Cloudbusting -- Kate Bush In Her Own Words
"Delius'' is a tribute to an extraordinary man both in body and spirit. (1980, KBC 7)
I'm wondering if this next composer was one that you were introduced to by your family, and this of course is delius. And you've written a song about him on your never for ever album. You are a fan of several of his pieces.
How old were you when you saw that?
[An excerpt from song to be sung of asummer'snight on the water, from a suite of three songs for a cappella choir, is played.]
An extract from song to be sung of a summer night by delius. Kate, we know that many devotees of a particular form of music are intolerant of others. In the early days of rock 'n' roll, for example, classical music-buffs would condemn rock. And unfortunately some rock fans are intolerant of classical music. Have any of your fans questioned the fact that you wrote a track about delius?
You did see the 1968 omnibus [???] film?
It stayed with you in your head.
You listen to him?
But you mention eric fenby's name in your song.
I'm not sure whether you heard that dr. Fenby, but you are up there with the greats - kate - at the moment. [Everybody laughs]
Fenby: Indeed, yes.
What's the actual line, kate?
In b, fenby. It says in b, fenby.
Fenby: Who's b?
Fenby: Oh, in the key of b.
Harty: The b key not bzzzz. [Everybody laughs]
Fenby: Oh, I see, yes.
What do you think frederick delius would have thought if he'd seen that kate bush display that we just witnessed [Kate's delius video]?
Fenby: Well, delius was a great individualist and I think he would have applauded you for at least doing your thing your own way [Audience laughs] because he hated copiests, whether it was in music or anything else and I think he would accepted that as a very gracious tribute.
[Interviewer interrupts] but it is quite a great gracious tribute isn't it?
Fenby: It is, I think so, yes.
Harty: [Interrupts kate attempting to speak] you do push your targets, kate, you push your targets fairly up market don't you. I mean, we've had, ah... Haven't we been into bronte land, haven't we?
No, was it cathy and heathcliff, yes of course it was. Now into delius, where is the arrow of your powerful intellect going to fall next, I wonder?
... And really that is what art is, art is pure emotion. And so anyone that is full of it will attract me, obviously, because I'm looking for the same thing, I'm tuning into the same thing. Delius is...
Fenby: But there was only one delius, wasn't there?
[Interrupts again] did he... He quite liked popular music though, because in the film... In ken russel's film, do you remember, there is one evening that wind [Up granford ???] he said, ``put on old man river.''
Fenby: Well, that reminded him of his time on a florida plantation when he was about twenty-two. Went out from england to avoid joining the family [Wooling ???] business. (1980, The Russell Hardy Show)
What is sung during delius, after the bit where delius is dictating to fenby?
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