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Canzonetta (1908)                                                                                                          

Ketelbey wrote several pieces withsimilar titles.  This one is a work for violin in piano, registered with Schott’s in 1908 and published in 1910.

 

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Synthesized

Stephen Berry

private recording

 

mp3

2016

 

PD, TM

Synthesized

Tom McCanna

private recording

 

mp3

2018

 

PD, TM

 

To hear Berry’s realisation by Sibelius, click here http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Canzonetta,Violin and Piano synth.mp3

To hear McCanna’s realisation by MuseScore 2.1, click here
http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Canzonetta for violin and piano synth.mp3

 

 

Canzonetta (1912)

An orchestral piece published by Curwen.                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                           

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Orchestra

Regal O, ?Ketèlbey

Regal G 6057

28223

10” 78

[Apr 14]

Re-issue

- Naxos 8.110870

CD

2004

BL, NX,  PD, TM

 

Three bars consisting of harp arpeggios are cut from the final cadence.  The single first violin adjusts the bowing to allow some extravagant portamenti.

 

 

Canzonette

This appeared simultaneously 1896 for flute and for oboe, both with piano. The musical text is identical, but the flute version also has the dedication “to D.A.R.”, suggesting that this was the preferred medium. 

 

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Synthesized

Stephen Berry

private recording

 

mp3

2016

 

PD, TM

 

Berry choses the flute version for his realisation. Click here to hear it
http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Canzonette, Flute and Piano synth.mp3

 

 

Capriccietto

A brilliant piano piece, no doubt written to show off the composer’s own skill.

 

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Synthesized

Tom McCanna

private recording

 

mp3

2018

 

PD, TM

 

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

 

 

Caprice pianistique: piano novelty 

                                                                                               

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Piano with orchestra

Czecho-Slovak Radio SO, Leaper

Marco Polo 8.223442

CD

1992

Apr 94 p.48

BL, NX, PD, TM

 

 

Chal Romano (Gipsy Lad): descriptive overture

The music was first published in 1924, and received what was probably its first performance at Bournemouth during Easter that year.

 

Composer’s synopsis

Chal Romano draws upon a romance of gipsy life.  It opens with a broad theme in the style of a Gipsy Folk Song of forceful character.  A plaintive melody follows suggesting the sadness of the rejected Romany Chal (gipsy lad).  A theme in the major now heard represents his passionate expression of love. The first theme is heard again, suggesting Fate; a dance tune now represents the Gipsy girl and her merry companions; the love-theme is heard again with scraps from the girls' dance tune interwoven with it.  A kind of recitative for 'cellos (with tremolo string accompaniment) suggests the lover pleading once more with the girl, but she dances away to join the gipsy revels which (with a final reference to the Fate motif just before the end) brings the overture to a conclusion.

 

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Military band

Band of HM Welsh Guards, Harris

Aco G 15984

C 7740

10” 78

[July 26]

Military band

Band of HM Coldstream Guards, Gatty Sellars (organ), Evans

HMV B 2508

BR 1342-2, 1343-1

10” 78, ?2 sides

[Nov.27]

Nov 27 p.235

BL

Orchestra

Concert O, Ketèlbey

Columbia 9408

WAX 3213, 3214

12” 78, 2 sides

[July 28] rec.Feb 28

July 28 p.61

BL, PD, (TM CAS)

Re-issue

- Pearl GEMM CD 9968

CD

1992

BL, PD, TM

Re-issue

- Naxos 8.110174

CD

2001

BL, PD, TM

Brass band

Leyland Motors Band, Cotter

Decca SB 326

LP

1976

Oct 76 p.665

BL

Orchestra

Philharmonia O, Lanchbery

EMI ASD 3542

LP

1978

July 78 p.261

BL, TM

 

Re-issue

- Angel S 37483

(American)

LP

1978

 

 

 

Re-issue

- Hörzu 1C 05702986Q

(German)

LP

?

 

WC

 

Re-issue

- Voz de su Amo 10C 265002986Q

(Spanish)

CAS

[1980]

 

WC

 

Re-issue

- Voix de son maître 2C 2692986

(French)

CAS

 

 

WC

 

Re-issue

- Angel CDC 7478062

 

CD

[1987]

 

WC

Re-issue

- CD-CFP 4637

CD

1993

Mar 94 p.114

BL, TM

 

Re-issue

- TC-CFP 4637

 

CAS

1993

Mar 94 p.114

 

 

Re-issue

- EMI Classics 5730002

(German)

CD

[1998]

 

WC

Re-issue

- HMV 5724852

CD

1998

 

Re-issue

- EMI Classics 0724 3573 00056

 

CD

[1999]

 

NX

 

Re-issue

- EMI Classics 0742 3573 00155

 

CD

[1999]

 

NX

 

Re-issue

- EMI Classics 0094 6352 39959

 

CD

[2006]

 

NX

Re-issue

- EMI 50112920

(Japanese remastering)

CD

2007

PD,TM

Orchestra

Czecho-Slovak Radio SO, Leaper

Marco Polo 8.223442

CD

1992

Apr 94 p.48

BL, NX, PD, TM

 

Ketèlbey’s own recording omits the first 11 bars, and a further 22 in the dance tune section.  At one point the timpani player mis-counts a long roll, and plays his next entry two bars early.

 

Lanchbery cuts a short repeated section (16 bars) during the revels, but this remains one of the finest recordings of any of Ketèlbey’s music.

 

Leaper plays the work complete.                       

 

 

Chansonette, by “Raoul Clifford”

Ensemble piece for 1 or 2 mandolins, accompanied by piano or guitar, with optional cello, published around 1900 by the firm John Alvey Turner.  When our copy was purchased from their shop around 1980, this was the only Raoul Clifford piece they had remaining, and they sold it at the original cover price of 4/- (20p).  They had published half a dozen other pieces in the 1890s, but these have never been found – please let us know if you have one.

 

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Synthesized

Tom McCanna

private recording

 

mp3

2019

 

PD, TM

 

To hear a realisation with piano accompaniment, click http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Chansonette for mands, pf, vlc sync.mp3

To hear a realisation with guitar accompaniment, click http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Chansonette for mands, guitvlc sync.mp3

 

                                                                                                               

3 Characteristic Pieces

- 1. Peasant Dance

- 2. Humoreske

- 3. Scherzando

These piano works were the composer’s party pieces as a student, with Peasant Dance and Scherzando being performed as early as 1890 under the titles Danse du Paysan and Scherzo.

 

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Synthesized

Stephen Berry

private recording

 

mp3

2019

 

PD, TM

 

Click here to hear these realisations.

http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Peasant Dance for piano sync.mp3

http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Humoreske for piano sync.mp3

http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Scherzando for piano sync.mp3

 

 

Christmas: medley fox-trot, by “A. William Aston”    

 

Composer’s synopsis

The festive season is suggested by the opening bells and the Christmas Carol, the "Grandfather's Clock" brings to mind happy days at "Home, Sweet Home" where "The little brown Jug" added to the conviviality.  The Chimes are heard and "Auld Land Syne" rings out in joyous merriment.   N.B. This Fox-Trot may be played as a "Medley Intermezzo"

 

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Orchestra

Regal Novelty O, Ketèlbey

Regal G 8043

A 254

10” 78

[Dec 23] rec.Sept 23

Orchestra

Edison Bell Dance O, Wood

Winner 4318

9589

10” 78

[Dec 25?] rec.Oct 25

TM

Re-issue

- Naxos 8.110870

CD

2004

BL, NX, PD, TM

Military band

Band of HM Irish Guards, Hassal

Parlophone E 5942

1639

10” 78

[Dec 27?]               

BL

 

The Edison Bell Dance Orchestra has some re-distribution of the parts to suit the band.  The two sections of chimes have the bells playing unaccompanied.  The piece is shortened by cutting Grandfather’s Clock and The Little Brown Jug from the repeat.           

 

 

Coronation Fanfare

Scored for 6 trumpets, side drum, bass drum, cymbals & bells, with optional 2 horns and trombone. Although this was published in time for the coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953, it may have been originally intended for that of George VI in 1937.  A review of a concert in Ramsgate in October 1941 mentions

“an eight-trumpet fanfare by Ketelbey played on trumpets used for the coronation ceremony in Westminster Abbey…”. 

His only published fanfare at this date was Fanfare for a Ceremonial Occasion, which requires 3 trumpets and 3 trombones – perhaps the reporter overlooked the possibility that the fanfare trumpets could have included fanfare trombones.

 

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Brass ensemble

Onyx Brass, Wilson

Chandos CHSA 5221

 

CD

2018

June 18

NX, PD, TM

 

               

                                                                               

The Country that I Love

 

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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

 

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

                                                                               

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