Tangled Tunes: selection of 106 favourite melodies, humorously entangled                                            Back to list of works index    

 

Ketelbey’s own recording pre-dates the publication of the sheet music, which was not issued until 1915 for piano, 1918 as orchestral parts and 1919 as military band parts. 

 

A review of the piano version by Ampersand in Musical Opinion Vol.39 (November 1915) page 143 ran thus:

One of the cleverest as well as one of the drollest compilations that we have ever come across is Albert Ketélby's [sic] Tangled Tunes, a pot pourri of upwards of one hundred popular snatches.  We use the word "snatches" advisedly, since in the case of such wholesale order it would be impossible to do more than merely acknowledge in a fleeting manner the mighty host of familiar acquaintances.  The way in which such remotely related numbers as Grandfather's Clock and the Marseillaise, Stephanie Gavotte and Berlioz' Hungarian March, William Tell and Good King Wenceslas, Zampa and God save the King - the way in which these have been dovetailed and worked together is once musicianly and thrilling. Those who have heard the band of the Scots Guards in Tangled Tunes will not readily forget the experience.”

 

The reference to the Band of the Scots Guards suggests that the work had already entered their repertoire and was performed regularly in public.  No details have been found of an early recording by them.

 

Works quoted

Bar         Title                                                                                        Composer

3              Rule Britannia                                                                     Arne

9              Three blind mice                                                                  anon

16           Mistletoe bough                                                                   Bishop

20           Il trovatore - Ah, che la morte                                          Verdi

22           Faust - Flower song                                                             Gounod

30           Three fishers went sailing                                                  Hullah

33           Drinking [In tiefem Keller]                                                Fischer

36           Heart of oak                                                                         Boyce

38           Charlie is my darling                                                           anon Scottish

41           The minstrel boy                                                                 anon Irish

43           Here we go gathering nuts in May                                   anon

47           Dixie's land                                                                          Emmett

49           Il trovatore - Soldier's chorus                                            Verdi

52           Grandfather's clock                                                             anon

56           Marseillaise                                                                           Rouget de Lisle

60           The British Grenadiers                                                       anon

64           Home sweet home                                                              Bishop

67           Blue bells of Scotland                                                        anon Scottish

71           Lohengrin - Introduction to Act III                                  Wagner

78           Hornpipe [Jack's the lad]                                                   anon

82           The girl I left behind me                                                    anon (Irish)

86           Gary Owen                                                                            anon (Irish)

93           Poet and Peasant [overture]                                               Suppé

103         1812 overture                                                                       Tchaikovsky

110         Tannhäuser march [Entry of Guests]                               Wagner

113         1812 overture                                                                       Tchaikovsky

116         Il bacio                                                                                  Arditi

124         Romeo and Juliet - Waltz [Je veux vivre]                       Gounod

132         Le prophète - March                                                           Meyerbeer

136         Faust - Soldiers' chorus                                                      Gounod

140         Faust - O tender moon                                                       Gounod

143         Silver threads among the gold                                           Danks   

147         Killarney                                                                                Balfe

149         Mary of Argyle                                                                     Nelson

153         Robin Adair                                                                          anon

155         [Midsummer night's dream] Wedding march                Mendelssohn

157         Il trovatore - Anvil chorus                                                 Verdi

162         Yankee doodle                                                                     anon

166         Dixie's land                                                                          Emmett

172         Maid of Athens                                                                    Balfe? Linley?

175         Johnny get your gun                                                            Belasco

178         Raymond overture                                                              Thomas

183         Light Cavalry overture                                                       Suppé

190         The keel row                                                                         anon (Tyneside)

194         For he's a jolly good fellow                                               anon

197         The harp that once thro' Tara's halls                                anon (Irish)          

201         The village blacksmith                                                       Balfe?

207         [Maritana] Scenes that are brightest                                 Wallace

209         [La Reine de Saba] - Lend me your aid                          Gounod

213         Blue Danube                                                                        Strauss

218         Poet and peasant overture                                                 Suppé

232         Spring song                                                                           Mendelssohn

235         Little brown jug                                                                   Eastburn

240         [Rigoletto] La donna è mobile                                          Verdi

254         Excelsior                                                                                Balfe

274         Lass of Richmond Hill                                                        Hook

277         Bay of Biscay                                                                       Davy

281         Rule Britannia                                                                     Arne

284         Vicar of Bray                                                                       anon

286         John Peel                                                                               anon Cumbrian

291         Last rose of summer                                                           anon Irish

294         Villikins and his Dinah                                                      anon

301         Buy a broom                                                                        Bishop?

308         The ash grove                                                                       anon Welsh

312         Sally in our ally                                                                   Carey

316         Alice, where art thou                                                          Ascher

321         Sweet Genevieve                                                                 Tucker

324         Semiramide overture                                                          Rossini

329         March aux flambeaux                                                        Clark

323         Marching through Georgia                                                 Work

326         Merry wives of Windsor overture                                    Nicolai

351         Stephanie gavotte                                                                Czibulka

354         Faust - Kermesse scene                                                      Gounod

358         [Damnation of Faust] Hungarian march                         Berlioz

361         Faust - Sword chorus                                                          Gounod

370         1812 overture                                                                       Tchaikovsky

376         Bohemian girl overture                                                      Balfe

380         Der Freischütz overture                                                      Weber

382         Tannhäuser march [Entry of the guests]                          Wagner

386         Three cheers for the red, white and blue                         Belasco

388         When Johnny comes marching home                              anon

396         William Tell overture                                                         Rossini

421         Good king Wenceslas                                                         anon

427         Tannhäuser - March [Entry of the guests]                       Wagner

434         Il trovatore - Il balen                                                           Verdi

437         Faust - Dio possente                                                           Gounod

439         Athalie - March                                                                   Mendessohn

444         How can I leave thee                                                          Abt? Cramer? Edmunds? Martin?

448         Come birdie come                                                               anon? White?

456         Tarara-boom-de-ay                                                            anon. American

463         Tancredi overture                                                                Rossini

467         Oh dear, what can the matter be                                       anon (1790)

471         Rocked in the cradle                                                           Knight

474         The bogie man                                                                     Bassett

478         Pop goes the weasel                                                            anon

484         Amoretten waltz                                                                  Gungl? Gockel?

492         Casse-noisette - Valse des fleurs                                      Tchaikovsky

500         Waltz in Ab                                                                          Chopin

507         Nocturne                                                                               Chopin

511         Faust - fragment                                                                  Gounod

512         Faust - waltz                                                                         Gounod

520         Flying Dutchman                                                                Wagner

522         Auld lang syne                                                                     anon Scottish

525         [Fine] Old English gentlemen                                           anon      

528         Zampa [overture]                                                                Hérold

                God save the King                                                               anon

544         [‘Arf a pint of mild and bitter]                                          anon Cockney

           

The published music is in two parts.  For his recordings, Ketèlbey further divided each part in two, adding a few extra bars to finish the side of the record.

 

Part

Medium

Artists

Label

Matrix

Format

Country

Date

Gramophone Review

Locations

Archive

1-2

Orchestra

Casino O, Ketèlbey               

Columbia 2423

28910,28946

10” 78, 2 sides

UK

[July 14]

BL, (TM CD)

Re-issue

- Naxos 8.110870

CD

UK

2004

BL, NX, PD, TM

 

 

Re-issue of side 1 (Columbia Symphony Orchestra)

- Columbia A 1688

28910-4

10” 78

US

 

 

WC

 

3-4

Orchestra

Casino O, Ketèlbey               

Columbia 2424

28965,28966

10” 78, 2 sides

UK

[July 14]

(TM CAS)

Re-issue

- Naxos 8.110870

CD

UK

2004

BL, NX, PD, TM

 

 

Re-issue of side 3 (Columbia Symphony Orchestra) “Part 2”

- Columbia A 1688

28965-2

10” 78

US

 

 

 

 

1-2

Military Band

Band of HM Scots Guards

Edison Bell Winner ?3646

?

10” 78, 2 sides

UK

[1922?]

 

 

3-4

Military Band

Band of HM Scots Guards

Edison Bell Winner 3647

7089, 7090

10” 78, 2 sides

UK

[1922?]

(TM mp3)

 

1-2

Orchestra

Casino O, Ketèlbey               

Columbia 2423

28910-5, 28946-3

10” 78, 2 sides

UK

rr.28th May 24

(TM CAS).

3

Orchestra

Casino O, Ketèlbey               

Columbia 2424

28965-3

10” 78

UK

rr.28th May 24

3

Orchestra

Casino O, Ketèlbey               

Columbia 2424

28965-4

10” 78

UK

rr.28th May 24

4

Orchestra

Casino O, Ketèlbey               

Columbia 2424

28966-2

10” 78

UK

rr.28th May 24

1-2

Orchestra

Casino O, ?Ketèlbey               

Columbia 2423R

WA3515-1,

WA3516-1

10” 78, 2 sides

UK

rr.30th June 26

 

 

Re-issue

 

23265, 23266

10” 78, 2 sides

UK

 

 

WC

 

3-4

Orchestra

Casino O, ?Ketèlbey               

Columbia 2424R

WA3617-1,

WA3618-1

10” 78, 2 sides

UK

rr.30th June 26

 

 

Re-issue?

 

23264, 23263

10” 78, 2 sides

UK

 

 

WC

 

Selection

Orchestra

Popular Regent Orchestra

Popular P 1001

 

10” 78, 2 sides

UK

[1921?]

 

 

 

 

 

Re-issue (Regent Orchestra)

- Curry’s Yellow Label 52

2813, 2814

10” 78, 2 sides

UK

[1922?]

 

 

 

Re-issue (London Hill Orchestra)

- Ludgate 2901

P 2813, 2814

10” 78, 2 sides

UK

[1926?]

 

 

Selection

Organ

Roy Wilson (=Reginald Dixon) (Wurlitzer)

Sterno 1076

S 2669, 2670

10” 78, 2 sides

UK

[Dec 32]

Dec 32 p.280

BL

 

 

Reissue (Jean Stafford)

- Redwing R 1011

S 2669, 2670

10” 78, 2 sides

UK

[1934?]

 

 

 

Complete

Piano

arranged pianola roll

Aeolian Roll 8140

roll

 

(TM mp3)

Piano

Artistyle 92621c

roll

 

PD

mr11

 

The details of the electrical re-recording on 2423R and 2424R are not clear.  As Ketèlbey was not named as the conductor on the label, then it was probably another conductor.  The plate numbers given in the source Andrews: Columbia 10” records 1904-1930 look suspect.

 

Ketèlbey’s pre-electric recordings also cause confusion.  The matrix numbers are not clearly marked, and I have had to distinguish takes by the recorded sound. 

 

The recording speeds of the 1914 version of 2423-4 vary from side to side, and the Naxos transcription fails to sort this out.  Side 1 is a semitone sharp, side 2 a tone, side 3 a tone and side 4 a semitone.

 

Both versions of 2423 cut 2 bars’ drum roll at the beginning and 2 bars from Dixies’ Land.  One distinguishing passage is the addition of a violin above the clarinet melody in The Mistletoe Bough in the later version.   On the second side, the earlier version adds a cymbal clash during the Soldiers’ Chorus, and the later version has what sounds like an accident to a couple of tubular bells in The Village Blacksmith.

 

On the 1914 recording of 2424, there is a cut of 8 bars from The Merry Wives of Windsor, and also of the entire 4 bars containing 'Arf a pint of mild and bitter.  Side 3 on Columbia A 1688 (labelled “Part 2”) can be heard in a better transfer than the Naxos one at https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/index.php/matrix/detail/2000067530/28965-Tangled_tunes

 

The 1924 recording of 2424 makes the same cut of The Merry Wives, but restores ‘Arf a pint.  Hear sides 3 & 4 at https://archive.org/details/78_tangled-tunes_casino-orchestra-albert-w-ketelbey_gbia0341135a and https://archive.org/details/78_tangled-tunes_casino-orchestra-albert-w-ketelbey_gbia0341135b

 

A recording of the Aeolian piano roll is available at http://www.mmdigest.com/Sounds/tangledTunes.html

 

 

Tender Memories: song without words/intermezzo, by “Geoffrey Kaye”

A piano solo from 1920.

 

Medium

Artists

Label

Format

Country

Date

Locations

Synthesized

Tom McCanna

private recording

mp3

UK

2019

TM, PD

 

This can be heard at  http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Tender memories for piano sync.mp3

 

 

There’s Something in the English After All

Patriotic song written for the musical comedy Skipped by the Light of the Moon, which was in production 1898-99, sometimes with the title A Good Time.  It is likely this song was added to the show at the outbreak of the Boer War in October 1899.  Verse two tells us “There’s something in the Scotsman after all.”

 

Medium

Artists

Label

Format

Country

Date

Locations

Synthesized

Tom McCanna

private recording

mp3

UK

2020

TM, PD

 

The realisation gives the sung melody to trombone, with added drums, and extra brass in the chorus. http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/There something in the English for trombone sync.mp3

 

 

This is the Day: anthem for Easter

Published in The Bristol Chant, Anthem & Service Book on 20th April 1898 (10 days too late for this anthem to be used on Easter Day that year).   It appears that Ketèlbey’s piece was written expressly for this collection.  The sections are: This is the day – The Lord reigneth – Thanks be to God.

 

Medium

Artists

Label

Format

Country

Date

Locations

Synthesized

Noel Stoutenberg

private recording

mp3

US

[2005]

 

Synthesized

Tom McCanna

private recording

mp3

UK

2020

TM, PD

 

McCanna’s realisation replaces the voices with trombones. Hear it at http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/This is the day sync.mp3

 

 

Those Bells So Softly Pealing

Words by the composer, published in USA in 1913.  Cues for tubular bells in the song score suggest that this was originally accompanied by orchestra, but no parts have been traced.

 

Medium

Artists

Label

Format

Country

Date

Locations

Song with piano

Peter Dempsey (t), Guy Rowland

Dempsey AWK 1

CD

UK

2009

BL, PD, TM

 

This CD can be heard at http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/anniversary.html

 

 

Three Little Trout, by “Raoul Clifford”

Children’s song with a moralising tale, published in September 1895. 

 

Medium

Artists

Label

Format

Country

Date

Locations

Synthesized

Tom McCanna

private recording

mp3

UK

2020

TM

 

 

Thy Throne (= Within my Heart's True Kingdom)

1901 song, words by Florence Hoare. It was revised in 1950 with the new title Within My Heart’s True Kingdom. Dempsey sings the original version, but with an extra high C at the end.

 

Medium

Artists

Label

Format

Country

Date

Locations

Song with piano

Peter Dempsey (t), Guy Rowland

Dempsey AWK 1

CD

UK

2009

BL, PD, TM

Song with piano

Peter Dempsey (t), Guy Rowland

private recording

DVD

UK

rec.26.11.2009

PD, TM

 

The CD can be heard at http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/anniversary.html

 

 

Till May Brings Back the Flowers

The sheet music was never published; the sales of such an unusual musical form as a vocal duet would have been commercially risky. It is likely that the work could have been written for two singers already paired together, for instance in a stage production. The words are a setting of the poem The Stream of Life, by William Cullen Bryant.

 

Medium

Artists

Label

Matrix

Format

Country

Date

Review

Locations

Vocal duet with orchestra

Gertrude Woodall (m-s), Anderson Nichol (t), orchestra, ?Ketèlbey

Columbia 2378

28841

10” 78

UK

[May 14]

TM, (TM mp3)

 

The reprise appears to have been cut by 4 lines to meet the time limit of a 10-inch 78. The words are indistinct, so here is the full poem.

 

            Oh silvery streamlet of the fields,

That flowest full and free,

For thee the rains of spring return,

The summer dews for thee;

And when thy latest blossoms die

In autumn's chilly showers,

The winter fountains gush for thee,

Till May brings back the flowers.

 

Oh Stream of Life! the violet springs

But once beside thy bed;

But one brief summer, on thy path,

The dews of heaven are shed.

Thy parent fountains shrink away,

And close their crystal veins,

And where thy glittering current flowed

The dust alone remains.

 

 

A Tiny Browny Bird = I wish I Were a Tiny Bird

This setting of a poem by Charles Kingsley was published in 1937, but the style suggests that was, like other Kingsley settings, written over 30 years earlier. 

 

Medium

Artists

Label

Format

Country

Date

Locations

Synthesized

Tom McCanna

private recording

mp3

UK

2019

TM, PD

A review pointed out that “As the vocal line is doubled by the piano, it can be used as a piano solo”, and this is how it has been realised here – sparing you from the mawkish sentimentality of the words!  Hear it at

http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Tiny browny bird for piano sync.mp3

 

 

The Trumpet Voice of Motherland is Calling

One of the patriotic songs written at the outbreak of war in 1914 to promote the war effort.  The sheet music retained its decorative pre-war artwork portraying a voluptuous maiden for the publisher’s series of “popular song wonders”.

 

Medium

Artists

Label

Matrix

Country

Format

Date

Review

Locations

Song with orchestra

Harrison Latimer (bt), orchestra, ?Ketèlbey

Regal G 6794

29118

UK

10” 78

[Aug 14]

TM, (TM CD)

 

Only two of the four verses are recorded.  The orchestral symphonies are slightly different, with the opening 13 bars replaced by 6.  At one point the words “old Britain” are replaced by “the Empire”, and

there are other minor changes.  The sheet music has “d_”  which is sung as “damn” by Latimer.

                        

 

A Twilight Story (=Impromptu no.1)

The pair of Two Impromptus date from 1897, but were not published together until 1907. When Ketèlbey had become famous, several of his early piano pieces were re-issued, often with more attractive titles.  Thus Impromptu no.1 became A Twilight Story, and Impromptu no.2 Pensée fantastique.

 

Medium

Artists

Label

Format

Country

Date

Gramophone Review

Locations

Piano

Rosemary Tuck

Marco Polo 8.223699

CD

UK

1993

BL, NX, PD, TM

Piano

Markus Staab

private recording

web

Germany

2015

 

 

 

Staab can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHBE3FUEO0g

 

 

6 Two-part Songs for 1st and 2nd Soprano

A disappointing set of songs, aimed at school children.

 

- 1. Sing, Sing, Birds of the Woodland       

- 2. Dreamland = Dreaming

- 3. The Elves’ Dance

- 4. Chime o'Bells

- 5. Restful Night

- 6. Meadow Sweet

 

Medium

Artists

Label

Format

Country

Date

Locations

Synthesized

Tom McCanna

private recording

mp3

UK

2020

PD, TM

 

The Elves’ Dance has the most character. Its rhythm was later used in the fairy music in A Dream of Christmas and The Gnomes March (In a Fairy Realm). Listen to the realisation for oboe, cor anglais and piano at http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Elves dance for oboes sync.mp3

 

 

Under the Starlight

Song from 1899.  The melodies were re-used in A Song of Love from the suite In a Lovers’ Garden

 

Medium

Artists

Label

Format

Country

Date

Locations

Synthesized

Tom McCanna

private recording

mp3

UK

2020

PD, TM

 

The realisation replaces the voice with cello.  http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Under the starlight for cello sync.mp3

 

 

Valse Appassionata

A slow waltz for the ballroom rather than the concert hall, dating from 1920.  The unusually large orchestra, with 15 wind and 2 percussionists as well as the regular strings, suggests that this might have been written for a special event.

 

Medium

Artists

Label

Matrix

Format

Country

Date

Review

Locations

Orchestra

London Dance O, Windeatt

Columbia 2983

69806

10” 78

UK

[Dec 20]

SW Dec 20 p.938

Synthesized

Tom McCanna

private recording

 

mp3

UK

2019

 

TM, PD

 

Englund has Ketèlbey as the conductor, but Andrews has Windeatt.

 

Slow waltzes are danced at around 30 bars to a minute.   If played in full, this one would take 10 minutes, with the main melody played no fewer than 7 times.  For less tedious listening, the synthesized realisation has been played at a faster tempo, and cuts several repeats. Click here to hear it. http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Valse appassionata for orch sync.mp3

 

 

Valse Brillante, op.15 (by “Anton Vodorinski”)

Piano piece from around 1904.

           

Medium

Artists

Label

Format

Country

Date

Gramophone Review

Locations

Piano

Rosemary Tuck

Marco Polo 8.223700

CD

UK

1993

BL, NX, PD, TM

 

 

Valse Caprice     

This was probably the same work as the ungrammatical Caprice-Valsante for flute and piano, played by Albert Fransella, at a recital on 6th June 1898. 

 

Medium

Artists

Label

Format

Country

Date

Gramophone Review

Locations

Piano

Rosemary Tuck

Marco Polo 8.223699

CD

UK

1993

BL, NX, PD, TM

 

Re-issue

- Naxos 8.574299

CD

 

2021

 

NX

Piano

Markus Staab

private recording

web

Germany

2014

 

 

 

Staab can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4TR56UbF1I

 

 

Valse Lyrique

Piano piece from 1922, perhaps using material from a stage show, since one section has the words of a French song, set with little awareness of French poetic rhythm:

            Quand tu chantes, ma belle

            C'est ta voix qui m'appelle.

            Je ne sais t'exprimer

            Comme je t'aime de tout mon cœur.

            C'est l'amour de ma vie,

            Tu seras toujours ma mie,

            Et je vais mourir, moi,

            Si notre amour meurt!

 For a later orchestral arrangement, see Scene de Ballet.

 

Medium

Artists

Label

Format

Country

Date

Review

Locations

Piano

Rosemary Tuck

Marco Polo 8.223700

CD

UK

1993

BL, NX, PD, TM

 

Re-issue

- Naxos 8.574299

CD

 

2021

 

NX

  

 

Valse Tzigane

The copyright of this delightful “Gipsy Waltz” for violin and piano was assigned to Schott in 1906.

 

Medium

Artists

Label

Format

Country

Date

Locations

Synthesized

Tom McCanna

private recording

mp3

UK

2019

TM, PD

 

To hear this realisation, click here   http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Valse tzigane,Violin and Piano synth.mp3

 

 

6 Vignettes: impressions musicales, op.26 (by “Anton Vodorinski”)

This set of piano pieces was published in 1916.  No.1 Nuages qui passent, No.3 Papillon bleu and No.6. La brume: representation d'une ville industrielle, à la nuit were withdrawn from publication around 1928 when the composer re-worked them as Three Fanciful Etchings.  Nuages qui passent was merely orchestrated to become A Passing Storm Cloud on a Summer Day, but the other two movements were substantially re-written.

 

- 1. Nuages qui passent

 

Composer’s synopsis

Fleecy clouds pass along the sky - a small cloud detaches itself - it disappears - Several detached clouds pass - and disappear - Darker clouds gradually appear - Several threatening clouds appear - they gradually merge into one dark cloud.  Thunder clouds appear, the sky grows dark - The thunder clouds begin to pass away - The sky brightens gradually - Clouds of various tints pass across the sky - and gradually disappear - The sky is clear and cloudless.

 

Medium

Artists

Label

Format

Country

Date

Locations

Piano

Phillip Sear

private recording

web

UK

2015

 

 

This performance can be seen at http://youtu.be/fAWof78lvD4

 

 

- 2. Sur le Volga (= On the Volga: Russian Boatmen’s Song)

 

Composer’s synopsis

The river runs dark and murky - a few boats travel along - a few heavier craft are met - the song of the boatmen is heard - other boatmen pass singing in a different key - they gradually disappear and another set of boatmen approach - some of the boatmen play the melody on balalaikas as they pass out of sight -  the river gradually becomes deserted.

 

Medium

Artists

Label

Matrix

Format

Country

Date

Review

Locations

Orchestra

Court SO, ?Ketèlbey

Columbia 670

?

12” 78

UK

[July 17]

Piano

Rosemary Tuck

Marco Polo 8.223700

CD

UK

1993

BL, NX, PD, TM

Synthesized

Tom McCanna

private recording

mp3

UK

2021

 

 

TM, PD

 

McCanna’s realisation of the orchestral version is at http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/On the Volga.mp3

 

 

- 3. Papillon Bleu

This descriptive piece is built on sequences of urelated chords, including whole-tone ones. 

 

Composer’s synopsis.

The butterfly flitters about – The butterfly hovers over a flower – and another – It flies high up and rests – Another butterfly approaches and the two butterflies frolic together – The butterflies circle round each other – The newcomer flies away – [Reprise] The butterfly flitters about... It flys [sic] away.

 

Medium

Artists

Label

Format

Country

Date

Locations

Synthesized

Tom McCanna

private recording

mp3

UK

2019

TM, PD

Piano

Rosemary Tuck

private recording

web

UK

2021

 

 

Tuck can be seen at https://youtu.be/jZQhYxambwk

McCanna’s realisation is at http://www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/synth/Papillon bleu for piano sync.mp3

 

 

- 4.  Les pèlerins (= The Pilgrims)

 

Composer’s synopsis

The opening theme (in 5/4) of march-like character depicts the onward tramp of the pilgrims, the second section consists of the Religious Chant gradually reaching an extatic [sic] climax, then dying away as the pilgrims pause for meditation. The last theme is of a more "personal" character and brings the piece to an exultant conclusion

 

Medium

Artists

Label

Format

Country

Date

Review

Locations

Piano

Rosemary Tuck

Marco Polo 8.223700

CD

UK

1993

BL, NX, PD, TM

 

 

- 5. Le chant des orphelins

 

Composer’s synopsis

The simple grief of a child - the more profound grief of the mothers - the children's grief takes precedence in the minds of the mothers - the children fall asleep.

 

Medium

Artists

Label

Format

Country

Date

Review

Locations

Piano

Rosemary Tuck

Marco Polo 8.223700

CD

UK

1993

BL, NX, PD, TM

Piano

Phillip Sear

private recording

web

UK

2013

 

 

 

Phillip Sear’s performance can be seen at http://youtu.be/P6zGyG3IG_c

 

 

- 6. La brume: representation d'une ville industrielle, à la nuit.

 

Composer’s synopsis

The distant beat of the hammers - a curl of smoky vapour rises and falls - the curls of vapour become more frequent - a ruddy glow from the furnaces plays on the vapours - several clouds of smoke mingle - the smoke-clouds become blacker - the smoke, the beating of the hammers, and throb of industry all become merged in a general mist - the noise begins to die down - various clocks begin to chime, some near some distant - quietude reigns - the picture repeats itself ad infinitum.

 

Medium

Artists

Label

Format

Country

Date

Locations

Piano

Phillip Sear

private recording

web

UK

2013

 

 

This performance can be seen at http://youtu.be/DI8pmnidmsU

 

 

The Vision of Fuji-San: prelude to a Japanese play

Orchestral piece from 1931.  The German edition was dedicated to Herr A. von Gizycki Arkadjew, a German conductor and critic who had written a favourable review of several of Ketèlbey's pieces.

 

Composer’s synopsis

The Majesty of the Mountain Fuji-San - The Love-Vision - The Dance of the Japanese actors; The Apotheosis of the Love-Vision.

 

Medium

Artists

Label

Matrix

Format

Country

Date

Gramophone Review

Locations

Organ

Reginald Foort (Regal Cinema, Marble Arch) 

Columbia DX 315

WAX 6237-1

12” 78

UK

[Jan 32] rec.Oct 31

Jan 32 p.341

BL

 

Re-issue

- World Records SH 338

 

LP

 

1979

 

BL, WC, TM (TM CAS)

Organ

Gerd Thomas (wurlitzer, Ufa-Palast, Berlin Zoo)

Parlophone R 1188

?

10” 78

 

[May 32]

May 32 p.530

WC

Re-issue

- Lindström/Gloria GO 10276

LBi 532-2

10” 78

Germany

?

MMU

WC

Orchestra

Grand Symphony Orchestra

Parlophone R 1876      

Ki 4961-2, 4962-2

10” 78, 2 sides

 

[Aug 34]

Aug 34 p.99

TM

 

Re-issue Grand Orchestre, Odéon, Minssart

- Odéon 250055

 

10” 78, 2 sides

 

 

 

WC

Re-issue

- Naxos 8.110870

CD

UK

2004

BL, NX, PD, TM

 

Peter Dempsey names the conductor of R 1876 as Gustave Cloëz, but Bibliothèque National has Paul Minssart.  There is a small cut of 14 bars in the opening section, and a spread chord on the vibraphone is added at the end of the Love-vision section, perhaps to finish the side more emphatically.  The second side also ends with vibraphone, playing the prescribed chord followed belatedly by a single note which sounds like a mistake.

 

Foort makes 4 cuts totalling 58 bars, including almost the entire Dance of the Japanese Actors.  Hear him at www.albertketelbey.org.uk/mp3/vision%20of%20fuji%20san%20-%20Foort.mp3

 

               

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