Neilson Taylor (baritone)
Jennifer Partridge (piano)
Unicorn UNS 249
from: "E J Moeran's Recollections
of Peter Warlock"
This photo was taken on the pavement
outside the door to Moeran and Warlock's cottage, facing the
Five Bells pub, indicating its proximity
One work, an engaging unison song called 'Maltworms',
was written by Warlock and Moeran in collaboration. Moeran had the
poem with him on a midday visit to a pub* in Eynsford and had set
the chorus when Watlock came in. Warlock suggested a tune for the
first two lines of the verse, doing, as Moeran put it, "the
steps up" - a series of ascending thirds of which he was very
fond. Moeran then continued with lines three and four.
A local dramatic society at Shoreham was putting on
some one-act plays and it had been suggested that Warlock and Moeran
should provide the music. Th villlage boasted a good brass band
of from twelve to fifteen players and both composers wanted to make
use of it. The band was holding its practise that evening and the
two composers therefore went home, harmonized the song and scored
the accompaniment. When an accompaniment had been written to the
verses, Moeran set to work harmonizing the chorus, while Warlock
scored the verses in the next room,writing out the parts in pencil.
There was no full score. Moeran then recopied the parts in ink,
the composers caught the seven o'clock bus to Shoreham, and the
work was rehearsed there and then.
Unfortunately the performance never took place.
The bandmaster's wife did not hold with play-acting and, on the night,
the band was forbidden to appear. The song, however, was given a piano
accompaniment, and in place of a Dowland dance which Warlock had arranged
for brass band the two composers played piano duets. All the band
parts have since been lost; but it is said that "Maltworms"
is still to be heard in the "Crown" at Shoreham, and Moeran
had a fine photograph of the three original singers flanked by the
composers, each holding a mug of beer.
Warlock, Moeran, members of Shoreham
Amateur Dramatic Society, 1928
E J Moeran's Recollections
of Peter Warlock
by Gerald Cockshott
Musical Times March 1955
*According to Gwen McIntyre's booklet "Peter
Warlock" (Farningham and Eynsford Local History Society) this
took place in the Five Bells at Eynsford, just a few yards across
the road from the house shared by Moeran and Warlock between 1925
and 1928 - see also "Moeran in Eynsford"
"Moeran set to work harmonizing the
chorus, while Warlock scored the verses in the next room,writing
out the parts in pencil"