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  • Associate Professor of Musicology
Office Phone: 512-232-2069
Office Location: MBE 3.128
  • Musicology

Luisa Nardini is a medievalist with special interests on digital humanities, pre- and early-modern women, sacred music, and archival studies. She has been presenting at international conferences on Gregorian chant, music and visual art, and oral and written transmission of chant. She has become increasingly interested in digital applications to musicological studies. This resulted in the incorporation of substantial digital components in her teaching and in the creation of a companion website on liturgical prosulas for her forthcoming book Liturgical Hypertexts. Her studies on medieval and early-modern women are primarily focused on women’s access to music education, the spaces of their music creativity, and their interactions with their male counterparts.

Before coming to UT, she served on the faculty of the University of California Santa Barbara as a lecturer in musicology. The first musicologist to be awarded an A.W. Mellon postdoctoral fellowship at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies in Toronto, she has been an Associate Research Scholar at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University and the recipient of research grants from the Universities of Naples and Rome (Italy), the University of California Santa Barbara, and The University of Texas, Austin. She serves as an honorary faculty member of the doctorate in musicology at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” and is regularly invited as a lecturer at the school of specialization on the Ars Nova in Certaldo, Italy and at several universities in Italy, the US, and Mexico. She was awarded the “Gladiatore d’Oro,” the highest honorific prize of the Province of Benevento (Italy) for “having contributed with her sophisticated, extraordinary, and passionate studies to the development of the scholarship in the field of medieval music and chant” in 2012, held a Grace Hill Milam Centennial Fellowship in Fine Arts for 2012-2013, was a fellow at the Humanities Institute at The University of Texas, Austin in Fall 2017, and was awarded an American Council for Learned Society scholarship for 2018.

Her recent book Interlacing Traditions focuses on an extended repertory of liturgical music that circulated in southern Italy after the diffusion of Gregorian chant (8th-9th cent.) and that reflects the multi-layered culture of medieval southern Italy. This repertory sheds new light on some of the most controversial problems related to the earliest history of western music and the interrelationships between Roman, Gallican, Byzantine, and Beneventan chants It also provides insights on possible syncretic exchanges between the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim communities of southern Italy before the thirteenth century.

Her second book, Liturgical Hypertexts, currently in preparation focuses on the repertory of prosulas copied in Beneventan manuscripts for the Proper of the Mass; the volume will be paired by a companion website.

She also edited the collection Intersecting Practices in the Production of Sacred Music, ca. 1400-1650: Proceedings of the Symposium of Studies, Austin, TX, May 2015 as a special issue of the Journal of the Alamire Foundation 8/2 (2016).

She has published essays and reviews in Acta Musicologica, Mediaeval Studies, Plainsong and Medieval Music, Speculum, Cantus Planus, Rivista Italiana di Musicologia, Nuova Rivista Musicale Italiana, Studi Gesualdiani and in miscellaneous volumes.


Interlacing Traditions: Neo-Gregorian Chant Propers in Beneventan Manuscripts (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies—The University of Toronto Press, 2016)

Intersecting Practices in the Production of Sacred Music, ca. 1400–1650: Proceedings of the Symposium of Studies, Austin, TX, May 2015 (ed.), Journal of the Alamire Foundation 8/2 (2016)

Liturgical Hypertexts: Prosulas for the Proper of the Mass in Beneventan Manuscripts (in preparation)

Selected articles and book chapters:

“The Mass of the Dead in Beneventan Manuscripts.” Proceedings of the 17th meeting Meeting of the International Musicological Society- Cantus Planus Study Group, Venice (Italy), July-August 2014 (forthcoming).

“Fitting New Texts into Old Melodies: The Diffusion and Technique of Prosulas for Tracts and Graduals,” in the Festschrift for Joseph Dyer, eds. Daniel DiCenso and Rebecca Maloy (Boydell & Brewer, 2017), 245-268.

“The Circulation of Gregorian Chant and the Cult of St Michael in Medieval Southern Italy,” in The Oxford Handbook of Music and World Christianities, eds. Suzel Reily and Jonathan  Dueck (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016), 581-605.

“In the Quest of Gallican Remnants in Gregorian Manuscripts,” submitted for the collection Music and Censorship, ed. Patricia Hall (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017), 7-38.

“Allusioni liturgico-musicali in Dante attraverso un'analisi del manoscritto 13 dell'Harry Ransom Center," in the proceedings of the International Conference Nel 750° anniversario della nascita di Dante Alighieri: Letteratura e Musica del Duecento e del Trecento, Certaldo (Italy), December 2016 (forthcoming).

“Le prosule del Proprium Missae nei manoscritti di area beneventana: Un progetto di edizione,” in Atti del Congresso Internazionale di Musica Sacra. In occasione del centenario di fondazione del PIMS, Roma, 26 maggio – 1 giugno 2011, eds. Antonio Addamiano and Francesco Luisi (Vatican City, Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2013), vol 1, 221-232.

I manoscritti musicali della Biblioteca Nazionale di Napoli. Il caso dell’Innario VI G 29,” in Da Napoli a Napoli : Musica e musicologia senza confini. Proceedings of the International Conference of IAML, Naples 20-25 July 2008, eds. Mauro Amato, Cesare Corsi, Tiziana Grande (Lucca, LIM, Libreria Musicale Italiana, 2014), 15-20.

“God is Witness: Dictation and the Copying of Chants in Medieval Monasteries,” Musica Disciplina (2012): 47-76, refereed.

 “La messa Vir Dei Benedictus nei manoscritti liturgici beneventani e non beneventani,” in Musica e liturgia a Montecassino nel Medioevo. Proceedings of the International Symposium, University of Cassino, Italy, December 2010, ed. Nicola Tangari (Rome: La Viella, “Scritture e libri del Medioevo”, 2012), 115-131.

“The St Peter Connection and the Acquisition of a Roman Offertory in Bologna and Benevento,” Mediaeval Studies 72 (2010): 39-74, refereed.

“Old-Roman Intruders in non-Roman Manuscripts,” Acta Musicologica 82 (2010): 1-20, refereed.

“The Mass for the Octave of the Epiphany in some Beneventan Manuscripts,” in Classica et Beneventana. Essays Presented to Virginia Brown on the Occasion of her 65th Birthday, eds. F.T. Coulson et A.A. Grotans (Brepols: Turnhout, 2008), 391-405.

“Aliens in Disguise: Byzantine and Gallican Chants in the Latin Liturgy,” Plainsong and Medieval Music 16 (2007): 145-172, refereed.