Frederick Delius
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1862-01-29
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Frederick Delius

Biography

Frederick Theodore Albert Delius, CH ( 29 January 1862 – 10 June 1934) was an English composer. Born in the north of England to a prosperous mercantile family, he resisted attempts to recruit him to commerce. He was sent to Florida ...

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Biography

Frederick Theodore Albert Delius, CH ( 29 January 1862 – 10 June 1934) was an English composer. Born in the north of England to a prosperous mercantile family, he resisted attempts to recruit him to commerce. He was sent to Florida in the United States in 1884 to manage an orange plantation. There he soon neglected his managerial duties, and in 1886 returned to Europe. Having been influenced by African-American music during his short stay in Florida, he began composing. After a brief period of formal musical study in Germany beginning in 1886, he embarked on a full-time career as a composer in Paris and then in nearby Grez-sur-Loing, where he and his wife Jelka lived for the rest of their lives, except during the First World War.

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Fennimore and Gerda - opera in 11 scenes: Intermezzo
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Fennimore and Gerda - opera in 11 scenes: Intermezzo
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Intermezzo [from 'Fennimore and Gerda']
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Intermezzo [from 'Fennimore and Gerda']
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Brigg Fair
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Brigg Fair
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Irmelin prelude (RT.6.27) arr. [1931] from Preludes to Acts 1 & 3 of the opera
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Irmelin prelude (RT.6.27) arr. [1931] from Preludes to Acts 1 & 3 of the opera
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Two Aquarelles for String Orchestra
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Two Aquarelles for String Orchestra
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Appalachia - final song
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Appalachia - final song
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On hearing the first cuckoo in spring for orchestra (RT.6.19) (1911/12)
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On hearing the first cuckoo in spring for orchestra (RT.6.19) (1911/12)
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Brigg Fair (An English rhapsody) RT.6.16 for orchestra
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Brigg Fair (An English rhapsody) RT.6.16 for orchestra
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Florida - suite RT.6.1: By the river
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Florida - suite RT.6.1: By the river
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Idylle de Printemps
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Idylle de Printemps
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La Calinda arr. Fenby
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La Calinda arr. Fenby
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Summer Evening
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Summer Evening
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On hearing the first cuckoo in spring for orchestra (RT.6.19)
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On hearing the first cuckoo in spring for orchestra (RT.6.19)
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A Late lark for tenor and small orchestra [words: W E Henley]
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A Late lark for tenor and small orchestra [words: W E Henley]
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Violin Concerto
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Violin Concerto
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Playlists featuring Frederick Delius
Radio 3 Breakfast: Music Box
Radio 3 Breakfast: Music Box
Essential Classics: Guest Choices
Essential Classics: Guest Choices
BBC Proms 2015: Katie Derham Curates
BBC Proms 2015: Katie Derham Curates


Frederick Delius Biography

Frederick Theodore Albert Delius, CH ( 29 January 1862 – 10 June 1934) was an English composer. Born in the north of England to a prosperous mercantile family, he resisted attempts to recruit him to commerce. He was sent to Florida in the United States in 1884 to manage an orange plantation. There he soon neglected his managerial duties, and in 1886 returned to Europe. Having been influenced by African-American music during his short stay in Florida, he began composing. After a brief period of formal musical study in Germany beginning in 1886, he embarked on a full-time career as a composer in Paris and then in nearby Grez-sur-Loing, where he and his wife Jelka lived for the rest of their lives, except during the First World War.

Delius's first successes came in Germany, where Hans Haym and other conductors promoted his music from the late 1890s. In Delius's native Britain, it was 1907 before his music made regular appearances in concert programmes, after Thomas Beecham took it up. Beecham conducted the full premiere of A Mass of Life in London in 1909 (he had premiered Part II in Germany in 1908); he staged the opera A Village Romeo and Juliet at Covent Garden in 1910; and he mounted a six-day Delius festival in London in 1929, as well as making gramophone recordings of many of Delius's works. After 1918 Delius began to suffer the effects of syphilis, contracted during his earlier years in Paris. He became paralysed and blind, but completed some late compositions between 1928 and 1932 with the aid of an amanuensis, Eric Fenby.

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