Delius, Modernism, and the Sound of Place

Frederick Delius

This project makes use of new technologies to make information about Frederick Delius clearer and more accessible than ever before to scholars, performers, and audiences.

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Delius, Modernism, and the Sound of Place is a project partnership between the Faculty of Music at the University of Oxford, the Danish Centre for Music Publication at the Royal Library, Denmark and the British Library. 

The project is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and runs from October 2015 to September 2016.

Frederick Delius (1862-1934) was an important composer of the late-19th and early-20th centuries. Although known as an English composer, he spent much of his life abroad, and wrote music inspired by time spent in France, Florida, and Scandinavia.

Our understanding of what this internationalism meant has been hampered by a lack of research in comparison with other composers active at the time, particularly in the area of musical analysis.

Using the British Library’s collection of materials relevant to Delius, we are building a digital catalogue with specialist software developed in Denmark. The catalogue will be fully searchable and freely available to all.

We will also use our findings to develop new insights into Delius’s music and his relationship with different places and the international cultural movement of modernism. 

As well as improving academic knowledge, this project will bring understanding to wider audiences in the musical community, through a series of events for researchers, A-level students, and the public.

Key British Library partner: Dr Joanna Bullivant

Arts and Humanities Research Council



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