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Master programme Harpsichord and Basso Continuo

Content and focus of the degree programme:

This study programme is only available in German.

The instrumental studies programme in Harpsichord and Basso Continuo imparts knowledge of the specialised repertoire for this instrument in the fields of solo performance, chamber music and orchestral literature and qualifies graduates to meet the unique demands of their profession. Thus, versatile involvement in the most diverse situations becomes possible. Graduates will have practice-oriented and comprehensive understanding of specific styles and of performance practice of early music. Students will attain stage presence at a high level.

Higher education institution:
Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz
Group of fields of study:
Art Studies
Degree programme:
Harpsichord and Basso Continuo
Master programme
Academic degree:
Master of Arts, MA
4 Semester / 120 ECTS*

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. 2018/19, Stk. 29

Definition of the field of studies

The instrumental studies programme in Harpsichord and Basso Continuo 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 degree programme consists of the central artistic discipline harpsichord, the compulsory subjects basso continuo practice, historical ensemble play, harpsichord practice as well as chamber music and several elective subjects. Moreover, students have to choose a priority subject from the courses offered in accompanying musicology, ensemble conduction or variant instrument. For the master's examination students have to submit a programme containing works from different predetermined areas. The exam programme will be suggested by the teacher of the central artistic subject; the students, however, can also make suggestions; the teachers will decide whether or not they are suitable. The master's examination consists of two parts. The examination programme of the first part will be determined by the examining committee. The candidates are entitled to choose the programme of the second part themselves.

Entrance examinations

Applicants who have completed a bachelor's degree at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz need not sit an admission test. Applicants who have not studied in Graz or who passed their bachelor's examination more than two semesters before applying for the master's programme have to audition.

Supplementary examinations