Frederick Delius

Biography

Born: 1862   Died: 1934   Country: England   Period: 20th Century
Frederick Delius was an English composer who forged a unique version of the Impressionist musical language of the early twentieth century. He was born in Bradford, England, in 1862, and died in Grez-sur-Loing, France, in 1934. He did not come from a musical family; rather, his father owned a wool company and hoped that his son would follow a career in business. Delius, however, wanted to study music, and though his father did not approve of music Read more as a profession, he did not discourage music-making as a pastime; thus, Delius was allowed to study the violin and the piano. To his father's dismay, he also spent much of his youth sneaking away from school to attend concerts and opera performances. When he completed school, he went to work for his father in the family business. In 1884, he left England for Florida, where he worked on a plantation as an orange grower. While in Florida, he began studying music with Thomas Ward, a musician and teacher from Jacksonville. Delius proved to be a failure as an orange grower, and began supporting himself as a musician. In 1886, his father arranged for him to spend a year and a half studying music in Germany at the Leipzig Conservatory. Though Delius would later insist that he learned very little of importance during his stay in Leipzig, it was there that he met Grieg, with whom he forged a lifelong friendship. Grieg convinced Delius' father to allow the young man to become a composer, and Delius, with the support of his formerly reluctant father, soon moved to Paris and began living the life of an artist.

Once in Paris, Delius began composing in earnest, and towards the end of the nineteenth century had already completed two operas, Irmelin and The Magic Fountain. In the first decade of the twentieth century, Delius married the painter Jelka Rosen and produced a number of important works, including the opera A Village Romeo and Juliet, the large-scale choral works Appalachia and A Mass of Life (based on the writings of Nietzsche), a piano concerto, and a number of songs and chamber pieces. His music was well-received throughout Europe, and Delius was quite successful up until World War I, when he was forced to leave France for England. Despite his renown in continental Europe, Delius was virtually unknown in his native England, and his stay there was marred by financial difficulties. After the war, Delius returned to France, where the syphilis he had contracted in Florida gradually caused him to become paralyzed and blind. Ironically, as Delius became increasingly infirm, his fame began to spread. This was due in large part to the efforts of English conductor Sir Thomas Beecham, who championed Delius' music and organized a Delius Festival in 1929. Though terribly ill, Delius nonetheless still wanted to compose, and in 1928 enlisted the services of English musician Eric Fenby, to whom he dictated music (Fenby would later write a book about Delius). Towards the end of his life, Delius was made Companion of Honor by King George V of England, and was awarded an honorary degree in music by Oxford University. Before his death, Delius was able to hear his music over the radio and on record, but these accomplishments paled before the terrible deterioration of his health, and he died in seclusion. Read less
Delius: Sea Drift, Songs Of Sunset, Etc / Hickox, Terfel
Release Date: 08/28/2015   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10868   Number of Discs: 1
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A Tribute To Elgar, Delius & Holst / Black Dyke Mills Band
Release Date: 10/09/1992   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 4507   Number of Discs: 1
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Delius: Sea Drift, Songs Of Sunset, Etc / Hickox, Terfel
Release Date: 03/15/1994   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9214   Number of Discs: 1
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Delius: A Walk In A Paradise Garden / Hickox, Bournemouth So
Release Date: 04/18/1995   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9355   Number of Discs: 1
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Delius: A Mass Of Life, Requiem / Hickox, Bournemouth So
Release Date: 03/18/1997   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9515   Number of Discs: 2
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    Sir John Barbirolli: Complete Warner Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 538608 Release Date: 08/07/2020   Number of Discs: 109
    Composer:  Henry Purcell,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
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    100 Best Violin
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 548465 Release Date: 07/31/2020   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Luigi Boccherini,  Tommaso Antonio Vitali  ... 
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    Coffee & Classical / Various
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578358 Release Date: 11/22/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Leonard Bernstein,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Idil Biret,  Jenö Jandó,  Maria Lambros,  Soyeon Lee  ... 
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    Frank Merrick With Henry Holst
    Label: Nimbus Grand Piano   Catalog: NI8826 Release Date: 08/02/2019   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Arnold Bax,  Frederick Delius,  Edward Isaacs,  Edmund Rubbra  ... 
    Performer:  Henry Holst,  Frank Merrick
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    Landmarks: 40 Years of Chandos
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 40 Release Date: 07/05/2019   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Arnold Bax,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Rostislav Dubinsky,  Luba Edlina,  Yuli Turovsky,  Dmitri Shostakovich Jr.  ... 
    Conductor:  Bryden Thomson,  Mariss Jansons,  Yuli Turovsky,  Maxim Shostakovich  ... 
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    William Boughton: A Celebration on Record
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: NI1712 Release Date: 07/05/2019   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Aaron Copland,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Dame Elizabeth Maconchy  ... 
    Performer:  Martin Jones,  Raphael Wallfisch,  Kun Hu,  Daniel Trodden  ... 
    Conductor:  William Boughton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English String Orchestra,  English Symphony Orchestra,  South West German Chamber Orchestra Pforzheim  ... 
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    Sir Thomas Beecham, Vol. 2 / BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic
    Label: Ica Classics   Catalog: 5158 Release Date: 05/17/2019   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Emmanuel Chabrier,  César Franck,  André Modeste Grétry,  Edouard Lalo  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Folk Tales: British Cello & Piano Miniatures / Peregrine, Ingham
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8574035 Release Date: 05/10/2019   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Frank Bridge,  Ernest John Moeran,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Performer:  Gerald Peregrine,  Antony Ingham
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  • 9.
    My Playlist for Gardening
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578345 Release Date: 11/09/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Boris Tchaikovsky,  Cecil Burleigh,  Romeo Cascarino  ... 
    Performer:  Zina Schiff,  Mary Barranger,  Geoffrey Deemer,  Denisa Slepkovská  ... 
    Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset,  Kirill Ershov,  JoAnn Falletta,  Michael Halász  ... 
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    Delius: Favourites / Beecham, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1374 Release Date: 10/12/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frederick Delius
    Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Grieg & Delius: Piano Concertos / Bebbington, Latham-Koenig, Royal Philharmonic
    Label: Somm   Catalog: 269 Release Date: 04/20/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Frederick Delius
    Performer:  Edvard Grieg,  Irene Loh
    Conductor:  Jan Latham-Koenig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Julian Lloyd Webber - A Span of Time
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8504053 Release Date: 04/13/2018   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Frederick Delius,  John Ireland,  Sir Edward Elgar,  William Lloyd Webber  ... 
    Performer:  Julian Lloyd Webber,  John Lenehan,  Jiaxin Lloyd Webber,  Guy Johnston  ... 
    Conductor:  Hans-Peter Hofmann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra,  European Union Chamber Orchestra
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    The Gluepot Connection / Griffiths, Londinium Chamber Choir
    Label: Somm   Catalog: 180 Release Date: 03/16/2018   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Warlock,  Alan Rawsthorne,  John Ireland,  Arnold Bax  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Griffiths
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Londinium Chamber Choir
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    Schumann: Manfred - Delius: Sea Drift / Schuricht, Stuttgart Radio Symphony
    Label: Urania Records   Catalog: 345 Release Date: 01/05/2018   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Robert Volkmann,  Richard Strauss,  Hans Pfitzner  ... 
    Conductor:  Carl Schuricht
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Choir,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    The Heart of the Cello / Jacqueline Du Pre
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 564137 Release Date: 10/06/2017   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Frederick Delius,  Antonín Dvorák,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Jacqueline Du Pré,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Daniel Barenboim,  Stephen Kovacevich  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli,  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    British Music for Violin & Piano / Howick, Ekins
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573790 Release Date: 09/08/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Frank Bridge,  Frederick Delius,  Cyril Scott  ... 
    Performer:  Clare Howick,  John Paul Ekins
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  • 17.
    British Cello Sonatas / Handy, Hughes
    Label: Lyrita   Catalog: 361 Release Date: 07/07/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Ireland,  Frederick Delius,  Arnold Bax
    Performer:  Lionel Handy,  Jennifer Hughes
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    Waldbuehne 2007 from Berlin - Rhapsodies
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 25623 Release Date: 06/02/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emmanuel Chabrier,  Claude Debussy,  Frederick Delius,  George Enescu  ... 
    Performer:  Wenzel Fuchs,  Stephen Hough
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 19.
    Delius & Bax: Choral Music / Parris, The Carice Singers
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573695 Release Date: 05/12/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frederick Delius,  Arnold Bax
    Conductor:  George Parris
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Carice Singers
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  • 20.
    Delius & Elgar: String Quartets / Villiers Quartet
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573586 Release Date: 05/12/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frederick Delius,  Sir Edward Elgar
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Villiers String Quartet
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  • 21.
    Delius: Orchestral & Choral Works / Beecham
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 559985 Release Date: 03/24/2017   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Frederick Delius
    Performer:  John [baritone (50s)] Cameron,  Maureen Forrester,  Jean Pougnet,  Rene Soames  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Beecham Choral Society,  Luton Choral Society  ... 
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  • 22.
    Carwithen & Pitfield: Violin Sonatas / Humphreys, Williamson
    Label: Lyrita   Catalog: 359 Release Date: 02/03/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Doreen Carwithen,  C.W. Orr,  Lennox Berkeley,  Cyril Scott  ... 
    Performer:  Fenella Humphreys,  Nathan Williamson
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  • 23.
    Delius: The Walk to the Paradise Garden / Hickox
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10913 Release Date: 08/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frederick Delius
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
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  • 24.
    The Menuhin Century: Luxury Edition
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 555050 Release Date: 04/22/2016   Number of Discs: 91
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny,  Arcangelo Corelli  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Hubert Giesen,  Artur Balsam,  Marcel Gazelle  ... 
    Conductor:  Landon Ronald,  Pierre Monteux,  Jean Fournet,  Anatole Fistoulari  ... 
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  • 25.
    Tasmin Little plays British Violin Concertos
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10879 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Coleridge-Taylor,  Frederick Delius,  Haydn Wood
    Performer:  Tasmin Little
    Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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