pprofile of Robin Holloway, composer, teacher and writer
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Robin Holloway retired from his 32-year teaching career at Cambridge University in September 2011. The Faculty of Miusic marked the occasion by presenting a momentous performance of his Gilded Goldbergs, perfomed by Huw Watkins and Ryan Wigglesworth.

Many members of the audience expressed the wish for a recorded souvenir. The complete performance is now available on 2 CDs at very moderate cost, and can be ordered by contacting the composer direct.

Click here for a tribute (text) by George Benjamin.

Click here for a tribute (piano duet) by Nicholas Kingman.


If you are one of Robin's former students or colleagues, and would like to add your tribute, please contact Paddy Gormley (who designed this website) at paddy@paddygormley.info, or by telephone (office hours only) on +44(0)20 8319 4276.

This is the definitive website for the work of Robin Holloway, composer, teacher and writer. 
The site contents, largely written and presented by Robin Holloway himself, include the following:

Click on the image below
for an audio-visual overview
of Robin Holloway's
Haydn transcription project.

Click for transcriptions page

  • a detailed catalogue of compositions by Robin Holloway, with written / audio commentaries;
  • facsimile images of Robin Holloway's scores, working documents and memorabilia;
  • links to composition-specific web pages by Robin Holloway's publisher, Boosey & Hawkes;
  • links to other relevant sites, including an archive website featuring extracts from Robin Holloway's book On Music: Essays and Diversions and retailers who stock commercial recordings of Robin Holloway's work;
  • details of Robin Holloway's project to transcribe Haydn's string quartets for piano duet, including click-to-play audio and facsimile illustrations.   

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Scroll down for a 23-minute audio interview with Robin Holloway.




The audio player on the right features a 23-minute audio recording in which Robin Holloway talks about music, and specifically about how his work fits into the continuum of the development of music in the 20th and 21st centuries. 

The interview, conducted by Paddy Gormley in 2008, also explores the interrelationships between Robin Holloway's composing, teaching and writing. 






Click on the image on the left for a full list of compositions by Robin Holloway with extensive links to detailed commentaries, composition-specific pages in Boosey & Hawkes' website and retailer websites where commercial recordings of Robin Holloway's work may be found. 

Many of the commentary pages include slide-shows, featuring facsimile pages of manuscripts, notebooks and illustrations from Robin Holloway's private library. 

Some also include audio introductions with recprded excerpts.  Click on the image below for one such, based on Gilded Goldbergs, Op. 86 and the Hyperion recording by the Micallef-Inanga Piano Duo

See the Compositions page for further audio presentations with music illustrations (including Sea Surface Full of Clouds and the Second and Third Concerti for Orchestra). 

Click for the Gilded Goldbergs page, including an audio introduction with recorded excerpts





The Links page of this site enables you to go directly to other sites that may be of interest. 

Perhaps the most unusual of these is a link to an archive website created in 2003 to coincide with the launch of Robin Holloway's book On Music: Essays and Diversions

The page also includes links to record retailers who stock commercial recordings of Robin Holloway's compositions and to media sites featuring his work. 

Click here for a page of links to websites by Paddy Gormley, who designed this site. 

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