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October 26, 2011

Off the Shelf- Episode 21: Flower of Paradise with David Rothenberg

Flower of Paradise

I'm delighted to welcome David J. Rothenberg to Off the Shelf to discuss his brand new book, The Flower of Paradise: Marian Devotion and Secular Song in Medieval and Renaissance Music, which was published in September of 2011 by the Oxford University Press.

David is an associate professor of musicology here at CWRU, and is the author of a number of highly regarded papers related to the music of the 13th through the 16th century, in which he focuses on musical meaning and connections between music, liturgy and other arts. This view of early music is exactly what he does in The Flower of Paradise, examining the connection and intersection of secular and Marian devotional song. Professor Rothenberg does so on a broad level, and includes examinations of poetry, painting and sculpture, and how those arts related to, were influenced by, and mirrored the music of the age.

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