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Ballade

This rambling piano piece was performed at Trinity College of Music on 23rd May 1898. 

 

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Synthesised

Tom McCanna

private recording

 

mp3

2018

 

TM, PD

To hear this realisation, click here http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Ballade orch synth.mp3

 

 

Believe Me True                                                                          

                                                                                                               

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Song with piano

Peter Dempsey (t), Guy Rowland

Dempsey AWK 1

               

CD

2009

BL, PD, TM

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

 

 

A Birthday Greeting: intermezzo    

“Composed in honour of the birthday of H.R.H. the Princess Elizabeth of York, to whom, by special permission, it is most respectfully dedicated, April 21st 1932”.  The work was published in 1933. 

 

The original orchestration was amended, probably in the late 1940s.  Most changes were to the percussion part, and the tempo was revised from Allegretto con moto to Andante moderato.

                                                                                               

Composer’s synopsis

The greeting of the birds.  The greeting of the bells.  Parental devotion.  The joyous chimes.

                                                                                                                                                                           

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Orchestra

Louis Voss Grand O

Bosworth BC 1005

CP 350

10” 78

[Apr 37]

 

 

Re-issue “Hillingdon O”

- Decca F 7502

CP 350

10” 78

[June 40?]

 

(TM CAS)

Re-issue

- Pearl GEMM CD 9968

CD

1992

BL, PD, TM

Orchestra

Vienna State Opera O, Armando Aliberti

Westminster WP 6082

 

LP

rec.June 57

 

(TM CD)

 

Decca re-issued several Bosworth recordings with new artist details.  This recording follows the original scoring and tempo, but adds harp and omits celesta.  There is a cut of 18 bars in the section marked “The joyous chimes”

 

Aliberti uses the revised orchestration, with a glockenspiel playing both its own part and the tubular bell part.  Curiously, the track is listed on the sleeve of the World Record Club re-issue (TP 359), but is not included in those copies of the actual disc I’ve found.

 

Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind      

                                                                                                               

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Song with orchestra

Norman Allin (b), orch, Ketèlbey     

Columbia L 1474

76865

12” 78

[May 23]

June 23 p.42

BL, TM, (TM CAS)

Re-issue

- Naxos 8.110869

CD

2003

BL, NX, PD, TM

Song with orchestra

Norman Allin (b), orch, Raybould

Columbia L 1474, not issued             

WAX 2623-1, 2623-2

12” 78

rec.20th Apr 27

both takes “rejected 8th Aug 27”

Song with piano

Peter Dempsey (t), Guy Rowland

Dempsey AWK 1

CD

2009

BL, PD, TM

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

 

Allin was a basso profundo, and sings the song in a cavernous B minor.  Dempsey is a tenor, and chooses an embittered G minor. 

 

 

Bolero, by “Raoul Clifford”

This piece for violin and piano won a prize in the violin magazine Strings, and was published in 1894.

A work for flute with the same title (under Ketèlbey’s own name) was performed at the Palace Cinema in Arbroath in 1925.  Circumstantial evidence suggests that this is the same work, although no copy has ever been found.

 

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Synthesised

Tom McCanna

private recording

 

mp3

2018

 

TM, PD

To hear the violin version, click here http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Bolero for violin and piano synth.mp3

To hear a reconstructed flute version, click here http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Bolero for flute and piano synth.mp3

 

 

Bosworth’s Loose Leaf Film-Play Music Series

 These short descriptive pieces were published in 1924-25 to give the orchestra appropriate music to play in the pit of the silent cinema.  Many were assembled from a collection of even shorter pieces for piano published in 1916 under the title New Moving Picture Music.  Orchestration was by A.W. Leggett.

 

From 1937 the music publisher Bosworth began issuing recordings of works in their catalogue.  These were not only of interest to the general public, but were also aiming at promoting the works as background music for radio, films, and later television.  This genre became known as “library music”.

 

Of Ketèlbey’s 18 pieces in the Film-Play Music Series, all but one were recorded.  The 10” discs often contained 4 works, which usually had to be drastically cut to be fitted in – no aesthetic problem for music which was only meant to be played as background!

 

 

- 1. Dramatic Agitato

“for general use, struggles, excitement”                                                                                                           

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Orchestra

International Radio O

Bosworth BC 1033

CP 436

10” 78

[Apr 38?]

WC, (TM CD)

 

Re-issue “Heroic Struggle”

Apple iTunes Swashbuckling Adventure

 

mp3

2016

 

 

There are five sections – Vivace, Marcato, Drammatico, Agitato and Patetico.  This recording cuts the Drammatico section (22 bars).

 

- 2. Amaryllis                                                 

“Graceful Dance (for light, pretty scenes)”                                                                                                                                                    

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Orchestra

International Radio O

Bosworth BC 1010

CP 360

10” 78

[Apr 37]

WC

Re-issue

- Bosworth BPM 217

CD

2001

TM

BC 1010 was issued as part of "4 Cameos", which were four works crammed on to one 10” disc.   To achieve this, 16 bars of reprised material and 8 bars of the coda are cut.  A harp is added to the scoring.

 

- 3. Arabian Nights

“for oriental scenes”                                                                                                                                                                   

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Orchestra

International Radio O

Bosworth BC 1040            

CP 440

10” 78

[June 38?]

WC

Re-issue

- Bosworth BPM 218

CD

2001

TM

Recorded complete.

 

- 4. Processional March

“triumphal & pageants, ceremonial scenes, etc.”                                                                                                        

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Orchestra

International Radio O

Bosworth BC 1047            

CP 471

10” 78

[Sept 38?]

WC, (TM CD)

There are 3 sections, played A – B – A – C – A – B – A.  This recording plays just the A and C sections.

 

- 5. True Love

“sentimental and sad scenes”                                                                                                                 

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Orchestra

International Radio O

Bosworth BC 1111               

CP 758 or 759

10” 78

[1941?]

WC, (TM CD)

There are three sections, played A – B – A – C – A.  This recording plays just the A and C sections.

 

- 6. Mysterious (=Mysterioso)

“for weird, uncanny and apprehensive situations”  The title appears variously as Mysterious, Mysterioso and Mystery in the publisher’s archive.                                                                                                        

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Orchestra

International Radio O

Bosworth BC 1069            

CP 436

10” 78

[July 39]

Aug 39 p.113

WC

Re-issue

- Bosworth BPM 218

CD

2001

TM

This recording makes a short cut of repeated material. 

 

- 7. Comedy

“for race and motor scenes, crowds and lively situations”                                                                     

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Orchestra

International Radio O

Bosworth BC 1034               

CP 437

10” 78

[Apr 38?]               

(TM CD)

Orchestra

private recording

CAS

Oct 96

TM

Orchestra

Pelly Concert O, Barnard

private recording

CD

[2005]

TM

The International Radio Orchestra recording makes 3 cuts, reducing the 160 bar piece by 48 bars.

 

- 8. The Wanderer’s Return: reverie

“for home scenes, sunrise, etc., & sentimental situations”

The work was later revised to include a part for choir.

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Synthesised

Tom McCanna

private recording

 

mp3, wav

2019

 

PD, TM

The realisation is based on the original version for full orchestra, and can be heard at http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Wanderer’s return for orchestra sync.mp3

or http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Wanderer’s return for orchestra.wav

 

- 9. Storm Music                                                                                                                                                         

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Orchestra

International Radio O

Bosworth BC 1008            

CP 348

10” 78

[Apr 37]

Re-issue

- Bosworth BPM 217

CD

2001

TM

The recording is massively cut.  Of the four sections, the first two (44 bars) are omitted; there is also a cut of 7 bars in the coda.

 

- 10. Love's Awakening

“for love scenes and sentimental situations”                                                                  

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Orchestra

International Radio O

Bosworth BC 1166            

CP 1096

10” 78

[1943]

(TM CD)

Orchestra

private recording

CAS

Oct 96

TM

Orchestra

Pelly Concert O, Barnard

private recording

CD

[2005]

TM

Orchestra

Aspidistra Drawing Room O

Aspidistra “Beguine & Bugatti Step”

 

CD

2015

LMS Spring 16

 

The International Radio Orchestra adds a harp to the scoring.  There are three cuts, a total of 19 bars.

 

- 11. Rhapsody Appassionata

“for tense situations”                                                                                                                                                                  

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Orchestra

International Radio O

Bosworth BC 1012            

CP 361

10” 78

[Apr 37]

WC

Re-issue

- Bosworth BPM 218

CD

2001

TM

Orchestra

private recording

CAS

Oct 96

TM

The piece has 3 sections, played A – B – C – A – B, with the reprise of A re-orchestrated with altered rhythm, and the reprise of B ending differently.  This recording omits the first three sections, and just plays the two reprised sections.

 

- 12. Agitato Furioso

“for riot, tumult, storms, etc.”                                                                                                                               

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Orchestra

International Radio O

Bosworth BC 1017

CP 387

10” 78

[1937]

Nov 37 p.255

WC

Re-issue

- Bosworth BPM 217

CD

2001

TM

Recorded complete, apart from omitting two straight repeats.

 

- 13. Fate

“for tragic, intense and heavy scenes”                                                                                                                                                               

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Orchestra

Louis Voss Grand O

Bosworth BC 1018

CP 385

10” 78

[1937]

Nov 37 p.255

WC

Re-issue

- Bosworth BPM 217

CD

2001

TM

 

Re-issue “Torment and Grief”

Apple iTunes Swashbuckling Adventure

 

mp3

2016

 

 

Synthesised

Tom McCanna

private recording

 

mp3, wav

2019

 

PD, TM

The McCanna realisation is based on the full orchestral score, and can be heard at http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Fate for orchestra sync.mp3

or http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Fate for orchestra.wav

In the Voss recording, the two sections, Solemnly and Pathétique, are cut by roughly half each.

 

- 14. Tempest

“for storms, hurries and agitato scenes”                                                                                                                                                           

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Orchestra

International Radio O

Bosworth BC 1021            

CP 386

10” 78

[1937]

Nov 37 p.255

WC

Re-issue

- Bosworth BPM 217

CD

2001

TM

 

Re-issue “Storm Warning”

Apple iTunes Swashbuckling Adventure

 

mp3

2016

 

 

Synthesised

Tom McCanna

private recording

 

mp3, wav

2019

 

PD, TM

The McCanna realisation is based on the full orchestral score, and can be heard at http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Tempest for orchestra sync.mp3 or http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Tempest for orchestra.wav

The piece has 6 sections; the International Radio Orchestra cuts the third and fourth, a total of 32 bars.

 

- 15. Lament

“for sad, solemn and pathetic scenes                                                                                                               

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Orchestra

International Radio O

Bosworth BC 1047               

CP 468

10” 78

[Sept 38?]

WC, (TM CD)

Synthesised

Tom McCanna

private recording

 

mp3, wav

2019

 

PD, TM

The McCanna realisation is based on the full orchestral score, and can be heard at  http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Lament for orchestra sync.mp3

or http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Lament for orchestra.wav

The piece has three sections, played A – B – A – C – A, with A varied each time; the International Radio Orchestra omits A1, B, the first half of C, and half of A3.

 

- 16. Danse diabolique

“for savage scenes, and native war-dances, hurries and tumult and storms”                                                                                                                                                                

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Orchestra

International Radio O

Bosworth BC 1039            

CP 439

10” 78

[June 38?]

WC

Re-issue

- Bosworth BPM 218

CD

2001

TM

Synthesised

Tom McCanna

private recording

 

mp3, wav

2019

 

PD, TM

The McCanna realisation is based on the full orchestral score, and can be heard at http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Danse Diabolique for orchestra sync.mp3

or http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Danse Diabolique for orchestra.wav

The International Radio Orchestra omits the first section (40 bars) and the Da Capo.

 

- 17. Adagio Cantabile

“in the style of an old master (for quiet serious, reflective scenes)”                                                                                                                                  

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Orchestra

International Radio O

Bosworth BC 1017            

CP 387

10” 78

[1937]

Nov 37 p.255

Re-issue

- Bosworth BPM 217

CD

2001

TM

Synthesised

Tom McCanna

private recording

 

mp3, wav

2019

 

PD, TM

The McCanna realisation is based on the full orchestral score, and can be heard at http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Adagio cantabile for orchestra sync.mp3

or http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Adagio cantabile for orchestra.wav

This piece has 3 sections, played A – B – C – A, with the final A being newly orchestrated; the International Radio Orchestra includes only the final A section.

 

- 18. Bacchanale de Montmartre

“for cabaret, orgy, and riotous continental scenes”                                                                                                    

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Orchestra

International Radio O

Bosworth BC 1012               

CP 363

10” 78

[Apr 37]

WC, (TM CD)

Orchestra

anon

Bosworth BD 105               

CP 602

10” 78

[July 39]

Aug 39 p.113

Orchestra

private recording

CAS

Oct 96

TM

Synthesised

Tom McCanna

private recording

 

mp3, wav

2019

 

PD, TM

The McCanna realisation is based on the full orchestral score, and can be heard at http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Bacchanale de Montmartre for orchestra sync.mp3

or http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Bacchanale de Montmartre for orchestra.wav

This piece has the basic structure Intro – A – B – A – C – Intro – A – A. 

The recording on BC 1012 omits the first 104 bars, and starts with the lead into the second statement of the A section. It then omits the reprised introduction and 9 bars of the final A section. 

The recording on BD 105 has not been heard, but included just a 7-second snippet from Bacchanale de Montmartre, together with 14 other fragments, to be used as “Sound titles”.

 

 

Bow Bells: fox-trot

When it appeared in 1920, this cheerful piece was advertised as a “fox-trot extraordinary”.                                  

                                                                                                                                                                               

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Orchestra

London Dance O, Windeatt

Columbia 2983

69805

10” 78

[Dec 20]

SW Dec 20 p.938

Orchestra

Archibald Joyce's Dance O

Vocalion X 9042

02238

10” 78

(rec.Feb 21)

SW May 21p.295

Piano

Markus Staab

private recording

 

 

2014

 

 

Synthesizer

Stephen Berry

private recording

 

mp3

2016

 

TM

Staab’s performance can be heard at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ylv5Sk5vgU0

To hear Berry’s orchestral realisation, click here http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Bow Bells orch synth.mp3

 

The contemporary recordings were reviewed in the journal Sound Wave.  Englund gives Ketèlbey himself as the conductor of 2983.       

 

Webpage last updated 13 April 2019