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'Chaos into order'

Posted by Jeremy A. Eichler  October 12, 2010 03:14 PM

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Reinhold Brinkmann, one of the preeminent German music scholars of the postwar period, who taught at Harvard University for almost two decades, died on Sunday after a long illness. He was 76 and lived in Eckernförde, Germany. Anne C. Shreffler, a former Brinkmann student and the current chair of Harvard's music department, confirmed his death.

A Boston Globe obituary is being prepared. In the meantime, here is a link to a study, undertaken by Brinkmann late in life, on the making of Harvard's Paine Hall. In it, he cites two epigrams by Theodor Adorno: “Art is magic delivered from the lie of being truth,” and “The task of art today is to bring chaos into order.”

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