Biography

Ernest John Moeran (1894-1950) was an English, part Irish composer who wrote a repertoire of chamber, orchestral and choral music. He studied at the Royal College of Music, London until the outbreak of the First World War, which he enlisted for in August 1914. On 3 May, he was injured with a wound to the head, and after returning, continued his studies at RMC for a short period of time, but kept receiving private teaching from composer John Ireland. During the following years, Moeran produced a strong output of music, including his first orchestral works which were inspired by the works of Delius and Vaughan Williams, establishing himself within British musical culture. He also collected folk songs during the time, and was elected to the committee of the Folksong Society in 1923. In the years 1925-30, he suffered from alcoholism, which dampened his musical output. His silence ended and he re-emerged onto the musical scene in the 30s, writing most of his works from then until his death in 1950.


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