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The contents of Robin Holloway's book, On Music: Essays and Diversions, are as follows.

The underlined entries are links to extracts from the book itself.

 

Preface

Part 1: The Austro-German Mainstream

  • 1 Two on Bach performances
  • 2 Haydn: the musicians’ musician
  • 3 Mozart: redundant genius
  • 4 Schubert’s songs recorded
  • 5 A noble nature
  • 6 Some thoughts about Tristan and abstract nouns
  • 7 Motif, memory and meaning in Twilight of the Gods
  • 8 Experiencing music and imagery in Parsifal
  • 9 Humanising Wagner
  • 10 Two on Bruckner
  • 11 Two on Brahms
  • 12 Gingerbread artistry
  • 13 Unobtrusive conservative
  • 14 Mahler’s tragic friend
  • 15 A Dutch Mahlerian
  • 16 Mahler 10
  • 17 Strauss: two pieces on the fiftieth anniversary of his death
  • 18 Salome: art or kitsch?
  • 19 The orchestration of Elektra: a critical interpretation
  • 20 Die Frau ohne Schatten
  • 21 Strauss’s last opera
  • 22 Strauss Stravinsky Schoenberg
  • 23 The great mutilator
  • 24 Lulu
  • 25 Schoeck the evolutionary
  • 26 Two on Weill
  • 27 Henze’s law
  • 28 Stockhausen’s Inori

 

Part II The Others

  • 29 Purcell’s diligent muse
  • 30 Elaborating Elgar’s Third
  • 31 Fairest Isle
  • 32 Walton’s centenary
  • 33 Benjamin Britten: the sentimental sublime
  • 34 Memorial piece
  • 35 Strange victory
  • 36 The church parables: limits and renewals
  • 37 Britten’s tenor-man
  • 38 Britten twenty-five years on
  • 39 Fertile masterpiece
  • 40 Splendid but silly
  • 41 Remembering two composers
  • 42 Alexander Goehr: towards a critique
  • 43 Knussen at fifty
  • 44 Two on Chabrier
  • 45 Two on Fauré
  • 46 Three on Debussy
  • 47 Two on Ravel
  • 48 Satie’s Socrate
  • 49 Two on Poulenc
  • 50 Sugar and spice
  • 51 Scriabin’s Poem of Ecstasy
  • 52 Beware the pitfalls of sincerity
  • 53 Puzzled by Shostakovich
  • 54 Appalled by Schnittke
  • 55 Russian jamboree
  • 56 Stravinsky’s self-concealment
  • 57 Stravinsky’s spiritual son
  • 58 Customised goods
  • 59 Complex Oedipus
  • 60 Expressive sources and resources in Janácek’s musical language
  • 61 ‘Use your ears like a man’
  • 62 ‘But is it art?’ Gershwin in a classical context
  • 63 Aaron Copland
  • 64 Ralph Shapey’s Trilogy in Chicago
  • 65 Two on David Del Tredici

Part III ‘Think pieces’

  • 66 The search for a sound aesthetics
  • 67 Models of invention: old music with a new ear
  • 68 Business as usual
  • 69 Keller’s causes
  • 70 Tovey
  • 71 ‘hab’ Dank!’

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