In a Persian Market: intermezzo-scene (1A)                                                                   Back to list of works index

 

The work was first advertised as a piano piece in Musical Opinion (January 1921) under the heading "Educational novelties”.  The orchestral version was published 6 months later.  It is an easy piece to play well, and has always been popular with groups of all standards.  Many diverse performances can be seen on YouTube, but only a few of the more interesting versions are indexed below.  The variety of melodies is particularly attractive to Wurlitzer organists. A clip of Betty (of Wilson, Keppel and Betty) dancing to it can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srLc6dTsewM

 

Its use in a music-and-movement class in a German primary school is described in the article Auf einem Persischen Market: ein Hit der Salonmusik wird zum Hit im Unterricht, by Lothar Schubert (Musik in der Schule, 1997 Heft 1, p.15-19).

 

The work is a basically a string of melodies, or pot-pourri.  However, material is recapitulated in a manner vaguely resembling sonata form.  The piece begins and ends like a patrol (crescendo as the patrol approaches, diminuendo as it disappears, c.f. Beethoven’s Turkish March) – but Ketèlbey has a Haydnesque surprise with the unexpected final loud chord.

 

Unlike In a Monastery Garden, with its sophisticated harmony and a religious aura, the simple diatonic and pentatonic melodies of In a Persian Market have proved a good starting point for jazz musicians.

 

Composer’s synopsis

The camel-drivers enter the market, the cries of beggars for "Back-Sheesh" are heard, the princess arrives carried by her servants (this theme is repeated by full orchestra), she stays to watch the jugglers and snake-charmer.  The Caliph announced by trumpets, now passes through the market, the beggars again cry out for "Back-Sheesh", the princess departs, the caravan resumes its journey, but everything is stilled for a few moments by the voice from the minaret calling to prayer; the caravan moves off, and the market place becomes deserted.

 

In a Persian Market  - orchestral from 1954 – link to page 1B   

In a Persian Market – wind & brass bands, piano, organ – link to page 2

In a Persian Market – jazz, pop and other instrumental groups – link page 3

In a Persian Market  - vocal versions – link to page 4

 

 

In a Persian Marketorchestral till 1953

 

Artists

Label

Matrix

Format

Country

Date

Gramophone Review

Locations

Court Symphony Orchestra, chorus, Ketèlbey               

Columbia 896

49997-2

12” 78

UK

[June 22]               

BL, TM, (TM CD)

Prince’s Orchestra, male quartet (details conflict with above)

Columbia 896

49997

12” 78

US

rec.Nov 21 New York

 

 

Pathé Concert Orchestra

Pathé 5703

?

12” 78

UK

[June 22]

     Re-issue

- Actuelle 15111

12” 78

 

[June 22]

Princess Orchestra, Bray

HMV 216402

?

10” 78

Canada

[1923?]

Künstlerorchester (Kammerorchester), Dajos Bela

Odeon O 7066

?

10” 78

Austria

cat.1923

Jenö Fesca and his String Orchestra

Homocord B 8287

?

12” 78

Germany

[Jan 24]

     Re-issue

- Homochord HB 2069

51261, 51262

12” 78, 2 sides

UK

[Mar 24]

Court SO, Ketèlbey               

Columbia 3422

A 580, 581

10” 78, 2 sides

UK

[June 24], rec.9.1.24

June 24 p.22

BL, (TM CD)

Edith Lorand Orchestra

Parlophon/Lindström P 1648

2-6674

12” 78

Germany

[Mar 24]

WC

     Re-issue

- Parlophone E 10116

6674

12” 78

UK

[May 24]               

     Re-issue

- Odeon 3161

12” 78

US

[Aug 25]

(salon orchestra)

Silvertone 520

?

10” 78

 

[1925?]

 

WC

Paul Godwin mit seinem Künstler-Ensemble

Polyphon 31432

?

10” 78

Germany

[May 25]               

American Concert Orchestra

Edison 80853

10563 A13

10” 78

US

[Dec 25]                rec.Sep 25

BL

Court Symphony Orchestra, Ketèlbey (Englund says cond. Leggett)     

Columbia 3422R

WA4207-1, WA4223-1

10” 78, 2 sides

UK

[Dec 26] rec. 5.10.26, 10.10.26

TM, (TM CD)

Grosses Salon-Orchester

Artiphon 9730 (red label)

3136

10” 78

Germany

[1927]

MMU

 

     Re-issue (Berolina Sinfonie-Orchester)

- Brilliant

3136

10” 78

Germany

[1928?]

 

 

     Re-issue

- Tempo

3136

10” 78

Germany

[1930?]

 

WC

     Re-issue

- Wotama-Elektro 9730

 

Germany

?

MMU

 

Paul-Godwin & seinen Künstler-Ensemble

Grammophon 19526

28bm, 29bm

12” 78, 2 sides

Germany

[1927]

MMU

WC

International Concert Orchestra, Shilkret

Victor VE 3577

CVE 35381-1

12” 78

US

rec.May 26

 

WC

     Re-issue

- Victor 01513

CVE 35381-1

12” 78

US

 

 

 

     Re-issue

- HMV C 1304

A 35781, 4-0933

12” 78

UK

[Jan 27]

Feb 27 p.374

BL

     Re-issue

- HMV FKX 114

 

12” 78

 

 

 

PD

     Re-issue (Konzert-Orchester/Ferdy Kauffmann-Orchester)

- Electrola EH 61

A 35381

12” 78

Germany

?

MMU

WC

     Re-issue

- Victor L 24002

LBVE 69731

10” 33

US

[1931]

 

PD, WC

Franck Westfield's Orchestra

Parlophone E 5727

1081

10” 78

UK

[Mar 27]

WC

Royal Artillery String Band (strings), Stretton

Velvet Face 719

?

12” 78

UK

[Aug 27]

Grosses Odeon-(Künstler-)Orchester, male chorus (Odeon cat. has Dajos Bela Salonmusik)

Odeon O 6562

XXB 7848

12” 78

Germany

[Nov 27]

 

WC

     Re-issue

- Odeon 3224

 

 

 

 

 

WC

     Re-issue (Grand Orchestre Symphonique Odéon avec choeurs)

- Odéon AA 170060

xxB 7848

12” 78

France

[1927]

 

WC

     Re-issue (Gran Orquesta Odeón (Berlin))

- Odeón 173100

XXB 7848

12” 78

Spain

 

 

WC

     ?Re-issue

- Odéon SOE 3565

 

EP

France

[1960]

 

WC

     ?Re-issue

- Odéon XOC 1019

 

LP

France

[1963]

 

WC

     ?Re-issue

- Versailles VER 34007

 

LP

France

 

 

WC

Grosses Parlophon Streich-Orchestra (=Berlin State Opera O?), male chorus, Dobrindt

Parlophone/Lindström P 9176

2-20459

12” 78

Germany

[Nov 27]

MMU

WC

     Re-issue

- Decca 25190 B

 

 

 

 

 

WC

     Re-issue (Grand symphony orchestra)             

- Parlophone E 10646

2-20459

12” 78

UK

Jan 28 p.340

BL

     Re-issue (Grand symphony orchestra)

- Parlophone 4000

20459

12” 78

Australia

 

 

 

     Re-issue (Grand orchestre symphonique, chorus)

- Parlophone 52017

20459

12” 78

France

?

 

WC

     Re-issue (Symfoniorkester, chorus, effects)

- Odeon NLX 8, 290678

20459

12” 78

Norway

 

 

 

Albert W. Ketelbey’s Concert Orchestra, Ketèlbey

Columbia 9404

WAX 3295-1, 3296-1

12” 78, 2 sides

UK

[July 28] rec.17.2.28

July 28 p.61

BL, PD, (TM CAS)

     Re-issue

- Columbia Cinema Service YBX 23

WAXD 72

12” 33

UK

[Mar 31]

     Re-issue

- Columbia SEDQ 695

 

EP

Spain

1963

 

 

     Re-issue

- Pearl GEMM CD 9968

CD

UK

1992

BL, PD, TM

     Re-issue

- Evergreen Melodies C 62

CD

UK

[1999]

PD, TM

     Re-issue

- Naxos 8.110848

CD

UK

2002

BL, NX, PD, TM

Brunswick Concert Orchestra, male vocal trio

Brunswick 20071

XE 27356

12” 78

US

rec. Apr 28          

 

BL

     Re-issue (Konzert-Orchester)

- Brunswick A 5055

XE 27356

12” 78

Germany

?

 

WC

Meister Orchestra

Filmaphone 156

0478, 0479

10” 78, 2 sides

UK

[1928?]

 

 

     Re-issue?

163

94478, 94479

10” 78, 2 sides

Germany

?

 

WC

Motion Picture Orchestra, Elsie Baker (contralto), Bourdon (used in film In a Persian Garden)

Victor/Tiffany

MVE 47691

16” 78

US

rec. Oct.28

 

 

Sterno String Orchestra

Sterno 240

?

10” 78

UK

[1928?]

 

 

Victory Orchestra, chorus effects

Victory 48

DC 582-2

7” 78

UK

rec. Nov.28

 

 

Fred Kitchen and his Astoria Cinema Orchestra

Dominion A 47

1040

8” 78

 

[Jan 29]

Feb 29 p.408

Streich-Orchester Zeuner-Freudenberg Orchestra, Lunapark

Electrocord 1242

5446, 5447

10” 78, 2 sides

 

1930

 

WC

     Re-issue

- Cordy 3010

5446, 5447

10” 78, 2 sides

Germany

?

MMU

WC

     Re-issue

- Isiwerke/Isiphon 1242

5446, 5447

10” 78, 2 sides

 

?

 

WC

Eddie Cole, Gandino [Mantovani] and his Orchestra, male chorus

Imperial 2199

5332-2

10” 78

UK

[Jan 30]

BL, (TM CD)

     Re-issue

- Cristall 5117

5332

10” 78

 

 

 

 

     Re-issue (Stråkorkester)

- Teco 247

C 1573

10” 78

Sweden

[1933]

 

 

New Empire Orchestra

Decca K 523

MA 1456-3

12” 78

UK

[Aug 30]

Oct 30 p.234

BL

Phil Anderson’s Orchestra

Eclipse SC 80

1106-3

8” 78

UK

 

 

 

Grosses Odeon-Künstler-Orchester

Odeon O 11689

Be 9941-0

10” 78

Germany

[May 1932]

cat.1932

WC

     Re-issue

- A 161218

Be 9941-0

10” 78

Austrian

 

 

WC

     Re-issue

- Lindström B 47311

Be 9941-0

10” 78

Germany

 

 

WC

     Re-issue (Grand Orchestre Odéon, avec choeurs)

- Odéon 250307

BE 9941

10” 78

France

[1947]

 

WC

Paul Godwin Künstler-Orchestra, Wurlitzer organ

Grammophon (Polydor) 24446

4459 ½ BD-V

10” 78

Germany

[1932]

MMU

WC

     Re-issue (Paul Godwin & his Orchestra, with Wurlitzer)

- Brunswick 57026

4459 ½

10” 78

US

 

 

 

     Re-isssue Victor Ricardo and his Orchestra, cinema organ

- Decca F 2962

4459½ bd

10” 78

UK

 

July 32 p.71

BL

Herbert Hertrampf (vibraphone), members of Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Schleger

Telefunken TA34/ A 1170

18472

10” 78

Germany

[June 32]

 

WC

     Re-issue

- Telefunken TA 34

18472

10” 78

Czechoslovakia

 

 

 

Grosvenor Salon Orchestra

Panachord 25283

R 183-1

10” 78

Germany

[1933]

     Re-issue (Sinclair Salon Orchestra)

- Peacock P 124

R 183-1

10” 78

UK

[1933]

Commodore Grand Orchestra, male chorus, Muscant

Broadcast Super Twelve 3284

1275 XX

10” 78

UK

[Mar 33]

Mar 33 p.404

BL

Commodore Grand Orchestra, organ, male chorus, Muscant (or Davidson?)

Regal MR 1213

CAR 2480-1, 2481-1

10” 78, 2 sides

UK

[1934]

Mar 34 p.407

BL

     Re-issue

- Columbia GD 40

CAR 2480-1, 2481-1

10” 78, 2 sides

Sweden

 

 

WC

Alex & Richard (accordions), Elo Magnussen & his orchestra.

Polyphon NS 90963A

1931hdk

10” 78

Denmark

[1935?]

 

 

Emil Roósz mit seiner Künstlerkapelle/ Orchester              

Kristall 1246       

C 1573

10” 78

Germany

[1935?]

MMU

WC

     Re-issue

- 19230

C 1573

10” 78

 

?

 

WC

Boston Promenade Orchestra, Fiedler (duration 6’25”)

Victor 4338

BS 102857, 102858

10” 78, 2 sides

US

rec July 36

 

 

     Re-issue          

- HMV B 8663

OA 102857, 102858

10” 78, 2 sides

UK

[Dec 37]

Dec 37 p.300

BL

     Re-issue

- Electrola EG 6064

OA 102857, 102858

10” 78, 2 sides

 

 

 

WC

     Re-issue

- Victor D 19 (demonstration record)

BS 102857, 102858

10” 78, 2 sides

 

 

 

 

     Re-issue (perhaps different version)

- HMV X 4910

 

78

 

 

 

WC

     Re-issue

- RCA Victor 49-1440

 

SP 2 sides

US

 

 

 

     Re-issue

- Timeless Music

 

CD?/mp3

 

2009

 

 

Columbia Salon Orchestra, Palitz.

Columbia 36234

B 25329

10” 78

US

[1939] rec.Sep 39

 

 

     Re-issue Brunswick Salon Orchestra

- Brunswick 8482

25329

10” 78

US

[1940?]

 

 

(orchestra)

Polyphon NS 92260

?

78

 

[1939]

 

WC

Louis Voss Grand Orchestra (London West End Orchestra)

Bosworth BC 1090               

CP 777

10” 78

UK

[1939?]

     Re-issue

- Stebbings ST 37

 

10” 78

NZ

 

 

 

     Re-issue

- Bosworth BOCD 165

CD

UK

1990

VLM Summer 90

BL, TM

     Re-issue

- Bosworth BPM 218

CD

UK

2001

TM

     Re-issue “Romance of Arabia”

- Soho Archive SOHOA 130

 

CD

UK

2016

 

 

Albert W. Ketelbey & his Concert Orchestra, tenor, male chorus, Ketèlbey

Decca F 7616

DR  4753-1

10” 78

UK

[Nov 40]

Dec 40 p.154-5

(TM CD)

Stort Concertorkestr, Alsfet (organ), Petersen

Polyphon X 51261

?

10” 78

Denmark

[1942?]

 

WC

Hollywood Studio Orchestra (new arrangement)

Capitol 20108

CAP 534-1R

78

US

[1945?]

 

 

     Re-issue

- Capitol BD 46

H 207Y

10” 78

US

[1947]

 

 

     Re-issue

- Capitol CCF/EBF 207

 

EP

US

[1950]

 

 

     Re-issue

- Capitol LC 6677  

384-1R

 

UK

 

Aug 54 p.122

 

New Promenade Orchestra, Wardour Singers, Robertson

London R 10017

DR 12246 (or 7?)

10” 78

US

[1948?]

WC

     Re-issue

- Decca BEP 6086   

 

EP

Spain

1962

 

TM

Boston Promenade/Pops Orchestra, Fiedler (duration 6’05”)

- Victor 4338

E0RB 4844, 4845

10” 78, 2 sides

US

rec. June 50

 

WC

     Re-issue (perhaps different version)

- Voix de son maître 7RF 102

 

10” 78, 2 sides

France

[1952]

 

WC

     Re-issue

- Voz du su Amo AA 751

78491440 A, B

10” 78, 2 sides

Spain

[1953]

 

WC

     Re-issue (sharing label with 1936 version)

- RCA Victor 49-1440

 

SP 2 sides

US

 

 

 

     Re-issue

- RCA Red Seal ERA 2

 

EP

US

[1953/7?]

 

PD

     Re-issue

- HMV 7EP 7010

 

EP

UK

[1952/3]

cat.Sept 54

 

     Re-issue

- Voix de son maître 7EBF 2

 

EP

France

[1953]

 

WC

     Re-issue

- Voz de su Amo 7ERL 103

 

EP

Spain

[1954]

 

WC

     Re-issue

- RCA RPX 1026

 

EP

NZ

 

 

 

     Re-issue

- Victor WEPR 2/WERP 2

 

EP

US

 

 

WC

     Re-issue

- RCA Red Seal LM 1985

 

LP

US

[1956]

 

 

     Re-issue

- RCA Victor MRL 1060

 

LP

Mexico

[1956]

 

 

     Re-issue

- RCA Italiana A72R 0119

 

SP, 2 sides

Italy

[1960]

 

 

     Re-issue

- RCA Victor Red Seal LRC 51037

 

SP, 2 sides

Italy

[1963]

 

 

Wilhelm Stephan mit seinem grossen Konzertorchester                                         

Deutsche Grammophon 79376

5998 LHN

10” 78

Germany

?

 

WC

     Re-issue

Polydor 22376

 

SP

Germany

[1954]

 

 

     Re-issue                                                                        ペルシャの市場

Polydor DP 1016

 

EP

Japan

PD

Paul Durand & son grand orchestre

Polydor 560443

?

10” 78

France

[1953]

 

WC

Paul David & son grand orchestre

 

?

10” 78

France

[1953]

 

WC

Hubert Deuringer & sein Orchester

Decca F 43781

D 3389

10” 78

Germany

[1954?]

 

WC

Berliner Symphoniker, Collegium Musicum Vocale Berlin, Liebe

Lindström/Odeon O 28067

Be 14255-1

10” 78

Germany

?

 

WC

Berliner Konzert-Orchester, Evans

Tri-Ergon 1168

2471

12” 78

Germany

?

MMU

WC

Clangor-Orchester

Volksverband T 1525

1525, 1526

10” 78, 2 sides

 

?

 

WC

Godfroy Andolfi, orchestra

Pathé X 96282

?

10” 78

France

?

 

WC

Grand orchestre, chorus, organ

Pathé X 8607

N 300099

10” 80

France

?

 

WC

Grand Orchestre Viennois

Atout 4071

?

10” 78

France

?

 

WC

     Re-issue?

- Colisée 11055

 

10” 78

France

?

 

WC

     Re-issue?

- Galfadisc GL 127

 

10” 78

France

?

 

WC

Grosses Commodore Orchester, chorus, organ, Muscant

Lindström GO 10947

CBi 5135, 5136

10” 78, 2 sides

Germany

?

 

WC

Grosses Opern-Orchester

Stradivari E 2123

?

Germany

?

MMU

Grosses Salon-Orchester, Felix Lemeau

Homocord 8815

H 52257

12” 78

Germany

?

MMU

WC

Grosses Salon Orchester

Brilliant 39

3052

10” 78

Germany

?

 

 

Orchestre Lutèce

Gramophone L 787

?

12” 78

France

?

 

WC

Orchestre symphonique Solex

Solex B 30

?

10” 78

France

?

 

WC

Orkiestra Opery Wiedeńskiei (=Vienna State Opera Orchestra)

Syrena Electro 6217

19632, 19633

10” 78, 2 sides

Poland

?

 

 

Parlophon-Künstlerorchester, male chorus

Lindström

?

10” 78

Germany

?

 

WC

Prager Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester, Dyk

Lied der Zeit C 23228

46319, 46320

10” 78, 2 sides

Germany

?

 

WC

Salon-Orchester Alfred Beres

Heimklang 1560

?

10” 78

Germany

?

MMU

WC

     Re-issue?

- Adler-Electro 5467

7200

10” 78

Germany

?

MMU

WC

     Re-issue? (Salon-Orchester)

- Pallas 188

37200

10” 78

Germany

?

 

WC

     Re-issue?

- 201

7200

10” 78

 

?

 

WC

Salon-Orchester Artiphon

Artiphon 3136

?

10” 78

Germany

?

MMU

WC

Salonorkester

Elektroton 124

Kp 4478, 4479

10” 78, 2 sides

Yugoslavia

?

 

 

Streich-Orchester J. Presburg, Berlin (strings) 

Clausophon 278

5896

10” 78

Germany

?

MMU

WC

(orchestre de genre)

BHV-Le Rivolia 1073

?

10” 78

France

?

 

WC

(orchestre de genre, chorus)

Omnia 25052

?

10” 78

France

?

 

WC

(string orchestra)

Kalliope 1199

?

78

Germany

?

MMU

 

The details for Fiedler’s versions are confused.  Apart from the two on this webpage, there is third dating from 1958.

 

Dobrindt (Parlophone 9176). Chorus sings exultant “Allah”.

Gandino has a very busy market-place, with much shouting.

New Empire Orchestra (Decca K 523) contains only a fragment of this piece.

Odeon 17310000 seems to replace the beggars with devout worshippers calling “Allah” – but I have heard Moroccan beggars saying just “Allah”.

 

Artists

Click here

Ketèlbey (1928)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q2lANtTxKYw

Alex and Richard

https://archive.org/details/78_paa-ef-persisk-marked_alex-og-richard-elo-magnussen-og-hans-orkester-a-w-ketelbey_gbia0121707a

American Concert Orchestra  

https://archive.org/details/78_in-a-persian-market_american-concert-orchestra-albert-w-ketelbey_gbia0197295b

OR https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/index.php/matrix/detail/2000157420/10563-In_a_Persian_market

Brunswick Concert Orchestra

http://archive.org/details/AKetelbyFestival-5CutsFrom1927-1930

Dobrindt (Parlophone 9176)

https://archive.org/details/78_14606-Sur-un-marche-persan

Fiedler (1937, 6’25”)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zH7tJB8JCO0

Fiedler (1952, 6’04”)

http://bdh.bne.es/bnesearch/detalle/3173231

Gandino

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WhA6Je-56I

Godwin

https://archive.org/details/paul-godwin-and-his-orchestra-with-wurlitzer-organ-in-a-persian-market-brunswick-4459-1-2-57026-1932

Grosses Odeon-Orchester (matrix XXB 7848)

http://bdh.bne.es/bnesearch/detalle/2780859 

International Concert Orchestra

http://archive.org/details/AKetelbyFestival-5CutsFrom1927-1930

OR https://archive.org/details/78_in-a-persian-market_international-concert-orch-ketelbey_gbia7002601a 

Muscant (Regal)

Side 1. https://archive.org/details/78_in-a-persian-market-del-1-the-commodore-grand-orchestra-dir-joseph

Side 2. https://archive.org/details/78_in-a-persian-market-del-2-the-commodore-grand-orchestra-dir-joseph

OR Side 1. https://archive.org/details/78_in-a-persian-market-part-i_the-commodore-grand-orchestra-herrekor-orgel-albert_gbia0122993a

Side 2. https://archive.org/details/78_in-a-persian-market-part-ii_the-commodore-grand-orchestra-herrekor-orgel-albert_gbia0122993b

Palitz

https://archive.org/details/78_in-a-persian-market_brunswick-salon-orchestra-ketelbey-mortimer-palitz_gbia0041641b

OR https://archive.org/details/78_in-a-persian-market_columbia-salon-orchestra-ketelbey-mortimer-palitz_gbia0068504b  

Roy Robertson

www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/in%20a%20persian%20market%20-%20RRobinson.mp3

Salon Orchester (Pallas 188)

https://archive.org/details/78_auf-einem-persischen-markt_a-w-ketelbey_gbia0123275b

Schleger

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHuxBpippzw

Louis Voss

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHiijhbKek0

 

 

 

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