George Thalben-Ball: Elegy For Organ, George Thalben-Ball’s elegy for organ. ( NOV) en-GB.
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He was twice married: In he was awarded the Lambeth degree of Doctor of Music. 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. Stay up to date with Regent Classic on Facebook and Twitter. This page was last edited on 18 Decemberat 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 every facility of the modern organ.
Views Read Edit View history. The level of his talent can be gleaned from the fact that he played the solo part in the first performance by an English-trained pianist of Rachmaninoff ‘s famously difficult Piano Concerto No. Even when he was playing baroque repertoire, there would be many registration changes, ample swell pedal and dramatic contrasts in volume.
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 could remember it. Under his direction, the choir achieved in international fame with its recording of Mendelssohn’s Hear My Prayerfeaturing Ernest Lough as the treble soloist. This has 69 speaking stops spread over 3 manuals and pedals.
Jonathan gives a short introduction to each piece, offering some background and tips about performance and registration. He compiled, in addition, a complete set of chants for the psalmsmost of them being his own work; this set was published as The Choral Psalter.
Inhe was appointed Birmingham City Organist and Birmingham University Organist, a post he held for three decades.
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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.
For many years he taught at the Royal College of Music, where his students included Meredith Daviesekegy to find fame as a conductor. Noble English organs with sturdy foundations and elegt tones are ideal vehicles for performing this piece, suggests Jonathan Kingston, who performs the piece for us here.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Jonathan plays this piece on our instrument buit especially for the Boston AGO of I am pleased to have Jonathan working with us — he covers several areas from sales, demonstrations, voicing of instruments and performing. Behind the Scenes Interesting Installations. The Temple Church, where George was organist for many years Noble English organs with sturdy foundations and orchestral tones are ideal vehicles for rhalben this piece, suggests Jonathan Kingston, who performs the piece for us here.
He wrote in an organ solo called ‘Toccata Beorma’ as a celebration of his links with the city. This recording was followed by a number of others on the HMV label. Thalben-Ball composed several anthems and organ works, of which the elegyy known is his meditative Elegy for organ, which was played, for example, at the Funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales.
Ball until early adulthood “Thalben” was his mother’s maiden name. English classical organists Male organists English composers Musicians from Sydney births deaths Australian Knights Bachelor Musicians awarded knighthoods Composers awarded knighthoods Australian 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 Thalbne of a Lambeth degree 20th-century organists.
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It has a internal library of over alternative voice samples allowing the user to create totally individual voice pallets from classic English through Baroque and Romantic.
The latter honour was conferred shortly after his retirement from Temple Church. This event occurred in at the RCM, when he was aged I have had a passion for church organs since the tender age of 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 thaoben emotional elements of organ playing.
Skip to content Skip to primary sidebar Skip to footer Choose a Category:. He could sight-read, thxlben and improvise in any style and at any length to the highest standard without perceptible effort. Inhe succeeded Walford Davies as organist and director of the Temple Church choir, a post he held for nearly 60 years.
During this tenure, he gave over 1, weekly recitals.
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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. From that time until his knighthood, he was generally known by his colleagues as Walford Davies had been known before him simply as “Doctor”. The performance drops away quickly from the climax to the opening dynamic, knocking off stops using a couple of Great pistons and manipulating the Swell box.