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George Thalben-Ball: Elegy For Organ, George Thalben-Ball’s elegy for organ. ( NOV) en-GB.

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In he was awarded the Lambeth degree of Doctor of Music. I own and run Regent Classic Organs with a close attention to the detail that musicians appreciate; and a clear understanding of the benefits of digital technology and keeping to the traditional and emotional elements of organ playing. I am pleased to have Jonathan working with slegy — he covers several areas from sales, demonstrations, voicing of instruments and performing.

He could sight-read, transpose and improvise in any style and at any length to the highest standard without perceptible effort. From that time until his knighthood, he was generally known by his colleagues as Walford Davies had been known before him simply as “Doctor”.

George Thalben-Ball

So many listeners to the broadcast telephoned the BBC to ask what the composition was, that he decided to write down his improvisation as well as he thaoben remember it. Noble English organs with sturdy foundations and orchestral tones are ideal vehicles for performing this piece, suggests Jonathan Kingston, who performs the piece for us here.

For many years he taught at the Royal College of Music, where his students included Meredith Davieslater to find fame as a conductor. English classical organists Male organists English tgalben Musicians from Sydney births deaths Australian Knights Bachelor Musicians awarded knighthoods Composers awarded knighthoods Elety Commanders of the Order of the British Empire Alumni of the Royal College of Music 20th-century British composers 20th-century Australian musicians 20th-century English musicians Holders of a Lambeth degree 20th-century organists.

Inhe was appointed Birmingham City Organist and Birmingham University Organist, a post he held for three decades.


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Ball until early bsll “Thalben” was his mother’s maiden name. The Temple Church, where George was organist for many years Noble English organs with sturdy foundations and orchestral tones are ideal vehicles for performing this piece, suggests Jonathan Kingston, who performs the piece for us here.

This page was last edited on 18 Decemberat Inhe succeeded Walford Davies as organist and director of the Temple Church choir, a post he held for nearly 60 years.

Organist Jonathan Kingston is playing on a Regent Classic custom built digital organ, which has 69 stops, with all couplers managed from tabs above the Swell manual. I have elrgy a passion for church organs since the tender age of A regular radio broadcaster, Thalben-Ball also carried out numerous performances in many concert venues, not only in Britain; he gave the inaugural recitals on the organs of the Royal Albert Hall where he had the post of curator organist and the BBC Concert Hall.

He compiled, in addition, a complete set of elegj for the psalmsmost of them being his own work; this set was published as The Choral Psalter. Bringing on a full Swell with the box closed, he builds the ensemble, gradually adding stops up to Fifteenth and eventually mixtures and a Great reed at the climax. He dedicated his Elegy, apparently conceived as an improvisation to fill in time at the end of a BBC-recorded service during the war, to Walford Davis who preceded him as organist at the Temple Church in London.

This event occurred in at the RCM, when he was aged Retrieved from ” https: Client Projects Music Tutorial Series. The latter honour was conferred shortly after his retirement from Temple Church.

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He gall twice married: This recording was followed by a number of thalbrn on the HMV label. He became Director of Music at the Temple Church in London, as well as City Organist at Birmingham Town Hall, and his name is still held with great respect by the majority of organists. It has a internal library of over alternative voice samples allowing the user to create totally individual voice pallets from thablen English through Baroque and Romantic.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Thalben-Ball was throughout his life an unashamed virtuoso, whether as pianist, as organist, or as choirmaster.

Behind the Scenes Interesting Installations. He wrote in an organ solo called ‘Toccata Beorma’ as a celebration of his links with the city.

He had become a Fellow of this institution in at the age of Thalben-Ball composed several anthems and organ works, of which the best known is his meditative Elegy for organ, which was played, for example, at the Funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales.

His style of performance like that of his younger contemporary Virgil Fox in the USA was rooted in the 19th century, and made full use of bal, facility of the modern organ. This piece originated in an improvisation which Thalben-Ball played at the end of a live BBC daily religious service during World War II, when the service finished a couple of minutes earlier than expected.

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