Passing of a great classical scholar, 91

Passing of a great classical scholar, 91


norman lebrecht

February 12, 2021

We have been notified of the death of Eva Badura-Skoda, one of the foremost researchers of Mozart  and Schubert.

She worked closely with her husband, the pianist Paul Badura-Skoda, from whom she later parted.

Away from Vienna, she was visiting professor in Boston, Montreal and elsewhere.



  • Andy says:

    She was a visiting professor at McGill. She taught high school level stuff to university students. One of her exams included a series of really simple questions that most of us aced without breaking a sweat. She therefore accused us of cheating. Angels and ministers of grace defend us.

    • Sue Sonata Form says:

      I had the same experience in musicology at my university (not in the USA). The exam questions (there shouldn’t have been an ‘exam’ for that subject) where “identify all the Ballades of Chopin”. I thought, “Whaaaat?” This exam had zero merit because it could have included a piece of music and asked for an analysis and a recognition of style!!