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.”