Elaine Stratton Hild

Elaine Stratton Hild
  • Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg
  • Editor
  • Academic Concentration: Historical Musicology and Ethnomusicology
  • Residential Fellow (2017-2018)
  • "Historical Uses of Palliative Music: Recovering Melodic Material from European Rites for the Sick and Dying"

Elaine Stratton Hild is an editor with Corpus monodicum, a long-term research project dedicated to producing scholarly editions of significant, previously unpublished repertories of medieval plainchant. Corpus monodicum is sponsored by the Akademie der Wissenschaften und der Literatur, Mainz, and housed at the Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg (Germany), where Dr. Stratton Hild has also served as an instructor of historical musicology and ethnomusicology. Her research has focused on the notation of medieval chant (particularly in pedagogical collections of poetry) and the possibilities and limitations of scholarly interpretations and reconstructions, including transcriptions into contemporary notation and digital editions.

Dr. Stratton Hild recently published Tropen zu den Antiphonen der Messe aus Quellen französischer Herkunft (2017), which presents proper trope repertories for the liturgy of the Mass, as they appear in twelfth- to fourteenth-century manuscripts from northern France. She is currently preparing a volume of “liturgical dramas”: the representational rites and religious plays sung on Christmas, Epiphany, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. Her editorial responsibilities have also included the collaborative development (with Notengrafik Berlin) of an MEI-based, music notation software program designed specifically for monophonic chant.

Dr. Stratton Hild’s scholarship has been supported by grants from the Fulbright Foundation and the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD).


  • Rites for the Sick and Dying in Sources from Klosterneuburg

    The Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, 2018

    Elaine Stratton Hild

    This article investigates extant documents from the Augustinian canonry of Klosterneuburg (Codices Claustroneoburgenses 628, 629, 1022A, and 1022B) to gain insight into the community’s rites for the sick and dying. The sources largely agree in the material prescribed for the rites. Scribal annotations and signs of use within the manuscripts indicate that the same rites were used for both the men and women of the double house; the manuscripts’ rubrics also leave open the possibility that men and women participated in the rites together.

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