Frederick Delius

Born: 1862
Died: 1934

The sound world of Delius is immediately recognisable – warm, luminous orchestral colours, hazy, impressionistic tone pictures tinged with a romantic glow. It is hard to hum a Delius tune (yet they’re there) or to see where the music’s going (he was at his best fantasising, dreaming, drifting), yet the ravishing, luminous beauty of his music is equally hard to resist. No one (unless you include popular music arrangers) followed in his footsteps. He belonged to no tradition; he led nowhere.

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Frederick Delius – the cosmopolitan composer

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