Albert William Ketèlbey

Biography

Born: August 9, 1875; Birmingham, England    Died: November 26, 1959; Isle of Wight, England  
It is possible, if perhaps not likely, that when British composer and conductor Albert William Ketèlbey died in 1959 at the age of 84 he had somehow heard some of then-young Henry Mancini's suave music. If so, perhaps the aged Ketèlbey was able to recognize that the mid-twentieth century was getting from Mancini something quite like what his own generation got from him many years earlier: music that aims to please not through depth Read more of content, academic pretension or gritty progressivism, but by virtue of lightheartedness, charm, and thoroughly fine craftsmanship.

Ketèlbey showed remarkable musical gifts while still a young boy. There is an anecdotal tale (for once probably true!) of how 11-year-old Ketèlbey wrote and publicly performed a full-length piano sonata and received the blessing of Edward Elgar for his efforts. Two years after that he received a scholarship to Trinity College, and at 16 he was named the new organist at St. John's Church in Wimbledon. Ketèlbey took to conducting musical theater shortly before the turn of the new century, which no doubt helped redirect his compositional interests toward light music.

Over the first couple decades of the twentieth century, Ketèlbey issued a hearty stream of pseudo-programmatic orchestral works; pieces like The Phantom Melody (1912) and In a Chinese Temple Garden (1923) were very popular in their day, and earned Ketèlbey enough money to eventually purchase and retire to an estate on the Isle of Wright. He also composed a comic opera, the Wonder Workers (1900), and several "serious" concert pieces, including a String Quartet and a Concert-Piece for piano and orchestra. Ketèlbey used pseudonyms for some of his music. Read less
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    H.M. Queen Elizabeth's March / Miller, Band of the Grenadier Guards
    Label: British Military Music Archive   Catalog: 1603 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Adela Verne,  Luigi Mancinelli,  Adolf Lotter,  Alexander Luigini  ... 
    Conductor:  George John Miller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grenadier Guards Band
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    Phase 4 Stereo - Stereo Concert Series
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002188302 Release Date: 10/27/2014   Number of Discs: 41
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa,  Charles A. Zimmerman,  Francis S. Van Boskerck,  George Norton  ... 
    Performer:  Stanley Black,  David Parkhouse,  Alan Loveday,  Robert Merrill  ... 
    Conductor:  Rodney Bashford,  Stanley Black,  Bernard Herrmann,  Edward Downes  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grenadier Guards Band,  London Festival Orchestra,  London Festival Recording Ensemble  ... 
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    Elizabethan Serenade / Various
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 4725092 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Addinsell,  Kenneth Alford,  Albert William Ketèlbey,  John Lanchbery  ... 
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    Magic Boxes / Dario Muller
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 7684 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emil Nebling,  Rudolf Friml,  H. Sousline,  Joaquin Turina  ... 
    Performer:  Dario Müller
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    The Golden Age of Light Music: Great British Composers, Vol. 2
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5203 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wally Stott,  Charles Williams,  Haydn Wood,  Vivian Ellis  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Farnon,  William Hodgson,  Sidney Torch,  Stanford Robinson  ... 
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    Best Of Pops / Arthur Fiedler, Boston Pops Orchestra
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 3580 Release Date: 07/02/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Jacob Gade,  Leroy Anderson,  Victor Young,  Meredith Willson  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Great British Composers, Vol. 1
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5195 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eric Coates,  Haydn Wood,  Frederic Curzon,  Richard Addinsell  ... 
    Conductor:  Eric Johnson,  Charles Williams,  Frederic Curzon,  Muir Mathieson  ... 
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  • 8.
    Merrymakers - British Light Classics
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1192 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eric Coates,  Trevor Duncan,  Ernest Tomlinson,  Hamish McCunn  ... 
    Conductor:  Iain Sutherland
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Concert Orchestra
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    Organ Extravaganza! / Kevin Bowyer
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1187 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jeremy Nicholas,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Charles Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Kevin Bowyer
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    Silent Noon / Opera Babes
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 661403 Release Date: 06/26/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Roger Quilter,  John Ireland,  Benjamin Britten  ... 
    Performer:  Karen England,  Rebecca Knight,  Janet Haney
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Opera Babes
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  • 11.
    100 Best British Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 27315 Release Date: 05/22/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Thomas Tallis,  John Goss,  Charles Villiers Stanford  ... 
    Performer:  Jacqueline Du Pré,  Hugh Bean,  Gerald Moore,  Dame Janet Baker  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury,  Sir Philip Ledger,  Sir David Willcocks,  Sir Adrian Boult  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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    50 Best British Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 27359 Release Date: 05/22/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Thomas Tallis,  John Goss,  William Byrd  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Williamson,  Stephen Cleobury,  Sir David Willcocks,  Peter Stevens  ... 
    Conductor:  Stephen Cleobury,  Philip Ledger,  Sir David Willcocks,  Sir John Barbirolli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Wallace Collection (Brass Ensemble)
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  • 13.
    Golden Age Of Light Music - A Second A-Z Of Light Music
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5182 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Graeme Stuart,  Toni Leutwiler,  J. George Johnson,  Cecil Milner  ... 
    Performer:  Mitch Miller
    Conductor:  Curt Andersen,  Percy Faith,  Harry Davidson,  Sidney Torch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Regent Classic Orchestra,  Symphonia Orchestra,  New World Theatre Orchestra  ... 
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    Golden Age Of Light Music - The Composer Conducts Vol 2
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5178 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alfred Newman,  Don Gillis,  Robert Farnon,  Peter Yorke  ... 
    Performer:  Arthur Sandford,  Montague Ewing,  Albert William Ketèlbey,  Harriet Cohen
    Conductor:  Alfred Newman,  Don Gillis,  Robert Farnon,  Peter Yorke  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Neapolitan Novelty Band
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  • 15.
    Sacred Songs And Ballads Of Yesteryear
    Label: Griffin   Catalog: 4073 Release Date: 08/16/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Stuart Hamblen,  Arthur Sullivan,  Charles Gounod,  César Franck  ... 
    Performer:  Josef Locke,  Oscar Natzka,  Mario Lanza,  Joan Hammond  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Glasgow Orpheus Choir,  Paris Choir Of The Metropolitan Russian Church
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    Of Another Time / Yun Kyong Kim
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1362 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Cyril Jenkins,  Marcel Paponaud,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Yun Kyong Kim
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: War And Peace - Light Music Of The 1940s
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5171 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Belton,  Hoagy Carmichael,  Eric Coates,  Sir William Walton  ... 
    Performer:  Laurance Turner,  Peggy Cochrane,  Henry Bronkhurst,  Guy Fletcher
    Conductor:  Charles Shadwell,  Percy Faith,  Eric Coates,  Sir William Walton  ... 
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    Louisiana: A Pianist's Journey / Kenneth Boulton
    Label: Cambria   Catalog: 1171 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Walter Niemann,  Roy Spaulding Stoughton,  John Parsons Beach,  Ferde Grofé  ... 
    Performer:  Kenneth Boulton
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    Ravel: Bolero, Dukas: Sorcerer's Apprentice / Sir Neville Marriner
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 420812 Release Date: 04/08/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Albert William Ketèlbey,  Maurice Ravel,  Johannes Brahms,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Conductor:  Alexander Faris,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Kurt Masur,  Franz Bauer-Theussl
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Promenade Orchestra,  Ambrosian Chorus,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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    British Light Classics / Dunn, Lanchbery, Kilbey
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 28285 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Farnon,  Ronald Binge,  Ray Martin,  Arthur Wood  ... 
    Conductor:  Sidney Torch,  John Scott,  Ray Martin,  Charles Williams  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Queen's Hall Light Orchestra,  John Scott Orchestra,  Ray Martin Concert Orchestra  ... 
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    In A Persian Market - Favorite Orchestral Works / Fiedler, Boston Pops
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 35037 Release Date: 03/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  George Enescu,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Emmanuel Chabrier  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 22.
    Ketèlbey: Orchestral Works / Faris, Robinson
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 473720 Release Date: 01/21/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Albert William Ketèlbey
    Conductor:  Alexander Faris,  Stanford Robinson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Promenade Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers,  New Symphony Orchestra
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    Ketelbey: In a Monastery Garden / Lanchbery
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 47806 Release Date: 08/06/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Albert William Ketèlbey
    Conductor:  John Lanchbery
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 24.
    British Light Music Classics / Corp, New London Orchestra
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 44261 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Frederic Curzon,  Trevor Duncan,  Marshall Ross,  Charles Ancliffe  ... 
    Conductor:  Ronald Corp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Orchestra
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  • 25.
    Ultimate Classics - The Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000766302 Release Date: 11/14/2006   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Jeremiah Clarke,  Edvard Grieg,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Elgar Howarth,  Philip Jones,  Nigel Kennedy,  Dame Joan Sutherland  ... 
    Conductor:  George Guest,  Herbert von Karajan,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Gianandrea Gavazzeni  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Mozart Ensemble
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