Schubert institute mourns its founder

The death is reported of Deen Larsen, 74, founder of the Franz Schubert Institut in Baden.

An American who moved to Austria in 1973, he was an outstanding authority and enthusiast for romantic music.

 

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  • Dr Deen Larsen’s contribution to the art of Lied was simply outstanding. The Schubert Institute has existed for almost forty years, offering tuition programmes at the highest level each summer to countless young singers and pianists from around the world. Take a look at the teaching roster on http://www.schubert-institut.at/roster_teachers.htm. Bob Tear came in 2000 and wrote the following:

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    Quite so.

    • Dr Deen Larsen’s contribution to the art of Lied was simply outstanding. The Schubert Institute has existed for almost forty years, offering tuition programmes at the highest level each summer to countless young singers and pianists from around the world. Take a look at the teaching roster on http://www.schubert-institut.at/roster_teachers.htm. Bob Tear came in 2000 and wrote the following:

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      Quite so.

    • For some reason my quote from Bob Tear does not appear……
      Here it is again

      Dr Deen Larsen’s contribution to the art of Lied was simply outstanding. The Schubert Institute has existed for almost forty years, offering tuition programmes at the highest level each summer to countless young singers and pianists from around the world. Take a look at the teaching roster on http://www.schubert-institut.at/roster_teachers.htm. Bob Tear came in 2000 and wrote the following:

      …Last summer Dr Deen Larsen invited me to the Franz-Schubert-Institut (which he founded) at Baden in Austria. I was not prepared for the unique school that I had entered. Not only was there an atmosphere of dedication and serious hard work, but I also sensed a spiritual awareness which enhanced both the singers and the songs. It is comparatively easy for a good singer and pianist to perform a Schubert song well. It is not nearly as easy for them to incorporate a palpable personal understanding of the spirit, the Sehnsucht of the times. That this was so often realised could only have sprung from a great teacher. This Deen Larsen most undoubtably is. His hour long seminars on Schubert’s poets are models not only of intellectual but also of spiritual understanding. The fact that the F.S.I. cherishes and illuminates one of Austria’s geniuses and promotes this genius with such finesse to the world is indeed a credit to Austria. For that, I believe we should thank Deen Larsen in no small measure. >>

      Quite so.

  • I am absolutely gutted. Dr. Deen Larsen was a strong mentor for me, at a time when I didn’t know what I was capable of as an emerging artist. His gentle way of challenging way made my experience at the Franz-Schubert-Institut truly unforgettable. I will forever treasure that I was part of the last group that was privileged to work with him this past summer. I can only hope that he’s basking in the presence of Schubert and Goethe right now. Thank you, Deen, for everything.

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