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This page was last edited on 18 Decemberat 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 thalbdn great respect by the majority of organists. Inhe was appointed Birmingham City Organist and Birmingham University Organist, a post he held for three decades.
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.
He wrote in an organ solo called ‘Toccata Beorma’ as a celebration of his links with the city. Thalben-Ball was throughout his life an unashamed virtuoso, whether as pianist, as organist, or as choirmaster.
Stay up to date with Regent Classic on Facebook and Twitter. 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.
Under his direction, the choir achieved in international fame with its recording of Mendelssohn’s Hear My Prayerfeaturing Ernest Lough as the treble soloist. 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 Royal College of Music 20th-century British composers 20th-century Australian musicians 20th-century English musicians Holders of a Lambeth degree 20th-century organists.
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.
[Musical Tutorial] George Thalben-Ball’s Elegy – Regent Classic Organs
This recording was followed by a number of others on the HMV label. For more information have a look at its specifications here. 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. 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.
Careful shading of the swell boxes with regard to the central crescendo is also an important feature. 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. For many years he taught at the Royal College of Music, where his students included Meredith Davieslater to find fame as a conductor.
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.
I am pleased to have Jonathan working with us — he covers several areas from sales, demonstrations, voicing of instruments and performing.
Even when he was playing baroque repertoire, there would be many registration changes, ample swell pedal and dramatic contrasts in volume.
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So many listeners to the broadcast telephoned the BBC to ask what the composition was, that he decided to write down his improvisation as well as he could remember it. 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.
He was twice married: Inhe succeeded Walford Davies as organist and director of the Temple Church choir, a post he held for nearly 60 years. 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.
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Views Read Edit View history. During this tenure, he gave over 1, weekly recitals. In he was awarded the Lambeth degree of Doctor of Music. Behind the Scenes Interesting Installations. If you would like to watch the video tutorial right now — here it is: Latest posts by David Mason see all.