Ernest Moeran

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Piano Trio in D Major

Moeran completed the Piano Trio in 1921 but after hearing it performed was not entirely satisfied with it and continued working on it until 1924. It was published the following year. In four movements the music is a blend of French impressionism, English pastoral melody a la John Ireland, his second teacher, with further tinges of Brahmsian effects, no doubt gleaned from his main teacher, Charles Stanford.

Ernest Moeran (1894-1950) was born in Heston near London. Shortly after his birth, the family moved to the remote Norfolk Fen Country. As a child he learned to play the violin and piano. He subsequently enrolled at the Royal College of Music and studied composition with Charles Villiers Stanford. He fought in World War One and received a received a severe head injury, with shrapnel embedded too close to the brain for removal. He underwent what would now be considered primitive head surgery which involved the fitting of a metal plate into the skull. Unsurprisingly this was to affect him for the rest of his life. After discharge, in 1920 he continued his studies the Royal College, studying there under John Ireland. 


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