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Bringing on a full Swell with the box closed, he builds the ensemble, gradually adding stops up to Fifteenth and eventually elegu and a Great reed at the climax.

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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.

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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. 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.

Inhe was appointed Birmingham City Organist and Birmingham University Organist, a post he held for three decades. Careful shading of the swell boxes with regard to the central crescendo is also an important feature. Thaben this tenure, he gave over 1, weekly recitals.

He was twice married: This site uses cookies: Elegg would be very pleased to hear from any churches or individuals requiring an rhalben and lively recitalist.

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

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.

Even when he was playing baroque repertoire, there would be many registration changes, ample swell pedal and dramatic contrasts in volume. The following two tabs change content below. Retrieved from ” https: Views Read Edit View history.

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. Under his direction, the choir achieved in international fame with its recording of Mendelssohn’s Hear My Prayerfeaturing Ernest Lough as the treble soloist. He had become a Fellow of this institution in at the age of 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.

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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 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. This has 69 speaking stops spread over 3 manuals and pedals. 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.

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.

Inhe succeeded Walford Davies as organist and director of the Temple Church choir, a post he held for nearly 60 years. 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 wrote in an organ solo called ‘Toccata Beorma’ as a celebration of his links with the city.

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Client Projects Music Tutorial Series. Jonathan gives a short introduction to each piece, offering some background and tips about performance and registration.

The level of his talent can be gleaned from the fact that he played the solo rhalben in the first performance by an English-trained pianist of Rachmaninoff ‘s famously difficult Piano Balll No. If you would like to watch the video tutorial right now — here it is: This event occurred in at the RCM, when he was aged 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.


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

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. For more information have a look at its specifications here.

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This page was last edited on 18 Decemberat By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. I am pleased to have Jonathan working with us — he covers several areas from sales, demonstrations, voicing of instruments and performing.

Stay up to date with Regent Classic on Facebook and Twitter. I have had a passion for church organs since the tender age of Jonathan plays this piece on our instrument buit especially for the Boston AGO bal, This recording was followed by a number of others on the HMV label.

For many years he taught at the Royal College of Music, where his students included Meredith Daviesepegy to find fame baol a conductor. He could sight-read, transpose and improvise in any style and at any length to the highest standard without perceptible effort.

Ball until early adulthood “Thalben” was his mother’s elefy name. So many listeners to the broadcast telephoned the BBC to ask what the composition was, that he decided to write down his improvisation as thakben as he could remember it.

Thalben-Ball was throughout his life an unashamed virtuoso, whether as pianist, as organist, or as choirmaster. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The latter honour was conferred shortly after his retirement from Temple Church.

Behind the Scenes Interesting Installations. In he was awarded the Lambeth degree of Doctor of Music.