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The American Goethe Society of Washington, DC is a literary and cultural organization founded to promote and encourage the study and enjoyment of German culture, including literature, language, art, music, and philosophy.

Interested in learning more?
L I T E R A T U R E    L E C T U R E  (in English)

Thursday, April 16, 2015, 6:45 pm
Goethe-Institut, 812 7th St. NW, Wash. DC

[Click blue texts for links to images and more information.]

Lecture by Dr. Kerstin Gaddy, Professor of German and Assistant Dean 
at the Catholic University of America.  

Egmont, Goethe’s drama based on Lamoral, Count of Egmont’s 
tragic rebellion against Spanish rule in the Netherlands, did not 
meet with critical acclaim when it debuted in1787. The poet and 
playwright then asked Friedrich Schiller, his friend and frequent
collaborator, for advice. In 1796, a revised version of the play 
incorporating Schiller’s alterations, was performed in Weimar
to great success. 

Professor Gaddy will examine how Schiller’s adaptation moved  
away from the complexity and musicality of Goethe’s original
script and instead strived for an overall simplification of the 
drama, much like a modern screenplay.

Click for video of: Beethoven's Egmont Overture 

Members and Non-AGS Members and their guests are welcome.
Lectures are free and followed by refreshments but registration is required.
RSVP to Brigitte Fessenden – or 443-542-2263

April 16, 2015 Goethe, Schiller, Beethoven and Egmont Together Again
Streamlining Goethe: Friedrich Schiller’s stage adaption of “Egmont”
William of Orange
Duke of Alba

Lamoral, Count of
​​Click this blue text for a brief summary in English of Goethe's Egmont.
Video Feature on Schiller and the German Language
An AGS member recites Schiller's Der Taucher.