Emma Dillon: November 15, 2012

Specialist in medieval music, sound and manuscripts. Emma Dillon’s research focuses on French musical culture from the twelfth to fourteenth centuries. Her work ranges widely in terms of repertories, sources, and methodological approach, and broadly speaking falls at the intersection of musicology, sound studies, medieval studies, and the history of material texts. She has published and presented on issues of transmission and reception of music in the material form of the book, on tensions between audible and inaudible meaning in the Old French motet, on the relationship between musical and non-musical sound, and on the sense of sound as depicted in prayer books. Author of Medieval Music-Making and the Roman de Fauvel (Cambridge University Press, 2002) and The Sense of Sound: Musical Meaning in France, 1260-1330 (forthcoming with Oxford University Press in 2012). She is currently working on a series of essays and papers exploring the evidence for musical feeling and the emotional effects of sound in the later Middle Ages, and an edited volume on etymologies of medieval song. Dillon was a Junior Research Fellow in Music, Christ Church, Oxford, 1995-1998. She was the 2003 winner of the Jerome Roche Prize, awarded by the Royal Musical Association. She has held fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (2003-2004 and 2010), was a visiting scholar at Corpus Christi College, Oxford in 2005, and was a Weiler Faculty Fellow in 2009. In 2008 she was recipient of both the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Ira Abrams Memorial Award for Distinguished Teaching. In 2012 she will chair of the program committee for the American Musicological Society. She is currently Chair of the Music Department.


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