Collected Writings of German Musicologist Max Chop on the Composer Frederick Delius

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Chop’s main claim to fame is his 1904 study of Delius, the first on the composer to be published; it laid the foundations for future Delius biographers. Chop also produced several scholarly articles on Delius in 1907, and played a crucial role in ensuring his opera A Village Romeo and Juliet reached the stage of Berlin’s Komische Oper that year. This book brings together Chop’s collected criticism of Delius in translation for the first time, and includes the original texts, a commentary and note on the author plus several previously unpublished letters. In his day he was widely respected as a musicologist, music journalist and newspaper editor. He published a number of compositions.


“It is particularly rewarding that a Delius scholar of Jones’ standing has been able to carry out several years of painstaking research in out-of-the-way parts of what used to be East Germany to give us more about Delius’ reputation before World War I. We realized that Delius first achieved fame in Germany but had little idea of the details. Now, thanks to Jones, the role of Max Chop – a missing link – is explored and documented in the most fascinating way.” – Peter Dickinson

“In presenting Chop’s articles and his important early monograph on Delius in such a scholarly way, Philip Jones has performed a great service for those interested in the life and music of Delius and provided a fascinating insight into Delius’s rise to fame in Germany.” – Stephen Lloyd

Table of Contents

Table of contents:
Preface; Foreword by Felix Aprahamian
1. Introduction
2. The Articles and Monograph in Translation
1. Biographies and organisations
2. The original articles and monologue
3. The extant correspondence between Chop and Delius
4. Max Chop: a work-list
5. An appreciation of Max Chop published for his 60th birthday, and his obituary
Bibliography; Index

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