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E. J. MOERAN

The death of Mr E. J. Moeran, composer, was disclosed early today. His body was found in River Kenmare. He was in the habit of going for long walks with notebook while working at his music. Inquest may be opened at Kenmare to-day.

(2/12/50)


Obituary

E. J. MOERAN

Ernest John Moeran, the composer, died yesterday at Kenmare, Co. Kerry. He was 55. He was almost self-taught in music, but joined the Royal College of Music in 1913 for a few months before serving in the Army throughout the first world war.

The Hallé Orchestra gave a performance of his first Rhaposdy in 1924. Recent works are: Concerto, 1945, Sinfonietta for Orchestra, 1945, Oboe Quartet, 1946, and Cello Sonata, 1947.

Our Music Critic writes: Moeran was among the most gifted of the young composers who 30 years ago found inspiration in folk-song and the poetry of country life.

While he came from Irish stock, Norfolk was his home, and his music, full of frank lyricism and pastoral suggestions, all breathes a bracing atmosphere. His G Minor Symphony of 1938 is his most impressive work.

Brig. Sir Edward Tandy, At Oxford.

(2/12/50)


E. J. MOERAN VERDICT

E. J. Moeran, 55, the composer, whose body was recovered from the River Kenmare, Co. Kerry, on Friday, died from a heart attack before falling in. This was stated at the inquest at Kenmare on Saturday when a verdict of death from natural causes was recorded.

(4/12/50)

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"Moeran was among the most gifted of the young composers who 30 years ago found inspiration in folk-song and the poetry of country life"