Robin Holloway is an English composer, writer, and teacher. He is a fluent and gifted composer, regarded for his rapprochement with tonality and Romanticism in works including Scenes from Schumann. In St. Paul's Cathedral, Robin Holloway sang as a chorist and was practicing composition as a teenager with Alexander Goehr. His works from the 1960s reflect a modernist position that culminated with the First Orchestra Concerto (completed 1969). This mentality has stayed a strand of Holloway's thinking, as seen in works including Evening with Angels (1972), the well-known second orchestra concerto (1979), and two writings for the London Sinfonietta, Aria (1979-1980), and the double concerto (1987-88).
His analysis of vocabulary, style, and quotes for his doctoral thesis Debussy & Wagner pointed to a more complementary, divisive aspect of Holloway's musical personality. A collection of serenades and divertimento-type pieces for various chamber ensembles can be found on a more casual side of the same initiative. Holloway's discography contains the first recordings of the second and the third ensemble concertos at NMC, Ernst Kovacic, and Barry Tuckwell.
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