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Entangled by Albert W. Ketelby
by Frank Himpsl, Adam Ramet, Russell Wattem
MIDI file (61 kb) of
British 65-note Aeolian No. 8140,
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Frank Himpsl)
Subject: Albert W. Ketelbey and "Tangled Tunes"
In response to Larry Norman's question about Albert Ketelby and the "Tangled Tunes" medley: I believe Albert Ketelby was of British nationality, and worked as a roll arranger for the Aeolian Company in London in the early 1900s.
The earliest roll of "Tangled Tunes" which I've seen is British Aeolian No. 8140 (65-note roll), which is undoubtedly the master from which the 88-note Angelus roll Larry refers to originated. It is an arranged roll (not hand played), with no acknowledgement of tune ID's or arranger; only crediting Ketelby as composer.
However, Ketelby's name as roll arranger does frequently appear on other similar British 65-note rolls of the period, which leads me to believe that the "Tangled Tunes" might well have been a special issue created for Aeolian by Ketelby, in this case, the composer and arranger being the same person. I've never seen sheet music for "Tangled Tunes," whereas other Ketelby tunes were well distributed. "In A Persian Market" was undoubtedly his most popular number, being published by Boosey, Ltd., and probably still in print.
Ketelby's music was a staple in the silent movie era, and I believe he composed with that media very much in mind as did others long forgotten such as Gaston Borch, John Zamecnik, Robert Hood Bowers and many others. None of the ASCAP directories I checked have any information about Ketelby, so I doubt that he ever joined that association.
It would take quite a bit of research work indeed to name all the tunes which appear on this odd medley roll, which usually only states a few thematic measures of each tune!
From: email@example.com (Adam Ramet)
Subject: "Tangled Tunes" Entangled by Albert W. Ketelby
The 106 titles of "Tangles Tunes" are as follows;-
[ We got multiple replies! See the complete list in the article below by Russell Wattam. Thanks anyhow for all your work, Adam! :-) -- Robbie ]
In the sheet music (a copy of which I have in my collection) the whole selection may be played from tunes 1 through 55 and end there or, alternately, one may soldier on through the complete 106 tunes.
Tunes 105 & 106 are played together with Zampa paying in the treble over the bass melody to the tune of God Save the King. In the very last few bars there is also a 107th tune sneaked in which is "Ask a Policeman".
I have seen a copy of this roll with a factory-made paper label stuck to the top of the box with the titles. More usually for pieces of this type a slip of paper with the titles was often inserted into the box though more often than not these have been lost over the years. The piece was copyrighted in 1915 and published by Aschberg Hopwood & Crew Ltd.
The Artistyle roll No. 92621 Larry Norman has would have been made from a UK Aeolian master roll originally. The piece itself is technically a "musical switch" (see my earlier MMD bit on Musical Switches a few years back for more on these).
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Russell Wattam)
Subject: "Tangled Tunes" Entangled by Albert W. Ketelby
Larry Norman asked if anyone had a copy of the sheet music for Albert Ketelby's "Tangled Tunes". Well, I have one complete with all the tune titles. The cover has a very nice lithograph of a conductor presiding over a steaming cauldron, the tunes titles appearing to be tangled in the steam. The sheet describes the piece as "A pot-pourri of 106 Favourite Melodies Humourously entangled by Albert W. Ketelby". The date given is 1915. The titles are given below.
Two more pieces in this vein were written by the British march composer Kenneth Alford: "A Musical Switch" and "The Lightning Switch". Both appear on the CD "The Music of Kenneth Alford" (Chandos CHAN 6584) played by the Band of H.M. Royal Marines.
Albert Ketelby was born in Birmingham, England in 1875 and died on the Isle of Wight in 1959 and was a popular composer of light music as well as theatrical, film and chamber pieces. He sometimes worked under the assumed names of William Aston and Anton Vodorinski. He was also for a time musical director for Columbia Records and was able to retire in his forties to the Isle of Wight due to the success of his popular compositions. Hope this helps
1. Rule Britannia
23 February 2001
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