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Frederick Delius is an English Romantic composer, whose best pieces include 'A Mass of Life' and 'A Village Romeo and Juliet'. Find out more about the man and his most famous music with our handy guide.
Delius’ music invariably carries illustrative titles, almost always in some way connected with the power of nature, but these are intended more as a guide to the music than an indication of a particular story line. When asked for a programme note on his orchestral work 'In a Summer Garden', Delius stated: "I do not much care for analytical programmes as they are generally done, and for modern impressionistic music they are totally useless. Besides, I wish the audience to concentrate their attention entirely on listening to the music and not to have their attention drawn away by musical examples.’"
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