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Pastorale, op.23 no.3 =  op.27,  by “Anton Vodorinski                                                                                

Originally for organ, but published for piano in 1916.

 

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Piano

Rosemary Tuck

Marco Polo 8.223700

CD

UK

1993

BL, NX, PD, TM

 

 

The Pearl of My Heart

A song of lovers parting, published in the USA in 1912.

 

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Tom McCanna

private recording

mp3

UK

2020

PD, TM

 

The singer has been replaced by a cello.  http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Pearl of my heart for cello sync.mp3

 

 

Pensée Fantastique (= Impromptu no.2)

Piano piece from around 1897, first published simply as Impromptu no.2, and dedicated to Major-General Edward Meredith-Harnett.  The more colourful title dates from 1927.

 

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Rosemary Tuck

Marco Polo 8.223699

CD

UK

1993

BL, NX, PD, TM

 

 

Pensée Intime

This tuneful piece for flute and piano was deposited in the British Museum in 1897.

 

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Stephen Berry

private recording

mp3

UK

2016

PD, TM

 

To hear this realisation, click here http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Pensee Intime, Flute and Piano synth.mp3

 

 

Pensées Joyeuses

Cheerful piano piece from around 1898.

 

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Piano

Rosemary Tuck

Marco Polo 8.223700

CD

UK

1993

BL, NX, PD, TM

 

 

Petite Caprice

This piece for piano with orchestral accompaniment was published in 1923.  Correct French would spell it “Petit Caprice.”  It is almost certainly the same piece as the Caprice for piano and orchestra which Ketèlbey performed at Trinity College of Music on 6th April 1892. The review in The Musical Times (May 1892) ran:

At the Orchestral Concert given at Princes' Hall, on the 6th ult., two new works by students were played for the first time… a Caprice, for pianoforte and orchestra by A.W. Ketelbey. The latter young gentleman is evidently old-fashioned enough to take Mendelssohn for a model, and to believe in the value of an extended, formal melody, such as he has been so fortunate as to invent for his charming second subject.  His music is clear, graceful, and continuous; it displays an agreeable fancy, lightness of touch, and considerable knowledge of effect.

 

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Stephen Berry

private recording

mp3

UK

2016

PD, TM

 

To hear this realisation, click here http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Petite Caprice - piano and  orchsynth.mp3

 

 

Petite Danse

This attractive piece for flute and piano dates from 1898.

 

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Stephen Berry

private recording

mp3

UK

2016

PD, TM

 

To hear this realisation click here http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Petite Danse, Flute and Piano synth.mp3

 

 

Playtime’s Golden Hours

A two-part song published in the prestigious series School Music Review in 1895.  A review of a performance on 28th July 1894 described it as “very poetical and expressive”.

 

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Tom McCanna

private recording

mp3

UK

2020

PD, TM

 

The realisation is for violin, viola and piano, and can be heard at http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Playtime's golden hours for violins sync.mp3

 

 

Poetical Fancies: songs without words

By 1924, Ketelbey had become a best-seller, and his publishers were re-issuing much of his early music.  These four pieces are all songs with strong melodies, arranged as piano solos.

- 1. The lotus, gentle flower, dreams till the day is done. The original song is lost.

- 2. Joy of a day gone by = Golden eye of tearful morn (No.1 of 3 Songs op.52)

- 3. List to the message (no.7 of 12 Lyrics)

- 4. Soft soft wind (no.10 of 12 Lyrics)

 

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Tom McCanna

private recording

mp3

UK

2019

PD, TM

 

To hear these realisations, click here.

http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Lotus gentle flower for piano sync.mp3

http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/joy of a day gone by for piano sync.mp3

http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/List to the message for piano sync.mp3

http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Soft soft wind for piano sync.mp3

 

 

Polly: selection, “arranged by Albert W. Ketelbey from Mr Gay’s music”

Polly was an 18th-century ballad opera with libretto by Gay and music consisting mainly of pre-existing tunes, harmonised merely by a bass.   It was a sequel to the well-known Beggar’s Opera.  When it was revived for the London stage in 1923, the composer Frederick Austin undertook the arrangement of the music, which involved new harmonies and orchestrations.  This was to be recorded by HMV. 

 

The rival record company Columbia decided to cash in on the publicity, and commissioned their house musician Ketèlbey to make his own arrangement from Gay’s original source, which was of course out of copyright.  His selection was duly recorded in direct competition with HMV’s version.

 

HMV and Austin sued Columbia and Ketèlbey for breach of copyright.  After a very colourful trial (reported in Musical Opinion August 1923, p.1085-1087) judgement was awarded in favour of HMV and Columbia.  The judge pointed out that there were cases where Ketèlbey had clearly copied the dramatic context of Bridge’s version.  For instance, where Bridge wrote an exit symphony, Ketèlbey followed suit (in Depair leads to battle).  Several of the melodies had been divided between soprano and baritone voices, and Ketèlbey’s orchestration had similar divisions between high and low melodic instruments at the same phrases (e.g. Though woman be a pretty craft).  My own comparison of the two versions has discovered that 6 of the 18 songs have at least a tenuous resemblance.

 

The recording was withdrawn from sale, and the remaining stock of records destroyed (apparently Columbia dumped them on HMV’s doorstep!).  But by this time many sets had already been sold.   Ironically, the stage show was a flop.

 

From a modern perspective, these arrangements demonstrate Ketèlbey’s skill as a harmonist and orchestrator, and his Polly Selection deserves to be regarded as part of his oeuvre, in the same way that Benjamin Britten is credited for his arrangement of The Beggar’s Opera, or Igor Stravinsky for Pulcinella.

 

Contents

Side 1.  Laugh boys – I will have my humours – Virtue’s treasure – Despair leads to battle – The world is always jarring.

Side 2.  Sleep o sleep – Though woman be a pretty craft – Honour calls me – As sits the sad turtle – A woman when battle presses.

Side 3.  By bolder steps – The crow or daw – For all his pain – Wait until you spy.

Side 4.  Brave boys prepare (March from Handel’s Scipio) – With sad emotion – By women won – A pirate either must sink.

           

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Orchestra

Court Symphony Orchestra, Ketèlbey

Columbia 3249, 3250

73254, 73255, 73256, 73257

10” 78, 4 sides

UK

[Apr 23]

BL, (TM CD)

 

 

Popular Patriotic Songs

A selection to promote the war effort, including the following, and more:

Side 1.  Farewell, Isabelle – Your dear old Dad was Irish – Cheer up, Molly –  Your king and country need you – Are we downhearted?

Side 2.  Sandy Boy – Kiss me goodbye – Little soldier boy – Au revoir my sweet Marguerite – My Bob – In Khaki

 

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Orchestra

Regal Orchestra,?Ketèlbey

Regal G 6818

29187, 29188

10” 78, 2 sides

UK

[Dec 14]

TM, (TM CD)

 

 

Prelude in C sharp minor, op.16 (by “Anton Vodorinski”)

The most famous of all the pieces written under this pseudonym, going to at least 16 arrangements or editions.  An unsubtle basher, which grinds inexorably to the final chord – which in some editions is minor, in others major!

 

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Piano

Rosemary Tuck

Marco Polo 8.223700

CD

UK

1993

BL, NX, PD, TM

           

                                                                                                           

Rapsodie Sérieuse, op.24 (by “Anton Vodorinski”)

A calm well-constructed piano piece.  It was published in 1914 with this title and pseudonym, but was actually a reprint of A Prelude published around 1905 under Ketèlbey’s real name.

 

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Piano

Rosemary Tuck

Marco Polo 8.223700

CD

UK

1993

BL, NX, PD, TM

 

 

The Realms of Promise

1898 song.  A list of works once gave this piece not as a song but as a violin solo.

 

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Tom McCanna

private recording

mp3

UK

2020

PD, TM

 

Hear the realisation, for viola rather than violin, at http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Realms of promise for viola sync.mp3

 

Recital Pieces Book 1

A collection of organ pieces published in 1896, with 3 of the 6 items by Ketèlbey.  All three were later issued in other collections – Lento espressivo in a book of preludes, Allegretto semplice in a book of voluntaries, and Andante religioso in a collection for Lent and Easter.  The gorgeous bass melody in the middle of Lento espressivo later became the main theme of Sunset Glow.

 

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Tom McCanna

private recording

mp3

UK

2019

PD, TM

 

To hear these pieces, click on the link.

- Lento Espressivo. http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Lento espressivo for organ sync.mp3

- Allegretto Semplice. http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Allegretto semplice for organ sync.mp3

- Andante Religioso. http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Andante religioso for organ sync.mp3

 

 

Reflections: romantic/poetical melody

Piano piece from 1921.

 

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Piano

Rosemary Tuck

Marco Polo 8.223699

CD

UK

1993

BL, NX, PD, TM

 

 

Remembrance: elegy

This is the first work produced by Ketèlbey after the death of his first wife, Lottie, on 20th February 1947.  It uses melodies from Elegy (2nd movement of Cockney Suite) and Sanctuary of the Heart, and was probably first conceived as an organ solo, though this was actually published later than a brass band arrangement.

 

The original synopsis of Elegy ran

This represents the serious thoughts which would occur to anyone passing the Cenotaph in Whitehall.  The 2nd part, in the major key, suggests the feelings of affection and tender remembrance which would prevail in the hearts of sweethearts and wives, yet with a feeling that their loved ones had died in a noble cause.

The melody quoted from Sanctuary of the Heart originally set the words:

            It told of the Joy and the Gladness

            That comes from the One above -

            "Oh Lord, hear our prayer

            Take away all our care,

            And fill all our hearts with love."

 

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Wind band

Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra, Akiyama

KOCD 3073

CD

Japan

1988 rec.1982               

TM

 

The wind band arrangement is by Harold Moss.  This is actually a brass band arrangement with added woodwind parts.  The track numbering on the case and liner is incorrect – Remembrance is Track 6.

 

 

Rêverie

The piano copy was deposited in the British Museum in 1894, and a version for violin and piano mentioned in Musical Opinion in 1895. It shares a melody with Petite Caprice, which had been performed by Ketèlbey at Trinity College of Music in 1892.

 

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Piano

Rosemary Tuck

Marco Polo 8.223700

CD

UK

1993

BL, NX, PD, TM

 

 

Rêverie Dramatique: op.23/2 & 30, by “Anton Vodorinski

This piece was first published around 1911 in a collection of three Organ Recital Pieces, op.23.  My own copy of no.2 Rêverie Dramatique has the pencil annotation “17 Sept 1911, Antwerp, 4½  min”. 

All three items were later published as piano pieces with new opus numbers.

 

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Piano

Rosemary Tuck

Marco Polo 8.223700

CD

UK

1993

BL, NX, PD, TM

Organ

Hans Uwe Hielscher (Dunedin Town Hall)

IFO ORG 72112

CD

NZ

2004

 

WC, TM

 

Hielscher’s performance follows the composer’s metronome marking far more closely than my anonymous Antwerp organist, and takes 3’ 37”.        

 

                                                                                                           

A River Rêverie: a souvenir  

 The music of River Rêverie had appeared in the 1913 edition of Wildhawk.  A subsequent re-issue of Wildhawk in 1924 added narration, with the relevant sections having the caption "The song of the western lovers" and "A sudden attack on the coach".

The piece may derive from a lost string quartet, mentioned in British Musician December 1896, page 271.  According to Radio Times (4th September 1931) page 203,

Finding no market for these and other works [i.e. the String Quartet & Piano Quintet, etc.], he tried the experiment of taking their melodious "second subjects", dressing them up with variations, and trying them on the publishers.  In this way he "murdered his innocents" (as he puts it) with great success: the slow movement from a String Quartet made an admirable background for a river-scene in a music-hall sketch…

A River Rêverie is the only known piece from the relevant period that specifically refers to a river, and the inner moving parts could be a realisation of a quartet texture.

 

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Piano

Rosemary Tuck

Marco Polo 8.223699

CD

UK

1993

BL, NX, PD, TM

               

 

Romance (1894)

A copy of the score, with parts for violin and cello accompanied by piano, was deposited in the British Museum in 1894.  The work is dedicated to Mrs Alfred Hoare, Ketèlbey’s landlady in London and mother of his collaborative partner Florence Hoare.

 

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Synthesized

Tom McCanna

private recording

mp3

UK

2018

PD, TM

 

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

To hear a realisation for cello and piano, click here http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Romance for cello and piano synth.mp3

 

 

A Romantic Melody

First published around 1896 with the less interesting title Melody in A flat, although the composer’s manuscript had the French word Mélodie.

 

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Piano

Rosemary Tuck

Marco Polo 8.223700

CD

UK

1993

BL, NX, PD, TM

               

 

 

The Rose-Girl

A bright song written for Florence Smithson in the 1918-19 pantomime Babes in the Wood.  The first-night programme has the title simply as Roses.  Unusually, the printed music has the singer’s melody in tonic solf-fa as well as staff notation.  The refrain is doubled by the chorus.

 

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Tom McCanna

private recording

mp3

UK

2020

PD, TM

 

The realisation is for oboe and piano, with the chorus represented by flute and bassoon. http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Rose-girl for oboe sync.mp3

 

 

Royal Cavalcade: coronation march

The copyright to this piece was allocated to Bosworth on 19th February 1937, and several versions were published in the same month, some having the note "Composed in honour of the forthcoming coronation of George VI”.  However, the copyright date actually given in the parts is 1936, suggesting that the piece was held back, perhaps due to doubts about Edward VIII’s abdication and who would actually be crowned.

 

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Military band

Band of HM Coldstream Guards, Windram

HMV B 8556

OEA 4693-1

10” 78

UK

[May 37] rec.Mar 37

May 37 p.523

BL, (TM CAS)

 

Re-issue

- RCA Victor 120894

OEA 4693

10” 78

Canada

 

 

 

Military band

Massed bands of Aldershot and Eastern Commands, Seymour (Aldershot Tattoo 1937)

HMV B 8585

OER 209-1

10” 78

UK

[July 37] rec.2.7.37

July 37 p.68

 

Re-issue

- Victor VA 10077

OER 209

10” 78

Japan

 

 

 

Military band

Massed bands of Aldershot and Eastern Commands (Aldershot Tattoo 1937)    

HMV C 2913

2EA 3581-1

12” 78

UK

[July 37]

July 37 p.68

BL, WC

Orchestra

anon.

Bosworth BD 103

CP 502

10” 78

UK

[1938?]

Jan 39 p.342

WC, (TM CD)

Orchestra

Louis Voss Grand Orchestra

Bosworth BC 1146

CP 1085

10” 78

 

[1942?]

WC

 

Re-issue

- Stebbings ST 37

CP 1085

10” 78

NZ

 

 

 

Re-issue

- Bosworth BPM 219

CD

UK

2001

TM

Re-issue

- Guild GLCD 5171

CD

UK

2010

LMS Spring 11 p.47

Orchestra

anon.

Bosworth BD 122

?

10” 78

UK

[1945?]

 

(TM CD)

 

Re-issue

Soho Archive SOHOA 126

 

CD

UK

2015

 

 

Synthesizer

Stephen Berry

private recording

 

mp3

UK

2016

 

PD, TM

 

To hear the shorter recording of the Massed Bands, click here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R41Ua5fUs4Q&t=14s

To hear Berry’s realisation of the orchestral version, click here http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Royal Cavalcade orch synth.mp3

 

C 2913 is only an excerpt

BD 103 is a collection of library music called Sound titles. Tracks 27-29 are brief fragments of Royal Cavalcade, with titles Eyes Right - Here come the guards - Plumes and Pennants                        

BD 122 is another set of library music, called Main and end titles. Tracks 13-14 are brief fragments of Royal Cavalcade, with titles Eyes Right - Here come the Guards.  The Soho Archive re-issue has the new titles Sporting Mishap and Sports March Ending, which can be heard at http://sohoproductionmusic.sg2.harvestmedia.net/album/28cdea200ee7bce0/be494e2af6c0d7c3/en?accountserviceid=145e2b8d68c4a0b6

 

The Bibliothèque National in Paris holds a copy of B 8585 which once belonged in Adolf Hitler’s collection at the Berghof.

 

How fast is “Tempo di grande Marcia”?  The Coldstream Guards march at a convincing 116 crotchets a minute, but the Louis Voss Grand Orchestra hurries along at 125.  Both of these recordings make two short cuts of repeated material, the former totalling 23 bars, the latter 31.   The Massed Bands take a slower pace, crotchet = 108, and cut the entire reprise and coda (45 bars); this vast ensemble has been recorded remarkably clearly, with just the bass drums being over-prominent.

 

 

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