In this first-ever full-length study of his music, Geoffrey Self examines Moeran's output chronologically, from his early piano and chamber music and tone-poems to the late masterpieces of the Cello Concerto and Cello Sonata. Moeran's life and career were far from easy. A grievous shrapnel wound in World War I left him with a tendency towards alcoholism, exacerbated by a riotous four-year sojourn with Peter Warlock, which hindered his ability to compose. Freed from the weight of Warlock's personality, Moeran went on to complete his Symphony, two concertos, and much else of enduring value and importance. He spent his last years in Ireland, attempting in vain to complete his Second Symphony. Self traces the influences that helped shape Moeran's personality and his development into one of the major voices of his day.
The life and music of the Anglo-Irish composer E. J. Moeran, 1894--1950