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 page was last edited on 18 Decemberat 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 Choral Psalter. He had become a Fellow of this institution in at the age of This has 69 speaking stops spread over 3 manuals and pedals. He would be very pleased to hear from any tualben or individuals requiring an engaging and lively recitalist.

This event occurred in at the RCM, when he was aged He wrote in an organ solo called ‘Toccata Beorma’ as a celebration of his links with the city. 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 bal the piece for us here. 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.

This recording was followed by a number of others on the HMV label. Jonathan plays this piece on our instrument buit especially for the Boston AGO of 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.


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

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

Retrieved from ” https: 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. For many years he taught at the Royal College of Music, where his students included Meredith Davieslater to find fame as a conductor.

Jonathan then moves into the following section thalen the theme is played entirely on the Great division with a slightly larger Bll registration coupled, adding stops on the Great with a Swell crescendo. 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 thzlben the climax to the opening dynamic, knocking off stops using a couple of Great pistons and manipulating the Swell box.

The latter honour was conferred shortly after his retirement from Temple Church. A regular radio broadcaster, Thalben-Ball also carried out numerous performances in many concert venues, balo 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.

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bapl Thalben-Ball was throughout his life an unashamed virtuoso, whether as pianist, as organist, or as choirmaster. 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 Wlegy College of Music 20th-century British composers 20th-century Australian musicians 20th-century English musicians Holders of a Lambeth degree 20th-century organists.


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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. Ball until early adulthood thlaben was his mother’s maiden name. His style of performance like that of his younger contemporary Virgil Fox in the USA was rooted thalbn the 19th century, and made full use of every facility of the modern organ. The following two tabs change content below.

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Under his direction, the choir achieved in international fame with its recording of Mendelssohn’s Hear My Prayerfeaturing Ernest Lough as the treble soloist. Views Read Edit View history. He could sight-read, transpose and improvise in any style and at any length to the highest standard without perceptible effort. 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.