Dr David Larkin

PhD (Cambridge) BMus MLitt (University College Dublin)
Senior Lecturer in Musicology

C41 - Sydney Conservatorium of Music
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 1248

Biographical details

David Larkin is a senior lecturer in musicology at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, specialising in nineteenth-century music. 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 graduated 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.’

Research interests

Larkin's 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 19th-Century Music, Music and the Moving Image, The Musical Quarterly and The Cambridge Companion to Richard Strauss. He is currently working on a book on Wagner's operas, and on a larger study of the notion of progress in the 19th century.

Teaching and supervision

Undergraduate

· MCGY2612 Music in the Classical and Romantic Eras

· MCGY2615 The Ultimate Art: 400 Years of Opera (co-taught)

· MCGY3601 Analysis of Nineteenth-Century Music

· MCGY3629 Romanticism and the Fantastic

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

· MCGY3639 Modernism in Austria & Germany, 1889-1914

Postgraduate

· MCGY5600 Critical Discourses in Music (co-taught)

· MCGY5605 Methods of Music Analysis

· MUSC5600 Wagner and Critical Thought


Dissertation topics supervised (*: co-supervisor)

Doctoral

* Problematic Sources, Problematic Transmission: An Outline of the Edition History of the Solo Cello Suites (PhD, 2016)

In defence of Chinese Piano Music: Exploring the Impact of Assimilation, Politics and Globalisation on Chinese Piano Compositions 1949-2012 (DMA, 2016)

* Peter Sculthorpe's Irkanda Period 1954-1965: Music, Nationalism, 'Aboriginality' and Landscape (PhD, 2013)

Masters

Occupied Memory: Polish composers and German music after the Second World War (M.Mus Musicology, 2017)

'The haze of notes': Mapping the influence of Ravel's Miroirs on Carl Vine's Second Piano Sonata (M.Mus Performance, 2017)

The Pianist's Freedom and the Works' Constrictions: What Tempo Fluctuation in Bach and Chopin Indicate (M.Mus Performance, 2016)

Man or Mask? Artistic Identity and the Music of Ravel (M.Mus Musicology, 2013)

An Eastern Infusion: Indonesian and Western Elements in Ananda Sukarlan's Rhapsodia Nusantara 1-5 (M.Mus Performance, 2012)

Computer Aided Statistical Analysis of Motive Use and Compositional Idiom (M.Mus Performance, 2012)

Honours

Analysing Alma: Alma Mahler-Werfel and the Uncertainties of Modernist Composition (B.Mus Musicology Honours, 2017)

Narrating 1905: A Programmatic Analysis of Shostakovich's Eleventh (B.Mus Composition Honours, 2017)

Intimate Harmonies:
 A New Understanding of Janáček’s String Quartets based on Harmony and Tonality (B.Mus Performance Honours, 2017)

A Cynical Bard and the Ghost of Liberty: examining political representation in Giuseppe Verdi’s Don Carlos, against the backdrop of his 1840s operas (B.Mus Studies Musicology Honours, 2017)

Musicking without Musical Works: A Case for the Deregulation of Western Art Music (B.Mus Performance Honours, 2016)

Appropriation and Invention: Russian Roots in Respighi's Ballet La Pentola Magica (B.A. Honours, 2016)

The Individual and Society: Utopian Ideology in the Music of Mahler and Shostakovich (B.Mus Composition Honours, 2015)

The Ghost of Mathilde Wesendonck: Richard Wagner and the Silencing of his Muse (B.Mus Performance Honours, 2013)

The New Aesthetic: Stylistic Transition in Busoni's Pianoforte Works of 1903-1909 (B.Mus Performance Honours, 2013)

Trivial or Serious?: Brahms's Piano Miniatures: Opp. 116-119 (B.Mus Studies Performance Honours, 2013)

*Moral Engines: Music, Theatre and the Press in Colonial Sydney, 1838-1848 (B.Mus Musicology Honours, 2012)

Exotic, Ecstatic and Exalted: an investigation into how the flute has been used in opera to represent the otherworldly (B.Mus Performance Honours, 2012)

Representations and Evocations: The confluence of mythology, literature, and music
in the flute compositions of Reinecke, Mouquet, and Debussy (B.Mus Performance Honours, 2012)

"The Way I am Bound to Africa": The Expression of South African Identity in the Music of Stefans Grové and Kevin Volans (B.Mus Musicology Honours, 2011)

Mendelssohn at Boundary Lines: inspiration and reception in the third and fourth symphonies (B.Mus Musicology Honours, 2010)

Associations

Convenor, Sydney Chapter of the Musicological Society of Australia

Convenor, Sydney Conservatorium of Music Musicology Colloquium Series

In the media

(April 2018) Interview with Andrew Ford on Strauss's Alpine Symphony broadcast on The Music Show (ABC)

(May 2017) Quoted on the topic of censorship in art and the Wagner 'ban' in Israel in the Sydney Morning Herald)

(May 2017) An article on Franz Liszt published on the Covent Garden Opera website

(May 2017) An article on Strauss's Alpine Symphony published in The Conversation

(November 2016) Panellist on 'Can bad people create good art' episode on Books and Music, Radio National

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Classical Music reviewer for Bachtrack

Classical Music reviewer for the Australian Book Review

Pre-concert speaker for Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Pre-concert speaker for Musica Viva

Selected publications & creative works

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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. (2017). The unbroken career of Richard Strauss, symphonic dramatist. Richard Strauss Jahrbuch, 2016, 45-57.
  • Larkin, D. (2016). Indulging in romance with Wagner: Tristan in Lars von Trier's Melancholia (2011). Music and the Moving Image, 9(1), 38-58. [More Information]
  • 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.
  • Larkin, D. (2009). Aus Italien: Retracing Strauss's Journeys. Musical Quarterly, 92(1-2), 70-117. [More Information]

Textual Creative Works

  • Larkin, D. (2016). Lisztomania, December 2016, No. 387, (pp. 46 - 46). Melbourne, Australia: Australian Book Review.
  • Larkin, D. (2016). The way the world ends: brilliant Goetterdaemmerung crowns Melbourne cycle, London, United Kingdom: Bachtrack Ltd.
  • Larkin, D. (2016). Treasure of the world: Vinke’s heroics ensure a memorable Siegfried in Melbourne, London, United Kingdom: bachtrack.com.

2017

  • Larkin, D. (2017). The unbroken career of Richard Strauss, symphonic dramatist. Richard Strauss Jahrbuch, 2016, 45-57.

2016

  • Larkin, D. (2016). Lisztomania, December 2016, No. 387, (pp. 46 - 46). Melbourne, Australia: Australian Book Review.
  • Larkin, D. (2016). The way the world ends: brilliant Goetterdaemmerung crowns Melbourne cycle, London, United Kingdom: Bachtrack Ltd.
  • Larkin, D. (2016). Treasure of the world: Vinke’s heroics ensure a memorable Siegfried in Melbourne, London, United Kingdom: bachtrack.com.
  • Larkin, D. (2016). Indulging in romance with Wagner: Tristan in Lars von Trier's Melancholia (2011). Music and the Moving Image, 9(1), 38-58. [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.

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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