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Research

Publications
  • Flatwards Bound: Defining Harmonic Flavour in Late Nielsen. Carl Nielsen Studies Vol. 5 (2012), 258-79. [PDF* with abstract]
    *For personal use only. Copyright © author & Carl Nielsen Studies 2012.
  • The Comfort of Denial: Metre, Cyclic Form and Narrative in Shostakovich’s Seventh String Quartet. twentieth-century music 6/2 (2011), 209-35. [abstract] [PDF*]
    *For personal use only. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2011.
Book-in-Development
Co-editor (with Mary Ingraham, University of Alberta) of Images of Malcolm Forsyth, a book-in-development for The University of Alberta Press. Essays by leading scholars on the late Canadian composer. My own, "Breathing in G: Harmonic Tension & Repose in Forsyth's Cello Concerto Electra Rising", to be included.

Awards
  • George Proctor Prize (best graduate student paper), Canadian University Music Society, 2009
  • Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, 2008-09
Conference Papers
  • Voice Leading & Macroharmony in Malcolm Forsyth's Cello Concerto Electra Rising
  • Chords, Scales and Voice Leading: Defining Harmonic Flavour in Late Nielsen
  • The Comfort of Denial: Metre, Cyclic Form and Narrative in Shostakovich’s Seventh String Quartet [abstract]
    • Jul 2-5, 2009—Sixth Biennial International Conference on Music Since 1900, Keele University, UK
    • May 28-31, 2009—Canadian University Music Society Conference 2009, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON
  • Modal and Harmonic Fluctuation in Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony, Largo [abstract]
    • Nov 14, 2006—Shostakovich in Words & Music (University of Toronto Composers' Forum)
    • Sep 29 - Oct 1, 2006—Shostakovich 2006: International Centenary Conference (Bristol, UK)
  • The Drama in John Corigliano's String Quartet, Prelude [abstract]
    • May 14, 2006—University of Western Ontario Graduate Student Symposium in Music
    • March 4, 2006—University of Toronto Music Graduate Students' Association Conference
Robert Rival at Bristol conference
Robert Rival reading a paper at the Shostakovich 2006: International Centenary Conference in Bristol, UK. (photo by Ed Oswalt)