Frederick Delius

Brigg Fair

An English Rhapsody

DCWDelius Catalogue of Works 31
RTRobert Threlfall (A Catalogue of the Compositions of Frederick Delius. London: Delius Trust, 1977) VI/16
DCEDelius Collected Edition (Frederick Delius Complete Works, Editor-in-Chief: Sir Thomas Beecham, Bart.) 24b

Dedicatee: Percy Grainger

Percy Grainger notated a performance of the folksong 'Brigg Fair' in the Lincolnshire market town of Brigg in 1906. The performer, a seventy-two year old bailiff named Joseph Taylor, only recited two verses, but Grainger added a further four from other folksongs to create a 6-verse setting for unaccompanied solo tenor and mixed chorus. Delius was so impressed with the setting that he decided to write his own version, comprising - the title of 'rhapsody' notwithstanding - a tightly structured set of orchestral variations. Although recorded on a 1952 list of Delius manuscripts in the Beecham Library, the autograph score was lost prior to the deposit of all the Beecham-Delius material with the Delius Trust in 1982. The remaining manuscript sources are, therefore, fragmentary.

Composition: 1907.

Slow - Pastoral

Duration: 16 min.

Musical incipit for this work

Last changed 2018-09-16