Dr. DiCenso's work within Medieval music is driven by an interest in the history of the liturgy during the Carolingian era--at the precise moment when Gregorian chant was first written down.  Focusing his work on the earliest surviving sources of Gregorian chant, he is particularly interested in the history of liturgical manuscripts and what they reveal about the relationship between music, liturgy, and culture in the early Middle Ages.  He is currently working on a new edition of the earliest sources of chant for the Mass and a number of articles related to these sources.  

Doctoral Dissertation

  • Sacramentary-Antiphoners as Sources of Gregorian Chant in the Eighth and Ninth Centuries (Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Cambridge, submitted 31 January 2011).

Works Published

  • Hildegard on Trial: A Note Regarding the Narrow Reception of a Medieval Abbess-Composer in Marginalia: The Journal of the Medieval Reading Group at the University of Cambridge, 5 (July 2007).
  • Shirley Temple in Women and Music in America since 1900: An Encyclopedia, Ed. K. Burns (Greenwood Press, 2002), pp. 53–54.
  • June Allyson in Women and Music in America since 1900 (Greenwood Press, 2002), pp. 5–6.

Publications in Progress

  • Carolingian Mass Chant Books.  Book/edition project proposed for 2013-2014 academic leave.
  • The Mis-Dating of a 9th-Century, Italian Source of Gregorian Chant for the Mass.  Article in preparation.
  • How Many Scribes Does It Take to Make a Mass-Chant Book?: The Case of Brussels B.R. 10127-44.  Article in preparation.
  • “Sacramentary-Antiphoners” as a Book Type in the Early Middle Ages.  Article in preparation.
  • The Oldest Source of Ambrosian Chant?  Article in preparation.
  • An Overlooked Source of Gregorian Chant from Italy: Monza f.-1/101.  Unpublished typescript.
  • The Admonitio generalis of Charlemagne: Re-evaluating the Textual Evidence for “Chant Transmission.”  Unpublished typescript.
  • Pop, Hip Hop and the Politics of Expression: Popular Music in the “Post-Racial” Era.  Unpublished typescript.
© Daniel J. DiCenso 2013