ROBERT STILL (1910 - 1971)
The English composer Robert Still, born in 1910, was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Oxford. Apart from a brief return to Eton to teach, he devoted the rest of his life to composition, the study of psychoanalysis and a keen pursuit of various ball games: he had achieved a “blue” for real tennis at Oxford. His compositions include four symphonies (the Third was premièred and recorded by Sir Eugene Goossens), concertos for piano and violin, instrumental and chamber works, orchestral music, motets and an opera. Many works lay unperformed at his death in 1971 although interest has been shown in more recent times through both performances and recordings. Although he had a loyal network of friendships within the music profession, Still lacked the ability for self promotion, and hence his output was only partially seen and performed by fellow musicians during his lifetime.