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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.
'Brigg Fair' by Delius was originally an English folk song for solo tenor and chorus. In April 1905, Percy Grainger recorded Joseph Taylor, a man in his early seventies singing Brigg Fair on wax cylinders shortly after a music festival in Brigg, North Lincolnshire. Delius was shown this work by Grainger after they first met in April 1907. Grainger then suggested to Delius that he should write orchestral variations on the tune
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