Frequently Asked Questions
are of course many questions which arise about Moeran, so
here are some of the most regular, together with the best
answers I can come up with! There's an e-mail link at the
bottom of the page in case your question has not been addressed.
1: How do you pronounce Moeran?
There is no easy answer to this, and it's likely
that Moeran himself would have heard many different renditions.
Personally I tend to side with Peter
Warlock writing in 1924, Eamonn
Andrews in discussion with Moeran in 1947, and Bill
Skinner in his film documentary of 1971 and say "MOOR-an"
- with MOOR stressed and pronounced as in Dartmoor.
2: Is anybody ever going to complete the
2nd Symphony (after Anthony Payne's work on Elgar's 3rd)?
So little of the Second
Symphony (R99) survives,
and in such little detail, that to this point everyone who
has actually seen it has come to the swift conclusion that
there's not enough to go on. The only hope for it is that
somewhere in a dark attic corner in Ireland a more complete
score might one day be found, but for now this is not an option.
3: Moeran's death - did he jump or did he
Hard to say - he was certainly in a very depressed
and mentally unstable state of mind at the end of his life,
and may well have contemplated suicide. One has to ask what
he was doing at the end of Kenmare Pier in a storm at dusk
in December. Yet as a strong swimmer it's hard to believe
the human survival instinct wouldn't have kicked in and seen
him swimming for his life. Those around him at the time had
mixed opinions too, though the potential stigma caused some
to hold their tongues. Official verdict: he fell. Unofficial
4: Is there a Moeran Society?
It was me asking this question which kicked
off this site. At present there is not, and a letter from
the holder of Moeran's estate in Australia suggests very little
money coming in with which to fund one. The Virtual
Moeran Society at this site is a good opportunity to regiuster
interest, but little more than that - but a good starting
point for anyone wishing to start a Society. This site would
certainly support such a move but lacks the time or resources
to organise a Society properly. Volunteers required!
5: Where can I hear concert performances
You probably can't - at least not very often.
There is a steady trickle of performances but they are few
and far between. This site relies on eagle-eyed Moeranites
to pass on the news of any forthcoming concerts...
6: Where can I buy sheet music?
The availability in the UK is poor. Thames Publishing
did put together volumes of the complete piano and vocal music
for Moeran's anniversary in 1994, and these can be obtained
directly from their distributer.
However, a search of London's music shops reveals little else,
so one has to look to the USA where Sheet
Music Plus do carry a range of Moeran scores published
there by Shawnee Press, shipped internationally.
7: Has all of Moeran's music been recorded?
Although most of the instrumental music has
seen commercial release and is currently available on CD,
there are huge gaps in the vocal music. For such a fine song
writer and folk music arranger as Moeran this is surely an
oversight on the part of singers. Of the instrumental music
not available, the major oversight is the Sonata for Two Violins
(R53). There is now an unreleased
professional recording of this available from
8: What about those wonderful Lyrita recordings
of the 60's and 70's?
These do come up from time to time on vinyl
at auction sites like e-bay and are well worth getting - the
Boult interpretations of Moeran's orchestral music are superlative,
and the Georgiadis recording of the Violin Concerto is wonderful.
Alas it seems these are destined never to see the light of
day again as CDs. I understand through Internet rumour that
the owner of the tapes and former head of Lyrita is so disillusioned
with the record business that he intends to keep his tapes
9: What are all these R numbers suddenly
appearing on the site?
These refer to a new attempt to catalogue Moeran's
music chronologically. Although Moeran was meticulous in his
writing he was very disorganised in his storage and often
seemed even to forget about quite major compositions. He did
not assign Opus numbers, therefore it can only be up to researchers
to try and unravel and document his output. The R
numbers refer to this site's attempt to do just that.
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