Sunday, 13 July 2014

More English song: 'I will go with my father a-ploughing' : Ivor Gurney

More English song from the early twentieth century - appropriate, perhaps, as this morning's Gospel was the parable of the sower, the song, 'I will go with my father a-ploughing,' a setting of words by the Irish poet Joseph Campbell by the Gloucestershire composer and poet Ivor Gurney, another tragic casualty of the Great War, not killed or maimed in action, but confined to a mental hospital for the last fifteen years of his life, his mind, it seems, overthrown by his experiences in Flanders. 
The song is performed here by Ian Bostridge, tenor, accompanied by Julius Drake. 

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