Moeran, Ernest John
Period: Early 20th Century
Born: Monday, December 31, 1894 in Heston, Middlesex, England
Died: Friday, December 1, 1950 in Kenmare, County Kerry, Ireland
Nation of Origin: United Kingdom
Ludlow Town - a song cycle (1920)
Trio for Violin, Cello, and Pianoforte in D Major (1925)
String Quartet in A Minor (1921)
Fancies for solo piano (1922)
Six Norfolk Folksongs (1923)
Seven Poems of James Joyce (1929)
Sonata for two unaccompanied violins (1931)
Trio for Violin, Viola, and Cello in G Major (1931)
Orchestral Rhapsodies from 2 pieces for Small Orchestra
Whythorne's Shadow (1931)
Lonely Waters (1931)
Blue-eyed Spring for baritone and chorus (1931)
Songs of Springtime (1934)
Symphony in G Minor (1937)
Phyllida and Corydon - a choral suite (1939)
Four Shakespeare Songs (1940)
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (1942)
Overture for a Masque (1944)
Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (1945)
Sonata for cello and pianoforte in A minor (1947)
Serenade in G Major - for orchestra (1948)
- His father, an Anglican clergyman, was born in Ireland. His mother was born in Norfolk.
- His music shows influences of both Ireland and East Anglia.
- Early music training in piano, violin, and church music.
- Enrolled in Uppingham School at 14. Played in the school string quartet. Composed a sonata for cello.
- Studied at Royal College of Music.
- Fought in the army in World War I. He was injured badly and discharged.
- Went to London in 1920 to learn from John Ireland until 1923.
- Mature works were influenced by the works of Frederick Delius, Peter Warlock, and Jean Sibelius.
- Folk songs are a prominent influence on his works.
- 1924 to 1930 he composed mostly songs, a few solo piano works, and a few folksong arrangements.
- 1930 to 1945 he composed works in a variety of forms and mediums.
- He married Peers Coetmore, a cellist, in 1945.
- Moeran enjoyed country life and his music is inspired by nature and simple folksongs.
- In 1950 Moeran died and fell into the Kenmare river where he was found floating. Despite the appearance of drowning, an investigation showed he was dead before hitting the water.
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