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The work was published in 1927, and probably first performed in Harrogate that year.  Some of the music had earlier been used as incidental music in the play Ye Gods (1916).

 

Composer’s synopsis

After a short dreamy introduction a vigorous movement illustrates the well-known Hawaiian "Hula Dance"; this is succeeded by a mysterioso passage representing the arrival of the native (or "Kanaka") lover; he plays his native love-call (given to Clarinet) which is then taken up by the Violins etc.  This leads into the "Song of the Hula girl"; it gradually dies away and is succeeded by the "Dance of the Betrothal Ceremony" which brings the piece to a lively conclusion.

 

By the Blue Hawaiian Waters – orchestral

 

Artists

Label

Matrix

Format

Date

Review

Locations

Concert O, Ketèlbey

Columbia, not issued

WAX 4583-3, 4584-2

12” 78, 2 sides

rec.Jan 29

Len Fillis (Hawaiian guitar), Concert O, Ketèlbey

Columbia 9864

WAX 4937-1, 4938-1

12” 78, 2 sides

[Nov 29] rec.May 29

Nov 29 p.252

(TM CAS)

     Re-issue

- Columbia Cinema Service YBX 11

 WAXD 23

12” 33

[Feb 31]

     Re-issue

- Naxos 8.110174

CD

2001

NX, PD, TM

Grosses Salon-O, Dransmann

Electrola EG 1803      

BNR 652-II, 653-I

10” 78, 2 sides

[Nov 29]

MMU; used in film

Weisse Schatten (1928)

WC

     Re-issue (Salon O)           

- HMV B 4078

BNR 652-2, 653-1

10” 78, 2 sides

[Aug 32]

Aug 32 p.107

 

Grosses Symphonie-O, chorus, organ, Weissmann

Odeon 168697

Be 9440

10” 78

[Mar 31]

 

(TM CD)

     Re-issue

- Odeon O 11453

Be 9440-2

10” 78

?

MMU

WC

Grosses Symphonie-O, chorus, organ, Weissmann

Odeon O 6787

xxQU 285

12” 78

?

 

WC

     Re-issue

- Odéon 170151

(French)

12” 78

?

 

WC

     Re-issue  (Grand Symphony O)

- Parlophone E 11167

XXQU 285-1

12” 78

[Nov 31]

Nov 31 p.230

BL

     Re-issueOrquesta Sinfónica de Berlin, Weissmann

- Odeón 173222

xxQU 285

12” 78

[ca.1935]

 

WC

Grand SO, chorus, organ

Parlophone R 1877

?

10” 78

[Aug 34]

Aug 34 p.99

 

Louis Voss Grand O

Bosworth BC 1114

CP 774

10” 78

[1941?]

WC, (TM CD)

New SO of London, Robinson

Decca LW 5120

10” LP

[Aug 54]

PD

     Re-issue

- Decca 452987-2

CD

1997

BL, PD, TM

     Re-issue

- Decca/Universal 473720-2

CD

2003

June 03 p.50

(TM CD)

Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Riethmüller (organ), chorus, Schmidt-Boelke

Orbis OP 3116

(German)

10” LP

1960

 

Pfälzische Landesbibliothek

Stuttgart Philharmonic O, Mareczek

Fontana SFL 14141

LP

1967

Jan 70 p.1188

BL, PD, TM, (TM CD)

     Re-issue

- Philips G 05585

(French)

10” LP

[1967]

 

WC

     Re-issue

- Philips 836397 VZ

(French)

10” LP

[1967]

 

WC

     Re-issue

- Philips G 03488 L

 

LP

 

 

WC

     Re-issue

- Philips 837494 G7

LP

(French cat.1967)

WC

     Re-issue

- Philips 730236

(Spanish)

CAS

[1971]

 

WC

     Re-issue

- Philips 7431049

(Spanish)

CAS

[1977]

 

WC

     Re-issue

- Philips 839800 G7/GSY

(Swedish)

LP

 

 

WC

     Re-issue

- Philips 7318016

(French)

CAS

 

 

WC

     Re-issue

- Philips 9117 CAA

(French)

CAS

 

 

WC

Die Prager Streicher

Sonocord 28404-2

(German)

LP

1981

Berliner Symphoniker, Collegium Musicum Vocale Berlin, Buschkötter

Lindström O 28139

Be 14256-1

10” 78

?

 

WC

Grosses Parlophon-Streich-O, chorus, Dobrindt

Parlophon B 47122

133156

10” 78

?

 

WC

     Re-issue

- Parlophon B 48043

(German)

10” 78

?

MMU

 

     Re-issue, Gloria Symphonie- Orchester, chorus

- Lindström GO 27385

133156

10” 78

?

 

WC

Odeon 173222 can be heard at http://bdh.bne.es/bnesearch/detalle/2780578

Robinson’s version can be heard at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWN_itx-vDg

 

No part for chorus is mentioned in the publisher Bosworth’s catalogues, contemporary adverts or archives. 

 

Several of the early recordings listed above are probably the same takes issued with different artist details.

 

The film Weisse Schatten was the German version of the American silent film White Shadows in the South Seas, released in 1928.   I have been unable to find out whether the Dransmann recording was made specifically to accompany this film.

 

Ketèlbey’s own recording is the most complete, with just 3 minor cuts totalling 28 bars.  He adds a Hawaiian guitar to the orchestra, and uses an alto saxophone for the Native Love-Call.  This is one of the earliest recordings of a standard orchestra to include a saxophone.

 

Having assembled a number of additional musicians for the session which also recorded In a Chinese Temple-Garden, Weissmann got his money’s worth by employing the extras in both pieces.  So By the Blue Hawaiian Waters ended up with a wide range of tonal colour, including saxophone, Hawaiian guitar, gong, xylophone and a wordless male chorus. During the introduction there are two massive crescendos like the sound of great waves breaking.  His seven cuts total 89 bars.

 

Robinson also uses a Hawaiian guitar, and cuts a massive 134 bars, including the entire middle section of the Dance of the Betrothal Ceremony.  For some strange reason the final chord is changed from minor to major.

 

Voss makes 5 cuts, including an enormous chunk of 151 bars which reduces the Dance of the Betrothal Ceremony to a mere token 4 phrases.

 

Mareczek makes 3 minor cuts of 16 bars each, and adds a harp to the original published orchestration.

 

 

By the Blue Hawaiian Waters – military band

 

Artists

Label

Matrix

Format

Date

Review

Locations

Band of HM Grenadier Guards, Miller               

Columbia 9411

WAX 3320-2

12” 78

[June 28]

July 28 p.67

BL

     Re-issue

- Columbia 50124-D

WAX 3320

12” 78

 

 

WC

Band of HM Royal Horse Guards

Sterno 606

?

10” 78

[Feb 31]

Band of HM Royal Horse Guards, Dunn

Regal  MR 2651

?

10” 78

Mar 38 p.433

Band of HM Grenadier Guards

Decca 27421

WL 76661 A2

78

 

 

WC

 

 

By the Blue Hawaiian Waters - organ

 

Artists

Instrument

Label

Matrix

Format

Date

Review

Locations

Reginald Foort

New Gallery Cinema, London

HMV C 1459

CR 1562-1

12” 78

[Apr 28]

Apr 28 p.466    

BL

Reginald Foort

Regal Cinema, Marble Arch

Columbia DX 315        

WAX 6238-1

12” 78

[Jan 32]

Jan 32 p.341     

BL

Reginald Foort

Re-issue

- World Records SH 338

 

LP

1979

 

BL, WC, TM, (TM CAS)

Gerhard Gregor

Grosse Welte Funkorgel, Hamburg

NDR E 700255

 

CD

2001

 

Pfälzische Landesbibliothek

The version at the Regal Cinema makes 3 cuts, including 78 bars from Dance of the Betrothal Ceremony.  The accompaniment to the dreamy introduction is altered to a bolero rhythm.                                                      

 

                                   

By the Blue Hawaiian Waters - piano

 

Artists

Label

Matrix

Format

Date

Review

Locations

Markus Staab

private recording

 

web

2009

 

 

The Staab recording can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXfKLShz8AM

 

 

By the Blue Hawaiian Waters – other ensembles

 

Artists

Instruments

Label

Matrix

Format

Date

Review

Locations

Heinrich Rietmüller

Polychord-Konzertorgel, ensemble, chorus

Opera 3116

 

10” 78

[1950s]