George Thalben-Ball: Elegy For Organ, George Thalben-Ball’s elegy for organ. ( NOV) en-GB.
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For more information have a look at its specifications here. For many years he taught at the Royal College of Music, where his students included Meredith Davieslater to find fame as thxlben conductor.
Inhe was appointed Birmingham City Organist and Birmingham University Organist, a post he held for three decades.
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. Careful shading of the swell boxes with regard to the central crescendo is also an important feature. Stay up to date with Regent Classic on Facebook and Twitter. 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.
He wrote in an organ solo called ‘Toccata Beorma’ as a celebration of his links with the city. Client Projects Music Tutorial Series. The latter honour was conferred shortly after his retirement from Temple Church. This event occurred in at the RCM, when he was aged The level of his talent can be gleaned from the fact that ba,l played the solo part in the tualben performance by an English-trained pianist of Rachmaninoff ‘s famously difficult Piano Concerto No.
Epegy Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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 baol of the Royal Albert Hall where he had the post of curator organist and the BBC Concert Hall.
Jonathan plays this piece on our instrument buit especially for the Boston AGO of Even when he was playing baroque e,egy, there would be many registration changes, ample swell pedal and dramatic contrasts in volume.
Jonathan gives a short introduction to each piece, offering some background and tips about performance and registration. Skip to content Skip to primary sidebar Skip to footer Choose a Category:.
During this tenure, he gave over 1, weekly recitals. Ball until early adulthood “Thalben” was his mother’s maiden name. His style of performance like that of his younger contemporary Virgil Fox in the USA was rooted in the 19th century, thalbsn made full use of every facility of the modern organ.
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This page was last edited on 18 Decemberat 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. The performance drops away quickly from the climax to the opening dynamic, knocking off stops using a couple of Great pistons and thaoben the Swell box.
This has 69 speaking stops spread over 3 manuals and pedals. This recording was followed by a number of others on the HMV label.
He could sight-read, transpose and improvise in any style and at any length to the highest standard without perceptible effort. The following two tabs change content below. He was twice married: Behind the Scenes Interesting Installations. 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. 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.
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Thalben-Ball was throughout his life an unashamed virtuoso, whether as pianist, as organist, or as choirmaster. 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 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.
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Inhe succeeded Walford Davies as organist and director of the Temple Church choir, a post he held for nearly 60 years. 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.
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. 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.
Jonathan then moves into the following section where the theme is played entirely on the Great division with a slightly larger Swell registration coupled, adding stops on the Great with a Swell crescendo. If you would like to watch the video tutorial right now — here it is: 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.