March 16th, 2021

Julia Beck, woman by a stone wall

This was painted at Grez-sur-Loing, where the composer Delius lived, in an old house that had a garden that ran down toward the river.

Delius's music is fearsomely difficult to perform in a manner that brings out the full poetry of it. One always has to go back to Beecham for the full magic. Night on the river -

Rather a good performance of In a Summer Garden -

Live performance conducted by Sir Andrew Davis with a German orchestra (Delius was initially highly admired in Germany, more than in Britain in fact, but the link was broke as a result of the Great War) -

Remarkable example of English nature myticism by a composer of German descent who was obsessed with everything Nordic and settled in a French village. His house from the road: