from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Delius, Frederick 1862-1934. British composer whose work, influenced by Edvard Grieg, combines romanticism and impressionism.

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  • n. English composer of orchestral works (1862-1934)


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  • Some of my predecessors seem hardly to distinguish between the Lyciae dumeta and the natalem silvam of Delos, Apollo's attachment to both of which warrants the two titles Delius et Patareus.

    The Odes and Carmen Saeculare of Horace

  • The Delius film was arguably the finest of all, with unforgettable moments ranging from Percy Grainger whose reputation would not have survived the full Russell treatment running through Delius's house, to the ecstatic scene in which the almost blind Delius is carried up a Norwegian mountainside to see the sunset.

    In praise of … Ken Russell at the BBC

  • The Russell who developed from the short early films about the likes of John Betjeman and Shelagh Delaney to the full-length and increasingly cinematic programmes on Delius and Richard Strauss was a director who was stretching his medium to the limit.

    In praise of … Ken Russell at the BBC

  • She played pieces no one else touched, such as the concertos by Britten, Delius and Walton.

    The artists' artist: violinists

  • Horns include cornet player Felicity Provan and the rapturously breathy tenor saxophonist Tobias Delius.

    Joost Buis And Astronotes: Controlled Anarchy

  • If you want a disc that will force you to slow down, try the Delius Naxos disc; it has regulars like the "Florida Suite" and "Over the Hills and Far Away", but it also has a startlingly beautiful (even for Delius) piece I'd never heard before, "La Quadroone."

    Manual transmission

  • The computer pioneer is one of 10 prominent people chosen for the Royal Mail's Britons of Distinction stamps, to be launched in February, which includes the allied war heroine Odette Hallowes of the Special Operations Executive, composer Frederick Delius and architect Sir Basil Spence, to mark the golden jubilee of Coventry Cathedral.

    Codebreaker Alan Turing gets stamp of approval

  • And when, in 1935, the New York critics hailed George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess as "the first negro opera" they were wrong – for that singular achievement belonged to Delius's Koanga, composed almost half a century before.

    Delius: beauty in the ear of the beholder

  • I always felt instinctively attuned to Delius's unique musical language, which seemed akin to watching a painting that is slowly changing in a constantly moving canvas of sound.

    Delius: beauty in the ear of the beholder

  • From a musician's point of view, Delius's writing for different instruments is often awkward: it does not "lie under the hand".

    Delius: beauty in the ear of the beholder


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