||Being a wool provider’s son and a composer in the 20 century, Frederick Delius(1862-1934) loves music more than trade. He collected compositional inspiration while traveling abroad on behalf of the firm. For this reason, he depicted a lot of country scenes in his orchestral works. Delius completed four sonatas for violin and piano in total. No. 1 to No.3 were composed in the 20 century and published within three years after completed. Sonata in B major was composed in 1892, and was not published until 1977.|
This essay is divided into four chapters. The first chapter introduces Frederick Delius’ life, as well as his compositional style. The second chapter analyses formal structure and motif development of the violin sonata in B major. The third chapter focuses on other three sonatas, including the aspects of formal structure, tonality, harmony, and the development of rhythmic motives, based on the paper of Gregory Alan Neil’s paper for reference. The final chapter compares the four sonatas, hoping to shed lights on why the B major sonata was his first composition, but was the last published work.