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The flower of paradise : Marian devotion and secular song in medieval and renaissance music

Author: David J Rothenberg
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
There is a striking similarity between Marian devotional songs and secular love songs of the late Middle Ages and Renaissance. Two disparate genres-one sacred, the other secular; one Latin, the other vernacular-both praise an idealized, impossibly virtuous woman. Each does so through highly stylized derivations of traditional medieval song forms-Marian prayer derived from earlier Gregorian chant, and love songs and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Prayers and devotions
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Rothenberg, David J.
Flower of Paradise : Marian Devotion and Secular Song in Medieval and Renaissance Music.
Oxford : Oxford University Press, USA, ©2011
Named Person: Mary, Blessed Virgin Saint; Mary, Blessed Virgin Saint.
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David J Rothenberg
ISBN: 9780199875573 019987557X 9780195399714 0195399714
OCLC Number: 756484829
Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 264 pages) : illustrations, music
Contents: Cover; Contents; List of Illustrations; Abbreviations; A Note on Texts and Translations; 1. Introduction: Devotion to the Virgin and Earthly Love; 2. The Assumption Story in Two Thirteenth-Century Motet Families; 3. Springtime and Renewal over the In seculum Tenor; 4. Guillaume Dufay's Vergene bella, the Cantilena Motet, and the Italian Lyric Tradition; 5. Walter Frye's Ave regina caelorum in Musical and Visual Culture; 6. Mary, De tous biens plaine; 7. Comme femme desconfortée and the Redemptive Power of the Virgin's Sorrow; Works Cited; Index.
Responsibility: David J. Rothenberg.


In spite of their widely disparate uses, Marian prayers and courtly love songs from the Middle Ages and Renaissance often show a stylistic similarity. This book examines the convergence of these two  Read more...
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The flower of paradise is a very accessible study that is of undoubted relevance to anyone with an interest in medieval and Renaissance music, culture or liturgy. Catherine Bradley, Early Music

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