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The boat is chafing

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


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


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

Track-specific metadata for CDD22026 disc 2 track 2

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 2 Track 2
    Release date: March 1988
    Deletion date: April 2004
    2CDs Superseded by CDD22026
  2. War's Embers (CDD22026)
    Disc 2 Track 2
    Release date: September 1997
    Deletion date: March 2005
    2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1) Archive Service
  3. War's Embers (CDH55237)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: April 2006
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