Thomas Åberg, Composer

Member of FST - Society of Swedish Composers

“How is a composer like a pig?
They're both only appreciated after they're dead!”
Max Reger, German composer/organist (1873-1916)

 

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Thomas Åberg

Thomas Åberg (b. 1952) was born in Stockholm and works there as composer and independent organist. Most of his works are written for the organ and are characterized by their rhythmic joy, simplicity, and humor. He has stated that "music must bring enjoyment, without abandoning reverence," and as such his style often uses the most basic of musical materials to create a discourse that is both spiritual and visceral.

His music has been performed by organists at festivals throughout Europe, Asia, and the USA. He also tours regularly worldwide as concert organist with his own works. Member of FST – Society of Swedish Composers since 1986.

Thomas Åberg - photo by NIDA during visit to Boston in September 2015 - Read more

 

 

 

Sensational recording project in USA

American concert organist & composer CARSON COOMAN records over 60 of Åberg’s works.

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More about Carson Cooman's recording project

In the fall of 2011, Carson Cooman began a project to create online demonstration recordings of organ repertoire by 20th and 21st century composers. The pieces chosen are primarily short works that are accessible and useful to organists of all skill levels, for either service or recital playing.

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Åberg meets Cooman at Harvard University

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News from SVENSK MUSIK - Swedish Music Information Centre

Svensk Musik - Swedish Music Information Centre will launch a new, more modern website during the Fall of 2017!

 

 

Reviews of "Legends in the Garden" CD - CARSON COOMAN playing works by Åberg

"When I first listened to Legends in the Garden I was absolutely stunned by the beauty of composition by a composer whom, I must admit, I had never heard of. I played the CD repeatedly, captivated by the rather minimalist sound and the sheer beauty of the recording. Mesmerized might be a better word for it, and I'm deeply grateful to Carson Cooman for making this music accessible to a wider audience."

Jay Zoller, The Diapason | Journal of the Pipe Organ & Church Music

 

“I am no lover of organ music. Not at all. Yet if anything might convince me to spend some more time with the King of Instruments, this disc would be it.”

Colin Clarke, Fanfare Magazine

 

 "The moving Legends and Garden pieces share a disarming simplicity and eloquence, while more energetic works - the Marsch, Postlude and Toccata - exhibit the composer's sense of humor."

Write-up on the "Legends in the Garden" CD from Records International:
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Write-up on Fantasy A-Minor

Sheet music: Svensk Musik - Swedish Music Information Centre

"As with all of Åberg’s music, this piece has a unaffected haunting grace that transcends its apparent simplicity. It is not difficult music, but you can expect to have it running through your mind for days afterward. I highly recommend making yourself acquainted with this Fantasy as well as other pieces by Thomas Åberg."

Jay Zoller, The Diapason | Journal of the Pipe Organ & Church Music

 

 

Music to poems by JOHN GRACEN BROWN

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FST:s “Think Tank” for Swedish Church Music

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Highlights from YouTube:

Italian concert organist LUCA MASSAGLIA playing Waiting for Astor

Italian concert organist MARCO LO MUSCIO playing Fantasy A-Minor

The composer playing Sinfonietta (finale)

 

 

To the Memory of Charles W. Curley

Chuck and his wife Janice in Olean, N.Y. Photo: Thomas Åberg

Mr. Curley - "Chuck" - was my dear friend and my concert organizer in the USA for over 20 years. We had many laughs and miles together when he drove me round to different churches to play concerts. In the late 90's he hinted that I might write a piece for one of the school orchestras in his neighborhood. This "hint" later became "Music for Strings (2000)". Chuck was "crazy" about everything Swedish and especially Swedish music. Therefore I created this version of Music for Strings - "PARADE" - to Honor his Memory.

Piano version recorded in Engelbrektskyrkan, Stockholm, June 17, 2016. "To the Memory of Charles W. Curley (1931-2016)"

Also available in 2 versions for organ (for great organ and for chamber organ, manuals only). Published by SMIC (http://www.mic.stim.se)

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Charles W. Curley obituary

 

Music for St. Francis Day: "Weisflog's Dog"  

CARSON COOMAN playing Åberg's Fantasy A-Minor