Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Frederick Delius - Tyke

Frederick Delius the classical composer of numerous works including On Hearing the First Cuckoo In Spring, Irmelin, Florida Suite and Loanga, was born in the fair Yorkshire city of Bradford in 1862. His parents had moved from Germany to try and establish themselves in Yorkshire's booming wool industry, but Frederick showed few signs of wanting to enter the family business as he grew up, instead spending some time in a Florida grapefruit plantation.

Delius went on to first study and then teach music in the USA and had his first success in publishing music there, he later married and moved to live in France. during his youth Delius had contracted syphilis, which eventually blinded him and left him partially paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair, still he continued to compose music, employing a young man who had written him a fan letter to physically write the scores.

After his death in 1934 Frederick Delius was originally buried in France, but was later exhumed and taken to England as he he had written in his will that he wished to be buried in a 'quiet country churchyard in a south of England village.' He was buried in Limpsfield, Surrey, and huge crowds attending this second, public funeral. His wife died shortly after and was interred in the same grave which lies only yards from that of Sir Thomas Beecham, the conductor and impresario and great champion of Deluis' work.

You can listen to samples of his work here at

1 comment:

  1. I love Delius' music. Briggs Fair is my favorite classical piece to listen to during the Colorado Spring season