Following the success of "On Music"; "Essays and Diversions Vol I" Robin Holloway's collection of writings covers a wealth of new ground. Containing substantial studies on Wagner, Strauss and Britten, the collection includes a fascinating piece on Edward Elgar which will be of great interest in the centenary of his birth. Shorter pieces cover individual composers and particular works as well as individuals and issues in musical life, as Holloway considers the Twentieth Century as a contradictory yet unified whole. Gathered from a wealth of published and unpublished work, including the popular Spectator columns, Robin Holloway brings together some of his highly entertaining accounts of travelling around the world with his music; of travel in America and Europe, a kaleidoscope of festivals and of life as Professor of Music at Cambridge University.
Robin Holloway is well-known as a versatile and lyrical composer, who has written many chamber, orchestral and vocal works. A critic and teacher, his ground-breaking study of Debussy and Wagner has been praised for its insights into Debussy's harmonic language