Delius and Norway

(published by The Boydell Press, summer 2017)



Etter fem år med forskning i arkiv over hele Norge ble Delius and Norway  publisert av The Boydell Press i juni 2017. Et fint sitat introduserer boka, hentet fra et Delius-brev fra 1918:

"Jeg kunne aldri tenke meg å flytte langt fra mitt elskede Norge og de lyse sommernettene og all poesien og melankolien av den nordiske sommeren og de høye fjellviddene hvor mennesker er mer sjeldne og mer selvstendige enn i noe annet land i verden; mennesker med stilletiende følelser som renner dypere enn noe annet folk jeg vet om." 



Boka kan bestilles her. Og her følger PR-teksten: 

This is a study of the vital role that Norway played in the life and work of composer Frederick Delius. Norway was a primary source of inspiration for Delius: 20 summers of his adult life were spent there, and almost 40 works express his experiences of Norwegian nature or were composed to Norwegian texts. Although his attachment to Norway was at the core of Delius’s creative life, this book is the first comprehensive study of the influence the country and its artists had on the composer.

It includes significant new material regarding Delius’s friendships with Edvard Munch, Edvard Grieg and Knut Hamsun. Previously unknown visits to Norway are detailed, as
are close ties to a whole raft of Norwegian artists and political figures that have never previously been documented. For the first time, Delius’s alter ego is uncovered, several mythologies regarding the composer are clarified, and the Norwegian background
to some of his most well-known works is considered.

The Delius that emerges from these pages is little known: a driven and energetic personality and an artist searching for a language with which to express the existential crisis facing modern man in the early twentieth century.


Omslagsbildet er et maleri i Nasjonalgalleriet av Johannes Flintoe, Fra Jotunheimen, Hurrungane.

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