Frederick Delius would have been 150 this year.
He's had an unduly hard time of it over the decades. Born Fritz Delius to a family of German wool merchants in Bradford in 1862, he was far more eclectic and intrepid than his reputation as a composer of perfumed pastorals allows. He ran an orange plantation in Florida; he studied composition in Leipzig, married a painter in Paris, was great friends with Grieg in Norway and Percy Grainger in New York.
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