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.
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,
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.
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.