Music: Posthumous Mass

When white-haired, British-born Frederick Delius died in 1934 after twelve years of paralysis and nine of total blindness, he was still one of the least appreciated of eminent modern composers. Though his works had been performed off & on in Germany, the French, among whom he spent his most productive years, had ignored him. In 1899 Delius himself arranged a concert in London; in 1929 Sir Thomas Beecham had organized a six-day Delius Festival, which the composer attended in a wheel chair. But his opera, Koanga, had waited more than 35 years for its...

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