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

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The latter honour was conferred shortly after his eley from Temple Church. This event occurred in at the RCM, when he was aged The following two tabs change content below. This site uses cookies: 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.

He balll 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.

He would be very pleased to hear from any churches or individuals requiring an engaging and lively recitalist. During this tenure, he gave over 1, weekly recitals. He compiled, in addition, a complete set of chants for the psalmsmost of them being his own work; this set was published as The Abll Psalter.

He dedicated his Elegy, apparently conceived as an improvisation to thaben 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.

From that time until his knighthood, he was generally known by his colleagues as Walford Davies had been known before him simply as “Doctor”. Latest posts by David Mason see all.

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Jonathan gives a short introduction to each piece, offering some background and tips about performance and registration. If you would like to watch the video tutorial right now — here thalbeh is: 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.


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. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Inhe was appointed Birmingham City Organist and Birmingham University Organist, a post he held for three decades.

He could sight-read, transpose and improvise in any style thalebn at any length to the highest standard without perceptible effort. Jonathan plays this piece on our instrument buit especially for the Boston AGO of Skip to content Skip to primary sidebar Skip to footer Choose a Category:.

His style of performance tnalben 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.

[Musical Tutorial] George Thalben-Ball’s Elegy – Regent Classic Organs

Organist Jonathan Kingston is playing on a Regent Classic custom built digital organ, which has bakl stops, with all couplers managed from tabs above the Swell manual. Even when he was playing bqll repertoire, there would be many registration changes, ample swell pedal and dramatic contrasts in volume. For many years he taught at the Royal College of Music, where his students included Meredith Davieslater to find fame as a conductor.

Vall was throughout his life an unashamed virtuoso, whether as pianist, as organist, or as choirmaster. 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. Client Projects Music Tutorial Series. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Under his direction, the choir achieved in international fame with its recording of Mendelssohn’s Hear My Prayerfeaturing Ernest Lough as the treble soloist.


George Thalben-Ball

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. 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.

Ball until early adulthood “Thalben” was his mother’s maiden name. 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.

In he was awarded the Lambeth degree of Doctor of Music. Retrieved from ” https: This page was last edited on 18 Decemberat 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.