Delius as I Knew Him Paperback – April 15, 1994. So far as I am aware, Eric Fenby's book is unique in the history of classical music, indeed, in the history of art.
Delius as I Knew Him Paperback – April 15, 1994. by. Eric Fenby (Author). As every fan of Frederick Delius's music knows, Fenby, as a young man from Yorkshire, went to France and helped Delius (1862-1934) compose his final pieces. At the time Delius was blind, paralyzed and in constant pain. He would think of a musical passage, tell Fenby, note-by-note, what he was thinking, and Fenby would write it down. Somehow the system worked, and some of the composer's most beautiful pieces were created this way.
Delius as I Knew Him book.
Eric William Fenby OBE (22 April 1906 – 18 February 1997) was an English composer, conductor, pianist, organist and teacher who is best known for being Frederick Delius's amanuensis from 1928 to 1934. He helped Delius realise a number of works that would not otherwise have been forthcoming. Fenby was born in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, and as a youth took lessons in the piano, organ and cello. At the age of 12 he was appointed organist at Holy Trinity Church.
Delius As I Knew Him. By Eric Fenby.
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A Book by Eric Fenby
A Book by Eric Fenby. Delius (centre), Fenby (right) & Percy Grainger (left). Image: British Library Music Collection. So begins Eric Fenby’s 1936 Delius - As I Knew Him, which is both a loving memoir - and a chronicle of frustration and achievement - of the time the young Yorkshireman spent as Delius’s amanuensis (from 1928 to 1934, the year of Delius’ death) at the composer’s home in Grez-sur-Loing, France, at time when the composer was blind and paralysed. Eric Fenby, the young Yorkshire musician and budding composer, took on much more than he ever imagined when he effectively wrote Delius a fan letter in 1928.
An intimate portrait of Delius by the man who notated many of the disabled composer's last works. Author. Cambridge University Press, 1981. Includes 33 musical examples. 0521245346, 9780521245340.
Delius died in 1934 and Eric Fenby heeded Ernest Newman's advice not to wait but to write down his impressions at once. This he did and Delius As I Knew Him was published in 1936. In 1968 the book inspired Ken Russell's masterly film about the composer Song of Summer. In 1980, Delius and Fenby made an appearance in the song Delius by Kate Bush and subsequently their extraordinary story has influenced other artists too. Today Delius As I Knew Him remains one of the most remarkable books about a composer ever written. by Eric Fenby ~ Hardback. In stock with supplier.
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