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English composer, who drew inspiration from folk tunes and the sounds of nature. His works include the opera A Village Romeo and Juliet (1901), A Mass of Life (1905), and the orchestral variations Brigg Fair (1907).

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English composer. His haunting, richly harmonious works include the opera A Village Romeo and Juliet (1901); the choral pieces Appalachia (1903), Sea Drift (1904), and A Mass of Life (1905); orchestral works such as In a Summer Garden (1908) and A Song of the High Hills (1911); chamber music; and songs. Delius was born in Bradford. His father was a well-to-do businessman and wished him to follow a commercial career, but music was cultivated in the home and Delius worked steadily at music by himself, although he had little proper musical education. In 1884 he went to Florida, USA, as an orange planter and came under the influence of Thomas Ward, organist at Jacksonville. In 1886, after some teaching in the USA, he went to the Leipzig Conservatory, Germany, for a short time, but did not like its conservative teaching. While th...    Continue Reading

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