Joel Ryce-Menuhin (June 11, 1933 – March 31, 1998) was an American
pianist, who later became a Jungian psychologist in private practice.
2 Jungian psychology
3 Personal life
5 Selected recordings
6 Selected publications
8 External links
Joel Ryce-Menuhin was born as Joel Taylor Rice in Sterling, Illinois
to Joseph Kenneth Rice (1901–1998) and Emily Bours Thompson Rice
(1898–1982). At a young age he showed considerable talent as a
pianist, attending the
Juilliard School along with pianist Van Cliburn
as a student of Rosina Lhévinne.
While later studying in London with famed pianist Dame
Myra Hess in
1959, Joel Rice was introduced to Yaltah Menuhin, sister of violinist
Yehudi Menuhin, who had come to play in the Bath Festival. A year
later, after their marriage in America on Joel's 27th birthday in
1960, the young pianists were invited to play together at a festival
in California. They so enjoyed this first performance, that they
subsequently devoted a large portion of their time each season to
joint appearances, playing solos, duets and works for two pianos and
television appearances in New York, Paris and Geneva.
In 1962, the duo won the
Harriet Cohen International Music Award for
their London debut, in a program largely devoted to works by Schubert
for four hands. In 1966, they performed the Mozart Double Piano
Concerto under the baton of
Yehudi Menuhin in Gstaad,
other venues in Europe. In 1967, Yaltah and Joel recorded the entire
duet repertoire of Mozart in America for Everest Records, the first
time ever that this was done by one team of artists. During their
annual tours in America and Europe, they gave many charity
performances, for such organizations as the Swiss Technical Overseas
Relief, for mental hospitals, needy infants in Germany, the World Day
of Peace at the
Lausanne Swiss National Exposition, and for the
opening of United Nations Week in London.
The Self in Early Childhood by Joel Ryce-Menuhin, 1988.
Physical illness forced Joel to end his musical career in 1971. During
the following years, strongly supported by Yaltah, he studied
Switzerland with the founder of Sandplay therapy, Dora
M. Kalff, and he became a highly regarded Jungian psychotherapist.
He wrote several music-related books with his wife, Yaltah Menuhin,
and wrote and edited several books on psychology (
Jung and the
Monotheisms, Jungian Sandplay: The Wonderful Therapy, et al.). He
formerly edited the Jungian journal, Harvest.
Joel Ryce-Menuhin and his wife were married for almost forty years.
Following an extended struggle with cancer, Ryce-Menuhin died on March
31, 1998, aged 64, with his wife by his side.
Yaltah Menuhin continued
to live in their home in Canfield Gardens, Hampstead, England, where
she died on June 9, 2001.
Joel was a direct descendant of Edmund Rice, an English immigrant to
Massachusetts Bay Colony, as follows:
Joel Ryce-Menuhin (né Joel Taylor Rice), son of
Joseph Kenneth Rice (1901 – 1998), son of
John Samuel Rice (1879 – 1955), son of
Samuel Gardner Rice (1840 – 1893), son of
Gardner Rice (1804 – 1878), son of
Samuel Rice (1772 – 1853), son of
Nathaniel Rice (1745 – 1777), son of
Phineas Rice (1724 – 1777), son of
Perez Rice (1698 – 1782), son of
Thomas Rice (1654 – 1747), son of
Thomas Rice (1626 – 1681), son of
Edmund Rice (1594 – 1663)
Menuhin, Yaltah & Joel Ryce. 1965. Music for dual pianists:
Petrouchka, by Stravinsky, adapted in 1947 by the composer, --Duet
Sonata, by Hindemith—Neue Liebeslieder Walzer, op. 65, complete, by
Brahms. SDBR 3130, Everest Records, USA. (Sound recordings)
Menuhin, Yaltah & Joel Ryce. 1967. The complete works for piano,
four hands, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart No. SDBR 03168/3, Everest Records,
USA. (Sound recordings)
Menuhin, Yaltah & Joel Rice. 1967.
Piano Music For Four Hands:
Beethoven - 3 Grand Marches In C, E Flat And D Op. 45/ Mendelssohn -
Andante And Variations Op. 83A/ Schubert - Fantasie In F Minor Op.
103/ Dvorak - Slavonic Dances Op. 71 No.S 1, 2, 5 & 7. No. 036676,
Everest Records, USA (Sound recordings)
Ryce-Menuhin, J. 1988. The self in early childhood. Free Association
Books, London. (ISBN 1853430021)
Ryce-Menuhin, J. 1992. Jungian sandplay: The wonderful therapy.
Routledge Press, London & New York. (ISBN 0415047757)
Ryce-Menuhin, J. 1992. The performing musician as an analyst: A shift
in depth interpretation. Journal of Analytical Psychology 37:49-60.
Ryce-Menuhin, J. (ed.) 1994.
Jung and the monotheisms: Judaism,
Christianity, and Islam. Routledge Press, London & New York.
Ryce-Menuhin, J. 1996. Naked and erect: male sexuality and feeling.
Chiron Publications, Wilmette, Illinois. (ISBN 1888602007)
^ Rolfe, L. (2004). The Uncommon Friendship of
Yaltah Menuhin and
California Classic Books; ISBN 9781879395466
^ a b c "Yaltah and Joel".
Yaltah Menuhin Memorial Fund website.
Retrieved 31 August 2009.
Edmund Rice (1638)
Edmund Rice (1638) Association Newsletter Spring 2008" (PDF). The
Edmund Rice (1638)
Edmund Rice (1638) Association, Inc. Retrieved 2009-03-25.
^ "Edmund Rice Descendants Database".
Edmund Rice (1638)
Edmund Rice (1638) Association.
Retrieved 26 August 2010.
Yaltah Menuhin Memorial Fund
British and Irish Sandplay Society
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