Delius loved mountains, and was Nietzschean. Today is his 150th birthday. One of the last works he finished before Eric Fenby became his amanuensis was incidental music for Hassan, a play by James Elroy Flecker, who died in a Davos sanatorium (on the day my father was born, as it happens, January 3 1915). Flecker’s tuberculosis prevented him from becoming a war poet.
See my post on Ken Russell.
Intermezzo and Serenade from Hassan, arrangement by Thomas Beecham, John Barbirolli, Hallé Orchestra, Robert Tear, tenor: