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)

WELCOME to the Official Website of Swedish Composer/Organist

Thomas Åberg

Thomas Åberg (b. 1952) was born in Stockholm, Sweden and works there as composer, independent organist, and music administrator. 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. Listen to some of his US concerts on YouTube - link to playlist.

 

Sensational recording project - American concert organist & composer CARSON COOMAN records 65 of Åberg’s works - Read more and listen

 

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. Read more and listen

 

ÅBERG MEETS CARSON COOMAN AT HARVARD: Read more and listen

 

American concert organist JAMES D. HICKS - CD release in September 2015: Nordic Journey V (including Åberg's Toccata XIII) - Read more

 

Write-up on Fantasy A-Minor (Svensk Musik) from The Diapason:

"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." JAY ZOLLER, The Diapason (November 2015)

Website of The Diapason | Journal of the Pipe Organ & Church Music

 

NEW PIECE: Toccata Pastorale - Toccata XV (2016) - for piano or church organ

Listen to piano version | Listen to organ version

 

NEW PIECE: Toccata XVI (2016) - for church organ

Listen to CARSON COOMAN playing

 

NEW PIECE: Parade (2016) - for church organ

Organ version of Music for Strings (2000) - To the Memory of Charles W. Curley - Read more

 

From Italy:

Concert organist LUCA MASSAGLIA & MARCO CASAZZA, violin playing works by Åberg - playlist on YouTube

 

Concert organist and composer: MARCO LO MUSCIO playing works by Åberg - playlist on YouTube

 

From USA:

Poems by JOHN GRACEN BROWN - Read more and listen

 

New Melodrama for St. Francis Day: "Weisflog's Dog"