The eminent conductor, Sir Thomas Beecham, was an important promoter of the music of English composer Frederick Delius, performing and recording much of it and later acting as the editor of the collected edition of the composer’s works. In this excerpt from a 1959 interview for the BBC, Beecham describes his approach to conducting Delius’s works, and gives his opinion of the composer’s own awareness of the practicalities of performance.
- Beecham talks about Delius
- 1959. Broadcast 1965
- Sound recording
- Thomas Beecham
- © Edmund Tracey estate (interviewer) and Thomas Beecham estate (interviewee)
- Usage terms
Extract used under fair dealing copyright exception.
- Held by
- British Library
- 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?