Delius: Frederick. Sheet Music and Biography

By | October 8, 2020

Delius Sheet Music

Black and White photograph of Frederick Delius in his mid-forties
Frederick Delius

Frederick Delius was an English composer born on 29th Jan 1862 into a wealthy family of German industrialists in the Yorkshire wool trade.

He was a contemporary of Edward Elgar and along with Elgar is considered one of the greatest English composers of that generation. We currently feature Sonata No.3 and 1916 String Quartet amongst others.

He was taught the violin as a young boy and his household was often visited by famous musicians like Joseph Joachim and Carlo Alfredo Piatti who would play for the family.

In 1884 and despite his resistance in joining the family business, his father sent him to Florida to manage and orange plantation.. Delius continued to concentrate on his musical studies in his spare time.

In 1886 after neglecting his commercial commitments he left the US for Leipzig. Delius briefly had formal music lessons and enrolled at the Conservatoire there. He became friends with Edvard Grieg and in 1888 it was he who was able to finally convince Delius’ 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 and they had no children together.

In his early sixties after suffering from syphilis Delius was paralysed and registered blind. However, these disabilities 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’.

Frederick Delius died on 10th June 1934. Despite his wishes to the contrary he was temporarily buried in a local cemetery in France before his body was moved to Surrey, England for reburial the following year.

Delius Sheet Music Downloads and Further Reading

At music-scores.com we have a small selection of arrangements of Frederick Delius sheet music in PDF format for you to download.

For further information take a look at Wikipedia and Britannica.

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