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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, Holst and Delius on Naxos

JoAnn Falletta conducts the Ulster Orchestra in Holst’s Cotswolds Symphony, and David Hill directs Delius’s Nietzsche-inspired Mass for Life with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

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