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Piano

Rosemary Tuck

Marco Polo 8.223699

CD

1993

BL, NX, PD, TM

cd01

 

                                                                                                                                               

 

Dance of the Merry Mascots: descriptive piece 

 

Composer’s synopsis

The Mascots go to a Fancy-dress Ball dressed as Pierrots, Pierrettes, Japanese and Spanish dancers.  They start with a Waltz for the Pierrots and Pierrettes, (during which Weber's "Invitation to the dance" is played as a counter-melody), then follow two movements for the Japanese and Spanish dancers; the Waltz is now resumed, and towards the end some of the Mascots who have got a little bit too "merry", find it rather difficult to keep in time, but they manage to finish all together!  The chimes now indicate that it is near midnight and the Mascots are heard taking their departure.                                                                                                                                                                                               

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Piano with orchestra

Orchestre Raymonde, Walter [Goehr]    

Columbia DB 1432               

CA 14442-1

10” 78

[Oct 34]               

Oct 34 p.185

BL, (TM CAS), (TM CD)

Piano with orchestra

Michael Reeves, London Promenade O, Faris

Philips 6514152

LP

1982

Apr 82 p.1423

BL, PD, TM

lp07

 

Re-issue

- Philips 7337152

 

CAS

1982

Apr 82 p.1423

WC

 

Re-issue

- Philips 400 011

CD

1982

Apr 83 p.1152

BL, PD, TM

cd14

Re-issue

- Philips 4380772

 

CD

1992

 

WC

 

Re-issue

- Philips 4380774

 

CAS

1992

 

WC

 

 

Re-issue

- Decca/Universal 4737202               

 

CD

2003

June 03 p.50

BL, WC

 

 

Walter Goehr uses an amended scoring, including accordeon and saxophone.   In the Spanish Dance there are two new countermelodies for violin.  The recording has numerous small cuts, and the ending is rewritten to include a timpani roll before the chimes are heard.

 

Faris plays the piece complete and almost as written.  The only variant noticed is an extra piano glissando 20 bars from the end.

 

Neither version includes the optional vocal effects.

               

                                                                                               

Danse à la tarentelle

 

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Empire SO, Ketèlbey?

Columbia 26695

S 665

10” 78

[Dec 09]

Re-issue

- Rena 1219

10” 78

[Dec 09]

Re-issue

- Naxos 8.110869               

CD

2003

BL, NX, PD, TM

cd05

The ensemble includes flute, clarinet, cornet, trombone, violin and gong.  There is an extra repeat of 72 bars.  Played at the correct pitch of G major as on the Naxos transfer, the 244 bars take 170 seconds, giving a metronome speed of dotted crotchet = 172; this is considerably slower than the published metronome marking is 200.

 

                                                                                               

A Desert Romance: descriptive sketch               

 

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Casino O, Ketèlbey

Columbia 3342

A 313

10” 78

[Jan 24]

BL, PD, TM,  (TM CAS)

7805

Re-issue

- Naxos 8.110869

CD

2003

BL, NX, PD, TM

cd05

Orchestra

Pathé Concert O

Pathé 1859

?

10” 78

[June 25]

Re-issue

- Actuelle 10821

10” 78

[Aug 25]

Among the instruments omitted in the composer’s recording are bassoon, tom-tom and bass drum.  In the second section (in the major key), 32 bars are cut.  It can be heard at http://www.mgthomas.co.uk/Soundfiles/Orchestral/Soundfiles-Orchestral.htm

 

                                                                                                                                                               

Devotion: mélodie passionnée        

 

The work was originally published in 1924 under the title “Love’s Devotion”.   The music is prefaced by the quotation from Twelfth Night: "If music be the food of love, play on!"

               

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Terance Casey (mighty Tivoli Theatre organ)  

Columbia 5384

WA 8646-1

10” 78

[June 29]

July 29 p.76

BL

Orchestra

Viennese O

Piccadilly 270      

XX 1760-2

10” 78

[July 29 or  earlier]

BL, (TM CAS), (TM CD)

Orchestra

Philip Lewis & his Palladium Octette

Edison Bell Winner 3529      

6853E

10” 78

earlier than 1930

BL

?

?

HMV     

?

ad.1929

?

?

Metropole

?

ad.1929

The Viennese Orchestra makes 3 small cuts, totalling 15 bars.  Their ensemble includes a piano.                                                                                                                                                                  

                                                           

               

A Dream of Christmas

 

Composer’s synopsis (from the published orchestral parts)

A child falls asleep and dreams of Christmas.  The melodies of Carols become mixed up in the dream with dancing fairies, the waits and the "Wolf" in the pantomime.  The child is awakened by the joyous ringing of church-bells and the carol "Christians, awake", sung by the Carol Singers.  The Carols employed are "Good King Wenceslas", "While Shepherds watched", Portion of "God rest ye merry Gentlemen", "The first Nowell", and "Christians, awake".  (The audience is invited to sing "Christians, awake" with the orchestra.)

An expanded version of this is read as an introduction to some of the recordings below.

 


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Chorus with orchestra

baritone, Court SO, chorus, Ketèlbey                                                                                        

Columbia 9138

WAX 1999-2

12” 78

[Dec 26] rec.Oct 26

Jan 27 p.315

BL, PD

7812

Re-issue

- Naxos 8.110848

CD

2002

BL, NX, PD, TM

cd04

Orchestra

?

Homochord D 1177

?

10” 78

[Dec 27?]

Orchestra

London Palladium O, Sheldon

Edison Bell/Electron X 517

?

Feb 28 p.384

Organ

F. Roland-Tims (Capitol Cinema, Haymarket, London)               

HMV B 2867

BR 2174-2, 2178-2T1

10” 78, 2 sides

[Dec 28?]                

BL

Chorus with orchestra

Nellie Walker (c), bass, narrator, W.G.Webber   (organ), Concert O,

chorus, Ketèlbey 

Columbia 9767

WAX 4618-1, 4619-1

12” 78,

2 sides

[Nov 29]

Dec 29 p.320

TM, (TM CD)

Orchestra

John Johnson and his International O, narrator, singer     

Decca F 2620

GB 3273-1,2. 3274-1,2

10” 78,

2 sides

[Dec 31]

Dec 31 p.281

Chorus with organ

Charles Saxby (Astoria, Finsbury Park), chorus

Regal MR 710

WAR 1492-2,

1493-1

10” 78,

2 sides

[Nov 32]

Dec 32 p.276

Chorus with orchestra

Essie Ackland (c), Stuart Robertson (bt), Alan Howland (narrator),

Westminster  Singers,  Herbert Dawson (organ), Grand O, Greenwood

HMV C 2490

2B 3432-3, 3433-2

12” 78,

2 sides

[Dec 32]

Dec 32 p.280

BL, (TM CAS)

Chorus with orchestra

Robert E. Sherwood (narrator), American Folk Singers of Boston,

Massachusetts SO, Attila Poto

RCA MSO 58444

? (American)

?LP 16”

[1941?]

WC

Ketèlbey’s 1926 recording can be heard at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xxrI6PDs6M

 

 


The baritone soloist on Columbia 9138 has been identified by Peter Dempsey as Robert Easton.  The chorus sounds like a vocal quartet.  The organ is replaced by brass at its only solo.  The First Nowell has the scoring augmented by a tuba, the carol is cut by 16 bars.

 

Columbia 9138 lasts a single side, taking 3’ 56”, with just one small cut to the published music.  When 9767 came to be recorded on two sides, much additional material had to be added, bringing the playing time to 7’ 07”.  An expanded synopsis is read at the beginning, taking 48 seconds.  Hush-a-bye baby is sung in full by Nellie Walker, instead of only being 4 bars of clarinet.  An additional verse of While Shepherds Watched is sung, and Christians Awake is first sung unaccompanied then repeated with organ and orchestra.  The bass soloist sings an extra 6 bars about the Wolf baying.   The scoring is expanded include strings doubling the celeste solo during the Fairies’ Dance, and all the carols are sung, mainly be a vocal quartet.  The cornet playing the melody in The First Nowell uses the excessive vibrato favoured by some brass band players.  The tubular bell part is varied slightly, and omits the final descending scale.  The Gramophone review suggests Debroy Somers as narrator and Harold Williams as bass, but the latter is doubtful. 

 

The recording on HMV C 2490, also on two 12-inch sides, has many of the same expansions as Columbia 9767:  there is a spoken synopsis, the Hush-a-bye verse is inserted but at a slightly different point,  there are extra verses of While Shepherds Watched and Christians Awake, and the singers join in the other carols. 

 

 

A Dream Picture: lyric poem

           

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Rosemary Tuck

Marco Polo 8.223700

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1993

BL, NX, PD, TM

cd02

                                                                                                           

 

The Elephants' Parade (by “André de Basque”)

 

By 1926, Ketèlbey’s music had become so popular that a negative reaction had arisen; this can be seen in many of the reviews in the Gramophone magazine.   Perhaps to avoid such prejudiced criticism, his publisher launched a series of 6 pieces under the pseudonym of André de Basque.  No.1 was The Elephants' Parade, No.2 A Japanese Carnival.  The remainder were never published as Basque pieces, but No.3 Butterfly’s Frolic was reworked as Sunbeams and Butteflies, and it is likely that No.4 Taormina, No.5 Confetti and Laughter and No.6 Under the Fairy Lamps were also recycled under different titles.

 

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Bosworth O

Bosworth BC 1003

CP 1996

10” 78

[Apr 37]

(TM CD)

This recording lacks effects specified in the parts such as elephants trumpeting (the drummer is instructed to “roar through a glass lampchimney”).                                                                                                         

 

Evening Calm: nocturne

 

First published as a piano solo in 1922, the orchestral version followed in 1924.

 

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Pelly Concert O, Barnard

private recording

CD

[2005]

TM