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Song

Godfrey James, ?Ketèlbey

Columbia D 178

26385

10” 78

[June 08]

Song with piano

Peter Dempsey (t), Guy Rowland

Dempsey AWK 1

CD

2009

BL, PD, TM

Song with piano

Peter Dempsey (t), Guy Rowland

private recording

DVD

rec.26.11.2009

PD, TM

 

                                                                                               

- Aberfoyle Waltz, by Dan Godfrey

 

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Wind band

Casino O, ?Ketèlbey

Columbia D 179

26267

10” 78

[June 08]

Re-issue

- Empire SO, ?Ketèlbey

- Rena (Columbia) 1009

R 45

10” 78

[Dec 08]

Re-issue

- Naxos 8.110869

CD

2003

NX, PD, TM

 

Although named an orchestra, there are no string instruments audible in this small band of musicians.

               

                                                                                                                                               

The Adventurers: overture   

 

The work was originally written in 1945 for brass band, but 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 SO, Leaper

Marco Polo 8.223442

CD

1992

Apr 94 p.48

BL, NX, PD, TM

 

 

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

[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

[Oct 29] rec. Feb 29

Oct 29 p.208

BL, (TM CAS)

Re-issue

- Pearl GEMM CD 9968

CD

1992

BL, PD, TM

Re-issue

- Naxos 8.110848               

CD

2002

BL, NX, PD, TM

Orchestra

London Concert O

Bosworth BC 1142      

CP 938

10” 78

[1941]

(TM CD)

Organ

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

MGM E 3282

 

LP

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.

With cavalier disregard for the composer’s rhythms, Richard Ellsasser creates an impressionist picture of great beauty, sultry and languid.

 

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.

 

- 1. Alice (= Moderato grazioso)

 

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Piano

Guy Rowland

Dempsey AWK 1

CD

2009

BL, PD, TM

 

 

- 2. The March Hare (= Saltarello)

 

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Piano

Guy Rowland

private recording

CD

2009

TM

 

 

 

Allegro con fuoco, op.51

 

This 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

2012

 

 

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

 

 

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 O

Bosworth BC 1242               

CP 1688, CTP 17587

10” 78

[1949]

(TM CD)

Piano

Rosemary Tuck  

Marco Polo 8.223699

CD

1993

BL, NX, PD, TM

 

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.

 

- 33. Carillon

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Carillon

Trevor Workman

Bournville Carillon BC000005 

CD

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.

                                                                                                               

- 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

1993

BL, NX, PD, TM

 

The French title Galop brillante should grammatically be Galop brillant.  Ketèlbey was not always accurate with his French genders!