Robin Holloway is a fluent and versatile composer, whose output has willingly embraced contradictory stylistic leanings. His music proved particularly controversial in the 1970s with its daring reconciliation with tonality and Romanticism in such works as _Scenes from Schumann_. We can now view this as modernist in instinct, perhaps being a variant of Picasso's cubist splintering of available objects, culminating in the _Second Concerto for Orchestra_.
His music has emotional power, skillful construction and exuberant orchestration, ranging from lush orchestral scores such as _Seascape and Harvest_, to the ensemble work _Evening with Angels_ composed for the London Sinfonietta, and (in lighter vein) a series of widely-performed Serenades.
Works by Holloway include: _Clarissa_ (1976) Opera in two acts _Second Concerto for Orchestra_ (1979) _Violin Concerto_ (1990)