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 a 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                                                                           Buckley? Emmiett?

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                                                                           Buckley? 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 Cumbian

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                                                                 Meninger? 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         Tannhäuse - 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                                                            Gadsby? King?

463         Tancredi overture                                                                Rossini

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

471         Rocked in the cradle                                                           Knight

474         The bogie man                                                                     Braham? 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

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Archive

1-2

Orchestra

Casino O, Ketèlbey               

Columbia 2423

28910,28946

10” 78, 2 sides

[July 14]

BL, (TM CD)

Re-issue

- Naxos 8.110870

CD

2004

BL, NX, PD, TM

 

 

Re-issue of side 1

- Columbia A 1688

28910

10” 78

 

 

WC

 

3-4

Orchestra

Casino O, Ketèlbey               

Columbia 2424

28965,28966

10” 78, 2 sides

[July 14]

(TM CAS)

Re-issue

- Naxos 8.110870

CD

2004

BL, NX, PD, TM

1-2

Military Band

Band of HM Scots Guards

Edison Bell Winner ?3646

?

10” 78, 2 sides

[1922?]

 

 

3-4

Military Band

Band of HM Scots Guards

Edison Bell Winner 3647

7089, 7090

10” 78, 2 sides

[1922?]

(TM mp3)

 

1-2

Orchestra

Casino O, Ketèlbey               

Columbia 2423

28910-5, 28946-3

10” 78, 2 sides

rr.28th May 24

(TM CAS).

3

Orchestra

Casino O, Ketèlbey               

Columbia 2424

28965-3

10” 78

rr.28th May 24

3

Orchestra

Casino O, Ketèlbey               

Columbia 2424

28965-4

10” 78

rr.28th May 24

 

 

Re-issue

- Columbia A 1688

28965

10” 78

 

 

WC

 

4

Orchestra

Casino O, Ketèlbey               

Columbia 2424

28966-2

10” 78

rr.28th May 24

1-2

Orchestra

Casino O, ?Ketèlbey               

Columbia 2423R

WA3515-1,WA3516-1

10” 78, 2 sides

rr.30th June 26

 

 

Re-issue?

 

23265, 23266

10” 78, 2 sides

 

 

WC

 

3-4

Orchestra

Casino O, ?Ketèlbey               

Columbia 2424R

WA3617-1,WA3618-1

10” 78, 2 sides

rr.30th June 26

 

 

Re-issue?

 

23264, 23263

10” 78, 2 sides

 

 

WC

 

Selection

Orchestra

London Hill O

Ludgate 2901

P 2813, 2814

10” 78, 2 sides

[1926?]

 

 

Selection

Organ

Roy Wilson (=Reginald Dixon) (Wurlitzer)

Sterno 1076

S 2669, 2670

10” 78, 2 sides

[Dec 32]

Dec 32 p.280

BL

 

 

Reissue (Jean Stafford)

- Redwing R 1011

 

10” 78, 2 sides

 

 

 

 

Complete

Piano

arranged pianola roll

Aeolian Roll 8140

roll

(TM midi)

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.

 

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

 

 

This is the Day: anthem for Easter

 

This was written for The Bristol Chant, Anthem and Service Book, published in 1898.

 

Medium

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Synthesizer

Noel Stoutenberg

private recording

midi

[2005]

TM

 

 

Those Bells So Softly Pealing

 

Medium

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Label

Matrix

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Date

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Song with piano

Peter Dempsey (t), Guy Rowland

Dempsey AWK 1

CD

2009

BL, PD, TM

 

 

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

 

Medium

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Label

Matrix

Format

Date

Review

Locations

Song with piano

Peter Dempsey (t), Guy Rowland

Dempsey AWK 1

CD

2009

BL, PD, TM

Song with piano

Peter Dempsey (t), Guy Rowland

private recording

DVD

rec.26.11.2009

PD, TM

 

 

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.

 

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Matrix

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Vocal duet with orchestra

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

Columbia 2378

28841

10” 78

[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.

 

 

The Trumpet Voice of Motherland is Calling

 

This was 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

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Label

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Review

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Song with orchestra

Harrison Latimer (bt), orchestra, ?Ketèlbey

Regal G 6794

29118

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

Matrix

Format

Date

Review

Locations

Piano

Rosemary Tuck

Marco Polo 8.223699

CD

1993

BL, NX, PD, TM

 

 

Valse appassionata

 

Medium

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Label

Matrix

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Date

Review

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Orchestra

London Dance O, Windeatt

Columbia 2983

69806

10” 78

[Dec 20]

SW Dec 20 p.938

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

 

 

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

           

Medium

Artists

Label

Matrix

Format

Date

Review

Locations

Piano

Rosemary Tuck

Marco Polo 8.223700

CD

1993

BL, NX, PD, TM

 

 

Valse caprice      

 

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

 

Medium

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Label

Matrix

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Date

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Piano

Rosemary Tuck

Marco Polo 8.223699

CD

1993

BL, NX, PD, TM

 

 

Valse lyrique

 

One strain of this waltz has a French poem as an underlay, though Ketèlbey sets it 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!

 

Medium

Artists

Label

Matrix

Format

Date

Review

Locations

Piano

Rosemary Tuck

Marco Polo 8.223700

CD

1993

BL, NX, PD, TM

 

 

Valse sentimentale

 

This was originally no.2 of a set of piano pieces with the title Six Musical Impressions, published around 1902.

 

Medium

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Label

Matrix

Format

Date

Review

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Orchestra

Empire SO, ?Ketèlbey

Rena (Columbia) 1201

?

[Nov 09]

 

 

Six 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.

 

- 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

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Label

Matrix

Format

Date

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Locations

Orchestra

Court SO, ?Ketèlbey

Columbia 670

?

10” 78

[July 17]

Piano

Rosemary Tuck

Marco Polo 8.223700

CD

1993

BL, NX, PD, TM

 

 

 - 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

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Label

Matrix

Format

Date

Review

Locations

Archive

Piano

Rosemary Tuck

Marco Polo 8.223700

CD

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

Matrix

Format

Date

Review

Locations

Piano

Rosemary Tuck

Marco Polo 8.223700

CD

1993

BL, NX, PD, TM

Piano

Phillip Sear

private recording

 

web

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

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Label

Matrix

Format

Date

Review

Locations

Piano

Phillip Sear

private recording

 

web

2013

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

Date

Review

Locations

Organ

Reginald Foort (Regal Cinema, Marble Arch) 

Columbia DX 315

WAX 6237-1

12” 78

[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

?

MMU

WC

Orchestra

Grand SO

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

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.