It also brings us sustained, meditative and illuminating
accounts both of the masterpieces of the romantic era, and
of the classical tradition from which they derive. Whether you
by him or provoked by him, Robin Holloway will persuade you
that music matters, that there is a real difference between good
bad, great and trivial, sincere and sentimental, and that our
enjoyment can only be enhanced by the habit of critical study.
Robin Holloway is well known as a versatile and lyrical composer,
who has written many chamber, orchestral and vocal works and
a full scale opera — Clarissa, based on the novel by Samuel
Richardson — which ran successfully at the English National
Opera. His music has been warmly received for its melodic inventiveness,
its delicacy and its deft synthesis of modernist and tonal languages.
He is also a critic and teacher, whose ground-breaking study
of Debussy and Wagner has been widely praised for its insights
into Debussy's harmonic language.
On Music: Essays and Diversions is published to coincide with
the premiere of Spring Music at the Wigmore Hall and concerts
at the Royal Festival Hall in London and the Bridgewater Hall
in Manchester which mark his 60th birthday. These essays are
the deeply felt outpourings of a creative sensibility, for whom
music is not a pastime, but a way of life.
We are grateful to Claridge Press for
their permission to use text and graphical images from Robin Holloway's
book On Music: Essays and Diversions in this website.