Frederick Delius was an English composer born into a wealthy family of German manufacturers. He was taught the violin as a young boy.
Despite his resistance in joining the family business his father sent him around the UK and then to Florida to manage their business operations. In his spare time Delius concentrated on his musical studies. In 1886 after neglecting his commercial commitments he left the US for Leipzig. Delius briefly had formal music lessons and enrolled at the Conservatoire in Leipzig. He became friends with Edvard Grieg who in 1888 was the one to finally convince Delius’s father that his son’s future was in music.
In 1903 he married the professional painter Jelka Rosen. She was a great admirer of Delius’s music, but he was an unfaithful husband.
In his early sixties after suffering from syphilis Delius was paralysed and registered blind, however this didn’t stop him composing.
His symphonic poem Over the Hills and Far Away from 1895 continues to be recorded and performed along with The Two Dance Rhapsodies, On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring , Summer Night on the River and Songs of Sunset.