List of Works
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Global tapestry - Ananta duo
Sonata "Muskoka" for clarinet & piano (Lake movement). Ananta Duo: "Global Tapestry" (2018). Purchase.

Windermere String Quartet: Inner Landscapes
Traces of a Silent Landscape. Windermere String Quartet: "Inner Landscapes" (2016). Purchase.


Lullaby. Edmonton Symphony Orchestra: "A Concert for New York" (2013). 2014 Western Canadian Music Awards nominee for Classical Recording of the Year. Purchase.



Edited Collection
   Ingraham and Rival, editors.
Reflections on Malcolm Forsyth.
University of Alberta Press, 2019.
Journal Articles / Book Chapters
  • "Malcolm Forsyth's Double Concerto: Forging a New Simplicity." Intersections 39/2 (2019), 145179. [PDF*]
    *For personal use only. Copyright © Canadian University Music Society 2022.
  • "Breathing in G: Harmonic Tension & Repose in Forsyth's Cello Concerto Electra Rising." In Reflections on Malcolm Forsyth, edited by Ingraham and Rival. University of Alberta Press, 2019. [PDF*]
    *For personal use only. Copyright © University of Alberta Press 2019.
  • "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.
  • George Proctor Prize (best graduate student paper), Canadian University Music Society, 2009
  • Doctoral Fellowship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, 2008-09
Conference Papers
  • "Malcolm Forsyth's Double Concerto: Forging a New Simplicity"
  • "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) [invited]
  • "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)