Delius, Frederick [Fritz] (USA) (Theodore Albert )
- Kara Gardner
(Theodore Albert )
(b Bradford, England, Jan 29, 1862, d Grez-sur-Loing, France, June 10, 1934). English composer. Delius lived in the southern United States from 1884 to 1886, and a number of his works show the influence of the African American music that he heard during his stay there. He wrote in a late-Romantic style, influenced by Richard Wagner, Richard Strauss, and Edvard Grieg.
Delius’s father was a successful buyer and seller of Australian wool, and he hoped that his son would someday join him in running the family business. As a child, Delius studied violin and piano, but he was not allowed to train as a professional musician. To his father’s consternation, as Delius grew into adulthood, he spent more time going to concerts than he did apprenticing the wool trade. In hopes of identifying an alternative business career, Delius’s father purchased an orange plantation in Florida called Solano Grove and allowed his son to run it. The plantation was on the banks of the St. Johns River, near Jacksonville. Delius moved there in March of ...