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2017.11.28 Long-Awaited Translation of British Composer Delius’ Biography
The first Japanese translation of the biography "Delius as I Knew Him," depicting the last days of Fredrick Delius (1862-1934), a German-British composer known for his poetic melodies and unique harmony, has been published by Japan's Artes Publishing. The book was translated by London-based violinist Midori Komachi. 

Delius was afflicted with blindness and general paralysis during his final years, but continued to compose through dictation with the help of young musician Eric Fenby (1906-1997), who had offered to assist him. Fenby’s memoir, "Delius as I Knew Him (1936)," is an account of their joint undertaking that spanned six years in Delius' home in France. Its translation has long been awaited by fans in Japan, where there is a dearth of materials on Delius.  

The translation was made possible through the "Delius Project," a crowdfunding scheme initiated by music journalist Naoki Hayashida. According to the video footage in which he calls for donations, Hayashida had been yearning to read Fenby’s book ever since he saw its TV movie adaptation, "Song of Summer (1968, BBC; 1970, NHK)." Gen Kimura of Artes Publishing said that he had considered the book for translation on several occasions and shelved the idea due to lack of funding, but this time was finally able to take it to publication.  

In conjunction with the publication, on November 1, Komachi performed all four of Delius' violin sonatas in Tokyo. A rare opportunity to contemplate the life of the composer while listening to his compositions spanning from his early days to his last, this is sure to have been a precious moment for Delius fans. 

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