In the Moonlight: poetic intermezzo                                               Back to list of works index

 

Dating from 1919, this was the first of a number of post-war intermezzos in a simple style, with the melodies built on repeated rhythmic units, the harmony mainly diatonic, and the whole structure consisting of four-square sections followed by a short coda.   The score includes celeste or alternatively harp, though piano is also mentioned as a possibility in the orchestral parts.

 

In the Moonlight – orchestral          

 

Artists

Label

Matrix

Format

Date

Review

Locations

Grosses Symphonie-O (Staatskapelle Berlin), ?chorus, organ, Weissmann

Odeon O 2940

Be 8987

10” 78

rec.1930

MMU

WC

Grand SO, ?chorus             

Parlophone R 806

?

10” 78

[Dec 30]

Dec 30 p.349

London Palladium O, Crean               

HMV C 2309

2B 2006-4A

12” 78

[Mar 32] rec.Oct 31

Mar 32 p.433

BL, (TM CAS)

     Re-issue

- Electrola EH 768

2B 2006-IVA

12” 78

 

 

WC

     Re-issue

- Naxos 8.110174               

CD

2001

NX, PD, TM

Alfredo Campoli and his O (fragment in “Romance in Moonlight” medley)

HMV BD 359

OEA 3818-1

10” 78

[Aug 36]

Aug 36 p.121

BL

Concert O, Ketèlbey

Decca F 7615

DR 4758-1

10” 78

[Nov 40]

Dec 40 p.154-5

BL, (TM CD)

Louis Voss Grand O

Bosworth BC 1114               

CP 795

10” 78

[1941?]

(TM CD)

London Bijou Players

Bosworth BC 1298

CTP 17407

10” 78

[1953]

 

New SO of London, Robinson

Decca LW 5120

10” LP

[Aug 54]

PD

     Re-issue

- Decca 452987-2

CD

1997

BL, PD, TM, (TM CD)

     Re-issue

- Decca/Universal 473720-2

CD

2003

June 03 p.50

WC

     Re-issue

- Guild Light Music GLCD 5141

CD

Nov 07

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

- CDC 7478062

CD

?

     Re-issue

- EMI 50112920

(Japanese remastering)

CD

1994

 

TM

     Re-issue

- EMI Classics 5730002

(German)

CD

[1998]

 

WC

     Re-issue

- HMV 5724852

1998

BL

     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

Czecho-Slovak Radio SO, Leaper

Marco Polo 8.223442

CD

1992

Apr 94 p.48

BL, NX, PD, TM

     Re-issue

- Sony SMM 4912692

(Belgian)

CD

1998

 

 

     Re-issue

- Sony 2894 126910

(Belgian)

CD

1998

 

 

     Re-issue

- Naxos 8.554713

CD

1999

TM

Palm Court O, Job

Palm Court Orchestra

CD

1997

Palm Court Theatre O, Godwin

Chandos FBCD 2002

CD

1998

BL, PD, TM

     Re-issue

Chandos CHAN 6676

 

CD

 

 

NX

Ketèlbey’s own recording can be heard at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2nlPKYYj1k

 

The metronome marking of crotchet = 72 would suggest an overall timing of around 5 minutes – however, some 32 of the 91 bars are marked “più mosso”, which should reduce the timing to a little over 4 minutes.

 

Ketèlbey’s recording is squeezed on to a 10” side, and lasts just 3’ 17”, making a cut of 8 bars.  The first section is taken at around 100 crotchets a minute, bar 17-32 at 168, 49-68 at 120, and 69-84 at the slower speed of 80. He uses a celeste rather than harp.  At the final statement of the melody, played on solo violin and cello, he omits the accompanying wind chords. The recording lacks timpani, but possibly has a xylophone pointing up the first melody. The string playing is very clean, with just a few marked portamenti. 

 

Voss’s speed closely matches Ketèlbey’s, taking 2’ 58” after 26% is cut.  Other recordings are all slower:- Robinson 4’ 16”, Godwin 4’ 17”, Crean 4’ 38”, Lanchbery 4’ 58” and Leaper (who ignores many of the rubato markings) 5’ 09”.   Most prefer a harp to celeste, but Crean and Godwin use piano.  Voss’s harp plays many more notes than in the part.  Lanchbery includes the saxophone parts added in the 1930s. Crean’s violins indulge in some inelegant portamenti.

 

                                                                                               

In the Moonlight – other instrumental

Artists

Medium

Label

Matrix

Format

Date

Review

Locations

Trevor Workman

carillon

Bournville Carillon BC000005 

CD

2003

TM

Markus Staab

piano

private recording

 

web

2009

 

 

Staab’s version can be seen at  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qDn4sw7i44

                                                                                                               

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

 

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