Rebecca Maloy specializes in early Medieval music, focusing on liturgy, chant, and music theory. Her research interests include the Old Hispanic chant of the Iberian Peninsula, Medieval theory and its interaction with practice, and the relationship between Old Roman and Gregorian chant.
Maloy is the author of Inside the Offertory: Aspects of Chronology and Transmission (Oxford, 2010), and the co-author, with Emma Hornby, of Music and Meaning in Old Hispanic Lenten Chants (Boydell and Brewer, 2013). Her essays appear in Journal of the American Musicological Society, Early Music History, Plainsong and Medieval Music, Journal of Musicology, Studia Musicologica, and in miscellaneous collections, including El canto mozarábe y so entorno: Estudios sobre la música de la liturgia viejo hispánica, The Sequences of Nidaros: A Nordic Repertory in Its European Context, The Offertory and Its Verses: Research, Past, Present and Future, and various proceedings of the Cantus Planus study group.
Her current work explores the Old Hispanic chant from many perspectives, including melodic analysis, biblical exegesis, oral and written transmission, and the relationship between words and music. She is preparing a book on the Old Hispanic offertory chants and is a member of the EU-funded Old Hispanic Office Project at Bristol University in the UK, where she collaborates with Emma Hornby, Elsa De Luca, and Kati Ihnat. Other projects include work on the Old Roman chants for the Mass of the Dead (in collaboration with Luisa Nardini) and the collection Chant, Liturgy, and the Inheritance of Rome (co-edited with Daniel DiCenso).