Many years ago I used to play in a handbell consort. Indeed, it was a rather top-notch handbell consort. We played “off the table” rather than “in hand”, which meant that we each had an array of up to about fifteen bells set out on a padded surface in front of us, which we would snatch up and ring at PRECISELY the right millisecond in order to perform complex arrangements. There were about a dozen of us, as I remember. I tended to have the bells for – I’m half guessing here – E flat, E, F, F sharp and G in three different octaves, ranging in size from a small mug to an espresso coffee cup.
One of our tougher pieces was an arrangement of Ketelbey’s “In a Persian Market”.
The Persian Market turns up in many unlikely guises;
I suppose this 1920’s theatre organ music roll recording is the least surprising:
Here is a version performed by a Japanese Spanish Guitar Orchestra:
James Last and His Orchestra had a go: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuUQa2C8x1c
This version, by a Double Bass Orchestra, in full costume, complete with gigantic gong, has to be my all-time favourite (after our own handbells, of course)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMbiLa0KCjs double bass
After all this, I have no idea what Ketelbey actually intended!