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Professor Emma C Hornby

M.A., Ph.D.(Oxon.)

  • BS8 1SA


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Research interests

Emma Hornby's research is focused on medieval western liturgical chant. She is currently working on Old Hispanic chant in collaboration with Professor Rebecca Maloy (University of Colorado at Boulder). Their first joint monograph is Music and Meaning in Old Hispanic Lenten chants: Psalmi, Threni and the Easter Vigil Canticles (Boydell & Brewer, 2013). They are now working on the Old Hispanic responsory tradition. Emma also has research interests in the transmission of western liturgical chant (including aspects of orality), the relationship between Old Roman and Gregorian chant, analysis of formulaic chant, and the relationship between words and music in the Middle Ages.

Emma is co-editor, with J.R.Watson, of the Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology (online publication, 2013). This major resource is the first encyclopedic dictionary in this subject area since John Julian's Dictionary of Hymnology (1892); totalling approximately 2,000,000 words, it contains over 3000 entries by 300 contributors.

Her first book, Gregorian and Old Roman Eighth-Mode Tracts, was published by Ashgate in 2002 and her second book, Medieval Liturgical Chant and Patristic Exegesis: words and music in the second-mode tracts was published by Boydell and Brewer in 2009. She is co-editor, with David Maw, of Essays on the History of English Music in Honour of John Caldwell: Sources, Style, Performance, Historiography (Boydell and Brewer, 2010). Emma has published articles in Plainsong and Medieval Music and The Journal of Musicology; her Journal of Musicology article was included in Thomas Forrest Kelly’s collection of seminal articles in the field, Oral and Written Transmission in Chant (Ashgate, 2009). Emma is director of the Bristol University music department’s Schola Cantorum,which specialises in medieval music.

Emma won a prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prize in 2009, and has also been awarded grants by the AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society Programme (2009-11) and by the European Research Council (2013-18). The ERC Starting Grant project has a separate web page:


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Research Output

New Music inspired by Old Hispanic chant

Hornby, E. & Efthymiou, L., 2020, In : Context: Journal of Music Research.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

Open Access

Continuous Psalmody in the Old Hispanic rite

Hornby, E. & Ihnat, K., 1 Mar 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Scriptorium. 1

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Notated chant in the opening folios of the León antiphoner

    Hornby, E. & Maloy, R., 2019, (Submitted) tbc. Deswarte, T. (ed.).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book


    • 1 Fellowship awarded competitively
    • 1 Collaboration

    Comparative analysis of medieval liturgical chant repertoires, East and West

    Emma C Hornby (Speaker), & Paul Rouse (Participant)

    15 Feb 201931 Jul 2019

    Activity: Other activity typesCollaboration

    ERC Starting Grant - Shaping text, Shaping melody, Shaping experience in and through the Old Hispanic Lenten office.

    Emma C Hornby (Recipient)

    1 Feb 201331 Jan 2018

    Activity: Other activity typesFellowship awarded competitively

    Supervised Work

    Critical Editions of Edward Elgar's Recitations and Marches

    Author: Thompson, S., 25 Jun 2019

    Supervisor: Hornby, E. (Supervisor) & Pickard, J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    Insular Secular Carolling in the Late Middle Ages

    Author: Eustace, F., 25 Sep 2018

    Supervisor: Tether, L. (Supervisor) & Hornby, E. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    Music and Mission: A Case Study of the Anglican-Xhosa Missions of the Eastern Cape, 1854-1880

    Author: Burnett, P. T., 23 Jan 2020

    Supervisor: Bickers, R. (Supervisor) & Hornby, E. C. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)