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I Call You from the Shadows                                                

 This song was first published in 1912; a later edition has a few changes, but the first edition is used by Morgan Kingston.

 

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Song with orchestra

Morgan Kingston (t), orchestra

Columbia 369

6294             

UK

12” 78

[Apr 13] rec.1912

BL

Re-issue

- Naxos 8.110869                

UK

CD

2003

BL, NX, PD, TM

Song with orchestra

Hughes Macklin., orchestra

Edison Blue Amberol 23205

UK

cylinder

[Dec 13]

WC

 

The Naxos transfer is in Ab major, which corresponds to the published version for high voice.  At the final cadence, Kingston ignores the three alternative notes for the word “back” (Bb, Eb and high Bb), and instead sings a G.  He then changes the final words from “to me” to “my love”, and the orchestra omits the final two bass notes.

Macklin sings the song in Bb major, with a high C near the end.  Listen to him (and excuse the damaged cylinder) at www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/I call you - Macklin.mp3

 

 

I Dream of All the Worlds

Song published in 1937, with words by the composer himself.

 

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Song with piano

Peter Dempsey (t), Guy Rowland

Dempsey AWK 1

CD

UK

2009

BL, TM

 

This recording can be heard at http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/anniversary.html

 

 

Idylle Champêtre

This piece for clarinet and piano was deposited in the British Museum in January 1897.

 

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Synthesizer

Stephen Berry

private recording

mp3

UK

2016

TM

 

To hear this realisation, click here http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Idylle Champetre for Clarinet and Piano synyh.mp3

 

 

In a Camp of the Ancient Britons: (Worlebury Camp, - Weston-super-Mare. A.D.47 and Present-day): tone picture

 The following account of the origin of the work is given the composer in the article In a Monastery Garden, in Music Masterpieces part 12 (18th March 1926) page 183:

My tone-picture In a Camp of the Ancient Britons was inspired by a visit to Weston-super-Mare.  When I saw the gay promenade and in the background the old ramparts (Worlebury) carrying the mind back to the time of the Roman legions and the Druids, I felt the vividness of the contrast, and I wrote music that, I hope, conveys the atmosphere of the old drama, gradually merging into present-day brightness and gaiety.

In 1933 the music was used as background to a documentary film Castles and Fisher Folk (1933), commissioned by Cadbury’s.

 

Composer’s synopsis

This tone-picture represents the Reverie of a visitor to a seaside resort adjacent to the site of an ancient British Camp.  The piece begins with - The Sacred Grove of the Druids, followed by, The Invocation before the Battle, the March of the Ancient Britons, the Advance of the Roman Legions, the Battle and defeat of the Britons and their Retreat.  These themes portray a picture passing through the mind of the visitor.  Imperceptibly the Invocation theme now merges into a Waltz, as if being played by a band on the front which brings the listener to the spirit of the present-day.  With an exuberant climax typifying the holiday-mood the piece is brought to a lively conclusion.

(It may be interesting to note that the Druids' music and the Ancient Britons' march are founded on the authentic Hypodorian Mode).

 

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Orchestra

orchestra, Ketèlbey               

Columbia 9055

AX 1064, 1065

12” 78

UK

rec.July 25, not issued

Orchestra

Albert W. Ketelbey’s Concert Orchestra

Columbia 9866

WAX 4582, 4583

12” 78, 2 sides

UK

[Jan 30] rec.Jan 29

PD, (TM CAS)

Re-issue

- Pearl GEMM CD 9968

CD

UK

1992

BL, PD, TM

Re-issue

- Naxos 8.110869                

CD

UK

2003

BL, NX, PD, TM

 

For some reason, the 1925 recording was unsatisfactory and never issued, but the 1929 one is excellent.  There is just one small cut of 8 bars from the Invocation, and in the Retreat of the Britons the composer opts for a repeated drum beat on Timpani rather than Side Drum.

 

 

In a Fairy Realm: suite

The suite was first performed at Harrogate on 23rd September 1927.  One of the melodies from the Queen-Fairy’s Dance had previously been part of a flute solo called Scherzo de Concert.  The second section of The Gnomes' March recalls the rhythm of a choral piece with the title The Elves' Dance, where it sets the anonymous words

            By the moon we sport and play

            With the night begins our day

            As we frisk the dew doth fall

            Trip it, little urchins all.

 

Composer’s synopsis

1. The Moonlit Glade.  One has to imagine a darkened secluded woodland scene with just a ray of moonlight.  The fairies begin to assemble very quietly, the rustle of the trees swayed by the wind precedes the entrance of the King-Fairy; he holds forth to his assembled subjects in an oration of gradually rising import; on its completion the music dies away to suggest that the fairies are duly obedient to his wishes.

 

2. The Queen-Fairy Dances.  The Horn and Flute announce the entrance of the Queen-Fairy; she dances to the strains of a pipe, then her attendants join in when the music becomes louder; this is followed by another dance for the Queen alone, a delicate movement at first, but becoming louder again when all the fairies join in; a soft Horn call leads back to the original theme, the Queen-Fairy finally tripping lightly off the scene.

 

3. The Gnomes’ March.  The fairies all execute a quaint little march in whimsically stiff manner at first, but becoming later a little more frolicsome.  The ugly gnomes have an episode to themselves represented by muted Brass played heavily, after which the first part is resumed in the same manner as before, with the addition of a little chromatic run in the celeste, suggesting that one of the fairies is a little late getting into position.  After working up to a forte climax it gradually dies away and one loud chord from the full orchestra brings the Suite to a conclusion.

 

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Orchestra

Albert W. Ketelbey’s Concert Orchestra

Columbia 9409/10

WAX 3222, 3241, 3242

UK

12” 78, 3 sides

[July 28]

July 28 p.61

BL, PD, (TM CAS)

Re-issue

- Naxos 8.110848

UK

CD

2002

BL, NX, PD, TM

Orchestra

Louis Voss Grand Orchestra

Bosworth BC 1130/1

CP 933, 934, 935

UK

10” 78, 3 sides

[1940]            

BL, WC, (TM CD)

 

Re-issue of Movt 3 “Busy Gnomes”

- Soho Archive SOHOA 103

 

UK

CD

2012

 

 

 

Re-issue

- Guild GLCD 5203

 

UK

CD

2013

 

 

 

Re-issue of Movt.2 “Young Ballerina”

- Soho Archive SOHOA 113

 

UK

CD

2013

 

 

Orchestra

Wien, Thallmeyer               

Columbia ?

?

Germany

?

(MMU)

Orchestra

Frieder Weissmann

Odeon O 6562

Be 8987

Germany

 

?

 

 

 

Ketelbey’s recording is complete, and the delicate scoring is recorded very clearly. The third movement can also be heard at http://www.mgthomas.co.uk/Soundfiles/Orchestral/Soundfiles-Orchestral.htm

 

Louis Voss makes two short cuts in the first movement (20 bars), one lengthy one in the second (32 bars), and just an 8-bar repeat in the third.  He has a hyperactive harp. Movt 2 can be heard at  https://www.kapagama.fr/fr-fr/discover/albums/10602/comedy-cartoon , Movt. 3 at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9VZ5NcjGvM&list=PLDdlSzGv6-khkghNzz8X259uHMY6IdPIr&index=14

 

Details of the Weissmann recording are incomplete, and must refer to only a single movement.

 

 

In a Lovers’ Garden: suite (on melodies from the composer's songs)

 This suite was compiled in 1925 from a number of earlier songs.

A Song of Love uses melodies from Under the Starlight and My Heart Still Clings to You

The Golden Wedding uses melodies from The Old Ingle-Nook and At Parting

A Garden Fête is an orchestral version of Fairy Butterfly

 

Composer's synopsis

1. A Song of Love.  Two young lovers are lingering in the sun-lit garden, and amidst singing of birds they exchange ardent thoughts and caressing glances.

2. The Golden Wedding.  Two old people are sitting in the garden, where they first plighted their throth, the bells of an adjacent church remind them of their wedding day.

3. A Garden Fête.  Lovers young and old mingle in one joyous throng at the garden fête on a summer's day, laughter and gaiety reign over all.

 

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Orchestra

Palm Court Theatre Orchestra, Godwin

Chandos FBCD 2002

CD

UK

1998

BL, PD, TM

 

     Re-issue

Chandos CHAN 6676

CD

UK

 

 

NX

 

The Palm Court Theatre Orchestra uses a small wind section and solo strings, and includes a prominent piano.

 

- 1. A Song of Love

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Palm Court Theatre Orchestra, Godwin

Chandos CHA 24135

CD

UK

2006

BL

 

Re-issued from complete recording

                                                                                                               

- 2. The Golden Wedding

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Carillon

Trevor Workman

Bournville Carillon BC000005 

CD

UK

2003

TM

 

Workman uses his own arrangement, which was recorded at a live performance on Bournville Carillon, Birmingham, on 9th August 2003.

                                                                                                                               

               

In Holiday Mood: suite

 The suite was first performed on 12th February 1938 at the Kingsway Hall, London. 

 

1. On the Promenade

2. Down the Stream

3. The Illuminated Fete

           

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Orchestra

London Palladium Orchestra, Greenwood

HMV C 3023/4

2EA 6511, 6512, 6513

12” 78, 3 sides

UK

[Aug 38] rec.June 38

Aug 38 p.118

BL

 

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- Victor 36371/2

 

12” 78, 3 sides

US

[ca.1940?]

 

PD

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- Pearl GEMM CD 9968

CD

UK

1992

BL. PD, TM

Re-issue

- 1 DCD 7

CD

UK

VLM Winter 98

 

Re-issue of The Illuminated Fete

- Guild GLCD 5228

 

CD

UK

2015

 

 

Orchestra

Louis Voss Grand Orchestra

Bosworth BC 1051

CP 493, 494

10” 78, 2 sides

UK

[Jan 39]

Jan 39 p.342

TM

Re-issue (Hillingdon Orchestra)

- Decca F 7850

CP 493, 494

10” 78, 2 sides

UK

[1951]

July 41 p.36

BL

Re-issue

- Naxos 8.110870

CD

UK

2004

BL, NX, PD, TM

 

Re-issue of Movt.1 “United Front”

- Soho Archive SOHOA 127

 

CD

UK

2015

 

 

Orchestra

Pelly Concert O, Barnard

private recording

CD

UK

[2005]

TM

 

The London Palladium Orchestra uses saxophones in the first and third movements.

 

The Louis Voss Orchestra makes massive cuts to fit the music on two ten-inch sides.  On the Promenade has cuts 106 out of 197 bars, though still retaining enough of each section to make musical sense.  Hear it at https://www.universalproductionmusic.com/en-de/search?q=ketelbey&qtext=ketelbey&vtag=1&vwave=1&vdesc=1&ktype=9

Down the Stream has 88 out of 111 bars cut, with the second melody lost almost completely.  The Illuminated Fete merely has two small cuts totalling 46 out of 284 bars. 

 

 

In Sweet Disguise

This 1899 song was “dedicated to, and sung by Miss Lottie Siegenberg with the greatest success in the musical comedy Skipped by the Light of the Moon”.  The words are by “X”, and it is tempting to see this as a kind of secret Valentine message from Albert to his future wife, sealed with a kiss.

“If love should come in sweet disguise

Amid the flow’rs of June,

With merry step and laughing eyes

And voice with song a-tune.

How can my heart his strength discern

Or his wiles beware,

Such tender thoughts must wisdom spurn

Lest love be hiding there.”

 

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Synthesized

Tom McCanna

private recording

mp3

UK

2020

PD, TM

 

This realisation replaces voice with violin, and can be heard at http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/In sweet disguise for violin sync.mp3

 

 

In the Shadow of St Paul’s: reverie, by “Geoffrey Kaye”

1921 piano solo.  The first section uses the music of the earlier song Love’s Appeal. The third section ha the caption The Hymn in the Cathedral, underlaid with words ”God our help in ages past”, though the meter doesn’t fit!

 

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Tom McCanna

private recording

mp3

UK

2020

PD, TM

 

Click to hear this. http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/In the shadow of St Paul's for piano sync.mp3

 

 

In the Wild March Morning

Song from 1909, not wild at all, but quite calm.  A forerunner of The Phantom Melody.

 

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Tom McCanna

private recording

mp3

UK

2020

PD, TM

 

Click here for the realisation for cello and piano  http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/In the wild March morning for cello sync.mp3

 

 

In the Woodlands: dance-intermezzo

This piano piece was published in 1921, and advertised thus:

“A charming dance-like piece essentially "pianistic" in character (suitable equally for salon or educational purposes) which trips along in graceful and fascinating manner to a brilliant conclusion.  A worthy rival to similar pieces by Chaminade or Godard.”

           

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Piano

Rosemary Tuck

Marco Polo 8.223699

CD

UK

1993

BL, NX, PD, TM

Piano

Markus Staab

private recording

web

Germany

2015

 

 

 

Staab’s version can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1h6bTC3AkBE         

 

 

Introductory Voluntary

A rare Ketelbey piece for full organ, published in 1903.  It is a reworking of Meditation, one of the 12 Original Voluntaries for American organ published in the same year – but by a different publisher.

 

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Synthesized

Tom McCanna

private recording

mp3

UK

2019

PD, TM

 

This can be heard at http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Introductory voluntary for organ sync.mp3

 

 

An Island Fair

1899 song with an unusual structure:  a gentle lullaby theme for the “Land of Long-Ago,” is followed a long earnest coda to illustrate passing through life to be reunited in heaven with past love. 

 

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Tom McCanna

private recording

mp3

UK

2020

PD, TM

 

The realisation replaces the voice with an oboe.  http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Island fair for oboe sync.mp3

 

 

Italian Twilight

The orchestral piece was first broadcast on 21st July 1950, and is particularly subtle in its use of instrumental colour, with a folk group of 3 mandolins and a guitar appearing for just 12 bars. The piano version was published in the following year, and has several cuts.

 

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Piano

Eric Halstead

private recording

web

UK

2003

(TM CD)

Piano

Markus Staab

private recording

web

Germany

2008

 

Synthesizer

Stephen Berry

private recording

mp3

UK

2016

TM

 

The Halstead version is available at http://www.tradebit.com/filedetail.php/4904176-italian-twilight-by-ketelbey-mp3

The Staab version can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gl_G9xwEsFk

To hear Berry’s orchestral realisation, click here http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Italian Twilight orch synth.mp3

 

 

webpage updated 9 Feb 2021