Dr David Larkin

BMus MLitt UniCollDublin PhD Cambridge
Senior Lecturer in Musicology

C41 - Sydney Conservatorium of Music
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 1248

Biographical details

David Larkin is a lecturer in musicology at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, specialising in nineteenth-century music. His research interests are centred on the works and aesthetics of Richard Strauss, Franz Liszt, and Richard Wagner; program music; the analysis of music; and issues such as originality, influence, and historiography. He is the author of several journal articles and book chapters, and his work has appeared in The Musical Quarterly, Music and Letters, Nineteenth-Century Music Review and The Cambridge Companion to Richard Strauss. He is currently working on a study of the relationship between Liszt and Wagner.

He joined the University of Sydney in 2010, after two years as a postdoctoral research fellow attached to the School of Music, University College Dublin sponsored by the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences. His music education began at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin, where he studied piano, violin and organ. He graduate from University College Dublin in 1999 with a first-class honours B.Mus degree, and in 2002 was awarded the M.Litt degree with distinction for a thesis exploring the musical and personal connections between Liszt and Wagner. In 2007, he gained his PhD from the University of Cambridge for a dissertation entitled ‘Reshaping the Liszt-Wagner Legacy: Intertextual Dynamics in Strauss’s Tone Poems.’

David teaches the following units at the Conservatorium

· MCGY2612 Music in the Classical and Romantic Eras

· MCGY3629 Romanticism and the Fantastic

· MCGY3630 The New Germans: Wagner and Liszt 1848-1876

· MCGY3639 Strauss, Mahler, Schoenberg & the Modern Age

· PERF5031 Methods of Music Analysis

In the last three years, he has supervised students in a wide variety of topics, including contemporary classical piano music from Indonesia, computer-aided analysis of music, stylistic development in the piano works of Busoni, nationalist agendas in recent South African music, Ravel’s aesthetics of impersonality, Brahms’s violin sonatas, and the exotic flute in opera. He also gives pre-concert talks for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and has lectured to a number of Sydney-based opera societies. He is the Convenor of the Sydney Chapter of the Musicological Society of Australia, and a member of the national committee.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Larkin, D. (2013). Battle Rejoined: Hanslick and the Symphonic Poem in the 1890s. In Nicole Grimes, Siobhan Donovan, Wolfgang Marx (Eds.), Rethinking Hanslick: Music, Formalism, and Expression, (pp. 289-310). Rochester: University of Rochester Press.
  • Larkin, D. (2010). The First Cycle of Tone Poems. In Charles Youmans (Eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Richard Strauss, (pp. 59-77). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Larkin, D. (2004). A Tale of Two Fausts: An Examination of Reciprocal Influence in the Responses of Liszt and Wagner to Goethe's FaustFaust. In Siobhán Donovan, Robin Elliott (Eds.), Music and Literature in German Romanticism, (pp. 87-104). United States: Camden House.

Journals

  • Larkin, D. (2015). Dancing to the Devil's Tune: Liszt's Mephisto Waltz and the Encounter with Virtuosity. Nineteenth Century Music, 38(3), 193-218. [More Information]
  • Larkin, D. (2014). From Hell to Heaven? The Narrative Course of Liszt's Apres une lecture du Dante. Journal of the American Liszt Society, 65, 65-78. [More Information]
  • Larkin, D. (2009). Aus Italien: Retracing Strauss's Journeys. Musical Quarterly, 92(1-2), 70-117. [More Information]

2015

  • Larkin, D. (2015). Dancing to the Devil's Tune: Liszt's Mephisto Waltz and the Encounter with Virtuosity. Nineteenth Century Music, 38(3), 193-218. [More Information]

2014

  • Larkin, D. (2014). From Hell to Heaven? The Narrative Course of Liszt's Apres une lecture du Dante. Journal of the American Liszt Society, 65, 65-78. [More Information]

2013

  • Larkin, D. (2013). Battle Rejoined: Hanslick and the Symphonic Poem in the 1890s. In Nicole Grimes, Siobhan Donovan, Wolfgang Marx (Eds.), Rethinking Hanslick: Music, Formalism, and Expression, (pp. 289-310). Rochester: University of Rochester Press.

2010

  • Larkin, D. (2010). The First Cycle of Tone Poems. In Charles Youmans (Eds.), The Cambridge Companion to Richard Strauss, (pp. 59-77). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

2009

  • Larkin, D. (2009). Aus Italien: Retracing Strauss's Journeys. Musical Quarterly, 92(1-2), 70-117. [More Information]

2004

  • Larkin, D. (2004). A Tale of Two Fausts: An Examination of Reciprocal Influence in the Responses of Liszt and Wagner to Goethe's FaustFaust. In Siobhán Donovan, Robin Elliott (Eds.), Music and Literature in German Romanticism, (pp. 87-104). United States: Camden House.

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