Professor Richard Langham Smith

Research Professor


Royal College of Music

French Music, Spanish Music, Music and Literature, Music and Visual Arts

Born 10 September 1947, Hammersmith, London. Educated Shene Grammar School, University of York, Amsterdam Conservatoire. Main employments: Lecturer in Music, University of Lancaster; Lecturer then Senior Lecturer and Reader, City University, London; Reader, University of Exeter. Arnold Kettle Research Fellow and Head of Department, Open University. Part-time lecturer, University of Cambridge; Head of Postgraduate Studies and subsequently Research Professor, Royal College of Music. Other employments include: Visiting lecturer Kings College London, Tutor/Counsellor, Open University. Freelance Broadcaster, BBC Radios 2, 3 and 4, World Service and BBC 2 television; France-Musique and ARTE. ABC (Australia). Musical Director Extemporary Dance Company; Freelance Continuo player; lecturer at more...

B. Mus. (York, first class honours). FRCM, Chevalier de l'Ordre des arts et des lettres.

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  1. Lacombe, H. and Southon, N. and Smith, R. L. (2016) Poulenc et Edward Lockspeiser: une amitie professionelle. In: Fortune de Francis Poulenc. Presses Universitaires de Rennes, France, p. 197. ISBN 978-2-7535-5006-3
  2. Smith, R. L. (2017) ‘Le Paradis deux fois perdu’: Debussy, Watteau and the fête galante. In: Historical Interplay in French Music and Culture, 1860–1960. Routledge, Abingdon, UK. ISBN 9781472474759 (hardback) 9781315586847 (e-book)
  3. Smith, R. L. (2018) Debussy fifty years later: has the barrel run dry? In: Debussy's Resonance. Eastman Studies in Music . University of Rochester Press, Rochester, NY, pp. 19-37. ISBN 9781580465250 (hardback) 9781787442528 (e-book)
  4. Smith, R. L. (2016) Book review: 'Bizet' by Hugh Macdonald. Notes: Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association, 73 (1). pp. 98-100. ISSN 0027-4380 (print) 1534-150X (online)
  5. Smith, R. L. (2017) Book review: 'Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande: the staging by Albert Carré' by Michela Niccolai, translated by Lesley Wright. H-France Review, 17 (169). ISSN 1553-9172
  6. Smith, R. L. (2016) Book review: 'Erik Satie: a Parisian composer and his world' by Caroline Potter. H-France Review, 16 (210). ISSN 1553-9172
  7. Smith, R. L. (2016) Book review: 'The Cambridge companion to French music' edited by Simon Trezise. H-France Review, 16 (68). ISSN 1553-9172
  8. Smith, R. L. (2013) L'art de préluder: quelques questions de taxonomie chez Debussy [The art of preluding: some questions of taxonomy in the works of Debussy]. In: Regards sur Debussy. Fayard, Paris, pp. 329-336. ISBN 9782213672588
  9. Smith, R. L. and Potter, C., eds. (2006) French music since Berlioz. Routledge, Abingdon. ISBN 9780754602828 (hardback) 9781138273450 (paperback) 9781315093895 (e-book)
  10. Smith, R. L. (2006) French operatic spectacle in the twentieth century. In: French Music Since Berlioz. Routledge, Abingdon. ISBN 9780754602828 (hardback) 9781138273450 (paperback) 9781315093895 (e-book)