Catherine BradleyCatherine Bradley

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’s forthcoming publications include a monograph—Plainsong Made Polyphonic: Compositional Process in the Thirteenth-Century (Cambridge University Press)—and a co-edited collection of essays (with Karen Desmond), The Montpellier Codex: The Final Fascicle (Boydell and Brewer). An article on voice and gender in motets for Saint Elizabeth of Hungary will appear in the interdisciplinary medieval studies journal, Speculum, in 2017. Catherine has previously published research articles in Music and Letters (2012), Plainsong and Medieval Music and Early Music History (2013), Music Analysis and Journal of the Royal Musical Association (2014), and Journal of Musicology (2015). 
Catherine was awarded the Westrup Prize for "an article of particular distinction" in Music and Letters in 2012, and she held a Visiting Fellowing at St Catherine’s College Oxford in Fall 2015. She has presented at international conferences in the UK, Spain, Italy, Canada, 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.

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