Ivor Gurney (1880-1937)
Ivor Gurney's tragically curtailed career robbed England of a huge
compositional talent that was set to reach high artistic maturity.
war-time experiences left him too scarred to develop further as a
and we can now only speculate as to what he might have produced had
in full mental health. A poet as well as composer, Gurney's songs
all of the hallmarks of great art song composing: from sensitive
poetry and naturalness of musical setting, through to the ability to
present the singer with a work which demands interpretive powers of
degree. Although his songs appear to revel in a pure English folk
have, in fact, more in common with the German lied (art song)
Schubert, Schumann, Brahms and Wolf in their close musical
the texts set.