Frederick Delius’s Brigg Fair (1907) is a set of variations for large orchestra based on the folksong ‘Unto Brigg Fair’. Delius heard the latter arranged for solo tenor and choir by his friend, the composer Percy Grainger, who himself had heard the song performed by Joseph Taylor in the town of Brigg, Lincolnshire, in 1906. The eminent conductor, Sir Thomas Beecham, was an enthusiast for Delius’s music, performing and recording much of it and later acting as the editor of the collected edition of the composer’s works. This score is a typical example of Beecham’s practice: a first edition, extensively marked up with suggestions for performance using the conductor’s famous blue crayon.
- Full title:
- Thomas Beecham’s copy of Frederick Delius’s orchestral work Brigg Fair (1907)
- 1910, Leipzig, Germany
- F. E. C. Leuckart
- Printed music
- Frederick Delius, Thomas Beecham
- © Delius Trust
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- Public Domain
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- Delius Trust
- Article by:
- Joanna Bullivant
- Musical style, Performance and reception
Joanna Bullivant explores how Delius’s compositions were brought to life by various interpreters. Did he give his performers enough information and how important are the contributions made by the famous musicians with whom he worked?
- Article by:
- Jeremy Dibble
- Music and words, Music and place, Performance and reception, Music, politics and society
Jeremy Dibble gives an overview of British composers in the early 20th century and their context.