436, 5020 Salzburg

Tel.: +43 (0) 662 8044 4659
Fax.: +43 (0) 662 8044 4660

Office Hours

Monday 3-4pm, for appointments contact

Research Interests

  • Music, migration and mobility
  • Music theatre
  • Music and media
  • History of popular music


Nils Grosch is Professor of Musicology and chair of the Department of Art History, Musicology and Dance Studies at the University of Salzburg. After studyin musicology, history and German studies in Bochum and Freiburg i. Br., he graduated with a dissertation on music of the Neue Sachlichkeit [Die Musik der Neuen Sachlichkeit]. In 2010, he habilitated at the University of Basel, writing on sixteen century media transformations and popular cultures [Medienwechsel und populäre Kultur im 16. Jahrhundert]. His research and teaching are comprised of the following three main areas: music and migration, music and media, as well as popular music theatre. His current research project Music and Migration aims to discuss concepts such as mobility, exile, identity and integration within musical migration research and to open subject areas of various time periods and regions up for these kinds of investigations. Among other things, he is editor of the recently published edited volume Novembergruppe 1918: Studien zu einer interdisziplinären Kunst für die Weimarer Republik.


“Music and Cultural Mobility.” In: Routledge Handbook of Music and Migration: Theorie and Methodologies. Edited by Wolfgang Gratzer, Nils Grosch, Ulrike Präger, Susanne Scheiblhofer. Routledge. (Forthcoming)

Die Musik der Neuen Sachlichkeit. Stuttgart: Metzler, 1999 (Dissertation, 1997).

  Lied und Medienwechsel im 16. Jahrhundert (Populäre Kultur und Musik Bd. 6) Münster: Waxmann, 2013 (Habilitation, 2010).

Rekonfigurationen der Weimarer Republik. Musikalische Vergangenheiten und Pastiches in Babylon Berlin (2018-2020) (With contributions by Roxane Lindlacher, Miranda Lipovica and Laura Thaller). In: Archiv für Musikwissenschaft 79 (2022/1), pp. 43-60.

„Stimme und Song im populären Musiktheater“ (co-authored Carolin Stahrenberg). In: „Stimme-Körper-Medien. Gesang im 20. und 21. Jahrhundert“. Edited by Nils Grosch and Thomas Seedorf. Lilienthal: Laaber-Verlag; 2021 (Handbuch des Gesangs, Bd. 2), pp. 59-85.

“Musical Comedy, Pastiche and the Challenge of ‘Rewriting’”. In: Intertextuality in Music: Dialogic Composition. Edited by V. Kostka, P.F. de Castro, and W. Everett. London, UK; New York, NY, USA: Taylor & Francis, 2021, pp. 156-166.

„Musikgeschichte als Dramaturgie: Kurt Weills und Alan Jay Lerners Love Life als historisches Pastiche“. In: Musikgeschichte auf der Bühne: Permorming Music History. Edited by A. Langenbruch, D. Samaga and C. Schupp-Maurer. 1st Ed. Bielefeld: Transcript, 2021, pp. 125 135.

„Die Donaueschinger Kammermusik 1921-1926 und die Medienkultur der Weimarer Republik“. In:  Laboratorium der Neuen Musik: Die Donaueschinger Kammermusiktage 1921-1926. Edited by Simon Obert und Matthias Schmidt. Basel: Schwabe, 2021, pp. 137-151 (Resonanzen; Band 4).

„Non-narrative Strategien zur Einbettung von Musik in Verfilmungen on Concept-Musicals“. In: Musikwissenschaft der Vielfalt: Festschrift für Rebecca Grotjahn zm 60. Geburtstag. Edited by J. Iflland. München: Alitera, 2021, pp. 117-126.

“Der Rundfunk als Distributionsapparat: Eine Notiz zu Musik und Neuen Medien in der Weimarer Republik.” In: MusikTheorie, 2/2020, pp. 105-110.

“Sonorious Air.” In: Music opens up Worlds: Shaping International Relations. Edited by Ronald Grätz und Christian Höppner. Göttingen: Steidl, pp. 95-99.



List of current and finished dissertations


Board Member Ernst Krenek Privatstiftung

Head of Research Center for Musical Theatre   http://www.gluck-forschungsstelle.uni-salzburg.at

Head of Special Collections Salzburger Musikgeschichtlichen Sammlungen   https://forschungsinfrastruktur.bmbwf.gv.at/de/fi/salzburger-musikgeschichtliche-sammlungen_3909

Co-head of the interuniversity research initiative Music and Migration

Chair of the academic advisory countcil of the Kurt-Weill-Gesellschaft   https://www.kurt-weill-fest.de/pages_d/kwg_2_3_0_0.html

Deputy Cahri of the Doctoral Committee at the Anton Bruckner Private University Linz

Member of the Doctorate School PLUS „Popular Culture Studies“ https://www.uni-salzburg.at/index.php?id=205263

Member of the research network Trayectorias, Música entre América Latina y Europa    http://trayectorias.org/es-trayectorias.html

Current Research, Events and Courses Offered

Research projects

Music, Migration and Mobility


Musik and Migration

Non-narrative Dramaturgies of the popular music theatre


Song, Stage and Screen XV: Mobilities – Stage and Film Musical in Motio  


Music, Cinema, and Modernism. The Works and Heritage of Kurt Weill between Europe and America  


Course Offerings

VO Kultugeschichte der Musik

SE Master und Forschungsseminar/Wissenschaftspraxis, Kunst- und Medienkulturen (Musikalische Editionsphilologie und Neue Musik: Die Ernst Krenek-Edition

UV Mediatisierung von Musik und Tanz (Musikfilm im Nationalsozialismus)

UV Musikhistoriographie (Die musikalische Dramaturgie des Broadway Musicals)