Rebecca Maloy

rebecca maloy
Professor of Musicology

Imig Music Building 
Office N-147

Rebecca Maloy specializes in early Medieval music. Her primary interests include plainsong, liturgy and ritual, and the theory and analysis of early music. She 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 work is also published or forthcoming in Music & Letters, Early Music, Journal of the American Musicological Society, Early Music History, Plainsong and Medieval Music, Journal of Musicology, Studia Musicologica, and in interdisciplinary collections such as El canto mozarábe y so entorno: Estudios sobre la música de la liturgia viejo hispánica and The Sequences of Nidaros: A Nordic Repertory in Its European Context.

Maloy’s current work examines the Old Hispanic chant of the Iberian Peninsula from many perspectives, including notation, melodic analysis, and the relationship between words and music. She is also exploring how the Old Hispanic chant was integrated with other liturgical elements, how it relates to the traditions of biblical exegesis studied on the Iberian Peninsula, and how it is connected to other western chant traditions. Above all, she is interested in how this music reflects the intellectual culture that produced it. She is writing 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).

Maloy’s current and recent work has been supported by funding from the European Research Council, the Arts and Humanities Research Council in the UK, a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, where she will spend the 2016-17 academic year.