Dr. Dietmar Friesenegger

Dr. Dietmar Friesenegger

Research Fellow

Neuere Kultur- und Ideengeschichte
Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum
Beethovenstraße 15, Room 3.203
04107 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 97-37066


Dietmar Friesenegger studied French, piano, and music history in Vienna, Madison, and Ithaca, and graduated from Cornell with a dissertation titled "Voices among Cultures in the Eastern European Borderlands: Music in Czernowitz, 1862–1918." His research interests include the music culture of the late Habsburg Empire; borderlands; music and migration; and music competitions. During his dissertation research, which led him to eight different countries, and which included a correspondence with a diaspora across the globe, he unearthed scores of unpublished pieces by Eusebius Mandyczewski and founded an award-winning festival in Ukraine to get this music performed. Before coming to Leipzig, Dietmar taught at Cornell, the Universities of Vienna and Iași, and at IES Abroad Vienna.

Professional career

  • since 12/2021
    Postdoctoral Fellow, ERC-Advanced Grant "Opera and the Politics of Empire in Habsburg Europe, 1815-1914" Department of History, University of Leipzig
  • 08/2021 - 12/2021
    Lecturer, Program Coordinator, IES Abroad Vienna
  • 02/2021 - 07/2021
    Lecturer, Austrian Exchange Service
  • 11/2015 - 08/2020
    PhD Candidate, Cornell University (Dissertation: "Voices among Cultures in the Eastern European Borderlands: Music in Czernowitz 1862–1918")

Music Culture of the Habsburg Empire

Music and Migration

Music in Borderlands

Music in Diplomacy

Music history of the long 19th century

Culture and history of Galicia and Bukovina

  • Introduction to the history and culture of the Habsburg crown land of Galicia (1772–1848)

  • Gustav Mahler and Turn-of-the-Century Vienna

  • Music in the Age of #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter: Contemporary Approaches to Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Opera

  • The Soundtrack to the Last Days of Mankind: Music and the Great War