Solo music

There is of course a certain degree of overlap between this and other sections of Moeran's output - with the exception of the piano pieces he did not write for unaccompanied solo instruments. It is therefore in the interests of helpfulness that all works where there is an identifiable instrumental soloist involved have been included in this category.

 

Piano Music

Written during what is roughly the first half of his career, Moeran's music for solo piano is just about sufficient to fit onto a Compact Disc - indeed an excellent recording of these works has been made by Eric Parkin. Several of the pieces were published grouped together, and these have been presented here in those original groupings. The works span the years 1919 to 1933, and vary from relatively playable two or three minute pieces to the technically challenging fifteen minute Theme and Variations. In addition he wrote a Piano Trio in 1920, and much later on, the Third Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra, completed in 1943.

 

Sonatas

Moeran's three sonatas often seem to explore areas untouched by his other works. The better known of the three, those for Violin and Piano and for Cello and Piano both offer a starkness of voice not often apparent in Moeran's other work. Of great interest to historians and true Moeran nuts is the Sonata for Two Violins. Written largely from his hospital bed, this work comes from a vital time as he attempted to turn from the Delius-influenced harmonies of the 1920s and find a new voice. Despite receiving good reviews on its debut, the work has, more than any other, been the subject of neglect. In an attempt to rectify this, I have been able to track down a copy of the score and commission a world première recording of this fifteen minute piece, now available on the site.

 

Concertos

Moeran's Violin Concerto is, for me, one of the great works of this genre. If there is one piece which justifies Moeran receiving greater recognition it is surely this - a work which can swing you from delight to tears in minutes. The Cello Concerto was one of Moeran's last major works, written for his wife - the cellist Peers Coetmore - in 1945, and stands as a robust and sweeping confirmation of his compositional brilliance.

 

Oboe Music

The Fantasy Quartet for Oboe and Strings was written in 1946 for the great oboe player Leon Goossens, and is one of a very small number of works for this particular combination of instruments. This piece is also to be found in the Chamber Music section.

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Piano Works Page

Three Pieces (1919) R4
Theme and Variations (1920) R5
On a May Morning (1921) R12
Toccata (1921) R13
Stalham River (1921) R14
Three Fancies (1922) R17
Two Legends (1923) R22
Summer Valley (1925) R37
Bank Holiday (1925) R36
Irish Love Song (1926) R47
The White Mountain (1927) R50
Two Pieces (1933) R67

Piano Trio (1920-5) R6
Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra (1942-3) R79

 

Violin Sonata (1923) R15
Sonata for Two Violins (1930) R53
Cello Sonata (1947) R92

 

Prelude for Cello and Piano (1943) R80

Violin Concerto (1937-41) R78
Cello Concerto (1945) R89

 

Fantasy Quartet (1946) R90



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