Personalities | Frederick Delius | Modern Era | Classical
Bradford-born but of German descent, Delius escaped the family wool business to devote himself entirely to music. He studied in Leipzig, where he met Edvard Grieg (1843–1907), and moved to Paris, where his friends included Ravel, but also such painters as Paul Gauguin and Edvard Munch. Affected by all these figures, and by Wagner and Debussy, his music is sensuous, richly coloured and filled with a rhapsodic love of nature. In later years syphilis caused blindness and paralysis in the composer, and his last works were dictated to an amanuensis, Eric Fenby (1906–97).
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