The Flower of Paradise: Marian Devotion and Secular Song in Medieval and Renaissance Music

The Flower of Paradise: Marian Devotion and Secular Song in Medieval and Renaissance Music

David J. Rothenberg


there's a outstanding similarity among Marian devotional songs and secular love songs of the overdue heart a long time and Renaissance. disparate genres--one sacred, the opposite secular; one Latin, the opposite vernacular--both compliment an idealized, impossibly virtuous lady. every one does so via hugely stylized derivations of conventional medieval tune forms--Marian prayer derived from previous Gregorian chant, and love songs and lyrics from medieval courtly track. but regardless of their visible similarities, the 2 musical and poetic traditions have hardly been studied jointly. writer David J. Rothenberg takes in this job with awesome luck, generating an invaluable and wide advent to Marian track and liturgy, after which coupling that with an incisive comparative research of those devotional varieties and the phrases and track of secular love songs of the interval.

The Flower of Paradise examines the interaction of Marian devotional and secular poetics inside of polyphonic tune from ca. 1200 to ca. 1500. via case stories of works that show a particular symbolic resonance among Marian devotion and secular track, the booklet illustrates the precise ethos of this era in eu tradition. Rothenberg uses a magnificent command of liturgical and spiritual experiences, literature and poetry, and paintings historical past to craft a examine with broad program throughout disciplinary barriers. With its extensive scope and distinct, incisive research, this ebook will open up new methods of pondering the background and improvement of secular and sacred tune and the Marian culture for students, scholars, and a person with an curiosity in medieval and Renaissance spiritual culture.

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