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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November 08, 2010

Off the Shelf- Episode 17: Sacred Repertories with Peter Bennett

Sacred Repertories in Paris Under Louis XIV

Joining me for episode 17 of Off the Shelf is Peter Bennett. Peter is assistant professor of music here at CWRU and recently the author of Sacred Repertories in Paris Under Louis XIII. In addition to his research interests and teaching schedule, Peter is an active performer, appearing regularly as a continuo player with Apollo’s Fire, Cleveland’s baroque orchestra. Indeed, he has just returned from a successful tour with Apollo's Fire during which they performed Monteverdi's Vespers to sold out audiences across the country. And the campus community heard Peter perform on the wonderful Norton Memorial organ in Severance Hall, where he played during the university's fall convocation.

Peter's recordings with Ensemble Dumont, of which he was founder, can be found on the Linn Recordings website. The opening of this episode features a clip of the piece Veni Sponsa Mea from a recording by the ensemble entitled Henri Dumont: Les Litanies De La Vierge.

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November 01, 2010

Off the Shelf- Episode 16: Ballet Russes Style with Mary Davis

Ballet Russes Style

Returning to Off the Shelf is musicologist, author, and chair of CWRU's Music department, Mary Davis. I'm happy to welcome Mary back to the program. She joined me back in May, 2009 when we discussed her biography of Erik Satie.

Mary's most recent book returns to fin de siecle France and looks at the celebrated Ballet Russes, the troupe's equally celebrated leader Sergei Diaghilev, and the impact he and his group's work had on society and fashion in Paris.

In addition to leading the Music department, Mary is also associate director of the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and coordinator of, along with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the American Music Masters series. This year's event, which kicks off on November 8, 2010, features the music of Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew.

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October 08, 2009

Off the Shelf- Episode 10: Triumph of Pleasure, Georgia Cowart

Triumph of Pleasure

My guest for episode ten of Off the Shelf is Professor of Music Georgia Cowart. We discuss her recent book entitled The Triumph of Pleasure: Louis XIV and the Politics of Spectacle, which was published in 2008 by the University of Chicago Press. The book focuses on the shifting intersections of the arts, ideology and aesthetics at the court of Louis XIV and in the Parisian public sphere during the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century.

Professor Cowart recently helped curate an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York entitled Watteau, Music, and Theater, which is open from September 22nd through November 29th, 2009. The Metropolitan Museum of Art web site has more information on the exhibition, including links to view the works of art on display, a listing of special events related to the exhibition, a short excerpt from the audio guide which Professor Cowart mentions during our conversation, and much more. The exhibition was recently reviewed in the New York Times.

Georgia also mentions former CWRU Music Department student and current lecturer in the department Debra Nagy and her recording of music of the era, which is available via CDBaby.

The brief piece of music just before our conversation begins is by Lully, his Gigue pour Bacchus from the Ballet de Xerxes written in 1660.

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May 01, 2009

Off the Shelf - Episode 8: Erik Satie with Mary Davis

Erik Satie

Joining me for this episode of Off the Shelf is Associate Professor of Music Mary Davis. In a conversation riddled with talk of fashion and celebrity, we primarily discuss her book Erik Satie, a biography of the French composer that was published by Reaktion Books in their "Critical Lives" series in 2007.

In addition, we also talk about her critically acclaimed book Classic Chic: Music, Fashion, and Modernism which was published by the University of California Press in 2006.

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February 10, 2009

Preview: Erik Satie with Mary Davis

Be sure to tune in later this week for episode 6. Or better yet, subscribe to Off the Shelf's updates by email or via RSS using the links on the right side of this page so that you will be notified whenever I add to this site.

In episode 6, I'll be talking with Mary Davis, associate professor and chair of CWRU's Music Department about her biography of French composer Erik Satie. Coupled with episode 5, it's like a mini-theme centered on fin de siecle Paris!

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October 20, 2008

Off the Shelf - Episode 2

This week on Off the Shelf, CWRU Music department's Associate Professor Daniel Goldmark and I discuss his book Tunes for 'Toons: Music and the Hollywood Cartoon. Listen in and, if you'd like, sing along!

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Daniel Goldmark also co-edited the books The Cartoon Music Book and Beyond the Soundtrack: Representing Music in Cinema.

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