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Frederick Delius (Composer)

Born: 29th January 1862, Bradford, England

Died: 10th June 1934, Grez sur Loing, France

Nationality: English

Frederick Theodore Albert Delius originally Fritz Delius, was an English composer. Born in Bradford 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. 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.

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Recording of the Week, Delius's A Mass of Life from Sir Mark Elder and the Bergen Philharmonic

Elder's beautifully-judged approach to pacing and balance makes the strongest case possible for a score which he describes as 'Delius's magnum opus', aided by Roderick Williams on typically eloquent form in the huge central role of Zarathustra.

Recording of the Week, John Wilson and Sinfonia of London perform music for strings by English composers

Following on from their 2021 album of English music for strings, John Wilson and his orchestra offer a spectacular selection of works by Vaughan Williams, Elgar, Herbert Howells, and Delius.

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