‘Delius in the Garden’

A talk with illustrations and musical excerpts by Dr Daniel Grimley, MA, PhD (Cantab)

Wednesday 9th October 2013 at 7.15pm

“This talk examines the role of gardens as a physical and symbolic presence in one of Delius’s key later works, the Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra (1916). The Concerto’s genesis and shape, I will suggest, were powerfully stimulated by early twentieth-century garden design. A central figure in this process was Delius’s cellist, Beatrice Harrison, whose own interest in gardens was later underlined by her appearance in the first ever live outside broadcast for BBC radio, performing to the accompaniment of a nightingale in her local woods. Far from offering simply an anodyne escape from the rigours of modern life, gardens emerge Delius’s music as a more complex and contested space, and as a means for negotiating conflicting notions of authorship, identity, and place.” Dan Grimley

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