HUMA W1123 (Fall 2005)

General Course Information:
TR 10:35 am-11:50 am
Instructor: H. Pinkham

Course Objectives


Class attendance is very important. Close listening cannot be easily mastered on your own outside of class. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class, No more than two unexcused absences will be permitted; an excused absence will require a doctor's note or a note from someone in your Dean's office.

All students are expected to join in class discussion.


The best way to reach me if you have questions is via email at hcp at


The required text for this course is Listen (Brief Fifth Edition, 2004, by Joseph Kerman and Gary Tomlinson (referred to as Listen on the syllabus), together with the set of 6 CDs that comes with it.

Reading will also be assigned from Music in the Western World (1984), by Piero Weiss and Richard Taruskin, on reserve in both Milstein Library in Butler and the Music Library in Dodge (ML160 .M865 1984). You do not need to buy this book, but you need to have access to the text.

Required Listening

Most of the required listening will come from the 6 CD set that goes with L. On the syllabus it will be referred to as LCD followed by the disk and track number. So, for example LCD4.1 refers to the first track of the fourth CD in the set.

Most of the rest of the required listening will come from two CDs that I will distribute in class (the first one will be distributed on the first day of class). I will refer to them as HCP1 and HCP2, followed by the track number.

Concert and Opera Reports

You are expected to attend one concert relevant to the material in this course. It is up to you to make arrangements to attend. Here are the web sites of some local venues for concerts. I recommend looking into the Miller Theatre program, right here on campus, first: There is the Manhattan School of Music just a few blocks north: Music before 1800 has an interesting series of Early Music concerts, again in the neighborhood: Of course you can venture further afield to Lincoln Center, which has many venues, and Carnegie Hall.

You will also be expected to attend a performance of the opera Tosca at the New York City Opera on either Wednesday, October 26th, or Saturday, October 29th.


Sep-06-05Session 1Introduction: The rivers of Babylon
Sep-08-05Session 2Medieval Music I: Plainchant and Homophony
Sep-13-05Session 3Medieval Music II: Polyphony. Pérotin, Machaut
Sep-15-05Session 4The Elements of Music: rhythm, pitch, melody, harmony
Sep-20-05Session 5Renaissance Music: Guillaume Dufay and Josquin des Prez
Sep-22-05Session 6The Reformation
Sep-27-05Session 7The Counter Reformation
Sep-29-05Session 8Early Baroque: Monteverdi
Oct-04-05Session 9Baroque: Purcell and Vivaldi
Oct-06-05Session 10Bach Instrumental Music
Oct-11-05Session 11Handel's Messiah and Bach vocal music
Oct-13-05Session 12Mozart & Haydn: the symphony
Oct-18-05Session 13Opera. Mozart's Don Giovanni and Puccini's Tosca
Oct-20-05Session 14Midterm
Oct-25-05Session 15Beethoven: Fifth symphony
Oct-27-05Session 16Beethoven String Quartets (concert)
Nov-01-05Session 17Romantic songs: Schubert and Schumann
Nov-03-05Session 18Piano Music: Schubert, Schumann and Chopin
Nov-08-05Session 19No class: election day
Nov-10-05Session 20Wagner: Tristan and Isolde
Nov-15-05Session 21Brahms and Mahler
Nov-17-05Session 22Debussy and Stravinsky
Nov-22-05Session 23Schoenberg and Berg
Nov-24-05Session 24No class: Thanksgiving
Nov-29-05Session 25Ives, Ravel, Bartok
Dec-01-05Session 26Return to simplicity: Copland, Shostakovich, Pärt
Dec-06-05Session 27Jazz 1
Dec-08-05Session 28Jazz 2
Dec-20-05Session 29FINAL EXAM: 9:10-noon in 622 Dodge