YORKSHIRE’S MUSICAL LANDSCAPES / FREDERICK DELIUS

leonardo-uomoVitruvian Man created by Leonardo da Vinci is a design, where a man in two overlapped positions (with arms and legs spread wide), is inscribed in a circle and a square. https://leonardodavinci.stanford.edu/submissions/clabaugh/history/leonardo.html Throughout the centuries, that image has become a cultural icon. Perfectly proportioned, the symmetry of the human anatomy is correlated with the symmetry of the universe. That man is you, inside your existential experience, where you breathe and see, hear, eat and feel it, also listeing music. Frederick Delius /Florida Suite https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6CrzLXUHx4

delius1-1Visiting England, don’t forget to go to the northwest, where the West Riding of Yorkshire waiting for you, in Bradford. Frederick Delius was born here, in the north of England, but was sent to Florida in the United States in 1884, to manage an orange plantation, but in 1886 returned to Europe, having been influenced by African-American music. For that he began composing. Frederick Delius / Summer Night on the River https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6pquwsisEcdelius2-1

After a brief period of musical study in Germany, beginning in 1886 he embarked on a full-time career as a composer. In his native Britain, it was 1907 before his music made regular appearances in concert programmes. The lyricism in his early compositions, reflected the music he had heard in America, but also into the influences of some European composers (such as Richard Wagner and Edvard Grieg). In 1921, he died in Elberfeld at the age of 60, inside an February day. Frederick Delius / Walk to the Paradise Garden https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVeaAhYluOc

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