• 1956 – 1961

    State Conservatory in Bratislava (piano)

  • 1961 – 1966

    Faculty of Arts, Comenius University in Bratislava (musicology under Prof. Jozef Kresánek)

  • 1966 – 1989

    professional worker of the Music Department of the Historical Institute of the Slovak National Museum, today SNM-Music Museum), scientific and documentary work, specialization: musical classicism in Slovakia

  • 1967 – 1989

    head of the RISM (Répertoire International des Sources Musicales) in Slovakia, 1972 – 1978 also in the former Czechoslovakia

  • 1974 – 1979

    postgraduate studies at the Institute of Musicology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences under PhDr. Richard Rybarič, CSc.

  • 1990 – 2011

    independent researcher at the Department of Music History of the Institute of Musicology of the SAS

Darina Múdra aimed at researching musical life, composer personalities and the repertoire of musical classicism in Slovakia, preserving and processing music-historical sources, with an emphasis on capturing preserved musical documents and their stylistic-critical evaluation in European contexts. Among the composers, she processed e.g. Anton Zimmermann (1741 – 1781), Heinrich Klein (1756 – 1832), František Pavel Rigler (1748 – 1796), Johannes Matthias Sperger (1750 – 1812), František Xaver Tost (1754 – 1829) and others.

She is the author of numerous studies in Slovak and foreign periodicals (Musikrepertoire, ausübende Musiker und Kopisten der Jesuiten- und Piaristenkirche in Trencin in den Jahren 1733 – 1859, Joseph Haydn and Slovakia and others), monographs (W. A. Mozart and Slovakia, Anton Zimmermann (1741 – 1781) und die europäische musikalische Klassik) and synthetic works, source editions of sheet music and on audio CD. She is the author of the synthetic works History of Musical Culture in Slovakia II. – Classicism (1993) and Musical Classicism in Slovakia in Period Documents (1996), in which she provided an insight into musical life in Slovakia in the years 1760-1830; the chapter Classicism in the collective work A History of Slovak Music from the Earliest Times to the Present (ed. Oskár Elschek), and the thematic catalog Anton Zimmermann (1741-1781) Thematisches Werkverzeichnis.

She contributed significantly to the creation of the central music-historical database in Slovakia (Slovak catalog of music-historical sources). She is one of the founders of this catalog together with Ľubica Ballová and Pavol Polák. She actively collaborated with the RISM headquarters on the codification of the cataloging principles of the A/II RISM series. In the years 1975-1989, she was the main coordinator of the exchange of information about musical sources between Czechoslovakia, Austria and Hungary, and collaborated with important personalities and institutions of historical music science and documentation, and represented Slovakia in projects Neue Mozart-Ausgabe, Neue Schubert-Ausgabe, Gluck Gesammtausgabe and as part of research activities at the Haydn-Institut.

She is the editor of a number of sheet music editions in several editions, such as Old Music in Slovakia, Musica Antiqua Slovaca, Monumenta Musicae Slovacae, National Educational Center, Doblingers Reihe alter Musik, initiated sound recordings of the works of the masters of musical classicism in Slovakia in Slovak and foreign music publishers and recording companies (F. X. Zomb, J. M. Sperger, F. X. Tost, A. Zimmermann).

In addition to scientific work, she also engaged in teaching activities at the Faculty of Arts of the Charles University in Bratislava.