Eleanor Giraud

Lecturer PhD, MPhil, BMus

Contact Details

Lecturer above the bar in Ritual Chant and Song
Irish World Academy Building
T: 061 23-4743
 
researcher

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 to watch a short video of me talking about my research activities here.  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 am continuing my research into the 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 from Sept 2014-Aug 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

In 2014, I was a post-doctoral fellow at the Warburg Institute, working as a research assistant on the Production and Reading of Music Sources AHRC project, the results of which can now be seen in the project database: http://www.proms.ac.uk.

I gained my Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, graduating in February 2014.  The focus of my thesis was to understand 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 particularly 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 compared the twenty-three polyphonic pieces, looking for recurring and interchangeable patterns of improvisation. 

I completed my B.Mus. at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 2009.  As part of the degree, I spent a year in Rennes, France, where I studied music at the Université de Haute Bretagne and the regional conservatoire.  In my final year 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. 

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2018 'Totum officium bene correctum habeatur in domo: Uniformity in the Dominican Liturgy'
Giraud, Eleanor J (2018) 'Totum officium bene correctum habeatur in domo: Uniformity in the Dominican Liturgy' In: Linde, Cornelia (eds). Making and Breaking the Rules: Discussion, Implementation, and Consequences of Dominican Legislation. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Details]
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' In: Scriptorium: Wesen, Funktion, Eigenheiten. Munich: Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften. [ULIR Link] [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2017 'Melodic lection marks in Latin manuscripts for Mass'
Eleanor J Giraud (2017) 'Melodic lection marks in Latin manuscripts for Mass'. Scriptorium, 71 (1):3-37 [Details]

Encyclopedia Entry

  Year Publication
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. Encyclopedia Entry [DOI] [ULIR Link] [Details]

Book Review

  Year Publication
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). Book Review [DOI] [Details]
2012 Motets and prosulas from the Notre Dame school.
Eleanor J Giraud (2012) Motets and prosulas from the Notre Dame school. Book Review [DOI] [ULIR Link] [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
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. RMA Newsletter, Manchester, UK. [ULIR Link] [Details]
2010 MedRen 2010.
Eleanor Rutherford [Giraud] and Louise McInnes (2010) MedRen 2010. Early Music, Oxford. [ULIR Link] [Details]

Radio Presentation

  Year Publication
2018 The Lyric Feature - Chorus Noster Recolat.
Eleanor Giraud (interviewee) (2018) The Lyric Feature - Chorus Noster Recolat. Radio Presentation [Details]

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Henry Bradshaw Society Council Member 01-APR-16 /
Archivum Fratrum Praedicatorum Scientific Committee 01-OCT-15 /
Plainsong and Medieval Music Society Executive Trustee 01-APR-16 /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
BA Performing Arts (Voice pathway) Design team Member 2016 / 2017
MA Choral Practice, Advisory group Member 2016 / 2017
MA Ritual Chant and Song Board Chair 2016 /

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
Lincoln College, Oxford Lord Crewe Junior Research Fellow in Music 01-SEP-14 / 31-AUG-16
Warburg Institute, University of London Postdoctoral fellow 01-FEB-14 / 08-JUN-14
Royal Holloway, University of London Visiting Lecturer 12-JAN-14 / 31-JUL-14

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2013 University of Cambridge PhD Music
2010 University of Cambridge M.Phil. Musicology
2009 University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne BMus Music

Languages

  Language Reading Writing Speaking
Latin Functional Functional Functional
French Fluent Fluent Fluent

Outreach Activities

  Description

Public lecture: 'Reading between the lines: neglected notation in a medieval manuscript', Highlight Lecture, Limerick Hunt Museum, 4th September 2017. 
An invited public lecture, related to article in press on notation in manuscripts of mass lections.

Public lecture and chant workshop: at Dumfries Museum on the Sweetheart Breviary, a recently rediscovered chant book originally from Dumfriesshire (24th and 26th August 2017).  Dr Giraud was interviewed for ITV's 'Border Life' programme, which was broadcast in September 2017.

UNIQ Summer School, Music Faculty, Oxford, July 2016.
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.

Sutton Trust Summer School, Music Faculty, Cambridge. (2011-2017)
A
s 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).

Postgraduate/Public Workshop on Dominican manuscripts as part of Plainsong and Medieval Music Study Day: Getting to Grips with Liturgical Sources, John Rylands Library Manchester, November 2015

Invited lecture on ‘The Earliest Surviving Music: “Gregorian” Chant’ to Army and Naval Officers as part of the Quarterdeck Series, Defence Academy, Shrivenham, October 2014

Invited lecture on ‘Charlemagne and Gregorian Chant’ to the Associates of the Schola Gregoriana, November 2013.

Blog post for the Music Faculty Library on my microfilm cataloguing project, August 2013: http://musicb3.wordpress.com/2013/08/16/the-david-chadd-microfilm-collection/

Video Podcast ‘Manuscript making and music notating’, discussing my doctoral research.  Part of PhDcast series 2, CRASSH, University of Cambridge: http://youtu.be/b7yBMFQ3MAA

Modules Taught

  Term (ID)) Title Link Subject
2016-9 Materials, Methods & Context for Western Chant 1 MD6151The historical and liturgical context of Western plainchant (12 lectures)
2016-9 Materials Methods & Context for Western Chant 2 MD6142Further contexts: non Gregorian chant repertories and plainsong in polyphony (12 lectures)
2018-9 Critical Encounters with Western Art Music and Dance MU4012Music history
2018-9 Voice and Dance Skills for Performance 5 MD4067Conducting and sight-singing
2018-9 Voice and Dance Skills for Performance 6 MD4078Conducting and sight-singing
2016-7 Repertoire, Improvisation and Composition 1 MD4071-
2016-7 Repertoire, Improvisation and Composition 2 MD4072-