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ARDEN (Thalben-Ball)

ARDEN (Thalben-Ball)

Composer: George Thomas Thalben-Ball (1951)
Published in 15 hymnals

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Audio files: MIDI, Recording

Composer: George Thomas Thalben-Ball

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Tune Information

Title: ARDEN (Thalben-Ball)
Composer: George Thomas Thalben-Ball (1951)
Incipit: 13153 43236 23176
Key: F Major
Copyright: Oxford University Press


ARDEN is a noble, singable, somewhat dramatic tune set to a fine accompaniment suited to harmony singing. Try having a soloist sing the words attributed to God in stanza 1.

George T. Thalben-Ball (b. Sidney, Australia, 1896; d. London, England, 1987) composed ARDEN for the BBG Hymn Book of 1951, on which he worked as an editor. In that volume ARDEN was a setting for Charles Wesley's "Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing" (501). The tune is named for the district in Warwickshire, England, where the committee who compiled the BBG Hymn Book often met.

Thalben-Ball moved with his family from Australia to England when he was a child. His promise as an organist was evident early on: after studying at the Royal College of Music in London in 1910, he became organist at several London churches. At the age of sixteen he became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists. In 1923 he became the permanent organist of the Temple Church in London, a position he retained for many years. This church was largely destroyed during World War II, but it was restored in 1954 with an organ built under Thalben-Ball's supervision. An internationally known recitalist and an organist for the BBC, he helped shape the daily religious broadcasts of the BBC and contributed to the The BBG Hymn Book. He also became city and university organist in Birmingham, served as an examiner for the Royal School of Church Music, taught organ at the Royal College of Music, and was famous for his choral recordings at the Temple Church. Thalben-Ball was knighted in 1982.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook



Harmonizations, Introductions, Descants, Intonations

  • 200 New Last Verses
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (2007) pp. 18
  • 113 Variations on Hymn Tunes for Organ
    Composer/Editor George Thalben-Ball
    Published By: Novello and Company Limited (1969) pp. 4

Organ Solo

  • Organ Miniatures: 200 Short Improvisations on Familiar Hymn Tunes
    Composer/Editor June Nixon
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (1999) pp. 132
  • Preludes on the Great Hymn Tunes of Lent, Holy Week and Easter
    Composer/Editor Malcolm Arnold
    Published By: Kevin Mayhew Ltd. (1999) pp. 12
  • 113 Variations on Hymn Tunes for Organ
    Composer/Editor George Thalben-Ball
    Published By: Novello and Company Limited (1969) pp. 4


Instances (1 - 15 of 15)

Ancient and Modern #824


Common Praise #115


Common Praise #624

Hymns and Psalms #677

Hymns for Today's Church (2nd ed.) #572a

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #275

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Rejoice in the Lord #128


Rejoice in the Lord #147


Small Church Music #1561

The Australian Hymn Book with Catholic Supplement #359

The Book of Praise #57

The Book of Praise #430

The Book of Praise #462

The Hymn Book of the Anglican Church of Canada and the United Church of Canada #314


The New English Hymnal #415b

Exclude 5 pre-1979 instances
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