Delius as I knew him (Eric Fenby, 1936)
Japanese translation by Midori Komachi
Artes Publishing, 2017
One of the most affecting true story in the history of music, Fenby's memoir expresses in extensive detail of his collaboration with the English composer Frederick Delius (1862 -1934). Delius suffered in pain, as he became paralyzed and blind towards the end of his life, no longer able to compose. Fenby, then a young composer in Yorkshire, travels to Delius's residence in France, and offers his help to complete the composer's works by dictation.
Through the countless struggles, Fenby worked with Delius to complete many masterpieces including A Song of Summer, Songs of Farewell and Violin Sonata No.3.
This book has been one of the most important resources in the research of Frederick Delius, and subsequently inspired many works - including Ken Russell's BBC film Song of Summer (1968) and a song by Kate Bush, entitled 'Delius'.
This Japanese translation by Midori Komachi became the first ever biographical publication on Delius in Japan. Since this publication in 2017, this book has been featured widely on the national press, such as the Nikkei, Sankei and selected as 'Book of the Week' on Mainichi Newspaper.