He was 22 when he left England for his fathers
's orange groves in Northeastern Florida, south of Jacksonville. The year
was 1884. It was there he scored many of his works including 'Appalachia'
and 'Sea Drift' in 1903. The setting to 'Sea Drift' is a poem by Walt
Whitman. The images are from your own mind as you'll visualize and hear
this 'Sea Drift' for baritone, chorus and Orchestra. more
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.