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The piece was published for piano solo and for small orchestra (7 players?) in 1913.  The piano solo was re-issued in 1924 with a few revisions, and at the same time the orchestral set was expanded for a full band. 

 

Composer’s synopsis

The first theme represents a Red-Indian scout listening on the ground - a few more Indians join him - the scout is left to watch alone.  The jingling of bells announces the arrival of the white convoy and a skirmish ensues with a few Indians.  The TRIO represents the western lovers and a sudden attack on the coach by Indians who are driven off - the lovers' theme is resumed and a few bars bring the piece to a conclusion.

 

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Date

Review

Locations

Orchestra

Regal O,  ?Ketèlbey

Regal G 6055

28572

10” 78

[Apr 14]

Re-issue

- Naxos 8.110870

CD

2004

BL, NX, PD, TM

The recording cuts 16 bars of the Skirmish (marked as a repeat in the orchestral parts).  During the Sudden Attack, the strings play pizzicato, whereas in the 1924 parts they are tremolo – this probably represents the original 1913 orchestration.  The 1913 text is also followed in having no slowing down for the Lovers’ Theme.

 

 

Will You Forgive?

 

Setting of a poem that forms an integral part of the novel This Frail Woman, by Andrew Soutar (London: Hutchinson & Co. [1924]).  The sheet music refers to a silent film of the same name, but no further details have been traced.

 

Synopsis of the novel

The plot tells the story of Benjamin Wickerstaffe, a provincial solicitor in partnership with Ambrose Jollipen.  He is secretly in love with a doctor's daughter, Josephine, but she marries Sir Clayton Elme, a coarse member of the landed gentry.  The marriage is loveless, and Sir Clayton is a bully.  While on holiday in Portugal, Josephine has an adulterous affair with John Rallimore.  Sir Clayton divorces her, and Josephine becomes a social outcast with only Wickerstaffe for a friend.  These two now reveal their love for one another, but she dies in childbirth.

 

Wickerstaffe secretly supports the orphan, Robert D'Arcy, and when he leaves school takes him into the partnership.  D'Arcy absconds with £6000, and the firm slowly declines.  Jollipen only finds out when the creditors are threatening bankruptcy, but D'Arcy returns to repay his debt.

 

Forgiveness is one of the themes of the novel.  Josephine and Wickerstaffe seek one another's forgiveness for missing the opportunity to marry, Wickerstaffe seeks Jollipen's forgiveness for leading the firm to the brink of ruin, D'Arcy seeks forgives for absconding.

 

The song Will You Forgive? appears twice.  The first two verses are sung by Josephine to Wickerstaffe before she is married.  Then Wickerstaffe asks Jollipen's wife to sing it to him some time after Josephine's death. The author of the poem is revealed to be Wickerstaffe himself.

 

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Song with orchestra

Arthur Jordan, orchestra, Ketèlbey               

Columbia 3506

A 1280

10” 78

[Nov 24] rec.Oct 24

Dec 24 p.xvi

BL, (TM CAS)

Re-issue

- Naxos 8.110174

CD

2001

BL, NX, PD, TM

Song with orchestra

Arthur Jordan, orchestra, Ketèlbey               

Columbia 3506R

WA 4266-1

10” 78

rr.Oct 26

(TM CD)

These two recordings are very similar, with the latter benefiting from more clarity in the accompaniment.  It is also slightly faster, taking 7 seconds less than the other.

 

 

With Honour Crowned: grand march

           

According to Musical Opinion (March 1935) page 483, the work was first performed by on 9th February 1935:

With Honour Crowned, new grand march by Albert W. Ketèlbey, received a tremendous ovation and was repeated when recently performed for the first time and broadcast from the packed Kingsway Hall (a special Ketèlbey Concert), London on February 9th.

A review of this concert on page 525 gives the performers as the Band of the Royal Horse Guards, conducted by the composer.  Although the Kingsway Hall Choral Society also appeared in this concert, the absence of comment suggests that they did not sing the optional choral part in this piece.

 

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Military band

massed bands of Aldershot and Eastern Commands, Seymour

HMV C 2843

2ER 126

12” 78

[Aug 36]

Aug 36 p.114

TM

Re-issue

- Naxos 8.110869

CD

2003

BL, NX, PD, TM

Military band

massed bands of Aldershot and Eastern Commands, Seymour               

HMV C 2845

2EA 3467-1

12” 78

[Aug 36]

Aug 36 p.114

?Orchestra

anonymous

Bosworth BD 105

CP 602

10” 78

[July 39]

Aug 39 p.113

BL

Orchestra

London Concert O             

Bosworth BC 1156               

CP 1080

10” 78

[1942?]

WC

Orchestra

New SO of London, Robinson

Decca LK 4080

10” LP

[June 54]

July 54 p.73, Mar55 p.464-465

BL

Re-issue

- Decca LW 5140

LP

[Dec 54]

PD

Re-issue

- Decca ACL 1044               

LP

[1961]

cat.1961               

BL

Re-issue

- Eclipse ECS (+ECM) 2016

LP

1969

Feb 70 p.1332

BL, PD, TM

 

Re-issue

- Decca DDX 190039

(Dutch)

LP

1969

 

 

 

Re-issue

- Decca NUX 390044

(Dutch)

LP

1969

 

 

Re-issue

- Decca 452987-2

CD

1997

BL, PD, TM

 

Re-issue

- Decca 473720-2

 

CD

2003

June 03 p.50

BL, WC, (TM CD)

Organ

Richard Ellsasser (John Hays Hammond Jr. Museum, Gloucester, Mass.)

MGM E 3282

 

LP

1955

 

WC, TM

Orchestra

Vienna State Opera O, Aliberti

Westminster WP 6082

 

LP

rec.June 57

 

(TM CD)

 

Re-issue

- Westminster 15005

 

LP

 

 

WC

 

Re-issue

- World Record Club TP 359

 

LP

1963

 

BL, PD

Re-issue

- Westminster WGS  8139

(American)

LP

1981

TM

 

Re-issue

- Voix de son maître 2CO 59392502

(French)

LP

 

 

WC

 

Re-issue

- Voix de son maître C 24592502

(French)

CAS

 

 

WC

Military band

Band of the Grenadier Guards, Bashford

Decca SB 715

LP

rec.1976

June 77 p.106-9

BL

Re-issue

- Decca 452932 DWO

CD

1997

BL, TM

Re-issue

- Decca

CAS

1997

Orchestra

London Promenade O, Faris

Philips 6514152

LP

1982

Apr 82 p.1423

BL, PD, TM

 

Re-issue

- Philips 7337152

 

CAS

1982

Apr 82 p.1423

WC

Re-issue

- Philips 400011-2

CD

1982

Apr 83 p.1152

BL, PD, TM

Re-issue

- Decca/Universal 473720-2

CD

2003

June 03 p.50

BL, WC, PD

Carillon

Trevor Workman

Bournville Carillon BC000005 

CD

2003

TM

The recordings on C 2845 and BD 105 are only of excerpts

 

The massed bands were recorded at the 1936 Aldershot Tattoo, and (as W. A. Chislett mentioned in the contemporary Gramophone review) the ensemble of such a large gathering in an outdoor recording is remarkably precise.  The recording reprises the trio in Bb rather than Eb, and omits the concluding bars.  The speed is a constant 122 steps a minute.

 

The London Concert Orchestra recording was part of a series made to provide music for newsreels, etc.  It was in fact used in a newsreel documenting the surrender of Japan in 1945, reproduced at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcnH_kF1zXc beginning at 5’ 26”.

 

Robinson cuts two short repeats.  The main section is at 130 crotchets a minute, but the trio slows down to 94.

 

Aliberti and Faris both take a slower tempo of crotchet=110, and Aliberti slows down even slower for part of the trio. He makes one short cut of 8 bars, and uses glockenspiel rather than tubular bells.

Faris includes saxophones in his orchestra.

 

Bashford is slightly slower, at crotchet=107.  His bells have a marvellously rich tone.  The penultimate bar is cut.

 

Ellsasser has the typical organist’s attitude that his harmony is better than the composer’s.  He finds it difficult to reconcile the legato melody of the trio with the underlying march rhythm, and makes both very choppy.   His tempo is a very turgid crotchet=88.

 

The recording by Workman uses his own arrangement, and was made at a live performance on Bournville Carillon, Birmingham, on 9th August 2003.

 

 

With the Roumanian Gypsies: phantasie

 

Composer’s synopsis

This work opens with a few of the Gypsy orchestra playing a Romany Love-Song; this attracts attention and they burst into a characteristically Tzigane melody; a shepherd's pipe is now heard from the hills and leads into the Love-Song played by Cello, Viola and Oboe and then, through changing keys, by the full orchestra.  A Gypsy Dance now follows, and with a quotation from the Love-Song played by full Brass, brings the work to an excited finish.

 

Medium

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Format

Date

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Locations

Orchestra

Louis Voss Grand O

Bosworth BC 1005            

CP 351

10” 78

[Apr 37]

WC, (TM CD)

Piano

Eric Halstead

private recording

CD

2003

TM

Piano

Guy Rowland

Dempsey AWK 1

CD

2009

BL, PD, TM

Piano

Guy Rowland

private recording

DVD

rec.26.11.2009

PD, TM

Piano

Markus Staab

private recording

 

Web

2009

 

 

The Halstead recording is available at http://www.tradebit.com/filedetail.php/3998219-collection-of-ketelbey-midi-files-zip

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

 

The recording on BC 1005 is drastically cut, lasting only 2’ 50” compared with Rowland’s full length 6’ 45”. Everything before the Shepherd’s Pipe is lost, plus one complete strain in the Gypsy Dance, as well as much repeated material.  The orchestra includes a harp not in the composer’s scoring.

 

Guy Rowland also plays more notes than written by the composer.  At one point he adds a whole bar, apparently to facilitate a page turn.  In the Gypsy Dance there are additional glissandi, broken chords and flourishes.

 

 

The Wonder Worker: a comic opera

 

Brief synopsis of the opera

Sir John would like his son Guy to marry his neighbour Marjorie, and Bungay the astrologist takes it upon himself to assist this with predictions.  Everyone else knows that Guy is in love with Eleanor.  Guy has been put under house arrest by Queen Elizabeth (for no apparent reason?), but he has come back home without permission.

 

Elizabeth visits Sir John, and is asked to bless the union of Guy and Marjorie.  Bungay falls out of a tree in front of Elizabeth, and she makes him do a prediction.  When he again predicts that Guy will marry Marjorie, Guy comes out of hiding to refuse this.  Elizabeth order the arrest of both Guy and Bungay.

 

At Windsor Castle, Elizabeth arranges it to be intimated to Bungay that he is to be hanged. Bertram the jester promises to help Bungay escape in order to win the hand of Hilda. Bertram and Bungay exchange clothes.  Elizabeth finds out, and is much amused by the sight of thin Bertram in fat Bungay's clothes, and Bungay in Bertram's clothes.  She has apparently freed Guy, and frees Bertram and Bungay, the latter on condition that he gives up astrology.

 

  8. Sweetheart mine

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Review

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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

 

  21. The morning was bright.  See also Kilmoren.  In the opera, this song has a backing chorus.

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Song with piano

Peter Dempsey (t), Guy Rowland

Dempsey AWK 1

CD

2009

BL, PD, TM

 

 

A Woodland Story: in eight short chapters

 

This piano suite was adapted from a set of music for the silent cinema called Kinemamusic.  The list below gives the original titles in italics.

1. This is where the Fairies dance (Graceful Dance - Children - Pretty Scene - Light Comedy)

2. The Voice of the Trees (Scandinavian)

3. Poor little bird (Pathetic - Relating to a sad story, etc.; also Plaintive - Love - Entreaty, etc.)

4. Oh! Look at the Rabbits! (Italian (also suitable for Hurry))

5. Listen! What’s that? (Mexican or Spanish; also Melodramatic (Mysterious))

6. I Do Love You (Love - Romance, etc.)

7. Let's play at Indians! (Oriental - (Native Dances, etc.))

8. Let's hurry home, it's getting dark (Quick step - Troops - Street scenes - Light Comedy)

 

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Piano

Rosemary Tuck

Marco Polo 8.223699

CD

1993

BL, NX, PD, TM

 

- 8. Let’s hurry home only

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Piano

Guy Rowland

private recording

DVD

rec.26.11.2009

PD, TM

 

 

Ye Gods: incidental music to the fantastical farce

 

Ye Gods: a fantastical farce, by Stephen Robert and Eric Hudson, opened at the Kingsway Theatre on 20th May 1916, and was also later produced at the Strand, Aldwych and Shaftesbury Theatres, receiving more than 200 performances.  The only sheet music to be published was the Waltz, which was also recorded.   Many of the same themes occur (in duple time rather than the triple time of the waltz) in Wonga, which probably more closely represents what was played in the theatre.

 

Premise of the play

Wonga-Wonga is an African god who condemns the hero, Jimmy Carter (played by Charles Windermere) to be loved by every woman he met, apart from his fiancée.

 

 – Waltz (on melodies from incidental music)        

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Orchestra

Casino O, Ketèlbey            

Columbia 2778

65829

10” 78

[June 17]

(TM CAS)

The published music was intended for dancing, and is therefore a full-length waltz lasting 359 bars.  The recording reduces this to 191, mainly by cutting repeated material, but also one whole section.  This latter section however appears in Wonga, and was also re-used in In the Mystic Land of Egypt.  The record needs to be played so that the piece starts in A minor. Unusually for recordings this early, the orchestra includes both oboe and bassoon.

 

           

– Wonga: oriental intermezzo

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Orchestra

Regal O, Ketèlbey

Regal G 7346

65420

10” 78

[Sept 16]

PD, (TM CAS)

Re-issue

- Naxos 8.110870               

CD

2004      

BL, NX, PD, TM

Note that the African god has now become oriental!              

 

 

Ypres 1914: march

 

The second theme of this march was re-used in the first movement of Cockney Suite.

 

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Military band

Jumbo Military Band

Jumbo 1544

78

[1918?]

PD, (TM CD)

This recording can be heard at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeaZL0YT3XE