Intermezzo and Serenade are from the score of 'Hassan' his last work for
the stage. It was FP in SEP 1923 at 'His Majesty's Theater'. The
Intermezzo and the Serenade are taken from the 'moonlight at the fountain'
scene. Hassan playing his lute for Yasmin. The work was scored for violin,
strings and har and was arranged by Sir Thomas Beecham.
James Elroy Flecker (1884-1915) was a late exponent of Aestheticism who worked in the consular service and was fascinated by the East. His works include the collection of poems The Golden Journey to Samarkand and the poetic drama Hassan, published posthumously and staged eight years after his death. Delius's substantial incidental music to the play includes preludes to each of the five acts, interludes, a serenade, fanfares, a four-movement ballet, melodramas and choruses.
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Frederick Theodore Albert Delius CH (29 January 1862 – 10 June 1934) was an English composer. Born in Bradford, Yorkshire, to a prosperous mercantile family of German extraction, he resisted attempts to recruit him to commerce. He was sent to Florida in the United States in 1884 to manage an orange plantation, where he neglected his managerial duties; influenced by African-American music, he began composing. After a brief period of formal musical study in Germany beginning in 1886, he embarked on a full-time career as a composer in Paris and then in nearby Grez-sur-Loing, where he and his wife Jelka lived (except during the First World War) for the rest of their lives.Wikipedia