A Song of Summer

“I want you to imagine we are sitting on the cliffs of heather and looking out over the sea. The sustained chords in the high strings suggest the clear sky and stillness and calm of the scene…You must remember that figure that comes in the violins when the music becomes more animated. I’m introducing it there to suggest the gentle rise and fall of the waves. The flutes suggest a seagull gliding by.” The blind Frederick Delius describing his composition A Song of Summer to Eric Fenby.

As a child I could do no better than to lay sprawled out on the front room floor submersing myself in A Song of Summer by Frederick Delius. His music enticed me in a way that no other could: the hauntingly beautiful Irmelin Prelude  and the enchanting Walk to the Paradise Garden