By the Blue Hawaiian Waters: tone-picture                                              Back to list of works index

 

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

Country

Date

Gramophone Review

Locations

Albert W. Ketelbey’s Concert Orchestra, Ketèlbey

Columbia, not issued

WAX 4583-3, 4584-2

12” 78, 2 sides

UK

rec.Jan 29

Len Fillis (Hawaiian guitar), Albert W. Ketelbey’s Concert Orchestra, Ketèlbey

Columbia 9864

WAX 4937-1, 4938-1

12” 78, 2 sides

UK

[Nov 29] rec.May 29

Nov 29 p.252

(TM CAS)

     Re-issue

- Columbia Cinema Service YBX 11

 WAXD 23

12” 33

UK

[Feb 31]

     Re-issue

- Naxos 8.110174

CD

UK

2001

NX, PD, TM

Grosses Salon-Orchester, Dransmann

Electrola EG 1803      

BNR 652-II, 653-I

10” 78, 2 sides

Germany

[Nov 29]

MMU; used in film

Weisse Schatten (1928)

WC

     Re-issue (Salon Orchestra)            

- HMV B 4078

BNR 652-2, 653-1

10” 78, 2 sides

UK

[Aug 32]

Aug 32 p.107

 

Grosses Symphonie-Orchester, chorus, organ, Weissmann

Odeon 168697

Be 9440

10” 78

Germany

[Mar 31]

 

(TM CD)

     Re-issue

- Odeon A 161176

Be 9440

10” 78

Austria

 

 

 

     Re-issue (Mitglieder der Staatskapelle, Berlin)

- Odeon O 11453

Be 9440-2

10” 78

Germany

 

MMU

WC

Grosses Symphonie-Orchester, chorus, organ, Weissmann

Odeon O 6787

xxQU 285

12” 78

Germany

?

 

WC

     Re-issue

- Odéon 170151

 

12” 78

France

 

 

WC

     Re-issue  (Grand Symphony Orchestra)

- Parlophone E 11167

XXQU 285-1

12” 78

UK

[Nov 31]

Nov 31 p.230

BL

     Re-issueOrquesta Sinfónica de Berlin, Weissmann

- Odeón 173222

xxQU 285

12” 78

Spain

[1931]

 

WC

Grand Symphony Orchestra, chorus, organ

Parlophone R 1877

?

10” 78

UK

[Aug 34]

Aug 34 p.99

 

Louis Voss Grand Orchestra

Bosworth BC 1114

CP 774

10” 78

UK

[1941?]

WC, (TM CD)

New Symphony Orchestra of London, Robinson

Decca LW 5120

10” LP

UK

[Aug 54]

PD

     Re-issue

- Decca 452987-2

CD

UK

1997

BL, PD, TM

     Re-issue

- Decca/Universal 473720-2

CD

UK

2003

June 03 p.50

(TM CD)

Heinrich Riethmüller (Polychord-Konzertorgel), seine Instrumentalsoloiten [Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks], chorus, [cond. Schmidt-Boelke]

Opera 3116

 

10” LP

Germany

1956

 

Pfälzische Landesbibliothek

Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, Mareczek

Fontana SFL 14141

 

LP

UK

1967

Jan 70 p.1188

BL, PD, TM, (TM CD)

     Re-issue

- Philips G 05585

 

10” LP

France

[1967]

 

WC

     Re-issue

- Philips 836397 VZ

 

10” LP

France

[1967]

 

WC

     Re-issue

- Philips G 03488 L

 

LP

France

 

 

WC

     Re-issue

- Philips 837494 GY

 

LP

France

(in French cat.1967)

WC

     Re-issue

- Philips 730236

 

CAS

Spain

[1971]

 

WC

     Re-issue

- Philips 7431 049

 

CAS

Spain

[1977]

 

WC

     Re-issue

- Philips 839800 GY/GSY

 

LP

Sweden

 

 

WC

     Re-issue

- Contour 6870 576

 

LP

UK

 

 

 

     Re-issue

- Philips 432607 AE

 

10” LP

France

 

 

 

     Re-issue

- Philips 6504042

 

LP

Spain

 

 

 

     Re-issue

- Philips 6537 018

 

LP

France

 

 

 

     Re-issue

- Philips 7318016

 

CAS

France

 

 

WC

     Re-issue

- Philips 9117 CAA

 

CAS

France

 

 

WC

Die Prager Streicher, Hrábek

Sonocord 28404-2

 

LP

Germany

1981

     Re-issue

- Elite Special 31175

 

LP

Switzerland

1981

 

 

     Re-issue

- Elite Special SOLP 550

 

LP

Switzerland

1981

 

 

Berliner Symphoniker, Collegium Musicum Vocale Berlin, Buschkötter

Lindström O 28139

Be 14256-1

10” 78

Germany

?

 

WC

Grosses Parlophon-Streich-Orchester, chorus, Dobrindt

Parlophon B 47122

133156

10” 78

Germany

?

 

WC

     Re-issue

- Parlophon B 48043

10” 78

Germany

?

MMU

 

     Re-issue, Orchestre Symphonique Parlophone

- Parlophone B 17109

133156

10” 78

France

?

 

 

     Re-issue, Gloria Symphonie-Orchester, chorus

- Lindström GO 27385

133156

10” 78

Germany

?

 

WC

 

Odeon Be 9440-2 (3’03”) is at https://archive.org/details/78_an-den-blauen-wassern-von-hawaii-gr-odeon-symphonie-orchester-albert-w

Odeon XXQU 285 (4’19”) is at http://bdh.bne.es/bnesearch/detalle/2780578

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

Hrábek’s version at https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=qMkzII2ZWuI&list=PL3bk2ayqJZxQjdOJ2JFbP1qT-CQXt5toO

 

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.  Moreover, the same sessions seem to have been used for both the 10 and 12 inch recordings (Be 9440-2 and XXQU 285).  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 brass massive crescendos like the sound of great waves breaking.  The 12” version has 7 cuts, total 89 bars. The 10” version has 6 cuts, total 162 bars. Both finish by playing a sustained chord at the end.

 

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.

 

The Prague Strings play a new arrangement, much truncated and simplified.  They have lots of violins (badly balanced), guitars, trumpets, and drums. They end with a wave effect, probably inspired by the Weissmann interpretation.

 

 

By the Blue Hawaiian Waters – military band

 

Artists

Label

Matrix

Format

Country

Date

Gramophone Review

Locations

Band of HM Grenadier Guards, George Miller       

Columbia 9411

WAX 3320-2

12” 78

UK

[June 28]

July 28 p.67

BL, TM, (TMmp3)

     Re-issue

- Columbia 50124-D

WAX 3320

12” 78

 

 

 

WC

Band of HM Royal Horse Guards, Dunn

Sterno 606

S 1089

10” 78

UK

[Feb 31]

     Re-issue

- Regal MR 2651

S 1089

10” 78

UK

Mar 38 p.433

TM, (TMmp3)

Band of the Grenadier Guards, GJ Miller

BBMA BMMAGG 1603

 

CD

UK

2016

 

 

Band of HM Grenadier Guards

Decca 27421

WL 76661 A2

78

 

 

 

WC

 

 

The arrangement for military band is by Ketèlbey himself, and is considerably shorter than the orchestral version.

George Miller on Columbia 9411 makes just one cut of 36 bars, including the complete Kanaka Lover theme.  Hear the version at www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/by%20the%20blue%20hawaiian%20waters%20-%20Grenadiers.mp3

 

Dunn makes 5 cuts, totalling 56 bars.  The brass tends to dominate the texture. Listen at www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/by%20the%20blue%20hawaiian%20waters%20Horse%20Guards.mp3

 

 

By the Blue Hawaiian Waters - organ

 

Artists

Instrument

Label

Matrix

Format

Country

Date

Gramophone Review

Locations

Reginald Foort

New Gallery Cinema, London

HMV C 1459

CR 1562-1

12” 78

UK

[Apr 28]

Apr 28 p.466    

BL

Reginald Foort

Regal Cinema, Marble Arch

Columbia DX 315               

WAX 6238-1

12” 78

UK

[Jan 32]

Jan 32 p.341     

BL

     Re-issue

- World Records SH 338

 

LP

UK

1979

 

BL, WC, TM, (TM CAS)

     Re-issue

 

- World Record Club R-08306

 

LP

Australia

1980

 

 

Gerhard Gregor

Grosse Welte Funkorgel, Hamburg

Norddeutscher Rundfunk E 700255

 

CD

Germany

2001

(rec. 1969)

Pfälzische Landesbibliothek

     Re-issue

 

- Norddeutscher Rundfunk 8573850292

 

CD

Germany

2003

 

 

 

Foort’s 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. A few extra chords are added to help links and to finish the piece.  Hear it at www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/by%20the%20blue%20hawaiian%20waters%20-%20Foort.mp3

                                                           

 

                                   

By the Blue Hawaiian Waters - piano

 

Artists

Label

Format

Country

Date

Locations

Markus Staab

private recording

web

Germany

2009

 

 

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

 

Webpage updated 9 Feb 2021