A Japanese Carnival (by “André de Basque")                                                  Back to list of works index

 

This was published in 1927.  For notes on André de Basque, see Elephants’ Parade.

 

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Orchestra

London Palladium O, Crean

HMV B 8457

OEA 2944-1

10” 78

[Aug 36]

Aug 36 p.121

BL, (TM CAS), (TM CD)

Orchestra

Bosworth O

Bosworth BC 1003               

CP 1995

10” 78

[Apr 37]               

TM

Brass band

Callender's Band

HMV BD 538

?

10” 78

[May 38]

May 38 p.519

 

Re-issue

- Voz de su amo GY 573

OEA 1127 (Spanish)

10” 78

[1944]

 

WC

Re-issue

- Guild Light Music GLCD 5117

CD

2005

TM, (TM CD)

Piano

Markus Staab

private recording

 

web

2009

 

 

The Callender’s Band recording can be heard at http://bdh.bne.es/bnesearch/detalle/2872406

Staab’s version can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlGF_R29Etk

 

All three commercial recordings are complete.  London Palladium Orchestra is the briskest at 2’ 52”, Callender’s Band next at 3’ 04” then the Bosworth Orchestra at 3” 16”.  Both the first two take some sections

slower than the main tempo.                                                                                                                           

 

 

La joie de vivre : caprice, op.33 (by “Anton Vodorinski”)

           

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Piano

Rosemary Tuck

Marco Polo 8.223700

CD

1993

BL, NX, PD, TM

cd02

                                                                                                                   

 

Jungle Drums: patrol

 

Composer’s synopsis

Drums of different sizes play an important part in native ceremonies, and tribes are said to be able to converse secretly with each other by means of the “drum-language”.  The drums are beaten by hand as well as with sticks, and during the incessant drumming other natives drone a sort of dirge.

           

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Military band

Homochord Military Band

Homochord D 1030      

HH 9033-1

10” 78

[1926] rec.30.9.26

Mar 27 p.421

(TM CD)

Military band

Band of HM Grenadier Guards, Miller

Columbia 9411

WAX 3321-2

12” 78

[June 28]               

July 28 p.67, MT 1928 p. 615

BL

 

Re-issue

- Columbia 50124-D

WAX 3321

12” 78

 

 

WC

 

 

Re-issue

- Beulah IPD 19

 

CD

 

 

 

 

Orchestra

Concert O, Ketèlbey

Columbia 9862

WAX 4560

12” 78

[Dec 29]                rec.Jan 29

Dec 29 p.321

BL, (TM CAS)

Re-issue

- Naxos 8.110869

CD

2003

BL, NX, PD, TM

cd05

Military band

Band of HM Welsh Guards, Harris

Broadcast Twelve 5179

none

10” 78

[Sept 30]

Sept 30 p.184

BL

Re-issue

- Flapper PASTCD 9726

CD

1991

VLM Summer 91

BL

Orchestra

Concert O, Ketèlbey

Decca F 7619

DR 4757

10” 78

[Nov 40]

Dec 40 p.154-5

BL, PD,  (TM CD)

7808

Orchestra

Regent Classic O

Bosworth BC 1135               

CP 867

10” 78

[1941?] 

BL, WC, (TM CD)

Orchestra

Vienna State Opera O, Aliberti

Westminster WP 6082

 

LP

rec.June 57

 

(TM CD)

 

 

Re-issue

- Westminster WST 15005

 

LP

 

 

WC

 

 

Re-issue

- World Record Club TP 359

 

LP

1963

 

BL, PD

lp12

 

Re-issue  Orquesta sinfónica de Baviera, Jenssen

- Dial Discos/Nevada ND 501312

(Spanish)

LP

1978 

 

WC, TM

 

 

Re-issue  Orquesta sinfónica de Baviera, Jenssen

- Dial Discos NC 501312

(Spanish)

CAS

[1978]

 

WC

 

 

Re-issue

- Westminster WGS  8139

(American)

LP

1981

 

TM

 

 

Re-issue  Orquesta sinfónica de Baviera, Jenssen

- Dial Discos 102048

(Spanish)

CAS

[1986]

 

WC

 

 

Re-issue  Orquesta sinfónica de Baviera, Jenssen

- Dial Discos 960139

(Spanish)

CD

1991

 

WC

 

 

Re-issue

- Voix de son maître 2CO 59392502

(French)

LP

 

 

WC

 

 

Re-issue

- Voix de son maître C 24592502

(French)

CAS

 

 

WC

 

Orchestra

Palm Court Theatre O, Godwin

Chandos FBCD 2002

CD

1998

BL, PD, TM

cd11

 

Re-issue

Chandos CHAN 6676

 

CD

 

 

NX

 

Dempsey says the Homochord Military Band is conducted by Bert Firman.

 

One would expect a military patrol to march at 132 steps a minute.  This is precisely the tempo of the recordings by Ketèlbey (1929) and Godwin, while the 1940 Ketèlbey recording is only slightly behind at 130.  The Homochord Band, the Regent Classic Orchestra and Aliberti are all far slower at 122-124.

 

Both of the composer’s recordings are cut, by 64 and 112 bars respectively, out of a total 309 bars.  The Homochord Band makes 3 cuts, totalling 114 bars.  The Regent Classic Orchestra makes even more, with a total of 133 bars.

 

The short section of “native dirge” is barely audible in the two Ketèlbey recordings, and the voices are completely absent from Homochord, Aliberti and Regent.  The latter omits the final gong note, and in the final melody replaces the bassoon with a beautifully played muted trombone.

 

The Palm Court Theatre Orchestra uses solo strings and has a small wind section lacking the prominent bassoon, but it does include a harmonium to help fill out the chords.  Curiously, in two places an important countermelody is omitted entirely.

 

                                                                                               

Keep Your Toys, Laddie Boy: story-song

 

The Columbia recording gives the title as Keep Your Toys, Little Laddie Boy.  This song dates from just before the First World War, and in some ways anticipates the conflict ahead.

 

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Song with orchestra

Carrie Herwin (c), orchestra, ?Ketèlbey

Columbia 2402

28826

10” 78

[June 14]               

BL, (TM CD)

Song with piano

Peter Dempsey (t), Guy Rowland

Dempsey AWK 1

CD

2009

BL, PD, TM

cd21

Song with piano

Peter Dempsey (t), Guy Rowland

private recording

DVD

rec.26.11.2009

PD, TM

We have the song as sung by a mother and a father.

 

Carrie Herwin’s recording needs to be played at the right speed to sound in Db major.  Not only does it sound best at this pitch, this was the key the orchestral accompaniment for contraltos was published in. Her recording omits two short orchestral passages, and one line of text.                                                                    

 

Peter Dempsey records the song in F major.

 

 

Kilmoren

 

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Song with piano

Peter Dempsey (t), Guy Rowland

Dempsey AWK 1             

CD

2009      

BL, PD, TM

cd21

Song with piano

Peter Dempsey (t), Guy Rowland

private recording

DVD

rec.26.11.2009

PD, TM

                                                           

 

King Cupid

 

This song would have been sung by Florence Smithson in the pantomime Puss in Boots at the Drury Lane Theatre, a production which ran from 27th December 1915.  Cupid was a character in that pantomime.   The subject matter and musical style is very similar to the song The Pipes of Pan, which had made Smithson famous in The Arcadians (1904).  The sheet music was not published until 1945.

 

Words as published by the composer (Florence Smithson varies these a little)

Cupid is a Fairy King,

Holding court in magic ring,

Over all he reigns supreme,

Whether waking or a-dream,

Ah.

 

For his sceptre so they say:

Just a moonbeam’s silver ray!

Old and young come ‘neath his spell,

Why it is we cannot tell?

Ah.

 

So you lads and lassies gay,

Don’t attempt to run away,

You shall not escape his dart,

For he captures ev’ry heart.

Ah.

 

Tho’ of ancient pedigree,

Cupid has no pride, not he!

For his friends are ev’ry sort,

All are welcome to his court.

Ah.

 

Old and young or rich and poor,

Of his greeting may be sure,

Over all he reigns above,

Cupid is the King of Love.

Ah.

 

So you lads and lassies gay,

Don’t attempt to run away,

You shall not escape his dart,

For he captures ev’ry heart.

Ah.

 

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Song with orchestra

Florence Smithson (s), orchestra, Ketèlbey

Columbia L 1030               

6725

12” 78

[May 16]               

BL

Re-issue

- Naxos 8.110848               

CD

2002

BL, NX, PD, TM

cd04

For the Naxos CD, the original recording was played at 78rpm, putting the piece in D major. The voice sound sounds fairly natural at this speed and pitch.  The sheet music was published in both C and D.

Smithson replaces 3 bars of the published cadenza with 7 different bars, and the final instrumental accompaniment on celeste also differs.                                                     

 

 

Knights of the King: ceremonial grand march

 

The military band version was published in 1930, and was played by the Band of HM Royal Horse Guards, Dunn at the Memorial Service for Lieutenant-Colonel A.C. Turnor in June that year.  The song version appeared two years later.

 

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Military band

Band of HM Royal Horse Guards, Dunn

Columbia DX 192               

WAX 5821

12” 78

 [Jan 31] rec.Oct 30

Jan 31 p.406

BL, TM

Re-issue

- Columbia Cinema Service YBX 45

WAXD 117

12” 33

[Aug 31]

Re-issue

- International Military Music Society IMMS 101

LP

[1984?]

VLM Winter 84

BL

Re-issue

- Naxos 8.110870               

CD

2004

BL, NX, TM

Song with orchestra

Raymond Newell (bt), chorus, orchestra

Columbia DB 931

CA 12668

10” 78

[Nov 32]               

Nov 32 p.212

BL

Re-issue

- Pearl GEMM CD 9968

CD

1992

BL, PD, TM

cd13

Military band

massed bands of the Aldershot Command

 (Aldershot Command Searchlight Tattoo)

HMV C 2768

2EA 332-2

12” 78

[Aug 35]               

Aug 35 p.109

BL

Military band

Band of Queen's Royal Regiment, Barsotti

Bosworth BB 52

CP 1156

10” 78

[1943?]

WC, (TM CD)

Military band

Wembley Military Tattoo Massed Bands, Sharpe

Castle Pulse PLS CD 180

CD

rec.June 1977

Ketèlbey recorded many of his own compositions, but few of the artists who first performed his works got to record them.  The Royal Horse Guards give a recording that is authoritative both in origin and in performance.

 

Newell’s version omits the second verse along with its chorus.

 

Barsotti cuts the Da Capo and Coda, reducing the march to half its length.  He is one of those bandmasters who believe that most notes should be played short in a march, irrespective of the composer’s markings.

 

The Aldershot Tattoo only has an excerpt from this piece.

 

Sharpe’s recording is entitled Knights of the Queen, and is arranged by the conductor.                                                                                                                          

 

 

The Knight’s Return

 

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Song with piano

Peter Dempsey (t), Guy Rowland

Dempsey AWK 1             

               

CD

2009

BL, PD, TM

cd21

                                                           

 

Largo serioso, op.36, by “Anton Vodorinski”

 

This piece had previously been published under the title Prelude dramatique, by Albert W. Ketèlbey.

 

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Piano

Eric Halstead       

private recording

www

2003

(TM CD)

Available at http://www.tradebit.com/filedetail.php/4904178-largo-serioso-by-ketelbey-mp3

           

                                                                                                                                   

Légende triste, op.35, by “Anton Vodorinski

           

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Piano

Rosemary Tuck

Marco Polo 8.223700

CD

1993

BL, NX, PD, TM

cd02

                                                                                                           

 

Love and the Dancer: intermezzo

 

This piece was published in 1943, but the style of music and the romantic synopsis suggest a work of the 1920s.

 

Composer’s synopsis

This piece represents a young man who has fallen in love with a girl who dances at the theatre.  The first theme portrays the young man's ardent feelings and the second theme represents the ballet in which the girl is dancing.  The first theme is now repeated in the 'cello with a celeste obligato as if the girl were dancing to it; then the full orchestra takes it up appassionata, gradually dying down as the curtain falls.

 

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Piano

Eric Halstead

private recording

web

2003

(TM CD)

Piano

Markus Staab

private recording

 

web

2008

 

 

The Halstead version is available at http://www.tradebit.com/filedetail.php/4904179-love-and-the-dancer-by-ketelbey-mp3

The Staab version can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3BY63M-6Y4

           

                                                                                               

Love's Appeal

 

This song was never published, but the music was re-used in the orchestral piece In the Shadow of St. Paul's by “Geoffrey Kaye” (1921)

 

Words by L. Seaton

            Come back to me, dear love I long for thee.

            Thy loving smile I crave once more to see.

            Life is so drear when thou art far from home.

            Come back to me, dear one, no more to roam.

                        Come back to me, I'm sad, alone.

                        My heart will break, come back my own.

                        Forget the past, I wait for thee

                        True to my own, come back to me.

 

            Come back to me, I'm weary and alone.

            Come to my heart and rest, sweet love, my own.

            Shadows dispel, let sunlight shine again

            Leave me no more to life apart in vain.

                        Come back to me, I'm sad, alone.

                        My heart will break, come back my own.

                        Forget the past, I wait for thee

                        True to my own, come back to me.

 

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Song with orchestra

Carrie Herwin (c), orchestra, ?Ketèlbey

Columbia 2544

29325

10” 78

[May 15]               

BL, (TM CD)

This recording needs to be played fast enough for the pitch to be in C major.

                                                                                   

 

Twelve Lyrics

- 4. Lady of Dreams,

- 9. Sing Heigho!,

- 11. Young and Old

 

Alternative titles

Lady of dreams was reworked as a cello solo under the title Songe d'Autrefois.

Sing Heigho! - There Sits a Bird on Every Tree.  It was later incorporated into the orchestral piece Springtime Calls.

Young and Old - When All the World is Young, Lad

 

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Song with piano

Peter Dempsey (t), Guy Rowland

Dempsey AWK 1

CD

2009

BL, PD, TM

cd21

Song with piano

Peter Dempsey (t), Guy Rowland

private recording

DVD

rec.26.11.2009

PD, TM

 The DVD lacks Young and Old