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

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The level of his talent can be gleaned from the fact that he played the solo part in the first performance by thapben English-trained pianist of Rachmaninoff ‘s famously difficult Piano Concerto No. Under his direction, the choir achieved in international fame with its recording of Mendelssohn’s Hear My Prayerfeaturing Ernest Lough as the treble soloist.

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Ball until early adulthood “Thalben” was his mother’s maiden name. For many years he taught at the Royal College of Music, where his students included Meredith Davieslater to find fame as a conductor.

I have had a passion for church organs since the tender age of 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.

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.

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

Stay up to date with Regent Classic on Facebook and Twitter. He was twice married: Behind the Scenes Interesting Installations. 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. This site uses cookies: He had become a Fellow of this institution in at the age 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.


Skip to content Skip to primary sidebar Skip to footer Choose a Category:. 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.

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From that time until his knighthood, he was generally known by his colleagues as Walford Davies had been known before him simply as “Doctor”. I am pleased to have Jonathan working with us — he covers several areas from sales, demonstrations, voicing of instruments and performing. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Jonathan gives a short introduction to each piece, offering some background and tips about performance and registration.

In he was awarded the Lambeth degree of Doctor of Music. During this tenure, he gave over 1, weekly recitals. Latest posts by David Mason ellegy all. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Jonathan plays this piece on wlegy instrument buit especially for the Boston AGO of Retrieved from ” https: Careful shading of the swell boxes with regard to the central crescendo is also an important feature.

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.

George Thalben-Ball

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. Thalben-Ball 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. This recording was followed by a number of others on the HMV label.


Inhe succeeded Walford Davies as organist and director of the Temple Church choir, a post he held for nearly 60 years. For more information have a look at its specifications here.

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This has 69 speaking stops spread over 3 manuals and pedals. Thalben-Ball composed several anthems and organ works, of which the best elgy is his meditative Elegy for organ, which was played, thalbsn example, at the Funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales. Views Read Edit View history.

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 latter honour was conferred shortly after his retirement from Temple Church. If you would like to watch the video tutorial right now — here it 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.