Assistant Professor, Medieval & Renaissance History & Theory
Catherine Bradley specializes in polyphonic music before 1300, with a particular focus on thirteenth-century motets. She works on the earliest examples in this new musical genre, re-evaluating and challenging traditional chronological narratives of its development through close analytical engagement with surviving musical evidence.
Her research engages with questions of compositional process, text-music dynamics, and musical borrowing, citation, and re-use. It explores interactions between oral and written cultures, and sacred and secular spheres, and is fundamentally interdisciplinary, encompassing aspects of liturgy, exegesis, paleography, and codicology.
Catherine has published in Music and Letters, Plainsong and Medieval Music, and Early Music History, with a forthcoming article in Music Analysis (2014). She was awarded the Westrup Prize for "an article of particular distinction" in Music and Letters in 2012. She has presented at international conferences in the UK, Spain, Italy, and the US and has taught undergraduates and graduate students at the universities of Cambridge, Oxford, and Royal Holloway, University of London.
Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, in 1985, Catherine took her undergraduate and masters degrees at Oxford, completing a Ph.D. at Cambridge in 2011. From 2010-2013 she held a postdoctoral position as a Junior Research Fellow at The Queen’s College, Oxford.
At Stony Brook Catherine plans to offer courses on the development of polyphony, on the “Notre Dame School” and the earliest motets, and on sacred music of the renaissance.