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Professor Richard Langham Smith

Chevalier de l'ordre des arts et des lettres, FRCM, FRCA

Educated Shene Grammar School and University of York and Amsterdam Conservatoire, Richard subsequently studied with Edward Lockspeiser.

He has published on Debussy (Pelléas et Mélisande) and other works.  More recently he has published an edition of Bizet's Carmen with Peters Edition and other works on French composers including entries on Operas in the Grove Dictionaries.

Richard was awarded Chevalier des arts et des lettres for services to French Music and Culture.

Selected publications

Carmen’s rocky road to success’: Article in Programme book for Carmen, 2018–19. Royal Opera House, pp. 16–24

Chapter in multi-author book: 'Le paradis deux fois perdu': Debussy, Watteau and the Fête Galante', in Historical Interplay in French Music and Culture, edited Deborah Mawer (Royal Birmingham Conservatoire). Routledge, 2017, pp. 38–63

French Music since Berlioz. Paperback re-issue of Ashgate multi-author book edited RLS and Caroline Potter, Ashgate 2008. New edition published by Routledge.

‘Poulenc et Edward Lockspeiser : un amitié professional’. In Fortune de Francis Poulenc : diffusion, interprétation, réception, ed. Hervé Lacombe and Nicolas Southon. Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2016, pp. 197–219

Full Preface to Carmen Vocal Score, edited RLS, Edition Peters EP7548. Online publication. Published on Edition Peters Website, 2015.

Georges Bizet: Carmen, Partition chant et piano. Édité par Richard Langham Smith, Edition Peters EP7548a, Leipzig, London, New York, 2013 xxxv + 399pp. Text in French with English Translation by David Parry. Preface in English, French and German. 7 plates.

 Debussy: Rodrigue et Chimène, Œuvres Complètes de Claude Debussy. Series VI Volume 1, Durand et cie., Paris, 2003, lxxi + 331pp. First edition of unpublished opera by Debussy completed, edited and reconstructed by RLS.

 ‘L'art de préluder : quelques questions de taxonomie chez Debussy’, in Regards sur Debussy, ed. Myriam Chimènes et Alexandre Laederich, Fayard, Paris, 2013 pp. 329–336. ISBN: 978-2-213-67258-8

Faculties / departments: Programmes, Research


Research areas



Research students

Khalid Al Jabri

Max Wong


Latest Publications

Smith, Richard Langham (2017) ‘Le Paradis deux fois perdu’: Debussy, Watteau and the fête galante, in 'Historical Interplay in French Music' edited by Deborah Mawer, Routledge, forthcoming. In: Historical Interplay in French Music. Routledge, UK. ISBN 9781472474759 (In Press)

Lacombe, Herve and Southon, Nicolas and Smith, Richard Langham (2016) Poulenc et Edward Lockspeiser: Une Amitie Professionelle in 'Fortune de Francis Poulenc'. In: Fortune de Francis Poulenc. Presses Universitaires de Rennes, France, p. 197. ISBN 978-2-7535-5006-3


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Professor Richard Langham Smith

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