Thursday 27 March 2008

Spring folk songs

Delius's music has always been very close to me - his harmonies seem to transport the listener into a world that is extremely fragile, utterly beautiful, and almost inconceivable outside the music. How did he do it? He was very influenced by black music when he visited cotton plantations in Florida in the 1880s, and my tritone substitutions over Brigg Fair are not a million miles away from his... I've also included another folk song which I've later identified as 'Green Bushes' (used by Vaughan Williams in the Suite on English Folk songs)

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