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Dr Robert Samuels

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Profile summary

  • Senior Lecturer in Music
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • Music
  • robert.samuels

Professional biography

Robert Samuels (b.1962) was educated at Southend High School for Boys and Robinson College, Cambridge. He studied English and Music, graduating with a B.A. in 1985. After a year of voluntary work, he returned to Robinson College in 1986, and graduated with an M.Phil. in Musicology in 1987. He then studied for a Ph.D. in Music from 1987 to 1989, eventually graduating in 1994 with the thesis, Semiotics and Mahler: Analyses of Musical Signification in the Sixth Symphony. In 1989 he was appointed Leverhulme Research Fellow, in the Department of Music at the University of Lancaster, and in 1990 he was appointed Lecturer. In 1995 he was appointed Lecturer in the Music Department of the Open University and in 2011 he was appointed Senior Lecturer. He lives in Oxford with his wife, Alison and children, Anna Maria (b.1999) and Ben (b.2002).

Research interests

Music of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, particularly from the perspectives of music analysis, critical theory, aesthetic history and comparative cultural history (principally exploring the relationships between music and literature). Publications have included studies of Schubert, Schumann, Mahler, Cage, Boulez and Birtwistle.

Robert is a convenor of the Literature and Music Research Group.

In 2014-15 Robert  held a twelve-month Leverhulme Research Fellowship with the project title, "Symphony and Novel in the Long Nineteenth Century".

Publications

 

See "Publications" tab above

Dictionary and Encyclopedia entries:

‘Schubert’ and ‘Winterreise’, articles for the Encyclopedia of the Romantic Era, ed. C. Murray. Fitzroy Dearborn (2003).

'Musical semiotics', article for the Oxford Companion to Musiced. A. Latham. Oxford: Oxford University Press (2002).

‘Harrison Birtwistle’, article for The Penguin Opera Guide, ed. A. Holden. Penguin Viking, Harmondsworth (1993).

Teaching interests

Robert is a contributing author to module A342, Central Questions in the Study of Music (to be launched in 2015).

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Literature and Music Research GroupGroupFaculty of Arts
Musics and Cultures Research GroupGroupFaculty of Arts

Publications

Narrative form and Mahler’s musical thinking (2011-12)
Samuels, Robert
Nineteenth-Century Music Review, 8(2) (pp. 237-254)
The Double Articulation of Schubert: Reflections on Der Doppelgänger (2010-07)
Samuels, Robert
The Musical Quarterly, 93(2) (pp. 192-233)
Literature and music: Interdisciplinary research and teaching at the Open University (2009)
da Sousa Correa, Delia; Chornik, Katia and Samuels, Robert
Working With English: Medieval and Modern Language, Literature and Drama, 5 (pp. 50-61)
Entendez-vous la musique? Review of Peter Dayan: Music Writing Literature, from Sand via Debussy to Derrida. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2006 (2008)
Samuels, Robert
Intégral: The Journal of Applied Musical Thought, Volume
Derrida and Snarrenberg (1989)
Samuels, Robert
In Theory Only, 11(1-2) (pp. 45-58)
Mahler's Sixth Symphony: a Study in Musical Semiotics (1995)
Samuels, Robert
Cambridge Studies in Music Theory and Analysis
ISBN : 9780521481663 | Publisher : Cambridge University Press | Published : Cambridge
Cross entropy as a measure of musical contrast (2015-06-16)
Laney, Robin; Samuels, Robert and Capulet, Emilie
In: Collins, Tom; Meredith, David and Volk, Anja eds. Mathematics and Computation in Music. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (9110) (pp. 193-198)
ISBN : 978-3-319-20602-8 | Publisher : Springer International Publishing | Published : Cham, Switzerland
Schubert’s instrumental voice: vocality in melodic construction in the late works (2014)
Samuels, Robert
In: Bernhart, Walter and Kramer, Lawrence eds. On Voice. Word and Music Studies (pp. 161-178)
ISBN : 978-90-420-3821-9 | Publisher : Rodopi | Published : Amsterdam
The act of performance as Mahlerian topic (2011-12)
Samuels, Robert
In: Bernhart, Walter and Halliwell, Michael eds. Word and Music Studies: essays on performativity and on surveying the field. Words and Music Studies (12) (pp. 35-52)
ISBN : 978-90-420-3463-1 | Publisher : Rodopi | Published : Amsterdam
Mahler within Mahler: allusion as quotation, self-reference, and metareference (2010)
Samuels, Robert
In: Bernhart, Walter and Wolf, Werner eds. Self-Reference in Literature and Other Media. Word and Music Studies (11) (pp. 33-50)
ISBN : 978-90-420-3158-6 | Publisher : Rodopi | Published : Amsterdam
Music as Narrative's Limit and Supplement (2007)
Samuels, Robert
In: Mazanas, Ana and Benito, Jesus eds. The Dynamics of the Threshold. Studies in Liminality and Literature 5 (pp. 149-163)
Publisher : The Gateway Press | Published : Madrid
Narratives of masculinity and femininity: two Schumann song cycles (2006-09-20)
Samuels, Robert
In: Da Sousa Correa, Delia ed. Phrase and subject: Studies in Literature and Music (pp. 135-145)
ISBN : 1904713076 | Publisher : Legenda | Published : Oxford, UK
The musician writes: for the eyes of the deaf? (2004)
Boulez, Pierre and Samuels, Robert [trans.]
In: Ashby, Arved ed. The Pleasure of Modernist Music: Listening, Meaning, Intention, Ideology. Eastman Studies in Music (pp. 197-222)
ISBN : 9781580461436 | Publisher : University of Rochester Press | Published : Rochester, NY
Music as text: Mahler, Schumann and issues in analysis (1994)
Samuels, Robert
In: Pople, Anthony ed. Theory, Analysis and Meaning in Music (pp. 152-163)
ISBN : 521452368 | Publisher : Cambridge University Press | Published : Cambridge
Pierre Boulez. Le marteau sans maître: facsimile of the draft score and the first fair copy of the full score (2005)
Decroupet, Pascal and Samuels, Robert [trans.] eds.
Publications from the Paul Sacher Foundation
ISBN : 978-3-7957-0453-7 | Publisher : Schott | Published : Mainz; London
The Boulez-Cage Carrespondence (1993)
Nattiez, Jean-Jacques and Samuels, Robert [trans.] eds.
ISBN : 9780521485586 | Publisher : Cambridge University Press | Published : Cambridge
Algorithmic music as intelligent game music (2014)
Prechtl, Anthony; Laney, Robin; Willis, Alistair and Samuels, Robert
In : AISB50: The 50th Annual Convention of the AISB (1-4 April 2014, London, UK)
Methodological approaches to the evaluation of game music systems (2014)
Prechtl, Anthony; Laney, Robin; Willis, Alistair and Samuels, Robert
In : Audio Mostly Conference (01-03 Oct 2014, Aalborg, Denmark)

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