Patricia Carpenter in Commemoration

Dineen, Murray

As research scholars, we are known for our students as much as by our publications. Patricia Carpenter's published writings, listed at the end of this tribute, constitute a mayor contribution to music theory and aesthetics. But her many students, a few of whom are represented in this commemoration, measure her legacy. As these memorial sketches reveal, she shaped countless students during her twenty-six years at Barnard College and Columbia University. For Pat, scholarly investigation was inextricable from teaching: everything tendered in the classroom was subject to the same scrutiny she brought to her own research. Everything she set before us as students around the long grey tables in Dodge Hall was a commitment as earnest as any address before a forum of learned colleagues. And from all of us she demanded the same high standard that she demanded of herself: endless curiosity tempered by unflagging criticism. In this regard, her students were indivisible from her publications, each formed rigorously to become a self-standing component in the broad intellectual circle that was Patricia Carpenter.



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April 24, 2015