Illuminator of Mahler’s Vienna dies, aged 100

Carl Schorske’s book, Fin-de-Siecle Vienna, published in 1980, was an eye-opener and city guide to my generation of Mahler and Schoenberg researchers.

Schorske, born in New York, understood the inner cultural geography of Vienna better than just about anyone in German, English or any other tongue.

A teacher at Princeton for much of his life, Schorske’s tone was clear of academic clutter, multi-disciplinary to a fault.

Carl died yesterday in New Jersey. I just want to say, thanks.

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