Moir, Frank Lewis



English song composer; born at Market Harboro'; showed musical talent as a child. He studied painting at South Kensington, obtaining certificates for model and free-hand drawing, and during his student days he sang in the choir of Royal Albert Hall, where Gounod was at that time conducting. Finally his love of music overcame his other art and he began to fit himself for musical composition. In 1890 he won a scholarship at the National School for Music founded by the Corporation of the City of London. Here he received excellent instruction in counterpoint of Dr. Bridge, in composition of Ebenezer Prout, and in harmony of Sir John Stainer. After two years' study he received a certificate of highest honor in composition. He has writen the comic opera, The Royal Watchman; the madrigal, When at Chloe's Eyes I Gaze, which took the Madrigal Society prize in 1881; a melody in A for violin and piano; the songs, Best of All; Only Once More; Among the Passion Flowers; A Lark's Flight; The Golden Meadow; Love Shall Never Die; and many others. He married Eleanor Farnol, a soprano, who gives recitals of his songs.