Biography

I joined the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, in August 2016 as the Course Director for the MA in Ritual Chant and Song. Click here for a short video about my research activities. For more information about the MA Ritual Chant and Song, check out this video, this webpage, or feel free to get in touch with me directly (Eleanor.Giraud -at- ul.ie).

Alongside teaching on the MA, I research medieval chant books of the Dominican Order. I began this project, studying the nature of the chant and liturgy of early Dominican Order, at Lincoln College Oxford, where I held the Lord Crewe Junior Research Fellow in Music 2014-2016. I have set up a mailing list for the field of medieval Dominican studies, which anyone with related interests is welcome to join: https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/MEDIEVAL-DOMINICANS
I gained my Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, graduating in February 2014. My thesis examined the role of the music notator within the process of producing manuscripts: who would have been notating music, how notators worked together (if at all), and what relation they had with other trades involved in book production, e.g. text scribes. I focussed on manuscripts made for the Dominican convent in Paris in the thirteenth century.

In 2009-2010 I studied for an M.Phil. in Musicology at the University of Cambridge, which I gained with distinction. My dissertation examined the polyphonic music contained within the Codex Calixtinus, a twelfth-century manuscript dedicated to the cult of St James in Santiago de Compostela.

I completed my B.Mus. at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 2009. As part of the degree, I spent a year at the Université de Haute Bretagne in France. I was supervised by Dr. Magnus Williamson and it was with him that I gained an appetite for working with manuscripts. I graduated with upper first class honours and the David Barlow Memorial Prize.

Research Interests

Since undergraduate level, I have been fascinated by the study of chant and its manuscripts. My PhD dissertation examined the Production and Notation of Dominican Manuscripts in Thirteenth-Century Paris, asking who was involved with production of Dominican chant books, how was the notation copied, and how was the work of text and music scribes organised? My research revealed that, in the authoritative manuscripts of the Dominican liturgy, a sizeable group of professional notators were involved in their copying, and that the notation was copied separately from the text.
Building on my doctoral project, my current research examines Dominican chant and liturgy, seeking to discover the choices made during the Dominican liturgical reform in the mid-thirteenth century, and to understand how Dominican chant relates to other families of Gregorian chant. I plan to publish a monograph, Dominican Chant and its Books, incorporating both my doctoral work on the material nature of Dominican chant books and my postdoctoral research into their musico-liturgical contents.

Professional Activities

Association

  • 2016 Executive Trustee, Plainsong and Medieval Music Society
  • 2016 Council Member, Henry Bradshaw Society
  • 2015 Scientific Committee, Archivum Fratrum Praedicatorum

Committee

  • 2016 MA Ritual Chant and Song Board,
  • 2016 MA Choral Practice, Advisory group, Wrote 4 module descriptions, advised on shape of programme.
  • 2016 BA Performing Arts (Voice pathway) Design team, Advised on programme structure of voice pathway.

Employment

  • 2014 Warburg Institute, University of London - Postdoctoral fellow
  • 2014 Lincoln College, Oxford - Lord Crewe Junior Research Fellow in Music
  • 2014 Royal Holloway, University of London - Visiting Lecturer

Education

  • 2013 University of Cambridge - PhD
  • 2010 University of Cambridge - M.Phil.
  • 2009 University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne - BMus

Outreach

  • Discussion of my doctoral research. Part of PhDcast series 2, CRASSH, University of Cambridge.
  • I co-organised a week-long university-taster programme in music for school pupils from low to middling socio-economic backgrounds. I selected students for admission to the programme, co-ordinated lecturers for the week, and gave tutorials to individual students.
  • As part of a music summer school encouraging 6th-form students from state schools to apply to the University of Cambridge, I delivered seminars on library/research skills (2011-2014), medieval notation (2014, 2016-2017) and tonal skills (2013).
  • An invited public lecture, related to article in press on notation in manuscripts of mass lections.
  • Gave a public lecture and workshop on the Sweetheart Breviary as part of exhibition at Dumfries Museum, Scotland. Featured on ITV Border Life: http://www.itv.com/news/border/update/2017-10-31/watch-border-life-h/ (starting at 7m30s)

Language

  • French
  • Latin

Research Collaborators

  • Christian Leitmeir - Joint Publication - University of Oxford -England
  • Laura Albiero - Joint Publication - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) -France

Peer Reviewed Journals

2022

Differentiating hands in square chant notation

Eleanor J. Giraud (2022) Differentiating hands in square chant notation. Plainsong & Medieval Music :99-121

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2017

Melodic lection marks in Latin manuscripts for Mass

Eleanor J Giraud (2017) Melodic lection marks in Latin manuscripts for Mass. Scriptorium :3-37

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Books

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Book Chapters

2022

The Dominicans and their Identity in Medieval Britain and Ireland: Evidence from Dominican Gospel Lections

Eleanor J. Giraud (2022) The Dominicans and their Identity in Medieval Britain and Ireland: Evidence from Dominican Gospel Lections. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press Music and Liturgy in Medieval Britain and Ireland :269-291

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2021

Dominican Chant and Liturgical Practices in the English Province

Eleanor J. Giraud (2021) Dominican Chant and Liturgical Practices in the English Province. Leiden : Brill A Companion to the English Dominican Province: From Its Beginnings to the Reformation :343-369

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2021

The English Dominican Province From Its Beginnings to the Reformation: An Introduction

Eleanor J. Giraud and J. Cornelia Linde (2021) The English Dominican Province From Its Beginnings to the Reformation: An Introduction. Leiden : Brill A Companion to the English Dominican Province: From Its Beginnings to the Reformation :1-30

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2021

Dominican Mass Books before Humbert of Romans

Eleanor J. Giraud (2021) Dominican Mass Books before Humbert of Romans. Turnhout : Brepols The Medieval Dominicans: Books, Buildings, Music and Liturgy :299-320

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2021

Introduction

Eleanor J. Giraud and Christian T. Leitmeir (2021) Introduction. Turnhout : Brepols The Medieval Dominicans: Books, Buildings, Music and Liturgy :13-29

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2018

Totum officium bene correctum habeatur in domo: Uniformity in the Dominican Liturgy

Eleanor J. Giraud (2018) Totum officium bene correctum habeatur in domo: Uniformity in the Dominican Liturgy. Oxford : Oxford University Press Making and Breaking the Rules: Discussion, Implementation, and Consequences of Dominican Legislation :153-172

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2015

The Dominican Scriptorium at Saint-Jacques, and its Production of Liturgical Exemplars

Eleanor J Giraud (2015) The Dominican Scriptorium at Saint-Jacques, and its Production of Liturgical Exemplars. Munich : Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften Scriptorium: Wesen, Funktion, Eigenheiten :247-258

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Edited Books

2021

The Medieval Dominicans: Books, Buildings, Music and Liturgy

(2021) The Medieval Dominicans: Books, Buildings, Music and Liturgy. Turnhout : Brepols

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2021

A Companion to the English Dominican Province: From Its Beginnings to the Reformation

(2021) A Companion to the English Dominican Province: From Its Beginnings to the Reformation . Leiden : Brill

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Other Journals

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Conference Publications

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Conference Contributions

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Published Reports

2014

Sources of Identity: Makers, Owners and Users of Music Sources Before 1600

Eleanor J Giraud, Elina Hamilton (2014) Sources of Identity: Makers, Owners and Users of Music Sources Before 1600. Manchester, UK : RMA Newsletter :7-7

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2010

MedRen 2010

Eleanor Rutherford [Giraud] and Louise McInnes (2010) MedRen 2010. Oxford : Early Music :633-634

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Editorials

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Book Reviews

2019

review of Jeffrey F. Hamburger, Eva Schlotheuber, Susan Marti and Margot E. Fassler, Liturgical Life and Latin Learning at Paradies bei Soest, 1300–1425: Inscription and Illumination in the Choir Boo....

Eleanor J Giraud (2019) review of Jeffrey F. Hamburger, Eva Schlotheuber, Susan Marti and Margot E. Fassler, Liturgical Life and Latin Learning at Paradies bei Soest, 1300–1425: Inscription and Illumination in the Choir Boo..... : Plainsong & Medieval Music :151-155

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2018

review of Medieval Cantors and their Craft: Music, Liturgy and the Shaping of History, 800-1500 (ed, by Katie Ann-Marie Bugyis, A. B. Kraebel, and Margot E. Fassler)

Eleanor J. Giraud (2018) review of Medieval Cantors and their Craft: Music, Liturgy and the Shaping of History, 800-1500 (ed, by Katie Ann-Marie Bugyis, A. B. Kraebel, and Margot E. Fassler) . : Brepols :351-353

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2012

Motets and prosulas from the Notre Dame school

Eleanor J Giraud (2012) Motets and prosulas from the Notre Dame school. Early Music :321-322

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Other Publications

2019

'Chant', in The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Music and Culture

Eleanor J Giraud (2019) 'Chant', in The SAGE International Encyclopedia of Music and Culture. : SAGE :496-500

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2019

review of Jeffrey F. Hamburger, Eva Schlotheuber, Susan Marti and Margot E. Fassler, Liturgical Life and Latin Learning at Paradies bei Soest, 1300–1425: Inscription and Illumination in the Choir Boo....

Eleanor J Giraud (2019) review of Jeffrey F. Hamburger, Eva Schlotheuber, Susan Marti and Margot E. Fassler, Liturgical Life and Latin Learning at Paradies bei Soest, 1300–1425: Inscription and Illumination in the Choir Boo..... : Plainsong & Medieval Music :151-155

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2018

The Lyric Feature - Chorus Noster Recolat

Eleanor Giraud (interviewee) (2018) The Lyric Feature - Chorus Noster Recolat . : RTE Lyric FM - The Lyric Feature

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2018

review of Medieval Cantors and their Craft: Music, Liturgy and the Shaping of History, 800-1500 (ed, by Katie Ann-Marie Bugyis, A. B. Kraebel, and Margot E. Fassler)

Eleanor J. Giraud (2018) review of Medieval Cantors and their Craft: Music, Liturgy and the Shaping of History, 800-1500 (ed, by Katie Ann-Marie Bugyis, A. B. Kraebel, and Margot E. Fassler) . : Brepols :351-353

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2012

Motets and prosulas from the Notre Dame school

Eleanor J Giraud (2012) Motets and prosulas from the Notre Dame school. Early Music :321-322

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