Albert Ketèlbey

English composer. Born 9 August 1875. Died 26 November 1959
Albert Ketèlbey
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1875-08-09
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Albert Ketèlbey

Albert Ketèlbey Biography (BBC)

Albert Ketèlbey was a leading composer of light music – a genre, relying on good tunes in undemanding miniature forms, which was popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in cafés and theatres, on piers and bandstands, and later on 78rpm records and radio, and which is now enjoying a nostalgic revival on CD.

Born in Birmingham, Ketèlbey enjoyed childhood success as a composer, and at the age of 13 won a scholarship to Trinity College of Music in London, where he studied piano, cello and several other instruments. While still at Trinity, he worked as a church organist and a touring pianist, and later he became musical director of a light opera company and a London theatre. He won two composing competitions in 1912, and had his first big success three years later with In a Monastery Garden.

This was followed by numerous other pieces with similarly evocative titles: among the most popular were In a Persian Market, Bells across the Meadows and Wedgwood Blue. He also composed music for military band, mood music for use in the ‘silent’ cinema, and solo piano pieces – some of them, Russian in style, under the pseudonym Anton Vodorinski.

Ketèlbey acted as music editor for London publishers and musical director of the Columbia Gramophone Company, and conducted his own music at home and abroad, notably with the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra. But in later years he rarely left his home on the Isle of Wight, where he died in 1959.

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Albert Ketèlbey
In A Monastery Garden
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In A Monastery Garden
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In A Monastery Garden
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In A Monastery Garden
Albert Ketèlbey
In a Persian Market
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In a Persian Market
Albert Ketèlbey
Bells across the Meadows
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Bells across the Meadows
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In a Monastery Garden
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In a Monastery Garden
Albert Ketèlbey
The Clock and the Dresden Figures
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The Clock and the Dresden Figures

The Clock and the Dresden Figures

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Ketelebey's Concert Orchestra
Albert Ketèlbey
From a Japanese Screen
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From a Japanese Screen
Albert Ketèlbey
Bells across the Meadows
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Bells across the Meadows
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In a Monastery Garden
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In a Monastery Garden
Albert Ketèlbey
Bells across the meadows
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Bells across the meadows
Albert Ketèlbey
Cockney Suite (Cameos of London life): 'Appy 'Ampstead (Bank Holiday)
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Cockney Suite (Cameos of London life): 'Appy 'Ampstead (Bank Holiday)
Albert Ketèlbey
At the Palais de Danse (Anywhere) (Cockney Suite)
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At the Palais de Danse (Anywhere) (Cockney Suite)

At the Palais de Danse (Anywhere) (Cockney Suite)

Performer
A. W. Ketelbey’s Concerto Orchestra conducted by the Composer (recorded January 1929)
Albert Ketèlbey
In a Monastery Garden
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In a Monastery Garden
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In a Chinese Garden
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In a Chinese Garden
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In a Persian market
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In a Persian market
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Appy Amstead
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Appy Amstead
Albert Ketèlbey
In a Persian Market
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In a Persian Market

In a Persian Market

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Ronald Corp
The New London Orchestra and Chorus
New Symphony Orchestra of London
In a Chinese Temple Garden (feat. Robert Sharples)
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In a Chinese Temple Garden (feat. Robert Sharples)
New S O of London, Albert Ketèlbey & Robert Sharples
Bells across the Meadows
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Bells across the Meadows

Bells across the Meadows

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New S O of London, Albert Ketèlbey & Robert Sharples
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Rosemary Tuck & Albert Ketèlbey
Piano Works Vol 1, Daffodils
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Piano Works Vol 1, Daffodils

Piano Works Vol 1, Daffodils

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Rosemary Tuck & Albert Ketèlbey
Albert Ketèlbey
In a Persian Market
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In a Persian Market
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Sanctuary of the Heart
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Sanctuary of the Heart
Albert Ketèlbey
Bells across the meadow
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Bells across the meadow
Albert Ketèlbey
In a Monastery Garden
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In a Monastery Garden
Albert Ketèlbey
Amoretten Tanze (Little Cupid's Dance)
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Amoretten Tanze (Little Cupid's Dance)
Albert Ketèlbey
Vanity Fair
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Vanity Fair
Albert Ketèlbey
Stars and Stripes Forever
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Stars and Stripes Forever
Albert Ketèlbey
Brazil
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Brazil
Albert Ketèlbey
Souvenir De Vienne
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Souvenir De Vienne
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