Romeo and Juliet
He studied music with Thomas Ward and, in 1886, entered the Leipzig
Conservatory where he was befriended by Edvard Grieg. On leaving the
conservatory, he settled in Paris where he was a
His earliest compositions were songs, chamber works and orchestral pieces such as the Florida suite (l887, rev. 1889), but after 1890 he concentrated on operas, Imerlin (1890-92); The Magic Fountain (1893-95); Koanga (1895-97); and A Village Romeo and Juliet (1900-01). Only the last two were produced in his lifetime, Koanga at Eberfeld in 1904, and A Village Romeo and Juliet in Berlin in 1907.
In 1897 Delius settled at Grez-sur-Loing, France with the artist Jelka Rosen, whom he married in 1903. Apart from a London concert inn 1899, his music was almost unknown in England until 1907 when his Piano Concerto (1897, rev. 1906), and the set of variations for chorus and orchestra Appalachia (1896-1903), were performed. Appalachia was heard by Sir Thomas Beecham, who became Delius' most ardent champion, poetic interpreter and loyal friend.
Delius’ largest work outside the opera house was his Nietzsche
setting A Mass of Life (1904-05) for soloists, choir and orchestra.
But his best known works are the English Rhapsody, Briggs Fair (1907),
In a Summer Garden (1908), North Country Sketches (1913-14), Song
of the High Hills
Due to illness, the incidental music for Flecker’s Hassan
(1920-23) was the last music written by his own hand. In 1928, Eric
Fenby became his musical secretary and enabled Delius to complete
Source: The New College Encyclopedia of Music by J. A. Westrup and F. L. Harrison, revised by Conrad Wilson; W. W. Norton & Company, New York, 1981