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Robin Holloway


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Robin Greville Holloway (born 19 October 1943 in Leamington Spa) is an English composer. From 1952 to 1957, he was a chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral. He attended King’s College, Cambridge and studied composition with Alexander Goehr. In 1974, Holloway became an Assistant Lecturer in Music at the University of Cambridge, and in 1980 attained a full Lecturer position. In 1999, he became a reader in Musical Composition at Cambridge, and since 2001, a Professor of Musical Composition. He is also a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.

Holloway’s doctoral thesis Debussy and Wagner (published by Eulenburg), discussed a close relationship between music and language as well as romanticism and tonality. This can be heard in his works, Scenes from Schumann (1969-70), the opera Clarissa (1976) premiered in 1990 at English National Opera under the baton of Oliver Knussen, and Seascape and Harvest (1983-4) composed for the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle.
Holloway has contributed a regular music column to The Spectator magazine since 1988. A collection of his journalistic writings has been compiled and published as On Music: Essays and Diversions 1963-2003 (Continuum Press, ISBN 0-8264-7629-5).
Holloway has been described as a “neo-romantic” composer, reflecting his own affinity for music of the last part of the 19th and early part of the 20th centuries.

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