Delius and his Music

Delius and his Music

Martin Lee-Browne, Paul Guinery

Foreword by Sir Mark Elder


Boydell Press



The first comprehensive study of the music of Frederick Delius (1862-1934), from his earliest pieces up to his final compositions, with background information and a complete list of works.
There are many biographies and articles about Frederick Delius's life (1862-1934), but there has never been a comprehensive book about his music until now. Everything he wrote, from his earliest compositions right up to his final works, is analysed here; the history and background of each work and its critical reception are all examined, set against events in Delius's life and the wider musical world. The book contains numerous music examples and quotations from many contemporary newspapers and journals. A complete list of all of Delius's works, with catalogue numbers, and a select bibliography are also provided.

MARTIN LEE-BROWNE is the Chairman of The Delius Society, a former Chairman of the Gloucester Three Choirs Festival, and author of The Life & Times of Frederic Austin (1996).

PAUL GUINERY is a pianist and associate of the Royal College of Music, as well as a former broadcaster for BBC Radio 3 and co-author (with Lyndon Jenkins) of Delius and Fenby, A Photographic Journey (The Delius Society, 2004).

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38 black and white, 250 line illustrations
560 pages
23.04x15.6 cm
Hardback, 9781843839590, October 2014
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Table of Contents

1862-1888: Youth
1888-1892: The Young Composer in Paris
1893-1901: Coming to Maturity
1902-1905: The Great Noontide & Beecham
1906-1910: Acceptance and Friends
1911-1914: Inspiration Unabated
1915-1918: Winding Down
1919-1934: Fenby and the Last Years
The Songs
1934 and After
Appendix 1: Delius's works in chronological order: Part 1 - Orchestral, vocal & chamber works; Part 2 - Songs
Appendix 2: Delius's Diploma and Reports from The Leipzig Konservatorium
Appendix 3: Programmes for the 1929 and 1946 Festivals
Selected further reading


This is surely the book on the music of Frederick Delius that those intrigued or alternatively puzzled by his music have been waiting for ... it deserves to make many converts among the legions of Delius-doubters ... I wish all writing on music were as helpful and user-friendly ... Surely destined to be the standard volume for many years to come. INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW

The richness of material is going to provide a base for scholars for many years to come ... [the book is ideal for] audiences who already know about Delius's music, people who don't know any Delius but are intrigued and also die hard Delius scholars who need to go back and look at these pieces with fresh eyes and fresh ears. BBC RADIO 3, MUSIC MATTERS

This book will appeal to a wide range of listeners, from committed Delians to those who as yet know little about Delius ... an excellent guide. SPIRITED MAGAZINE, ENGLISH MUSIC FESTIVAL

Unique and fascinating to read about. Recommended. CHOICE

Indispensable for all lovers of Delius's music. [Four stars]. BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE

Splendid and long-awaited biography ... This is the first time that such a comprehensive survey of the composer's music has been documented, chronologically sequenced and analyzed within a biographical framework. As such it will be avidly welcomed by Delius devotees. MUSIC WEB INTERNATIONAL