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Gallantry: duo d'amour (intermezzo-romance)                                                 

Published in 1920.  It was reviewed thus in the journal Musical Opinion:

“Albert W. Ketèlbey has a flair for vivid contrasts, and he manages to secure them without resorting to sledge-hammer methods.  His Gallantry partakes of the form of a song-without-words, and its romantic atmosphere is felt at every turn. We like the idea of combining the two melodies in duet fashion - a device which discloses the expert's knowledge behind it all.”

 

Composer’s synopsis

The piece opens with a Cello Solo (with Piano Accompaniment) representing the man's declaration of love, followed by a Violin Solo representing the lady, the two themes are then played together simultaneously, hence the sub-title "Duo d'amour".  After an episode of passionate character, the original themes are played by the full orchestra, the piece ending quietly and serenely.

 

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Archive

Piano

?

Universal Roll S 13614a

roll

by 1930

Military Band

Band of HM Royal Horse Guards, Dunn

Columbia DX 192

WAX 5822-1

12” 78

[Jan 31]

Jan 31 p.406

BL, WC

Re-issue

- Columbia Cinema Service YBX 45

WAXD 117

12” 33

[Aug 31]               

Re-issue

- International Military Music Society IMMS 101

LP

VLM Winter 84

BL

Orchestra

Albert W. Ketelbey & his Concert Orchestra

Decca F 7617

DR 4760-1

10” 78

[Nov 40] rec.June 40

Dec 40 p.154-5

BL, TM , (TM CAS)

Re-issue

- Evergreen Melodies C 62

CD

[1999]

PD, TM

Re-issue

- Naxos 8.110869                

CD

2003

BL, NX, PD, TM

Mandolins

Nashville Mandolin Ensemble, Zonn

New World NW 80544

 

CD

1998

Carillon

Trevor Workman               

Bournville Carillon BC000005 

CD

2003

TM

Piano

Markus Staab

private recording

 

web

2009

 

 

 

Piano

Themodist Full Scale T30259b

roll

?

PD

mr10

 

Staab’s recording can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYF79BOu3i8

 

Ketèlbey’s own recording makes 3 short cuts, totalling 25 bars.  A vibraphone is included in the orchestra, and plays 4 bars of the coda as a solo.  The main section has a published metronome marking of crotchet = 108, though one orchestral part has it as 69.  The recording averages crotchet=84 for this section.

 

The recording by Workman uses his own arrangement, and was made at a live performance on Bournville Carillon, Birmingham, on 9th August 2003.                                            

 

 

Garden of Love: serenade

A rare survivor of an orchestral accompaniment to a song in a revue.  This song was written for the revue Samples, first put on at the Playhouse Theatre in the autumn of 1916 by Andre Charlot.  It was a late addition to the show, not included in the original script submitted to the Lord Chamberlain’s Office.  Unusually, the orchestral parts were published, with the option of replacing the solo voice part with a cornet.

 

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Orchestra

Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.

Banner 2036

0952-1

10” 78

rec.Nov.21

 

 

Synthesized

Tom McCanna

private recording

Mp3

2019

PD, TM

 

The Banner recording does not list a composer, so may be a different work.  The other side of the record has the Ketèlbey work In a Monastery Garden.

To hear the realisation of the orchestral version, click here http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Garden of love for orch sync.mp3

 

 

The Garland: a cantata for female voices in two parts

This is the most extensive work from Ketèlbey’s collaboration with Florence Hoare, which mainly consisted of parlour songs and works aimed at children.  It was published in 1904; the accompaniment is for piano, though at least one production did have an orchestra of some sort.

 

Although called “Cantata”, dialogue was provided to allow it to be staged.  One early performance was at Brook Hall School in Winslow (Bucks.) in 1905. This was a very small school for teenage girls, and a photo of a similar event can be seen at http://www.winslow-history.org.uk/winslow_brook_hall.shtm

 

Here is the review from the Buckingham Advertiser and Free Press, Saturday 29th July 1905

BROOK HALL SCHOOL, ANNUAL PRIZE DISTRIBUTION.

… On returning to the Schoolroom, the programme was resumed as follows …

The pupils had during the programme been seated on the stage, attired in white dresses with light blue sashes.  And now followed a floral cantata, “The Garland” (by Albert Ketèlbey) by eight of the pupils attired in Brittany costumes, of coloured skirts, with apron and fichu of white and starched caps, and carrying bouquets of flowers.  The characters were: Margot (1st soprano), M. Wood; Christine (2nd soprano), C. Kibble; Village Maidens, N. Wood, G. Jones, E. Ward, E. Hughes, L. Dancer, and W. Price.  It is not only an exceedingly pretty piece, but also very pretty and pleasing in its theme…

The singing was extremely good throughout; indeed, the whole rendering of the piece gave evidence of very careful training, the solos and duet of the principal girls at the close being full of pathos, especially when the coveted flower, for the gaining of which the girl had risked her life, is handed over by her to her rival, for the benefit of the invalid sister…

 

There were also performances in New Zealand under the title Fete des Torses.

 

Synopsis

La Fête des Torses is held in a little Town in Brittany, when a prize is offered for the prettiest garland of flowers.  Margot and Christine, two rival beauties of the village, have each seen, and coveted for their garland, a starry flower growing high among the rocks.  Margot desires the prize to buy luxuries for her invalid sister, and Christine overcoming her jealousy, dares the danger of the ascent, and brings the flowers to Margot, thus enabling her to win the prize.

 

With the characters consisting entirely of girls, this work would have been ideal for a girls’ school.  The music is tuneful and tautly constructed, though some of the vocal writing is disappointing.

 

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Synthesized

Tom McCanna

private recording

mp3

2020

PD, TM

 

In our realisation, Margot’s part is taken by a clarinet, Christine’s by an oboe, and the Village Girls by flutes.

1. Twine your garlands  http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Garland 1 sync.mp3

2. When you and I were little girls  http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Garland 2 sync.mp3

3. There's a blossom sweet and fair  http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Garland 3 sync.mp3

4. Which would you choose?   http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Garland 4 sync.mp3

5. A wreath for the fairest  http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Garland 5 sync.mp3

6.  In a garden all of its own  http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Garland 6 sync.mp3                                     

7. My hands have plucked a gift for thee  http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Garland 7 sync.mp3

8. The festal day will pass away  http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Garland 8 sync.mp3

 

                                                                                               

Gipsy Idyll

A simple piece for violin and piano dating from around 1897.  Can you detect ANY gipsy features at all?

 

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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/Gipsy Idyll for violin and piano synth.mp3                                                                                           

 

 

Golden Autumn: tone picture

Piano piece published in 1923, though the style suggests it have been written much earlier.

           

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Gramophone Review

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Piano

Rosemary Tuck

Marco Polo 8.223699

CD

1993      

BL, NX, PD, TM

Piano

Eric Halstead

private recording  

www

 

The Halstead recording is available at http://www.tradebit.com/filedetail.php/3998219-collection-of-ketelbey-midi-files-zip

 

                                                                                                                               

Good Night

A part-song for unaccompanied male voice choir, dating from 1906. It is almost a hymn tune, with the first tenors leading the refrain “Good Night”.  

 

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Synthesized

Tom McCanna

private recording

mp3

2019

PD, TM

 

To hear this realisation as a trombone quartet, click here. http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Good Night for trombones sync.mp3

 

 

La Gracieuse: valse-impromptu     

The title on the sheet music is mis-spelt with a circumflex accent, as “La Grâcieuse” 

 

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Piano

Rosemary Tuck

Marco Polo 8.223699

CD

1993

BL, NX, PD, TM

Piano

Rosemary Tuck

private  recording

CAS

June 96

TM

 

           

Grannie’s Counsel, by “Raoul Clifford”

1897 song, with an unusual theme – a grandmother’s advice to her courting granddaughter who has fallen out with her boyfriend.

 

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Synthesized

Tom McCanna

private recording

mp3

2020

PD, TM

 

The voice part has been realised by a wheezy cor anglais.  http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Grannie's counsel for cor anglais sync.mp3

 

 

The Great Day

This song was written in 1944 in anticipation of VE Day, starting “When the bells of joy are ringing…”  Church bells, and even broadcasts of Ketèlbey’s own Bells Across the Meadows, had been silenced during the War, so as in 1918 (see The Old Belfry), bells symbolised the resumption of peace.  The song was available with piano, organ or orchestra accompaniment, together with bells and also a vocal backing group, sometimes wordless, sometimes with the text.

 

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Synthesized

Tom McCanna

private recording

mp3

2019

PD, TM

 

This realisation retains elements of the original scoring.  http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Great Day for ensemble sync.mp3

                                                                                               

 

Happy Returns: waltz

A 1937 reworking in contemporary dance-band waltz style of two themes from A Birthday Greeting.  But whose birthday this time?

 

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Dance band

Ragamuffin Syncopators        

Bosworth BC 1080

CP 567

10” 78

[1938]

WC

Re-issue

- Bosworth BPM 218

CD

2001              

TM

Re-issue

- Commotion 1869 6100 0324

CD

2004

 

Re-issue “My Sweetheart”

- Soho Archive SOHOA 106

 

CD

2-12

 

 

 

The Ragamuffin Syncopators make several changes to the published scoring, generally allocating melodies to solo players.

The re-issue on Commotion label is of music used in the film My Architect: A Son's Journey

Click here to hear the Soho Archive re-issue. https://www.universalproductionmusic.com/en-de/search?q=ketelbey&qtext=ketelbey&vtag=1&vwave=1&vdesc=1&ktype=9

 

 

The Heart’s Awakening

1907 song, words by Florence Hoare.  A contemporary review ran:

“To graceful lines by Florence Hoare the composer has wedded equally graceful and expressively truthful music, which, while technically excellent, is capable of affording pleasure to audiences of average musical taste.  Vocalists no doubt find such songs especially welcome.  Tenors - to whom the song will make its most urgent appeal - have too few such songs in their repertoire.”

 

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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

 

 

The Heavenly Message: sacred song

From 1899.  The opening phrase sounds very much like In a contemplative fashion, from The Gondoliers.

 

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Synthesized

Tom McCanna

private recording

mp3

2020

PD, TM

 

The realisation replaces the voice with an alto trombone.   http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Heavenly message for trombone sync.mp3

 

 

Heroes All!: quick march

Based on well-known songs, composed by April 1940.  There is an optional sung chorus, which turned out to be ill-timed. “Heroes, we welcome you” had a slightly different meaning by the time the music was published, around the time of the Evacuation of Dunkirk.

The songs include Rule Britannia, Heart of Oak, and The Girl I Left Behind.  If you can identify any more quotations, please let us know.

 

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Format

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Synthesized

Tom McCanna

private recording

mp3

2019

PD, TM

 

The realisation can be heard at  http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Heroes all for orch sync.mp3

 

 

Humoreske, op.17, by “Anton Vodorinski

A quirky piano piece, dating from around 1906.  WARNNG: The listener might feel dizzy!!

 

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Synthesized

Tom McCanna

private recording

mp3

2019

PD, TM

 

The realisation can be heard at  http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Humoreske op.17 for piano sync.mp3

 

                                                                                               

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