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Aberfoyle

Song with words by Clifton Bingham, published in 1900.  Aberfoyle is a village in Stirlingshire, north of Glasgow.

 

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Song

Godfrey James, ?Ketèlbey

Columbia D 178

26385

10” 78

UK

[June 08]

Song with piano

Peter Dempsey (t), Guy Rowland

Dempsey AWK 1

CD

UK

2009

BL, PD, TM

Song with piano

Peter Dempsey (t), Guy Rowland

private recording

DVD

UK

rec.26.11.2009

PD, TM

 

Dempsey’s CD can be heard at http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/anniversary.html

 

                                                                                               

- Aberfoyle Waltz, by Dan Godfrey

The song was arranged as a waltz for a dancing, lasting over 9 minutes. 

 

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Wind band

Casino Orchestra, ?Ketèlbey

Columbia D 179

26267

10” 78

UK

[June 08]

Re-issue

- Empire Symphony Orchestra, ?Ketèlbey

- Rena (Columbia) 1009

R 45

10” 78

UK

[Dec 08]

Re-issue

- Naxos 8.110869

CD

 

2003

NX, PD, TM

 

The recording includes the refrain from Ketèlbey’s song and a section composed by Godfrey.  Although named as an orchestra, there are no string instruments audible in this small band of musicians.

               

                                                                                                                                               

The Adventurers: overture    

Originally written for Harry Mortimer and the Fairey Aviation Works Band, with the first performance broadcast on 18th November 1945.  A review in The British Bandsman mentioned its “brilliance and a most effective chorale.”

 

It was re-worked for orchestra in 1954.   Several sections were cut or re-ordered in a different sequence, and the texture was made idiomatic for orchestra.

 

Composer’s synopsis for the brass band version

This work is divided into 3 parts:

The 1st part portrays vigour and earnestness of purpose, plus a little sentiment.

The 2nd part, in a Chorale-like movement (interspersed with a "threatening" quaver-figure in.the Bass) represents the serious reflections of men engaged in a hazardous enterprise

The 3rd part is a light-hearted melody developed through changing keys (in conjunction with.the "threatening" Bass-figure) to a climax which leads to the resumption of part of the 1st theme and organ-like ff rendering of the Chorale, with a Maestoso Coda bringing the work to a resounding close       

                                                                               

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Orchestra

Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Leaper

Marco Polo 8.223442

CD

UK

1992

Apr 94 p.48

BL, NX, PD, TM

Synthesized

Tom McCanna

private recording

mp3

UK

2019

 

PD, TM

 

McCanna’s realisation is of the brass band version. Hear it at  http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Adventurers for brass band (online-audio-converter.com) sync.mp3

 

 

Algerian Scene (= Algerian Song)

 

Composer’s synopsis

This piece is written to portray the characteristics of an Eastern song, such as one would hear in the native quarters of Algiers (hence the title "Algerian Scene") and opens with a melody of a recitative nature accompanied by soft sustained harmonies and tom-tom, then follows the sound of the large bell in the Mosque with slow flowing phrases under which a persistent quaver figure is heard, from which the principal melody (which may be called the "refrain" of the Song) eventually emerges.  This refrain is treated in various keys, and after a reference to the opening recitative the "refrain" is again taken up (this time tutti) and brings the piece to a sonorous conclusion.

 

Algerian Scene was first published in 1925 under the title Algerian Song.  The sheet music has three sections, Recitative, Bell in the Mosque, and Refrain, which are played through and then reprised in varied form and key.  The Recitative melody had previously been used as a sung interjection in the recording of In a Persian Market on Columbia 3422, where it represents a voice from the minaret calling to prayer.

 

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Military band

Homochord Military Band     

Homochord D 1030

HH 9032-1

10” 78

UK

[1926] rec.30.9.26

Nov 26 p.255, Mar 27 p.421

(TM CD)

Violin, piano

Albert Sandler, Ketèlbey

Columbia 9863

WAX 4643

12“78

UK

[Oct 29] rec. Feb 29

Oct 29 p.208

BL, (TM CAS)

Re-issue

- Pearl GEMM CD 9968

CD

UK

1992

BL, PD, TM

Re-issue

- Naxos 8.110848               

CD

UK

2002

BL, NX, PD, TM

Orchestra

London Concert Orchestra

Bosworth BC 1142      

CP 938

10” 78

UK

[1941]

(TM CD)

Organ

Richard Ellsasser (John Hays Hammond Jr. Museum, Gloucester, Mass.)

MGM E 3282

 

LP

US

1955

 

WC, TM

 

Dempsey says the Homochord Military Band is conducted by Bert Firman

The composer’s own recording is for violin and piano, which may represent his original conception of the piece.  The reprise of the Bell section is cut, along with a few other bars.  No complete copy of the sheet music of this version has been located, with just the first page seen from an advert.  This page shows that for the recording the composer improvised a new piano accompaniment.

The Homochord Band makes two large cuts, a total of 62 bars.

The London Concert Orchestra makes numerous cuts, with all sections suffering major truncation.  The orchestra adds a harp not in Ketèlbey’s original scoring, but other instruments such as bassoon and most percussion are missing.

Richard Ellsasser gives a novel interpretation, treating the piece almost like an improvisation.  He disregards the composer’s rhythms, to create an impressionist picture of great beauty, sultry and languid.  It lasts 7’48”.  Hear it at www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/algerian scene - Ellsasser.mp3

 

Alice in Wonderland (= Four Melodious Pieces, op.20, “by Anton Vodorinski”)

This suite of was originally issued under the title Alice in Wonderland, but was soon changed to the bland Four Melodious Pieces.  This was presumably in response to claims over breach of copyright.

It is written for people with small hands and legs, with neither octave stretches or pedal markings.  In two cases the metronome markings are unexpectedly slow.

 

- 1. Alice (= Moderato grazioso)

 

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Piano

Guy Rowland

Dempsey AWK 1

CD

UK

2009

BL, PD, TM

Synthesized

Tom McCanna

private recording

mp3

UK

2019

PD, TM

 

McCanna’s realisation replaces the metronome of crotchet=100 with 124. Rowland’s performance is similarly paced with much idiomatic rubato, but suffers from an out-of-tune piano.

Click here to hear Rowland  http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/anniversary.html

and here for McCanna http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/AIW1 Alice for piano sync.mp3

 

- 2. The March Hare (= Saltarello)

 

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Piano

Guy Rowland

private recording

CD

UK

2009

TM

Synthesized

Tom McCanna

private recording

mp3

UK

2019

PD, TM

 

The composer’s metronome marking is dotted crotchet=100.  This is far slower than the speed normally taken for a saltarello, for instance in the finale of Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony, a work Ketèlbey would have known well, in the same key of A minor.  The realisation uses dotted crotchet=170. http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/AIW2 March Hare for piano sync.mp3

 

- 3. The Queen of Hearts: Valse Gracieuse

 

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Synthesized

Tom McCanna

private recording

mp3

UK

2019

PD, TM

 

Click here to hear the realisation.  http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/AIW3 Queen of Hearts for piano sync.mp3

 

- 4. The Knave of Hearts (= Danse Grotesque = Marche Grotesque) 

This movement was performed as early as 1895.

 

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Synthesized

Tom McCanna

Private recording

mp3

UK

2019

PD, TM

 

Click here to hear the realisation.

http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/AIW4 Knave of Hearts for piano sync.mp3

 

 

Allegretto Leggiero: study for melody and accompaniment

An advanced piano study published in 1927.  A wide-ranging angular left-hand melody under rippling right-hand semiquavers, with suggestions of whole-tone harmony.  An interesting piece!

 

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Synthesized

Tom McCanna

private recording

mp3

UK

2020

PD, TM

 

Click here to hear the realisation. http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Allegretto leggiero for piano sync.mp3

 

 

Allegretto Pastorale

A short piece for oboe and piano written in 1895.

 

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Synthesized

Stephen Berry

private recording

mp3

UK

2016

TM

 

To hear this, click on http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Allegretto Pastorale for Oboe and Piano synth.mp3

 

 

Allegro con Fuoco, op.51

This piano study was written for a book of advanced examination studies published by Trinity College of Music in 1908.  As an examiner himself, Ketèlbey would have appreciated brevity in set works.

 

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Piano

Phillip Sear

private recording

web

UK

2012

 

Synthesized

Stephen Berry

private recording

mp3

UK

2019

PD, TM

 

Sear’s performance can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4C8aF5CUkQw

Berry’s realisation follows the composer’s very fast metronome mark.  Click here http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Allegro con fuoco for piano sync.mp3

 

 

Allegro Giocoso: rondo

This is Ketelbey’s only known original piece for piano duet.  It looks like a student exercise in style composition, in this case in late Haydn’s or early Beethoven’s.  It was performed at Trinity College of Music in 1898.

 

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Synthesized

Tom McCanna

private recording

mp3

UK

2020

PD, TM

 

Click here to hear the realisation.  http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Allegro giocoso for piano sync.mp3

 

 

Alpine Serenade

This short orchestral piece was registered with Bosworth’s in 1954, but the parts not published till 1956.

 

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Synthesized

Stephen Berry

private recording

mp3

UK

2016

TM

 

To hear this, click on http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Alpine Serenade orch synth.mp3

 

 

Angelo d'Amore

 The work was first performed by Tom Jenkins and the Palm Court Orchestra on 16th January 1949, under the title Angelo mio. Publication followed later in the same year.

 

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Orchestra

West End Celebrity Orchestra, Voss

Bosworth BC 1242      

CP 1688, CTP 17587

10” 78

UK

[1949]

(TM CD)

 re-issue “Golden Age”

- Soho Archive SOHOA 121

 

CD

UK

2016

 

 

Piano

Rosemary Tuck  

Marco Polo 8.223699

CD

UK

1993

BL, NX, PD, TM

 

re-issue

- Naxos 8.574299

 

CD

UK

2021

 

NX

Synthesized

Stephen Berry

private recording

 

mp3

UK

2016

 

TM

 

The Soho Archive re-issue can be heard at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_aGI4SucmZY&list=PLDdlSzGv6-khkghNzz8X259uHMY6IdPIr&index=32

To hear Berry’s orchestral realisation, click on http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Angelo d'Amore orch synth.mp3

 

The West End Celebrity Orchestra cuts 18 bars.  The harp plays more notes than written, and in the reprise the melody is given to tutti cellos rather than solo violin as in the published parts – perhaps this is a relict of the scoring used by Tom Jenkins.

               

 

Arpeggio-Melodies

Ketèlbey wrote 48 studies “specially composed to introduce the practice of arpeggios in all keys”.  Each key has a pair of exercises with the arpeggios mainly in left or right hand.  It must have been a challenge finding 48 different melodies, either based on or supported by arpeggios.  It is interesting to see how many different patterns the composer employed.   We recommend no.11, 12, 23, 29, 40, 44, 45 & 47 for rewarding listening. 

 

The melody in Melody in G is similar to that in the piano piece Romantic Melody, which had originally been published as Melody in A flat.

The harmony of bars 4-9 of Prelude is identical to bars 6-11 of Kreisler’s Praeludium and Allegro “by Pugnani”, another prelude in E minor based on broken chords.  Kreisler’s piece was published in 1910, while the earliest known date for this collection is 1911.

 

- Complete

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Synthesized

Tom McCanna

Private recording

mp3

UK

2020

TM

 

The numbering in the table below is editorial. As ever, apologies for the dodgy French in some of the titles.

No.

Title

Key

Hand

Click to hear

1

A Frolic

C major

Right

 

2

An Evening Reverie

C major

Left

 

3

Tarantella

A minor

Right

 

4

Forest Murmurs

A minor

Left

 

5

Melody in G   

G major

Right

 

6

The Aeolian Harp

G major

Left

 

7

Prelude

E minor

Right

 

8

Valse Pathétique

E minor

Left

 

9

Nocturne

F major

Right

 

10

A Caprice

F major

Left

 

11

Moto Perpetuo

D minor

Right

http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/AM11 Moto Perpetuo sync.mp3

12

Spinning Song

D minor

Left

http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/AM12 Spinning song sync.mp3

13

Danse de Ballet

Bb major

Right

 

14

Song without Words

Bb major

Left

 

15

Valse Excentrique

G minor

Right

 

16

Air Varié

G minor

Both

 

17

Will o’ the Wisp

D major

Right

 

18

Scherzo

D major

Left

 

19

Melodie Triste

B minor

Right

 

20

Romance        

B minor

Left

 

21

An Idyll          

A major

Right

 

22

Meditation     

A major

Left

 

23

Bolero

F# minor

Right

http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/AM23 Bolero sync.mp3

24

Gondel-Lied   

F# minor

Left

 

25

The Merry Peasants         

Eb major

Right

 

26

Souvenir Sympathètique

Eb major

Left

 

27

Saltarello

C minor

Right

 

28

Humoreske    

C minor

Left

 

29

Valse Brillante

Ab major

Right

http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/AM29 Valse brillante sync.mp3

30

Novellette

Ab major

Both

 

31

Capriccietto   

F minor

Right

 

32

Rondino à la Beethoven

F minor

Left

 

33

Carillon

E major

Right

 

34

Berceuse

E major

Left

 

35

Petite Rhapsodie

C# minor

Right

 

36

Impromptu

C# minor

Left

 

37

Pastorale

B major

Right

 

38

Danse Grotesque (imitation of bassoon and piccolo)

B major

Left

 

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Realised for bassoon and piccolo

 

 

http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/AM38 Danse grotesque for piccolo and bassoon sync.mp3

39

Country Dance

G# minor

Right

 

40

Polonaise        

G# minor

Left

 

41

Morceau Valsant

Db major

Right

 

42

Swing Song     

Db major

Left

 

43

Moment Fantastique

Bb minor

Right

 

44

Chanson de la Tristesse (a la Chopin)

Bb minor

Left

 

45

Galop Brillante

Gb major

Right

http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/AM45 Galop brillante sync.mp3

46

Venezia

Gb major

Left

 

47

Polish Dance

Eb minor

Right

http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/AM47 Polish dance sync.mp3

48

The Mill

Eb minor

Left

 

 

Danse Grotesque has an alternative realisation for piccolo and bassoon – both parts go below the range of the real instruments, but no problem for our MuseScore software, which also doesn’t have to breathe!

We like to think that the synthesized Galop Brillante outdoes Rosemary Tuck’s recording in both gallop and brilliance – the composer’s metronome mark indicates this breakneck speed.

 

- 33. Carillon

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Carillon

Trevor Workman

Bournville Carillon BC000005 

CD

UK

2003

TM

 

This arrangement of the original piano study is by Workman himself.  The recording was made at a live performance on Bournville Carillon, Birmingham, on 9th August 2003. This piece will be particularly attractive to any supporters of Portsmouth Football Club (like me).

                                                                                                               

- 34. Berceuse

- 40. Polonaise

- 42. Swing Song

- 44. Chanson de la Tristesse à la Chopin

- 45. Galop Brillante

- 48. The Mill

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Piano

Rosemary Tuck

Marco Polo 8.223700

CD

UK

1993

BL, NX, PD, TM

                               

 

 

At Parting

From 1907.  An unusually dramatic love song, where the second stanza is set to an obsessive rhythm over intense harmonies.  Some of the music was re-used in The Golden Wedding, from the suite In a Lovers’ Garden.

 

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Synthesized

Tom McCanna

private recording

mp3

UK

2020

PD, TM

 

The realisation replaces the voice with violin.  Click here. http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/At parting for violin sync.mp3

 

               

Au Village, op.18, by “Anton Vodorinski

A sophisticated rustic dance for piano, dating from around 1906.

 

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Synthesized

Tom McCanna

private recording

mp3

UK

2019

PD, TM

 

Click here to hear the realisation.  http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Au village for piano sync.mp3

 

 

Ave Maria

Arranged from The Sacred Hour by the composer.

 

Artists

Label

Format

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Date

Review

Locations

Orfeón Unión Orensana, Salgado Valdés (organ)

Diapason 54 9046

LP

Spain

1980

 

 

 

 

 

Awake! Awake! Put on thy Strength: jubilee anthem

An occasional piece for the 60th anniversary of Victoria’s reign in 1897. The three sections are Awake! Awake! – Thou hast giv’n him his heart’s desire – Our alleluias now we raise

 

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Synthesized

Tom McCanna

private recording

mp3

UK

2020

PD, TM

 

In the realisation, the choir is replaced by oboe, bassoons and trombones, while the tenor solo is taken by a horn.  Click here. http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Awake awake sync.mp3

 

                                                                                               

 webpage revised 19 Sept 2021