David J. Rothenberg

Associate Professor | Department Chair


Haydn Hall 201A

Other Information

Classes: MUHI 201 (History of Western Music I), MUHI 431 (Medieval Music), MUHI 432 (Music of the Renaissance), MUHI 590 (Seminar in Musicology: Chant, Liturgy, and Polyphony), USSY 267 (Medieval Love Songs: Poetry, Music, Spirituality), USSY 289 (Gothic Liturgy, Art, and Music)

Degree: Ph.D. Music History, Yale University, 2004

Specialty: Musicology

David J. Rothenberg, chair of the Department of Music since 2015, is a music historian whose research explores connections between music, liturgy, visual art, and literature in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. He is author of The Flower of Paradise: Marian Devotion and Secular Song in Medieval and Renaissance Music (Oxford University Press, 2011); co-editor, with Benjamin Brand, of Music and Culture in the Middle Ages and Beyond: Liturgy, Sources, Symbolism (Cambridge University Press, 2016); and co-editor, with Robert R. Holzer, of the Oxford Anthology of Western Music, Volume 1: From the Earliest Notations to the Early Eighteenth Century (Oxford University Press, 2013, 2nd. ed. forthcoming 2018). His articles and essays have appeared in Journal of the American Musicological Society (2006), Journal of Musicology (2004 and 2011), The Cambridge History of Fifteenth-Century of Music (Cambridge University Press, 2015), and elsewhere. Rothenberg served as a senior editor of The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and the Arts (Oxford University Press, 2015) and as music book review editor for the medieval studies journal Speculum (2014-17). He has received the Alfred Einstein Award of the American Musicological Society (2007) as well as research grants and fellowships from the W. P. Jones Presidential Faculty Development Fund of Case Western Reserve University, the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Yale University. In addition to presenting at conferences and colloquia in the United States, Canada, and Europe, he has given numerous public presentations at the Cleveland Museum of Art and is a regular pre-concert lecturer for The Cleveland Orchestra and Cleveland Chamber Music Society.