Delius, Frederick [Fritz](Theodore Albert)
- Lionel Carley,
- Robert Anderson
- and Anthony Payne
(b Bradford, Jan 29, 1862; d Grez-sur-Loing, June 10, 1934). English composer of German parentage. Though he spent the greater part of his life abroad, settling in France and enjoying his first professional successes in Germany and Norway, Delius is considered among the most significant and characteristic of English compositional voices. The seamless flow of Wagner, together with the airier chromaticism of Grieg and the rich colouring of Strauss matured into a recognizably individual idiom, in which melody of beguiling fluidity is complemented by a harmonic syntax often daring in its range and flexibility of rhythmic pacing. Though he contributed to the genres of opera, concerto and sonata, it is the nostalgic rhapsody of his orchestral tone poems, with their sensuous evocations of natural beauty, and the ecstatic though resolutely secular spirituality of his choral works that have proved especially enduring....