I'm very grateful to Barry Marsh for offering his chronology of the life of Moeran to this website. This detailed piece of scholarship is probably the most comprehensive record of the composer's life ever assembled. Barry has used all the records he can find in order to try and reconstruct at times a day by day account of Moeran's life and work.

Lonely WatersNaturally this becomes more and more detailed as Moeran's life progresses and more detailed records become available, particularly the period 1943-1950, covered in great depth by Lionel Hill's excellent book "Lonely Waters, A Diary of a Friendship with E. J Moeran".

If Barry's biography of Moeran, due to be completed later this year, is as comprehensive as this chronology, we really do have a treat in store!

Accessing the Chronology

To the right hand side of this page you can link to the relevent point in the chronology by composition. Due to the quantity of songs, I've omitted this category!

Note also that there is no date or record of composition of the Second String Quartet - opinions vary as to whether this was an early or late work, but nobody seems to think it was a mid-life composition.

You can also use the links below for access to the chronology by period:

1894-1917 - The Early Years

1918-1924 - First compositions

1925-1934 - With and after Warlock

1935-1942 - Symphony & Violin Concerto

1943-1946 - Sinfonietta & Cello Concerto

1947-1950 - His final years

©2011 The Worldwide Moeran Database


Major Orchestral Works

Violin Concerto
Cello Concerto
Serenade in G


First Rhapsody
Second Rhapsody
Second Rhapsody (revision)
Third (Piano) Rhapsody

Other Works

In The Mountain Country
Lonely Waters
Wythorne's Shadow
Farrago Suite
Overture to a Masque

Piano Music

Three Pieces
Theme and Variations
On a May Morning
Stalham River
Three Fancies
Two Legends
Summer Holiday
Bank Holiday
Irish Love Song
The White Mountain
Two Pieces

Piano Trio
Third (Piano) Rhapsody


Violin Sonata
Sonata for Two Violins
Cello Sonata

Oboe Music

Fantasy Quartet

Chamber Music

String Quartet No 1
String Quartet No 2
String Trio
Piano Trio
Fantasy Quartet
Cello Prelude