Autograph Letter regarding the publication of Brigg Fair
by Delius, Frederick. (1862 - 1934)
Used; Like New/Used; Like New. Scarce ALS, one page on a 3.5 x 5.5 postcard, January 8, 1910. Letter to music critic Edwin Evans. In part: "Briggfair is being published by Leuckart and no doubt on application they will let you have a proof copy for analysis. It might also be wise for you to consult Mr. Beecham's programmes." Addressed on the reverse in Delius's hand. In fine condition, with light handling wear.Â The conductor Thomas Beecham played a major part in bringing Delius to prominence by performing his work. Â During the last 12 years of his life Delius's wife Jelka wrote almost all his letters. Â Autograph material, especially ofÂ musical content, from the hand of the influential English composer are very rare."Brigg Fair" is an EnglishÂ folk song, best known in aÂ choralÂ arrangementÂ byÂ Percy Grainger.Â In 1907, Delius heard the setting and was impressed by both the tune and the arrangement, and, with Grainger's permission, used the song as the basis of an orchestral work. Â First performed in 1908 andÂ subtitled 'An English Rhapsody,' Delius's work treats the tune to a series of variations, encompassing lilting rhythmic dances, funereal marches, gently pastoral moments and full grand statements.Â One of Delius's most original and distinctive works, aÂ peaceful introduction and several Romantic linking passages give the work its rhapsodic character. (Inventory #: 13159)
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