7. CHAMBER MUSIC (c) STRINGS / + PNO / + ACC.

(scores in alphabetical order)

BLYTHSWOOD (1996) 10' LISTEN  
  viola and piano 

                I. Tangled Webs LISTEN 
                II. Gannets Diving  LISTEN 
                III. To become the song LISTEN

1st perf: Su Zhen (vla), Simon Lepper (pf), Harlow Old Town Hall, Harlow, Essex (1999 Harlow Viola Festival), 20 February 1999. 
Pub. S&B. Copies available for purchase, ref H398 

 . . . these three pieces could stand individually or would make a welcome addition to a recital programme in their entirety.  
                                                         Leonie Anderson, ESTA News and Views

Rhian Samuel’s three pieces . . . are lyrical, full of movement and atmospheric. . . . these pieces need technical command and imagination but they are all approachable and allow the performer to see beyond the notes and communicate the expressive nature of the music. 
                                Jennifer Peterson, Music Teacher Magazine, Spring 2000

Brief as they are, their expressive range is wide, with the first ending in a whisper and the last building to a huge climax, powerfully caught by the artists here. 
                                                      Edward Greenfield, Gramophone, April, 2014

BITTER-SWEET (2016) 
viola and piano


FIVE MINIATURES (2001) 11' 
piano quintet 

        I.  Tides  -- II.  Surreptitious Waltz – III.  Pines by Moonlight  -- 
IV.  Distant Hymn -- V. Motoring

1st perf: Franke Piano Quintet with students from Benenden School, Cranbrook, Kent, 29 April 2001.
Pub. S&B.  Score and parts available for purchase, ref Y182


LAST DANCE, THE (2009) 17' 
string quartet 
1st perf: Darwin Bicentennial Quartet (Edward McCullagh, Takuma Yamaguchi, vlns; Lesley Larkum, vla; Miguel Calvo, vc),  Bridewell Hall, London, 11 July 2009. 
Pub. S&B.  Score and parts available for purchase, ref Y262

MIST ON THE HILLS (2011) 9½'
accordion and string quartet

               I. Settling – II. Lingering   -- III. Swirling 

1st perf: Milos Milivojevic (accordion), Juritz Quartet (David Juritz, Naomi Thomas, vlns; Martin Kegelmann, vla; Rosie Biss, vc, The Tabernacle, Machynlleth, 22 August 2011 (Machynlleth Festival). 
Pub. S&B.  Score and parts available for purchase, ref Y279 
This work is also available in a version for two accordions. Please contact the composer for details.

ONE CHARMING NIGHT (1998) 6' 
violin and piano 
Commissioned by Joji Hattori 
1st perf: Joji Hattori (vln), Joseph Seiger (pf), Wigmore Hall, London, 29 October 1998.
Pub. S&B.  Copies available for purchase, ref H423

Tonally rich and quixotic         Edward Lewis, Classical Source, January 2007

PHANTASY TRIO (2010) 7½’
violin, cello and piano 
1st perf: The Inari Ensemble (Clare Hammond, pf; Jenna Sherry, vln; Richard Birchall, vc), St Mary’s Church, Cossington, Somerset, 2 April 2011. 
Pub S&B. Score and parts available for purchase, ref Y273 

In five continuous movements offering considerable contrast, brilliantly played throughout by the Inari Ensemble . . . Samuel justifiably declared here warm appreciation of the performance, a verdict whole-heartedly endorsed by the enthusiastic audience
.                                                        County Gazette (Somerset), 19 April, 2011

PRELUDES AND DANCES (1997) 13' 
string quartet 
Commissioned by the 1997 Lower Machen Festival with funds from the Arts Council of Wales 
1st perf: Emperor Quartet, St Michael’s Church, Lower Machen, 25 June 1997. 
Pub. S&B. Score and parts available for purchase, ref Y148

QUARTET: LIGHT AND WATER (2003) 15' 
piano quartet 

I.  Light through Water  LISTEN
III. Water above Light  LISTEN
II.  Light above Water  LISTEN     
IV. Water through Light  (i)  LISTEN  (ii)  LISTEN

1st perf: Fidelio Piano Quartet, St John’s Church, Hampstead, London, 15 May 2004 (Hampstead and Highgate Festival)
Pub. S&B. Score and parts available for purchase, ref AC211

 . . . The shifting, glittering interplay of piano and strings throughout the work, and an idiom of deceptive, challenging transparency, gave those repeated words {‘Light’, ‘Water’] a reality that lingers in my mind. 
                                                    Paul Driver, The Sunday Times, 30 May 2004 

 Light and Water is definitely a piece that needs repeated hearing; having heard this excellent first outing in Hampstead’s St John’s Church, I hope to remake its acquaintance soon.
                                                                       Guy Rickards, Tempo, Oct. 2004 

RONDO PIZZICATO (1984) string quartet 
Published in The String Quartet, IV, ed. G. Winters, London/Hamburg: N. Simrock, 1986 

SHARDS OF LIGHT (2005) 7' 
solo violin 
Commissioned by György Pauk for his students 
1st perf: Chihiro Inda, Royal Academy of Music, London, 27 June 2006.
Pub. S&B.  Copies available for purchase, ref Y228.

 . . .  a definite sympathy and understanding for what is possible in the production of colour and sound on the violin. Shards of Light is demanding but also intriguing and atmospheric.
                                Patricia Noall, ESTA News and Views, Winter 2006    


 A striking contrast of dynamics, range, tempos, and mixed meters, in combination with Samuel’s descriptive and articulate notes, makes Shards of Light an exciting but challenging addition to the solo repertoire.
                                                                 Graham Pellettieri, Strings, 2007

SONATA for violin and piano (2018)  13½’
Commissioned by Rhyl Music Club with funds from the PRS
in three movements
1st perf: Mary Hofman, violin, & Richard Ormrod, piano, Rhyl Music Club, 17 October, 2018. To be toured across Wales by the above performers in 2018-19.
Pub. Tŷ Cerdd, 2018 

THREADED LIGHT (2012) c.18' 
string quartet with optional percussion
Commissioned by the Mavron Quartet in celebration of its 10th anniversary, with a ‘Women Make Music’ award from the PRS for Music Foundation  

I.  Twine (1)                   V. Foxtrot Gleam
II.  Late Sun                  VI. Estuary by Moonlight
III.  Glinting Stars          VII. Twine (3)
IV.  Twine (2)                                         

1st perf: Mavron Quartet (Christiana Mavron, Katy Rowe, vlns; Niamh Ferris, vla; Lucy Simmonds, vc), 29 May 2012, St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 
Pub. S&B. Score and parts available for purchase, ref Y298 

TIME OUT OF TIME (2002) 12' 
Little Suite for cello and piano

I.  Angels (i) LISTEN  
II.  Mechanical Doll  LISTEN
III.  ’Twixt Thee and Me  LISTEN    
IV. The Little Boat at its Moorings  LISTEN 
V. Harmonium LISTEN 
VI. Angels (ii)  LISTEN

1st perf (nos. I–III): Mats Lidstrom (vc), Mark Glasser (pf), Greenwich Theatre, London, 27 May 2002; 1st complete perf: Beate Altenburg (vc), Jeremy Eskenazi (pf ), Royal Academy of Music, London, 9 Jan. 2003 
Pub. S&B. Copies available for purchase, ref Y184 

Time out of Time ... is an imaginative addition to the contemporary cello-and-piano repertoire. 
                                                 Peter Palmer, Tempo Vol. 62, Issue 244, April 2008 

TIME OUT OF TIME (2002) 12' 
Little Suite for cello and piano arranged for viola and piano 

I. Angels (i) – II.  Mechanical Doll – III. ’Twixt Thee and Me  --
IV. The Little Boat at its Moorings – V. Harmonium. – VI. Angels (ii)

Pub. S&B. Copies available for purchase, ref Y192 

TIN SOLDIER (2002) 1½'
cello and piano 
Commissioned by The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music 
Published in Spectrum for Cello, ABRSM Publishing 

In the whimsical Tin Solder by Rhian Samuel, the rhythms and pizzicati are great fun to play.
        C.M., Stringendo (Journal of the Australian Strings Assoc.), Vol. 26, no.1, 2004

This is a descriptively fraught little piece that, despite some difficult rhythm and position work, will no doubt become a favourite with my younger students.
                                                                          ESTA, Spring, 2004, 29, no 1