An ability to construct long musical paragraphs is, according to the Delius scholar Christopher Palmer, Delius's lasting debt to Wagner, from whom he also acquired a knowledge of chromatic harmonic technique, "an endlessly proliferating sensuousness of sound". In 1921, Delius told Peter Warlock that he had misplaced most of that score. He was born in Bradford, England, in 1862, and died in Grez-sur-Loing, France, in 1934. [n 8] The reviews were polite, but The Times, having praised the orchestral aspects of the score, commented, "Mr. Delius seems to have remarkably little sense of dramatic writing for the voice". Palmer concludes by invoking George Eliot's poem The Choir Invisible: "Frederick Delius ... belongs to the company of those true artists for whose life and work the world is a better place to live in, and of whom surely is composed, in a literal sense, 'the choir invisible/Whose music is the gladness of the world'". Grieg, like Ward before him, recognised Delius's potential. [73] This does not, says Fenby, indicate that the dictation process was calm and leisurely; the mood was usually frenzied and nerve-wracking. During his time in Florida, Delius is said to have fathered a son with a local African-American woman named Chloe, although details of this legend are scarce. [57] Debussy, in a review of Delius's Two Danish Songs for soprano and orchestra given in a concert on 16 March 1901, wrote: "They are very sweet, very pale—music to soothe convalescents in well-to-do neighbourhoods". "Irmelin Rose"; 6. A mass of life is based upon the writings and poetry of his namesake Friedrich Nietzsche, the father of 20th Century philosophy, in which he extols human willpower and wisdom above all things. [95], Herbert Stothart made arrangements of Delius's music, particularly Appalachia, for the 1946 film The Yearling. [113] In 1997 EMI reissued Meredith Davies's 1976 recording of Fennimore and Gerda,[114] which Richard Hickox conducted in German the same year for Chandos. She was buried in the same grave as Delius. About Frederick Delius Frederick Theodore Albert Delius, CH (29 January 1862 – 10 June 1934) was an English composer. Danville had a thriving musical life, and early works of his were publicly performed there.[10]. Max Adrian played Delius, with Christopher Gable as Fenby and Maureen Pryor as Jelka. [8] The latter work, entirely wordless, contains some of the most difficult choral music in existence, according to Heseltine. [20], Most of Delius's premieres of this period were given by Haym and his fellow German conductors. He has very beautifully analysed Delius's work in this detailed study. The works of Frederick Delius Delius. [66] The transitional phase of the composer's career concludes with three further vocal pieces: Sea Drift (1903), A Mass of Life (1904–05), and Songs of Sunset (1906–07). According to Sir Thomas Beecham, the Dutch Delius family had changed its patronymic from Delij or Deligh to a latinized form of the name some time in the sixteenth century, a common practice at the time. In 1897, Delius met the German artist Jelka Rosen, who later became his wife. "[10], While in Florida, Delius had his first composition published, a polka for piano called Zum Carnival. [n 15] To suggestions that Delius's music is an "acquired taste", Fenby answers: "The music of Delius is not an acquired taste. "Indian Love Song"; 2. Beecham was the conductor who did most to establish the music of Delius in the modem repertoire. 5, Les cinq doigts 01/12/21 Frederick Delius – Cello Concerto Delius started his concerto in 1920 and completed it a year later. 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