This sketch for an orchestral work that was never completed represents one of Delius’s earliest attempts to work with the material that eventually became the large choral-orchestral work Appalachia (1902). It is written in a style that initially suggests ‘banjo picking’, and including a preliminary setting of the theme that was to form the basis for the later fully-worked out versions of the work: both the 1902 work and the 1896 orchestral ‘American Rhapsody’, also titled Appalachia.
- Full title:
- Early sketch by Frederick Delius for an orchestral work entitled A Southern Night
- ca. 1896
- Frederick Delius
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- MS Mus. 1745/2/13/5
- Article by:
- Daniel M. Grimley
- Creative process, Music and modernism, Musical style
Daniel M. Grimley examines Frederick Delius's compositional routine and looks at the processes involved in assembling a large-scale musical work