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Regent Classic brings you this Musical Tutorial Series. Jonathan Kingston introduces and plays George Thalben Ball’s Elegy. Watch the video here.

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

Views Read Edit View history. After purchase you can download your video from your Digital Library. This is a very nice piece to have in the organist’s library. Thalben-Balls “Elegy” has been beloved since before he wrote it down! 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.

For many years he taught at the Royal College of Music, where his students included Meredith Davieslater to find fame as a conductor. He would be very pleased to hear from any churches or individuals requiring an engaging and lively recitalist. It remains a much-played classic today, and is still beautiful and effective. We do not use or store email addresses from this form for any other purpose than sending your share email.

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. The latter honour was conferred shortly after his retirement from Temple Church.


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 eleggy 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. 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.

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He wrote in an organ solo called ‘Toccata Beorma’ as a celebration of his links with the city. So many listeners to the broadcast telephoned the BBC to ask what the composition flegy, that he decided to write down his improvisation as well as he could remember it.

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. By signing up you consent with the terms in our Privacy Policy.

In thapben-ball, he was appointed Birmingham City Organist and Birmingham University Organist, a post he held for three decades. I am a music teacher.

I would highly recommend this to any organist. You can also download at any time in your Digital Library.

Under his direction, the choir achieved in international fame with its recording of Mendelssohn’s Hear My Prayerfeaturing Ernest Lough as the treble soloist. Close X Saved to Music List. Music Lists are as unique as the musician! Behind the Scenes Interesting Installations. A “basic” repertoire piece; if you don’t have 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.

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Review Guidelines Explain exactly why you liked or disliked the product. 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. I am pleased to have Jonathan working with us — he covers several areas from sales, demonstrations, voicing of instruments and performing.

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Stay up to date with Regent Classic on Facebook and Twitter. Close X Tell A Friend. 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. Feel free to recommend similar pieces if you liked this piece, or alternatives if you didn’t.