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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 made a Chevalier de l'ordre des arts et des lettres for services to French Music and Culture in 1994.

Selected publications

Carmen Abroad: Bizet’s Opera on the Global Stage. Edited by Richard Langham Smith and Clair Rowden. Cambridge University Press, 2020. [ISBN 978 1 108 48161 8] 

'Le Cas Debussy: Layers of Resonance from Literature into Music’. In The Edinburgh Companion to Literature and Music, Edited by Delia da Sousa Correa, Edinburgh University Press, 2020, pp. 624–631. ISBN 978 0 7486 9312 2 

‘O Camponês em Paris’, in Chabrier ‘L’Étoile’, Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Lisbon, 2019 pp. 17–25.

‘Debussy Fifty Years Later: Has the barrel run dry?’ In Debussy’s Resonance. Edited by François de Médicis and Steven Huebner, Rochester University Press, 2018, pp. 19–37. ISBN 9781580465250 [RCM Research Online]

Langham Smith R (2017), Le paradis deux fois perdu: Debussy, Watteau and the Fête Galante, in D Mawer (ed.), Historical Interplay in French Music and Culture (pp. 38–63), Routledge [ISBN 9781472474759].

Langham Smith R (2016), Poulenc et Edward Lockspeiser : un amitié professional, in H Lacombe & N Southon (eds.), Fortune de Francis Poulenc : diffusion, interprétation, réception, (pp. 197-219), Presses Universitaires de Rennes [ISBN 978-2-7535-5006-3].

Langham Smith R (2013), L'art de préluder : quelques questions de taxonomie chez Debussy, in M. Chimènes & A Laederich (eds.) Regards sur Debussy (pp. 329-336) [ISBN 978-2-213-67258-8].


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