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March of the Pioneer Corps

This march was written for the Pioneer Corps (Scottish Command) Theatre Orchestra.  It was registered with Bosworth’s in 1940, but not published until 1943.

 

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Synthesizer

Stephen Berry

private recording

 

mp3

2016

 

PD, TM

To hear this realisation, click here http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/March of the Pioneer Corps orchsynth.mp3

 

 

A Mayfair Cinderella: valse-intermezzo                                                                

 Evidence suggests that this orchestral waltz was originally a song written for Florence Smithson, who played Cinderella in the pantomime at Drury Lane in the 1919-20 season.  But the copyright was not assigned to Bosworth until 6th August 1937.

 

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Orchestra

London Concert O               

Bosworth BC 1180

CP 1264

10” 78

[1943]

WC, (TM CD)

Re-issue

- Guild Light Music GLCD 5136

CD

Aug 07

The London Concert Orchestra includes a harp not in the published set of parts.

 

 

Mélodie du coeur

This piece was published in 1913 by Presser in U.S.A., with alternative parts for violin or cello.

 

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Synthesizer

Tom McCanna

private recording

 

mp3

2019

 

PD, TM

To hear a realisation of the violin version, click here http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Melodie du coeur for violin and piano synth.mp3

To hear a realisation of the cello version, click here http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Melodie du coeur for cello and piano synth.mp3

 

 

Mélodie plaintive

 

This expressive and challenging piece for violin and piano was written for Ketèlbey’s brother Harold, and published in 1906. 

 

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Synthesizer

Tom McCanna

private recording

 

mp3

2018

 

PD, TM

To hear this realisation, click here http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Melodie plaintive for violin and piano synth.mp3

 

 

Men of England: short patriotic ode

 

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Chorus with orchestra

Kingsway Hall Choir?, Concert O, Ketèlbey

Columbia 9865

WAX 4935, 4936

12” 78, 2 sides

[Nov 29] rec.Jan 29

Nov 29 p.251

BL, PD, (TM CD)

Re-issue

- Naxos 8.110870

CD

2004

BL, NX, PD, TM

The composer makes a few minor changes to the score, most notably in fluctuations of tempo.  The first side ends with a massive rallentando that would probably not have happened if the music had been recorded continuously.

 

 

Mind the Slide: (The Troubled Trombone): a musical joke

 

Composer’s synopsis

One or two members of the orchestra find their instruments rather unmanageable, to the evident pain of the rest of the band, as indicated by their shouts of "Oh!"

The glissandos must be very exaggerated throughout this piece, to produced the grotesque effect required, and the shouts of "Oh!" in the Trio should be very loud, as if in pain, so as to make the audience jump!   

 

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Orchestra

Regal O, Ketèlbey              

Regal G 7158

29922              

10” 78

[Nov 15]

Re-issue

- Naxos 8.110869

CD

2003

BL, NX, PD, TM

Military band

Empire Military Band (=Regal Military Band)

Beka 1141

?

10” 78

rec.June 16

Re-issue

- Coliseum 947

?

Ketèlbey makes two cuts totalling 39 bars, including the entire coda.

 

 

Mirror Dance     

 The title presumably refers to the well-known dance routine involving two dancers either side of an imaginary mirror.

 

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Piano

Rosemary Tuck

Marco Polo 8.223699

CD

1993

BL, NX, PD, TM

           

                                                                                                           

Morceau pathéthique, op.14 (by “Anton Vodorinski”)

 

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Piano

Rosemary Tuck

Marco Polo 8.223700

CD

1993

BL, NX, PD, TM

           

 

6 Musical Impressions

- 1. Les grelots = Village Chimes

- 2. Valse sentimentale

- 3. Babillage des nymphes

- 4. Romance: duetto

- 5. The Rivulet: etude

- 6. Pensiveness

These piano pieces were published around 1902.  Note the strange mixture of languages in the titles – mainly French, with some English and one Italian term. The obscurely named Les Grelots (literally translated as “Harness Jingles” or more colourfully as “Sleigh Bells”) was later issued under the new title Village Chimes.

 

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Synthesized

Stephen Berry

private recording

 

mp3

2019

 

PD, TM

To hear these realisations, click here

http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Village chimes for piano sync.mp3

http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Valse Sentimentale for piano sync.mp3

http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Babillage des nymphes piano sync.mp3

http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Romance duetto for piano sync.mp3

http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Rivulet for piano sync.mp3

http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Pensiveness for piano sync.mp3

 

- 2. Valse sentimentale only

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Orchestra

Empire SO, ?Ketèlbey

Rena (Columbia) 1201

?

[Nov 09]

 

                                                                                               

A Musical Jig-Saw: potpourri (selected and arranged by “A.William Aston”)

Ketèlbey’s recording was reviewed by Discus in The Musical Times Vol.65 (January 1924) page 60 thus:

One light orchestral record should be noted at this season - a Col.12-in. d.-s., A Musical Jigsaw, wherein a few dozens of old friends are dovetailed with amusing effect.  The Company issues a leaflet giving a list of the tunes maltreated, but gramophonists who turn on the medley at a festive gathering will be well advised to keep the list out of sight and let the hearers compete as to who can "spot" the most.  This record is both ingenious and amusing.  Few musicians will keep a straight face when Tchaikovsky's Chanson Triste gradually fades into the hymn-tune Now the day is over, and still less when they are launched from Who killed Cock Robin? into the "Venusberg" section of the Tannhäuser Overture.

 

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Orchestra

Court SO, Ketèlbey

Columbia 948

AX 159, 160

12” 78, 2 sides

[Dec 23]                rec.Sept 23

BL

Re-issue

- Naxos 8.110869

CD

2003

BL, NX, PD, TM

Military band

Band of HM Coldstream Guards, Evans

HMV C 1139

Cc 3936-2, 3937-1

12” 78, 2 sides

[Feb 24]

(TM CD)

?

?

Homochord D 1177

?

10” 78

[Dec 27?]

Orchestra

Frank Westfield's O

Parlophone E 6052

W 1826, 1827

10” 78, 2 sides

[May 28]

Sept 28 p.159

Re-issue

- Pearl GEMM CD 9968

CD

1992

BL, PD, TM

Orchestra

Concert O, C.D.Smart (organ), Possetti  

Winner 4954

?

10” 78

Dec 29 p.323

Orchestra

Regal Cinema (Marble Arch) O, Starkey

Columbia DX 105

WAX 5578-1, 5579-1

12” 78, 2 sides

Oct 30

Oct 30 p.234

BL, (TM CAS)

Re-issue

- Columbia Cinema Service YBX 23

WAXD 37

12” 33

[Mar 31]

Orchestra

Gandino (Mantovani) and his O

Imperial 2562

5721A, 5722A

10” 78, 2 sides

[1931?]

BL

Orchestra

Regal Salon O

Regal MR 2428

?

10” 78

June 37 p.24

Orchestra

Jenö Fesca & his String O

Homochord HB 2058

?

12” 78, 2 sides

?

cat.1926

Englund has A.W. Leggett as the conductor of Columbia 948, but both the label and Columbia catalogue have Ketelbey.

 

                                                                               

List of melodies quoted in each recording                                                        

Bar

Title

Composer

Ketèlbey

Evans

Westfield

Starkey

1

[Introduction based on] Crown diamonds - Overture

Auber    

cut

cut

+

Martha - Overture

Flotow

cut

cut

8

Martha - Overture

Flotow

cut

cut

13

Crown diamonds - Overture

Auber

21

William Tell - Overture

Rossini  

33

The Bohemian girl - Overture

Balfe

35-48 cut

35-40 cut

53

Yankee doodle

anon, pub. 1782

65

Upon Paul’s steeple (Chimes)

anon

cut

cut

71

Caller herrin

Gow

cut

cut

82

Souvenir

Drdla

cut

cut

92

Serenata, op.15 no.1

Moszkowski

cut

cut

100

Bohemian girl - The heart bowed down

Balfe     

cut

cut

cut

104

Nocturne, op.9 no.2

Chopin

cut

cut

cut

cut

107

When other lips   

Balfe

cut

cut

cut

cut

110

Turkish patrol

Michaelis

122

Hungarian rhapsody, G 359 no.2

Liszt

134

Turkish patrol

Michaelis

144

Life on the ocean wave

Russell

151

Rendez-vous

Aletter

157-164 cut

166

Martha - Overture

Flotow

172

Prelude, op.3 no.2

Rachmaninoff

181

Tannhäuser - Overture

Wagner

194

Oberon - Overture

Weber

202

Come back to Erin

Claribel 

cut

212

Lohengrin - Wedding march

Wagner

cut

side turn

side turn

218

Rienzi - Overture

Wagner 

cut

side turn

226

Album for the young, op.68 - The merry  peasant

Schumann

cut

234

Träumerei, op.15 no.7

Schumann

cut

cut

245

Swiss yodelling song

anon

cut

cut

255

La traviata - Brindisi          

Verdi

cut

261-270 cut

cut

side turn

272

Martha - Overture

Flotow

cut

cut

cut

277

Songs without words op.62 – Spring song

Mendelssohn

cut

cut

cut

cut

285

Annie Laurie

Scott

cut

cut

cut

cut

289

Believe me if all those endearing young charms

anon, 1775

cut

cut

cut

292

In a Persian market

Ketèlbey

292-307 cut

292-307 cut

cut

322

Gott erlobe Franz den Kaiser (Austrian/German anthem)

Haydn

cut

cut

cut

326

Sweet lavender (sung)

anon

cut

cut

329

Mistletoe bough

Bishop

cut

cut

cut

334

Irish jig

anon, 1792

342-345 cut

cut

cut

346

Piano concerto

Schumann

 

cut

cut

cut

353

Hearts and flowers

Tobani

 

cut

cut

370

Hungarian dance no.1

Brahms

 

374-381 cut

384

Jack's the lad (Sailors’ hornpipe)

anon, pub.1796

cut

cut

394

There you are then (sung) 

Silbermann

396

Hungarian March

Berlioz

409-416 cut

417

Chanson triste, op.48 no.2

Tchaikovsky

417-424 cut

427

Now the day is over

Baring-Gould

434

Blue Danube

Strauss  

435-453 cut

cut

+

Der Obersteiger - Don’t be cross

Zeller

cut

470

Who killed Cock Robin?

anon

477

Tannhäuser – Venusberg music

Wagner 

cut

cut

493

Faust - The calf of gold

Gounod

496-505 cut

cut

cut

514

Raymond - Overture

Thomas

cut

526

1812

Tchaikovsky

TOTAL PLAYING TIME

8’ 36”

(8” 23”+)

6’ 27”

8’ 35”

 

The three phrases which should be sung by the orchestra are just played in Ketèlbey’s recording.

Westfield has the singing.  His tubular bells (which should be tacet for the last 19 bars) continue playing to the end.

Starkey has no singing, but includes a harp in his orchestra.                   

Evans includes the singing.  A curiosity of the military band version is that although it begins and ends in the same key (Eb) as the orchestral version, the bulk of it (bars 49-476 in this recording) is transposed up by a semitone.  My transcription is a further semitone sharp, so the total playing time should probably be at least 10 seconds longer.

 

                                                           

My Heart A-Dream

 

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Song with orchestra?

Walter Wheatley, ?orchestra, ?Ketèlbey

Columbia 1963

?

10” 78

[Oct 12]

Song with piano

Peter Dempsey (t), Guy Rowland

Dempsey AWK 111

CD

2009

BL, PD, TM

Dempsey’s CD can be heard at http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/anniversary.html

                       

                                                                       

My Heart Still Clings to You

           

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Song with orchestra

Edgar Coyle (bt), orchestra, ?Ketèlbey             

Columbia 2331

28764

10” 78

[Feb 14]             

BL

Re-issue

- Naxos 8.110870

CD

2004

BL, NX, PD, TM

Song with orchestra

Thorpe Bates, orchestra, ?Ketèlbey

Columbia 463

6401

12” 78

[June 14]

Song with orchestra

Edgar Coyle (bt), orchestra, Ketèlbey

Columbia 2331R

WA 3800-1

10” 78

rr Aug 26

BL, (TM CAS). (TM CD)

 

Edgar Coyle recorded this song twice, the second benefiting from electrical technology.  For the Naxos transfer, the first recording was played so that the same pitch (Ab major) was used as in the second.  However, the 1914 recording sounds slow, with the average metronome marking being crotchet = 46, whereas the 1925 is at 68.  The earlier recording omits the first refrain and second verse, the later one just omits the second verse and final orchestral bars.  Even as late as 1925, the bass is provided by a tuba.

 

 

My Lady Brocade

 Although this piece for piano, strings and glockenspiel was published in 1933, it may well have been the same piece as Beau Brocade, known only as a title assigned to Bosworth in 1923.

 

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Piano

Eric Halstead

private recording

www

2003

(TM CD)

Available at http://www.tradebit.com/filedetail.php/3998219-collection-of-ketelbey-midi-files-zip                       

 

 

New Moving Picture Book

This collection of piano music, originally published in 1916 under the title New Moving Picture Music, contains 22 pieces by Ketèlbey.   Most of these were incorporated into Bosworth’s Loose-Leaf Film Play Music Series, best-sellers which provided the composer with a sizeable income.

 

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Synthesized

Tom McCanna

private recording

 

mp3

2019

 

PD, TM

This selection, listed below, includes all the pieces which were not re-used in the Film Play Music Series, and also other passages which were omitted from existing commercial recordings of that series. Click on the links to hear the realisations.

 

- 1. Plaintive http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/NMPB1 Plantive sync.mp3

- 3. Heroic (finale, or beginning) http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/NMPB3 Heroic sync.mp3

- 4. Hurry (melodramatic struggles, etc.) http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/NMPB4 Hurry sync.mp3

- 9. Comic Music (for drunken business or mock-serious scene) http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/NMPB9 Comic Music sync.mp3

- 11. Lively Music (for race scenes, crowds, etc.) http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/NMPB11 Lively music sync.mp3

- 13. Sailor Music, with "Rule Britannia" (for landing of marines, etc.) http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/NMPB13 Sailor music sync.mp3

- 17. Quick-Step March, with "The Girl I Left Behind Me" à la Scotch http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/NMPB17 Quick-step march sync.mp3

- 18. Triumphal March http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/NMPB18 Triumphal March sync.mp3

 

 

Night (by “Geoffrey Kaye”)

This expressive orchestral piece was published in 1922.

 

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Synthesized

Stephen Berry

private recording

 

mp3

2016

 

PD, TM

To hear this realisation, click here http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Night orch synth.mp3

 

 

The Old Belfry = Victory Bells

At the end of the First World War, Ketelbey wrote a celebratory song, Victory Bells.  Only one page of this has been discovered, with the first verse beginning

Now the strife of battle is over

And the crash of war is done,

Soon our lads will come a-marching

From their …

The refrain was later published as a separate intermezzo for piano, and then renamed and orchestrated in 1923.

 

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Synthesized

Tom McCanna

private recording

 

mp3

2019

 

PD, TM

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

 

webpage updated 16 April 2019