This year’s anniversaries include 150th of Frederick Delius’s birth

Delius in 1912 by Ida Gerhardi

Julian Lloyd Webber has written a nice article in praise of composer Frederick Delius (Jan. 29, 1862-June 10, 1934), a master of sweet musical depiction, for the Guardian.

It helps kickstart this year’s list of composer birth anniversaries that includes Giovanni Gabrielli’s 400th and John Cage’s centenary (which should, naturally, be observed with 4 ’33” of silence).

You can find a wealth of information about the English-born composer at the Delius Society.

Delius’s anniverary is going to be overshadowed by Claude Debussy’s 150th, so I thought I’d get a plug in early with something seasonal, done on my Sunday instrument, the organ, played by talented American organist-pilot Aram Basmadjian (who has a local counterpart in Guelph-based organist-pilot, Michael Bloss):