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A Cadence Sweet, by “Raoul Clifford”

Song from 1897.

 

Medium

Artists

Label

Format

Country

Date

Locations

Synthesized

Tom McCanna

private recording

mp3

UK

2020

PD, TM

 

The realisation replaces the voice with violin.  http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Cadence sweet for violin sync.mp3

 

 

Canzonetta (1908)                                                                                                          

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

 

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Artists

Label

Format

Country

Date

Locations

Synthesized

Stephen Berry

private recording

mp3

UK

2016

PD, TM

Synthesized

Tom McCanna

private recording

mp3

UK

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

 

 

Canzonetta (1912)

An orchestral piece published by Curwen.                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                           

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Artists

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Format

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Date

Gramophone Review

Locations

Orchestra

Regal Orchestra, ?Ketèlbey

Regal G 6057

28223

10” 78

UK

[Apr 14]

Re-issue

- Naxos 8.110870

CD

 

2004

BL, NX,  PD, TM

Orchestra

Synchrophone Orchestra.

Octacros 1001

5104-1

10” 78

UK

1934

 

 

 

In Ketèlbey’s own recording, 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. 

 

Medium

Artists

Label

Format

Country

Date

Locations

Synthesized

Stephen Berry

private recording

mp3

UK

2016

PD, TM

Synthesized

Tom McCanna

private recording

mp3

UK

2020

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

McCanna synthesizes the oboe version. http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Canzonette for oboe sync.mp3

 

 

Capriccietto

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

 

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Format

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Date

Locations

Synthesized

Tom McCanna

private recording

mp3

UK

2018

PD, TM

 

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

 

 

Caprice pianistique: piano novelty 

The orchestral parts were published in 1947.  It was probably written for the composer himself to play the solo piano part in his annual concert series.

                                                                                               

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Artists

Label

Format

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Date

Gramophone Review

Locations

Piano with orchestra

Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Leaper

Marco Polo 8.223442

CD

UK

1992

Apr 94 p.48

BL, NX, PD, TM

 

 

A Carol for Christmas-tide (The Christmas bells are ringing), by “Raoul Clifford”

A single verse carol for SATB, published in a magazine called The Children’s Friend in December 1897.

 

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Label

Format

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Date

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Synthesized

Tom McCanna

private recording

mp3

UK

2020

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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Date

Gramphone Review

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Military band

Band of HM Welsh Guards, Harris

Aco G 15984

C 7740

10” 78

UK

[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

UK

[Nov.27]

Nov 27 p.235

BL

Orchestra

Albert W. Ketelbey’s Concert Orchestra, Ketèlbey

Columbia 9408

WAX 3213, 3214

12” 78, 2 sides

UK

[July 28] rec.Feb 28

July 28 p.61

BL, PD, (TM CAS)

Re-issue

- Pearl GEMM CD 9968

CD

UK

1992

BL, PD, TM

Re-issue

- Naxos 8.110174

CD

 

2001

BL, PD, TM

Brass band

Leyland Motors Band, Cotter

Decca SB 326

LP

UK

1976

Oct 76 p.665

BL

Orchestra

Philharmonia Orchestra, Lanchbery

EMI ASD 3542

LP

UK

1978

July 78 p.261

BL, TM

 

Re-issue

- Angel S 37483

 

LP

US

1978

 

 

 

Re-issue

- Hörzu 1C 05702986Q

 

LP

Germany

1978

 

WC

 

Re-issue

- His Master’s Voice TC-ASD 3542

 

CAS

UK

1978

 

 

 

Re-issue

- Angel S 37483

 

LP

US

1978

 

 

 

Re-issue

- EMI 26 1370

 

LP

Germany

1978

 

 

 

Re-issue

- World Record Club R-05771

 

LP

Australia

1979

 

 

 

Re-issue

- Voz de su Amo 10C 265002986Q

 

CAS

Spain

[1980]

 

WC

 

Re-issue

- Voix de son maître 2C 2692986

 

CAS

France

 

 

WC

 

Re-issue

- Sélection du Reader’s Digest 320/6

 

LP

France

1981

 

 

 

Re-issue

- His Master’s Voice 1546401

 

LP

Sweden

 1983

 

 

 

Re-issue

- Richmond B 20083

 

LP

US

 

 

 

 

Re-issue

- Angel EAC-80451

 

LP

Japan

 

 

 

 

Re-issue

- Angel CDC 7478062

 

CD

US

[1987]

 

WC

 

Re-issue

- EMI 7243 5730 025

 

CD

UK

1990

 

 

 

Re-issue

- EMI CDM 253 8402

 

CD

Netherlands

1992

 

 

 

Re-issue

- CD-CFP 4637

 

CD

UK

1993

Mar 94 p.114

BL, TM

 

Re-issue

- TC-CFP 4637

 

CAS

 

1993

Mar 94 p.114

 

 

Re-issue

- EMI 7234 5680 6122

 

CD

UK

1993

 

 

 

Re-issue

- EMI Classics 5730002

 

CD

Germany

[1998]

 

WC

Re-issue

- HMV 5724852

 

CD

 

1998

 

Re-issue

- EMI Classics 7243 5730 0124

 

CD

Netherlands

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

 

CD

?Japan

2007

PD, TM

 

Re-issue

- Angel HCD-1353

 

CD

Japan

 

 

 

Orchestra

Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Leaper

Marco Polo 8.223442

CD

UK

1992

Apr 94 p.48

BL, NX, PD, TM

Clarinets

Choeur de Clarinettes de Colmar, Philipp

Private recording

 

Web

France

2017

 

 

 

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.

                       

Watch the Colmar Clarinets at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8YTnmYaWP8

 

 

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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Artists

Label

Format

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Date

Locations

Synthesized

Tom McCanna

private recording

mp3

UK

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

 

 

Chant Solennel, op.23 no.1 = op.25, by “Anton Vodorinski

This was published in a collection of Organ Recital Pieces op.23 not later than 1911, and was issued as a piano piece op.25 in 1915.  In my copy of the organ collection there is a pencilled inscription at the head of Chant Solennel “5.4.12. Antwerp. Good Friday”.

 

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Artists

Label

Format

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Date

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Synthesized

Tom McCanna

private recording

mp3

UK

2019

PD, TM

 

The realisation is of the organ version, and can be heard at http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Chant solennel for organ 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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Artists

Label

Format

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Date

Locations

Synthesized

Stephen Berry

private recording

mp3

UK

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”    

A novelty item from 1923, probably written with recording in mind, as the record was made before the music was published.

 

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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Artists

Label

Matrix

Format

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Date

Gramophone Review

Locations

Orchestra “Chistmas Fox Trot”

Regal Dance Orchestra, [Ketèlbey]

Regal G 8043

A 254

10” 78

UK

[Dec 23] rec.Sept 23

TM, (TMmp3)

Orchestra

Edison Bell Dance Orchestra, Wood

Winner 4318

9589

10” 78

UK

[Dec 25?] rec.Oct 25

TM

Re-issue

- Naxos 8.110870

CD

 

2004

BL, NX, PD, TM

Military band “Christmas Medley”

Band of HM Irish Guards, Hassal

Parlophone E 5942

1639

10” 78

UK

[Dec 27?]             

BL, TM, (TMmp3)

 

Ketèlbey’s own recording uses a reduced orchestra with no audible strings. Strong piccolo, but no flute.  The bass line is taken by a tuba.  There are a few changes to the published score, including added syncopation in Grandfather’s Clock and Little Brown Jug.  In the da capo, Home Sweet Home is played by cornets as in bars 37-53, piccolo & clarinet as 61-77.  Trombone smears in Little Brown Jug are omitted.  Three cuts are made in repeated sections, totalling 30 bars.   Played at 78rpm sounds a tone flat.  When played at written pitch, minim = ca.122. Hear the latter (edited with the help of Chris Webber) at  www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/christmas  - ketelbey.MP3

 

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 40 bars by cutting Grandfather’s Clock and The Little Brown Jug from the repeat.  Auld Lang Syne (marked Grandioso) is played slower. 

 

The Irish Guards have a painfully loud glockenspiel.  They make one cut of 32 bars. Auld Lang Syne is played slower. Curiously, a cornet plays an extra phrase through “Stopped short” in Grandfather’s Clock section. At the end, an extra chord is added.  Hear is at  www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/christmas -  hassall.MP3

 

 

Christmas Carol (Come bring with a noise)

The Ketelbey family Christmas card for 1890.  The music is in the style of a 4-part hymn, with a strong melody and clumsy harmony parts.

 

Medium

Artists

Label

Format

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Date

Locations

Synthesized

Tom McCanna

private recording

mp3

UK

2020

PD, TM

 

 

Come o’er the Woodlands

A two-part song in Novello’s School Music Review series, dating from 1897.  It was sometimes used as a test piece in competitions, for instance one won by Wrea Green School choir in Lancashire in 1909.

 

Medium

Artists

Label

Format

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Date

Locations

Synthesized

Tom McCanna

private recording

mp3

UK

2020

PD, TM

 

This realisation is for oboe, cor anglais and piano, and can be heard at http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Come o'er the woodlands for oboes sync.mp3

 

 

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.

 

Medium

Artists

Label

Format

Country

Date

Gramophone Review

Locations

Brass ensemble

Onyx Brass, Wilson

Chandos CHSA 5221

CD

UK

2018

June 18

NX, PD, TM

 

               

                                                                               

The Country that I Love, by “Raoul Clifford”

Song with optional mandolin obligato from 1896, words by Florence Hoare.

 

Medium

Artists

Label

Format

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Date

Locations

Song with piano

Peter Dempsey (t), Guy Rowland

Dempsey AWK 1

CD

UK

2009      

BL, PD, TM

Song with piano

Peter Dempsey (t), Guy Rowland

private recording

DVD

UK

rec.26.11.2009

PD, TM

 

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

                                                                               

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