English composer E.J. (Ernst John) Moeran may be a new name to most of you. One of the 'unsung heroes' of 20th century English music, and not played as often as he should. He wrote some likeable and grateful piano music. Except for Bank Holiday, which I heard on YouTube, I do not know how these are supposed to sound, so these interpretations are entirely my own
Asmusingly, I had almost given up on Stalham River. After struggling through it twice I couldn't make head or tail of it, and I was ready to throw the printouts in the bin. But for some reason I decided to give it another chance. That was when it started to click, and now I am convinced it is a marvellous piece with a voice all of its own.
You may hear many good influences in these pieces. Ireland, Holst, Delius, Vaughan Williams, and maybe others.Moeran - Stalham River (1921) (5:58)Moeran - Summer Valley (1925) (6:12)Moeran - On a May Morning (1921) (4:01)Moeran - Bank Holiday (1925) (2:30)
I also created a YouTube video of Bank Holiday and Stalham River (same audio tracks) http://youtu.be/H2s_5aeQVmw
(it is still being uploaded as I write this)