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

Country

Date

Gramophone Review

Locations

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

Odeon O 2940

Be 8987

10” 78

Germany

rec.1930

MMU

WC

Grand Symphony Orchestra, ?chorus               

Parlophone R 806

?

10” 78

UK

[Dec 30]

Dec 30 p.349

London Palladium Orchestra, Crean

HMV C 2309

2B 2006-4A

12” 78

UK

[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

- Victor 36090

2B 2006

12” 78

US

[1933]

 

 

     Re-issue

- Gramophone EB 69

2B 2006

12” 78

Australia

 

 

 

     Re-issue

- Naxos 8.110174

CD

UK

2001

NX, PD, TM

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

HMV BD 359

OEA 3818-1

10” 78

UK

[Aug 36]

Aug 36 p.121

BL

Albert W. Ketelbey & his Concert Orchestra, Ketèlbey

Decca F 7615

DR 4758-1

10” 78

UK

[Nov 40]

Dec 40 p.154-5

BL, (TM CD)

Louis Voss Grand Orchestra

Bosworth BC 1114               

CP 795

10” 78

UK

[1941?]

(TM CD)

London Bijou Players

Bosworth BC 1298

CTP 17407

10” 78

UK

[1953]

 

     Re-issue “Roses for a Lady”

- Soho Archive SOHOA 115

 

CD

UK

2015

 

 

New Symphony Orchestra of London, Robinson

Decca LW 5120

10” LP

UK

[Aug 54]

PD

     Re-issue

- Decca 452987-2

CD

UK

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

UK

Nov 07

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

- 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

- EMI 7234 5680 6122

 

CD

UK

1993

 

 

     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

 

CD

Japan?

1994

 

TM

     Re-issue

- EMI Classics 7243 5730 0124

 

CD

Netherlands

1998

 

 

     Re-issue

- EMI Classics 5730002

 

CD

Germany

[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

     Re-issue

- Angel HCD-1353

 

CD

Japan

 

 

 

Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Leaper

Marco Polo 8.223442

 

CD

UK

1992

Apr 94 p.48

BL, NX, PD, TM

     Re-issue

- Sony SMM 4912692

 

CD

Belgium

1998

 

 

     Re-issue

- Sony 2894 126910

 

CD

Belgium

1998

 

 

     Re-issue

- Naxos 8.554713

CD

UK

1999

TM

Palm Court Orchestra, Job

Palm Court Orchestra

CD

Canada

1997

Palm Court Theatre Orchestra, Godwin

Chandos FBCD 2002

CD

UK

1998

BL, PD, TM

     Re-issue

Chandos CHAN 6676

 

CD

UK

 

 

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.  He uses a celeste.  At the final statement of the melody, played on solo violin and cello, he omits the accompanying wind chords.

 

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.

 

The London Bijou Players (strings with piano, small organ and vibraphone) play a new arrangement with very saccharine orchestration, just using two of the three themes.  It can be heard at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yv5370WuWFI&list=PLDdlSzGv6-khkghNzz8X259uHMY6IdPIr&index=38

 

                                                                                               

In the Moonlight – other instrumental

Artists

Medium

Label

Format

Country

Date

Review

Locations

Blockflötenensemble Franz-Josef Kastl (arr. Kastl)

recorder ensemble

Lyra LYRA 5011

LP

Germany

1984

 

 

Trevor Workman

carillon

Bournville Carillon BC000005 

CD

UK

2003

TM

Markus Staab

piano

private recording

web

Germany

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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