Principal books on Delius

Frederick Delius by Max Chop, Berlin, Harmonie 1907 (reprinted in The Collected Writings of the German Musicologist Max Chop on the Composer Frederick Delius ed. Philip Jones, Edwin Mellen Press, 2002)

Delius by Peter Warlock, Bodley Head 1923, Greenwood Press 1974; reprinted with additions, annotations and comments (but without illustrations) by Hubert Foss, Bodley Head 1952, with memoirs by Percy Grainger ‘About Delius’ [reprinted in Grainger on Music, ed. Gillies and Clunies Ross] and Roger Quilter, and eight letters from Delius to Charles Kennedy Scott

Delius by Robert H Hull, The Hogarth Essays vol. XII second series, Hogarth 1928

Frederick Delius: Memories of My Brother by Clare Delius, Ivor Nicholson & Watson 1935

Delius as I Knew Him by Eric Fenby, G Bell & Sons 1936; [2] Quality Press 1947; [3] Greenwood Press 1976; [4] revised and edited by the author with an introduction by Sir Malcolm Sargent, Icon Books paperback 1966; [5] revised with additional material, including ‘Author’s Afterword to 1981 edition’ and an introduction by Christopher Palmer, Faber Paperbacks 1981; [6] Japanese translation by Midori Komachi, Artes Publishing 2017; [7] revised edition with an introduction by Tommie Haglund, Raincliffe Books 2019 (hardback), revised paperback 2022

Frederick Delius : A Concert-Goer’s Introduction to the Life and Music of a Great Composer by Norman T Hunt, Southern Publishing Co. Ltd.. n.d. [1945?], paperback 55pp.

Delius: A Critical Biography by Arthur Hutchings, Macmillan 1948; Greenwood Press 1974; Kessinger Publishing, USA 2010

The Songs of Delius by A K Holland, OUP ‘The Musical Pilgrim’ series, 1951, paperback 56pp. (reprinted from articles of the same title in Musical Opinion vol. 60 1936 pp.19-20, 118-20, 306-7, 403-4, 592-3, 695, 783-5)

Frederick Delius by Sir Thomas Beecham, Hutchinson 1959; paperback revision with new material and discography, Severn House 1975

The Road to Samarkand: Frederick Delius and His Music by Gloria Jahoda, Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York 1969

Delius by Eric Fenby, Faber ‘The Great Composers’ series 1971

Delius by Alan Jefferson, Dent ‘The Master Musicians’ series 1972

Delius: The Paris Years by Lionel Carley, Triad Press 1975

Delius: Portrait of a Cosmopolitan by Christopher Palmer, Duckworth 1976

A Delius Companion ed. Christopher Redwood, John Calder 1976 [also in paperback]:

  1. John F Runciman, ‘Fritz Delius, Composer’ [The Musical Courier, 18 March 1903]
  2. Gerald Cumberland, ‘Pen Portraits of Musicians – Frederick Delius’ [Musical Opinion, July 1909, with two letters by Cumberland and Delius, August 1909]
  3. Edward J Dent, ‘English Opera in Berlin’ [The Monthly Musical Record, April 1907]
  4. Paul Klenau, ‘The Approach to Delius’ [The Music Teacher, January 1927]
  5. Frederick Delius, ‘The Present Cult – Charlatanism and Humbug in Music’ [The Sackbut, September 1920; ‘Postscript’ [The Daily Telegraph, 5 October 1929]
  6. Richard Capell, ‘Delius:Landscape Painter in Music’ [Radio Times, 4 December 1931]
  7. Philip Oyler, ‘Frederick Delius in his Garden’ [The Music Student, July 1934]
  8. C W Orr, ‘Frederick Delius: Some Personal Recollections’ [Musical Opinion, August 1934, with additions from Making Music, Summer 1955]
  9. Sir Thomas Beecham, ‘Beecham on Delius’ [Evening Standard, 13 and 19 January 1927, and The Daily Telegraph, 21 March 1953]
  10. Constant Lambert, ‘The Art of Frederick Delius’ [Apollo, November 1929]
  11. Edwin Evans, ‘Delius – A Personal Reaction in the form of a letter’ [The Sackbut, November 1929]
  12. Neville Cardus, ‘Delius – His Method and His Music’ [Manchester Guardian, 14 October 1929]
  13. Sir Edward Elgar, ‘My Visit to Delius’ [The Daily Telegraph, 1 July 1933]
  14. Ernest Newman, ‘Delius – The End of a Chapter in Music’ [The Sunday Times, 17 June 1934]
  15. May Harrison, ‘Delius’ [Royal College of Music Magazine, 1937 No 2]
  16. Cecily Arnold, ‘A Singer’s Memories of Delius’ [The Music Teacher, April 1950]
  17. Robert Nichols, ‘Delius as I knew him’ [Music Magazine, ed. Anna Instone & Julian Herbage, Rockliff 1953]
  18. Percy Grainger, ‘The Personality of Frederick Delius’ [The Australian Musical News, July 1934]
  19. Heinrich Simon, ‘Jelka Delius’ [The Monthly Musical Record, December 1935]
  20. Cecil Gray, ‘Memories of Delius’ [from Musical Chairs, Home and Van Thal 1948]
  21. William Randel, ‘Delius in America’ [The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, July 1971]
  22. Rachel Lowe, ‘Frederick Delius and Norway’ [Studies in Music, University of Western Australia1972]
  23. Lionel Carley, ‘Hans Haym: Delius’s Prophet and Pioneer’ [Music & Letters, January 1973]
  24. Christopher Redwood, ‘Delius as a Composer of Opera’
  25. Robert Threlfall, ‘The Early Versions of Delius’s Piano Concerto’ [Musical Opinion, August 1970 and October 1971]
  26. Deryck Cooke, ‘Delius and Form: A Vindication’ [The Musical Times, June pp.392-3 and July 1962 pp.460-5]

Delius: A Life in Pictures by Lionel Carley and Robert Threlfall, OUP 1977; paperback reprint Thames Publishing 1984

Flecker and Delius: The Making of Hassan by Dawn Redwood, Thames Publishing 1978

Frederick Delius & Edvard Munch: their friendship and their correspondence by John Boulton Smith, Triad Press 1983

Delius: A Life in Letters Vol.1 1862-1908 by Lionel Carley, Scolar Press/Delius Trust 1983; Harvard University Press 1984

Delius in Danville by Mary Cahill, Danville, Virginia: Danville Historical Society 1986

The Delius Festival of Jacksonville, Florida by Mark Alan Stoneman, University of Florida 1986

Delius: A Life in Letters Vol.2 1909-1934 by Lionel Carley, Scolar Press/Delius Trust 1988

Grieg and Delius – A Chronicle of the Friendship in Letters by Lionel Carley, Marion Boyars 1993

The Search for Thomas F Ward, Teacher of Frederick Delius by Don C Gillespie, University Press of Florida 1996

Fenby on Delius: Collected writings on Delius to mark Eric Fenby’s 90th birthday ed. Stephen Lloyd, Thames Publishing 1996 [Part One: Articles and Talks; Part Two: The Works of Delius; Four appendices. Fenby’s articles and talks listed below:]

      ‘Frederick Delius’ (Letter, Yorkshire Post, 1929)

      ‘Delius’s Last Years’ (The Musical Times, 1934)

      ‘The Young Delius’ (The Daily Telegraph, 1935)

      ‘Delius’ (BBC Radio script, 1946)

      ‘Delius as I knew him’ (BBC Radio script, 1947)

      ‘As knew him – Delius’ (BBC Radio script, 1951)

      ‘Delius after Twenty Years’ (Music and Musicians, 1954)

      ‘Beecham crowns his service to Delius’ (Music and Musicians, 1959)

      ‘Delius was no drooping dreamer’  (Music and Musicians, 1962)

      ‘Frederick Delius’ (Bradford Delius Centenary programme book, 1962)

      ‘Delius and Beecham: a reminiscence’ (record sleeve note, 1968)

      ‘Eric Fenby in interview with Robert Layton’ (BBC Radio 3, 1972)

      ‘Beecham and Delius’ (from A Cloud of Witnesses, 1976)

      ‘Eric Fenby in interview with Fred Calland’ (WJCT-FM, 1974)

      ”Delius (1862-1934)’  (Music and Musicians, 1974)

      ‘Delius as I knew him’  (BBC Radio 4, 1974)

      ‘Honouring Beecham’  (Books and Bookmen, 1977)

      ‘Composer who loved solitude’  (Books and Bookmen, 1978)

      ‘Some changes of mind’ (Delius Society talk, 1981)

      ‘Delius: the man and the musician’  (Keele Delius Festival programme book, 1982)

      ‘Jelka Delius – a recollection’ (Delius Society talk, 1982)

      ‘Visitors to Grez’  (Delius Society talk, 1983)

      ‘Eric Fenby on Delius in Florida’  (Jacksonville Delius Festival programme book, 1984)

      ‘Warlock as I knew him’  (Peter Warlock Society Newsletter, 1984)

      ‘Before and After Grez’  (Delius Society Journal, 1986)

Frederick Delius: Music, Art and Literature ed. Lionel Carley, Ashgate 1998; paperback Routledge 2020

  1. Stephen Lloyd, ‘Delius as a Conductor’ [revised version of Delius Society Journal 46 1975 pp.4-20 and Le Grand Baton (Journal of the Sir Thomas Beecham Society) December 1978 no. 42 pp.3-12]
  2. Mark A Stoneman, ‘Delius in Florida: the Delius Festival of Jacksonville’
  3. Don Gillespie and Robert Beckhard, ‘On hearing the first Delius in America: critical reaction to Frederick Delius’s music in the United States 1909-1920’
  4. Gunnar Rugstad, ‘Christian Sinding – Frederick Delius: a friendly counterpoint’
  5. David Eccott, ‘Florent Schmitt’
  6. Toru Arayashiki, ‘Frederick Delius and Grez-sur-Loing: some Japanese perspectives’
  7. Annegret Rittmann, ‘ “Our prophetic little lady friend”: the artist Ida Gerhardi’
  8. Agnes Weiske, ‘From Ignaz Moscheles to Jelka Delius: a background to the Rosen family’
  9. Lionel Carley, ‘Folkeraadet: performance and history’
  10. Andreas K W Meyer, ‘The beginning of a Renaissance? The operas of Frederick Delius in Germany at the end of the twentieth century’
  11. Barrie Iliffe, ‘Eventyr and the fairy tales in Delius’
  12. John Bergsagel, ‘Delius and Danish literature’

Frederick Delius – Bela Bartok – zeugnisse einer künstlerischen Begegnung by Gottfried Kruse, Florian Noetzel Verlag, Wilhelmshaven 2000

The Collected Writings of the German Musicologist Max Chop on the Composer Frederick Delius ed. Philip JonesEdwin Mellen Press, 2002

The Influence of African-American Music on the works of Frederick Delius by Derek Healey, Delius Society (Philadelphia Branch), 2003

Frederick Delius: A Research and Information Guide by Mary L. Huismann, Routledge Musical Bibliographies 2004

While Spring and Summer Sang [Beecham and Delius] by Lyndon Jenkins, Ashgate 2005

Music and Copyright: The Case of Delius and his Publishers by Robert Montgomery and Robert Threlfall, Ashgate 2007

Frederick Delius ou Une célébration de la vie by Jérôme Rossi, Edition Papillon, Geneva 2010

Frederick Delius et la France: Textes réunis et édités by Jérôme Rossi, Delatour France 2012

      Danièle Pistone, ‘Préface’

      Lionel Carley, ‘Frederick Delius parmi les artistes français’

      Jean-Paul Morel, ‘William Molard ou le Molards Salong, un foyer scandinave au coeur de Paris- Montparnasse’

      Roger Buckley, ‘Frederick Delius et le Sublime’

      Jérôme Rossi, ‘Margot la Rouge: un vérisme à la française?’

     Jeremy Dibble, ‘Les Années parisiennes de Delius (1896-1898): un tournant stylistique’

      François-Gildas Tual, ‘Frederick  Delius et Paul Verlaine: le temps d’un dernier vers. . .’

      Claire Leray, ‘Grez-sur-Loing, village d’artistes’

      Michel Fleury, ‘Fennimore and Gerda: une “expérience delienne” aux multiples résonances’

      Jérôme Rossi, ‘Frederick Delius et la France aujourd’hui: une étude critique’

Delius and his Music by Martin Lee-Browne and Paul Guinery, Boydell 2014

Delius and Norway by Andrew J Boyle, Boydell 2017

Delius and the Sound of Place by Daniel M Grimley, CUP 2018; paperback 2020

The music of Frederick Delius – style, form and ethos by Jeremy Dibble, Boydell 2021