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Frederick Theodore Albert Delius
(1862 - 1934) U.K.

Frederick Delius

Composer

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Born at Bradford, he tried orange-growing in Florida, before going to study music in Liepzig in 1887. Encouraged by Grieg, he settled in Paris to work in 1888, and in 1903 he married the artist Jelka Rosen, the couple making their home at Grex-sur-Loing, near paris. For ten years before his death he was paralysed and totally blind, but was able to continue his work with the help of an amanuensis.

His works include choral works: Appalachia, Sea Drift, A Mass of Life, A Song of the High Hills ; the opera A Village Romeo and Juliet (1906) and music foir the very popular play Hassan (1923); orchestral works such as Brigg Fair and In a Summer Garden; chamber music and songs. His reputation owes much to the untiring advocacy of Sir Thomas Beecham.

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