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
CDH55237Helios (Hyperion's budget label) Composers 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] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) Composers of World War I

Track-specific metadata for CDD22026 disc 2 track 2

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-88-26202
Duration
1'17
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    2CDs Superseded by CDD22026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
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label) Composers of World War I