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The boat is chafing

composer
1920
author of text
from Scaramouch in Naxos

 
The boat is chafing (1920) is taken from the ‘pantomime’ entitled Scaramouch in Naxos by the Scottish playwright and translator John Davidson (1857–1909). His plays were published in 1894 with a frontispiece by Aubrey Beardsley. Perhaps when Gurney composed this song about setting off in a boat for ‘a land unknown’ he was aware that Davidson, impoverished and mentally ill at the end of his life, had committed suicide by drowning himself at sea at Penzance.

from notes by Graham Johnson 2012

Recordings

The Power of Love
CDA67888Composers of World War I
War's Embers
CDD220262CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1) — Archive Service
War's Embers
CDH55237Composers of World War I

Details

Track 24 on CDA67888 [1'38] Composers of World War I
Track 2 on CDD22026 CD2 [1'17] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1) Archive Service
Track 13 on CDH55237 [1'17] Composers of World War I

Track-specific metadata for CDA67888 track 24

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-12-88824
Duration
1'38
Recording date
17 December 2010
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. The Power of Love (CDA67888)
    Disc 1 Track 24
    Release date: February 2012
    Composers of World War I
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