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In Flanders

First line:
I'm homesick for my hills again
composer
1915/17
author of text

 
Ivor Gurney (1890-1937) enlisted in the Gloucestershire Regiment in February 1915. He served at the Front, and after being gassed, was sent to the Edinburgh War Hospital, Bangour, on 25 Sept 1917 where he recuperated for a month. However he suffered a serious breakdown in March 1918 and was rehospitalised. In October he was honourably discharged from the army. After the war Gurney’s mental distress continued to worsen. In 1922 his family had him declared insane. He spent the last 15 years of his life in mental hospitals.

Frederick William Harvey (1888-1957) had been a close friend of Ivor Gurney since childhood. He too joined the Gloucestershire Regiment, but earlier, on 8 August 1914. He served in Flanders and France, was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal and promoted. In 1916, after officer training, Harvey returned to France where he was captured by the Germans. The remainder of his war was spent in prisoner of war camps. In Flanders was written on Christmas Day 1915.

from notes by Robin Tritschler © 2014

Recordings

Gurney: Severn Meadows & other songs
CDA67243Archive Service
No Exceptions No Exemptions
Studio Master: SIGCD401Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
War's Embers
CDD220262CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1) — Archive Service

Details

Track 7 on CDA67243 [3'25] Archive Service
Track 2 on CDD22026 CD1 [2'44] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1) — Archive Service
Track 12 on SIGCD401 CD2 [3'03] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CDD22026 disc 1 track 2

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-88-26102
Duration
2'44
Recording date
23 April 1987
Recording venue
Seldon Hall, Haberdashers' Aske's School, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Paul Spicer
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. War's Embers (CDA66261/2)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: March 1988
    Deletion date: April 2004
    2CDs Superseded by CDD22026
  2. War's Embers (CDD22026)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: September 1997
    Deletion date: March 2005
    2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1) — Archive Service
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