Presented at the Grieg Conference in Bergen May 30, 2007
Asbjørn Ø. Eriksen, Norway
Associate Professor, Department of Musicology
University of Oslo
Griegian fingerprints in the Music of Frederick Delius (1862-1934)
With the possible exception of Percy Grainger, there is hardly any other well-known foreign composer with such close ties to Norway as Frederick Delius. He visited Norway many times, often staying for months at a time; he made friends with a great number of Norwegians, including Edvard Munch and Edvard Grieg; and in 1921 he had a cottage built at Lesjaskog in the valley of Gudbrandsdalen. Delius also composed several works connected to Norway, in the sense that they are based on extramusical sources of Norwegian origin or that their titles are associated with this country. These works testify to Delius’ deep involvement in Norwegian culture.
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Asbjorn Eriksen paper 2007