Delius in London - 7 December, 1908

from Delius: A Life in Letters 1862-1908, page 377:

I heard Elgar's Symphony in London - It starts off with a theme out of the Parcival Prelude - a little altered - The slow movement is a theme out of Verdi's Requiem - a little altered - The rest is Mendelssohn & Brahms - thick & without the slightest Orchestral charm - gray - and they all shout "Masterwork"! - The only thing to be said in its favor is that it is better manufactured than the rest of the English composers' compositions - But it is a work dead born - (...)

cite as

Delius, and Lionel Carley (ed.), Delius: A Life in Letters 1862-1908 (), p. 377. accessed: 22 June, 2024

location of experience: London


Composer, Composer

Listening to

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Symphony No. 1
written by Edward Elgar
performed by Richter

Experience Information

Date/Time 7 December, 1908
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Letter from Frederick Delius to Granville Bantock, Grez sur Loing, 17th Dec 1908.

Originally submitted by verafonte on Fri, 09 Dec 2016 17:15:33 +0000
Approved on Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:11:33 +0100