Music Colloquium Series: Aviva Rothman (CWRU)

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Friday, September 22, 2023

4:00 PM 
Harkness Chapel, Classroom

Music colloquia provide a weekly forum for presentation and discussion of recent research by distinguished visitors and CWRU faculty and graduate students in musicology, historical performance practice, and music education. 

All talks happen on Fridays at 4:00 PM (Eastern) in Harkness Chapel, Classroom, and are open to the public unless noted otherwise. 

About the Talk

"A Brief History of Cosmic Harmony”

Cosmic harmony for centuries signified an order that linked microcosm and macrocosm and shaped conceptions of music, the universe, human health, art, architecture, and politics (and much more besides). This talk will chart understandings of cosmic harmony from antiquity through the Renaissance, and will consider some of the reasons for the waning of its influence by the end of the seventeenth century.

About the Speaker

Aviva Rothman is Associate Professor of History at Case Western Reserve University. She is a historian of science whose work focuses on the early modern period, and is the author of The Pursuit of Harmony: Kepler on Cosmos, Confession and Community (University of Chicago Press, 2017) and The Dawn of Modern Cosmology: Copernicus to Newton (Penguin/Random House, 2023).

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