Tuesday, October 04, 2016
Tone Poem Tuesday
I found this while searching for recordings by Sir Neville Marriner for yesterday's post on his passing. Marriner seems to be best known for conducting Baroque and Classical-era music, but he was far from limited to those periods. Frederick Delius lived from 1862 to 1934, and this work, On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring, premiered in 1912. Delius's work defies easy classification. He is more Impressionist than anything else, it seems to me, but even that's not a totally fair way to look at his music. This work has a very English feel to it, but some of its melodic material is based on Norwegian folksong, and Delius had many other influences in his music. He accomplishes something very atmospheric in a mere six minutes here.