WRITINGS

Articles, books by Rhian Samuel: 

 

‘Birtwistle’s The Minotaur: the opera and a diary of its first 

             production', Cambridge Opera Journal, 20, 3 (2009),

             1-22

 

‘Harrison Birtwistle’s The Minotaur’. Programme booklet, 

             Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, April 2008 

             (for 1st perf. of Birtwistle's The Minotaur).

 

'Ail-lunio'r Cwestiwn', Tu Chwith, Hydref/Oct.1996, 86-89 


'Women of Composure', BBC Music Magazine, May 1996, 

               32-34

'Women Who Call the Tunes', Guardian, 26 May, 1995, 11


Co-editor (with Julie Anne Sadie), The Norton/New Grove 

  Dictionary of Women Composers (London and New 

               York: Macmillan and W.W. Norton), 1994 

 

‘Women’s Music: A Twentieth-Century Perspective’, in The 

               New Grove Dictionary of Women Composers

               xiii-xviii.

 

‘Elisabetta Brusa’, ‘Ellen Coleman’, ‘Silvina Milstein’, ‘Judith 

 Weir’, ‘Julia Wolfe’ in The New Grove Dictionary of 

 Women Composers (see above)

 

‘Musical Expressions’ in Reclaiming the Muse, ed. Nicola 

               Lefanu & Sophie Fuller, Contemporary Music 

               Review, 11, Dec 1994, 257-9  

 

‘Time Remembered: Birtwistle’s The Second Mrs Kong’, 

               Opera,  lxv, 10 (Oct 1994), 1153-58 

 

‘Violetta and Germont’ in Violetta and her Sisters, ed. N. 

              John (London: Faber), 1994, 258-263  

 

‘Facing the Music’ in Women in Music, ed. David Jones, 

              Channel  4 Publications, June 1994, 8-9  


‘Editing the Twentieth Century: The New Grove Dictionary 

            of Women Composers’, ILWC Journal, Oct 1993,

            22-23 

 

‘Feminist Musicology: Endings or Beginnings?’, Women: A 

              Cultural Review, 3, 1 (July 1992), 65-69 

             

‘Birtwistle’s Gawain: An Essay and a Diary’, Cambridge 

              Opera Journal, 4, 2 (1992), 163-178 

 

‘Gawain’s Musical Journey.’  Programme booklet, Royal 

              Opera House, Covent Garden, May 1991 (for 

              1st perf. of Birtwistle's Gawain). 2nd version 

              (for revised opera), April 1994  

 

‘Music in Command' [Reimann's Lear: the music] 

            Programme booklet, ENO, Feb 1989 (for 1st 

            British perf. of Lear)

 

‘Women Composers:  A Personal View’, Contact, 32 (Spring 

            1988), 53-54 

 

Reviews by Rhian Samuel: 

 

Elaine Barkin and Lydia Hamessley, eds: Audible Traces’.   

Perspectives of NewMusic (USA), Summer, 2002 

‘Jonathan Cross:  Harrison Birtwistle: Man, Mind, Music

 and Robert Aldington: The Music of Harrison 

Birtwistle’, Music and Letters, 2001 

‘David Osmond-Smith: Berio.’ Music and Letters, 73, 3 

(Aug. 92), 483-5

‘Wolfram Schwinger, tr. William Mann: Krysztof Penderecki: 

his Life and  Work.’ Music and Letters, 72, 1 (Feb. 91),

153- 55

‘Philip Glass:  Opera on the Beach.’ Music and Letters, 70, 4  

(Nov. 89),  579-81

‘Charles Wuorinen: Crossfire.’  Music and Letters , 70, 4  (Nov. 

89),  597-8

New Music 87, ed. Roger Wright and Michael Finnissey.’ 

Music and Letters  69, 1 (Jan 88),  298-9

‘24th Annual RMA Conference.’ Musical Times, 130 (June 89), 

368

‘Morton Feldman: Triadic Memories and George Rochberg: 

Four Short Sonatas.’ Music and Letters,70,  2 (May  

89),  308-10

 ‘Fred Lerdahl:  Fantasy Etudes and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich:  

             Symphony No. 2.’  Music and Letters,  70,  2  (May 89), 

310-12

‘Morton Feldman: For Frank O’Hara and Earle Brown: 

             Centering’. Music and Letters, 69, 4 (Oct. 88), 569

            -570.  

 

‘Colin Matthews:  Toccata meccanica  and Three enigmas.

             Music and Letters , 69, 4  (Oct. 88), 571-73


‘Jonathan Lloyd: The Shorelines of Certainty and Nigel 

              Osborne: Mythologies.’ Musicand Letters, 69, 4 

             (Oct. 1988), 570-71


'Ellen Taaffe Zwilich: Concerto and Concerto Grosso 

              (1985).’ Music and Letters, 69, 2 (April 1988), 143

               -44



Selected writings on Rhian Samuel:

  

Andrews, Joyce.  ‘Composer Rhian Samuel:  The Female 

              Viewpoint and Welsh Influences in her Vocal 

              Music’.  Women and Music, 8 (2004), 61-72. 

 

Davies, Lyn. ‘Rhian Samuel (1944-): ‘Cyfansoddwraig o’r 

              Cwm’. In Cwm Cynon, ed. Hywel Teifi Edwards, 

              Gomer Press, 1997, 329-342. 

 

Hoch, Matthew. 'A Shining Crag': Rhian Samuel's Yr Alarch'.

              Journal of the IAWM, 25, 1 (2019), 14-17. 

Hoch, Matthew and Linda Lister. 'Art Songs by Women'. 

              In So You Want to Sing Music by Women, ed. M. 

              Hoch and L. Lister,  Rowman & Littlefield, 2019, 61. 

 

Mabry, Sharon. Exploring Twentieth-Century Vocal Music. 

              New York: OUP, 2002. [Discussions of 'The Hare in 

              the Moon, 'Songs of Earth and Air', 'The Witch's      

              Manuscript' and 'In the Hall of Mirrors.]

 

Mabry, Sharon. ‘Two Gems for Soprano’. Journal of Singing, 

             Sept/Oct, 2000, 57, 1, 35-36. [Discussion of ‘The 

             Hare in the Moon’.] 

 

Mabry, Sharon. ‘Song-Cycles by Women Composers, Part II’.

              Journal of Singing,,Jan/Feb, 2000, 56, 3, 61-61.  

              [Discussions of ‘Songs of Earth and Air’, ‘Three

              Songs with Guitar’ and ‘The White Amaryllis’.] 

Mack, Anna.  'Opina compositor a inglesa, "La música no     

              se explica con palabras" '. El Sur [Concepción, Chile], 

              17 mayo, 1992, 9.

Manning, Jane.  ‘Rhian Samuel: The Hare in the Moon’. New   

             Vocal Repertory, Volume 2, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 

             1998, 193-197. 

 

Manning, Jane.  ‘Rhian Samuel: The Hare in the Moon’.  

              Vocal Repertoire for the 21st Century, Volume 1:    

              Works written before 2000. Oxford: Clarendon 

              Press, 2020, 271-274. 

 

Schutz, Rachel. 'An Introduction to Welsh Solo Vocal 

              Repertoire.' Journal of  Singing, Sept/Oct. 2020, 

              77, 1, 73-80. [Discussion of six Welsh composers, 

              from Morfydd Owen to Rhian Samuel.]

 

Williams, Nicholas. ‘Composer Focus: Rhian Samuel'.  

              Mastersinger, 51 (Spring, 2004), 22-23.


Weirzbicki, James. 'SLSO to play new work by Conservatory 

              Composer'. St Louis Globe-Democrat. Sept 26-27, 

              1981, 5F.