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Poema and Toccata Beorma

composer
1972

 
The Toccata Beorma was composed in recognition of an honorary doctorate that Thalben-Ball received from the University of Birmingham in 1972. The Poema was composed some years later with both pieces published together in 1980. Beorma is generally accepted as the founder of Birmingham, and the city’s name stems from that word, together with the Anglo-Saxon ‘-ingham’ ending. The thematic material of the Poema is derived from a musical code spelling the word ‘Beorma’; this is first heard in imitative entries beginning in the left hand following the hazy opening chord sequence on the organ’s strings. An unusual approach ensues throughout these two contrasting pieces, with harmony and chromatic movement somewhat untypical of the more conservative musical style found in Thalben-Ball’s other works—particularly his two elegies and the Paganini variations for pedals. The perpetual and repetitive patterns of the bristling Toccata are distinctly French in style, with further stretching of tonal boundaries, as the rhythmic momentum gathers pace above a slow-moving and persistent pedal part.

from notes by Adam Binks © 2009

Recordings

The organ of Saint Suplice, Paris
SIGCD167Download only

Details

Movement 1: Poema
Track 10 on SIGCD167 [6'09] Download only
Movement 2: Toccata Beorma
Track 11 on SIGCD167 [5'37] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD167 track 11

Toccata Beorma
Artists
ISRC
GB-LLH-09-16711
Duration
5'37
Recording date
17 September 2007
Recording venue
Saint Suplice, Paris, France
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
Andrew Mellor & Andrew Riches
Hyperion usage
  1. The organ of Saint Suplice, Paris (SIGCD167)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: June 2009
    Download only
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