Held concurrently with the master classes in performance and the coaching in voice, piano, and recitation, the seminars in literary interpretation offer insight into the cultural background of the Age of Goethe and the German Romantics. The study of the poetry of the Lied and the novels in which many of the poems originally appeared is designed to fulfill the specific needs of the performer. The seminars will be given by Dr. Deen Larsen.
The founder and director of the Franz-Schubert–Institut, Deen Larsen, was born in Richfield, Utah, U.S.A. in 1943 and has lived in Austria since 1973. Larsen studied literature and philosophy at Reed College in Portland, Oregon (B.A.), at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut (M.phil.), and at the University of Vienna (Mag.phil., Dr.phil.). His main scholarly interests are German poetry from the age of Goethe, the philosophy of symbolic forms, the writings of James Joyce, and American social history. Larsen has taught poetry of the Lied at the Yale School of Music and the Vienna Academy of Music, opera history at Stanford in Austria, and is currently Adjunct Professor of Music at the University of Alberta. He has been awarded the Kaiser-Friedrich-Medaille in Bronze and the Kulturpreis für Musik of the City of Baden, as well as the Gold Medal of Honour of the Province of Lower Austria in recognition of the international significance of the Franz-Schubert-Institut.