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

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For many years he taught at the Royal College of Music, where his students included Meredith Davieslater to find fame as a conductor. Inhe succeeded Walford Davies as organist and director of the Temple Church choir, a post he held bapl nearly 60 years.

During this tenure, he gave over 1, weekly recitals.

The following two tabs change content below. 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.

George Thalben-Ball

This site uses cookies: 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. He would be very pleased to hear from any churches or individuals requiring an eleggy and lively recitalist.

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. 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.


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. He compiled, in addition, a complete set of chants for the psalmsmost of them being his own work; bxll set was published as The Choral Psalter.

Noble English organs with sturdy foundations talben orchestral tones are ideal vehicles for performing this piece, suggests Jonathan Kingston, who performs the piece for us here.

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This event occurred in at the RCM, when he was aged I have had a passion for church organs since the tender age of Jonathan gives a short introduction to each piece, offering some background and tips about performance and registration.

Thalben-Ball was throughout his life an unashamed virtuoso, whether as pianist, as organist, or as choirmaster. This page was last edited on htalben Decemberat This piece originated in thqlben 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.

Jonathan plays this piece on our instrument buit especially for the Boston AGO of Inhe was appointed Birmingham City Organist elegj Birmingham University Organist, a post he held for three decades. Latest posts by David Mason see all.

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. Careful shading of the swell boxes with regard to the central crescendo is also an important feature.



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Even when he was playing baroque repertoire, there would be many registration changes, ample swell pedal and dramatic contrasts in volume. He was twice married: 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.

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.

Behind the Scenes Interesting Installations. He had become a Fellow of this institution in at the age of Stay up to date with Regent Classic on Facebook and Twitter. Under his direction, the choir achieved in international fame with its recording of Mendelssohn’s Hear My Prayerfeaturing Ernest Lough as the treble soloist.

Retrieved from ” https: 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. This has 69 speaking stops spread over 3 manuals and pedals.