· Oxford:
Seven Poems ... set to music by E. I. Moeran.
Oxford: Oxford University Press .
Folio, 20pp; stiff paper wrappers with printed paper label.
First edition thus, the text selected from Chamber Music (1907), a song cycle beautifully arranged about a journey of love reflected through the seasons. Each piece depicts oneʼs experiences with love and nature through the various seasons of life. Two poems are cheerful in nature, and the other five are melancholy. The subject of each is love and the music of nature, and the songs take the listener on a journey through lifeʼs seasons: the bustle of spring, the sunny days of summer, a rainy fall day, and the barren landscape of winter. Although Moeranʼs settings are folk-like, they use parallel fourths and fifths to achieve more dissonance in the harmony. (Inventory #: VBF04)