This work for small orchestra, is imbued with the spirit of an English springtime. Mists, buds, ferns and streams are all conjured up, with the song of the cuckoo heard as ephemerally as the real-life cuckoo’s melancholy song. These repeated notes of a minor key seem natural to Delius, indeed, – ‘a true apostle of nature!’
The SIXTY different images included in this video are taken in several locations mainly in North Yorkshire. The scenes are typical of what most of us can still find within easy reach almost anywhere within the UK… When you visit the countryside please just shoot only pictures and leave only footprints behind you!
‘On Hearing the First Cuckcoo in Spring’ –
Music composed in 1912 by Frederick Delius 1862-1934
Royal Scottish National Orchestra – Conducted by David Lloyd-Jones