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Bells across the meadows


Albert William Ketèlbey (1875–1959) occupies his place in British musical history for a particularly distinctive body of ‘narrative music’. Far from creating anything specificially British, Ketèlbey sought a peculiarly exotic sound in works such as In a Monastery Garden (1915), In a Persian Market (1920), In a Chinese Temple Garden (1923) and In the Mystic Land of Egypt (1931). In his Bells Across the Meadows (1921) we hear distant church bells introducing a typically broad Ketèlbey melody into which they cleverly blend. Ketèlbey was born in Birmingham, was educated at Trinity College, London, and was a church organist and theatre conductor before establishing his reputation with his famous body of compositions.

from notes by Andrew Lamb © 1996

Albert William Ketèlbey (1875-1959) doit sa place dans l’histoire musicale britannique à un corpus particulièrement original de ‘musique narrative’. Loin de créer une musique spécifiquement anglaise, il rechercha un son singulièrement exotique dans des œuvres comme In a Monastery Garden (1915), In a Persian Market (1920), In a Chinese Temple Garden (1923) et In the Mystic Land of Egypt (1931). Dans son Bells Across the Meadows (1921), de lointaines cloches d’église introduisent une mélodie typiquement ample, dans laquelle elles se fondent ingénieusement. Ketèlbey, né à Birmingham et éduqué à Trinity Collège (Londres), fut organiste d’église et chef d’un orchestre de théâtre avant d’asseoir sa réputation sur son célèbre ensemble de compositions.

extrait des notes rédigées par Andrew Lamb © 1996
Français: Hypérion

Albert William Ketèlbey (1875-1959) nimmt wegen seines herausragenden Gros an ‘erzählender Musik’ einen besonderen Platz in der britischen Musikgeschichte ein. Vom Komponieren britischer Stücke weit entfernt, suchte Ketèlbey in Arbeiten wie In a Monastery Garden (In einem Klostergarten) (1915), In a Persian Market (Auf einem persischen Markt) (1920), In a Chinese Temple Garden (1923) (In einem chinesischen Tempelgarten) und In the Mystic Land of Egypt (1931) (Im mystischen Land Ägypten) einen eigentümlich exotischen Klang. In seinen Bells Across the Meadows (1921) (Glocken über den Wiesen) hören wir die fernen Kirchenglocken, die eine Ketèlbey’sche Melodie von typischer Breite einführen und diese dann klug weiterklingen lassen. Ketèlby war in Birmingham geboren und am Trinity College in London ausgebildet worden. Er war Kirchenorganist und Theaterdirigent, ehe er durch seine beliebten Kompositionen Ruhm erlangte.

aus dem Begleittext von Andrew Lamb © 1996
Deutsch: Ute Mansfeldt


British Light Music Classics
CDS44261/44CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
British Light Music Classics, Vol. 1
CDA66868Archive Service; also available on CDS44261/4


Track 12 on CDA66868 [4'40] Archive Service; also available on CDS44261/4
Track 12 on CDS44261/4 CD1 [4'40] 4CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

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