This page links you to articles
and letters written by Moeran himself, all published within
Jack Moeran was quite a letter writer. Without these
preserved documents Lionel Hill's excellent memoir "Lonely
Waters, the diary of a friendship with E J Moeran"
(below) would probably not have been written. As it
is, however, we have a fascinating insight into the opinions
of Moeran on a wide range of musical subjects, as well as
his own compositional progress. A further publication, the
article by Geoffrey Self in the magazine 'British Music' (Volume
16, 1994) quotes newly discovered letters and postcards
written between February 1931 and December 1941 to the singer
Moeran's private letters are not the only source of insight
into his way of thinking. He wrote a number of articles for
publications such as the Journal of the English Folk Dance
and Song Society and Countrygoer, which will see the light
of day again here. One such article is the fascinating Folk
Songs and some Traditional Singers in East Anglia, which was
published in Countrygoer in 1946 and details the origins and
development of Moean's interest in traditional folk song and
There are also the letters written to and published
by newspapers and magazines, and it was with two of these
that this section opened. The first appears to be written
in response to the news that Elgar was 'at it again', but
actually concetrates on folk song and its influence on a vareity
of composers. The second, to the Telegraph, discusses the
Proms and the BBC's handling of contemporary British music.
Another tack is a brief questionnaire which
Moeran completed in 1949 on "The Composer and Society"
which offers some insight into Moeran's social thinking and
desire for more assistance for British music. I've also linked
here to the Symphony sleevenotes by Moeran that have been
on the site for some time.