“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 Organist-Composer
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.
Thomas Åberg - photo by NIDA during visit to Boston in September 2015 - Read more
Latest on YouTube: Italian concert organist LUCA MASSAGLIA playing "Wartet auf" from "Three Short Fantasy Pieces" (1978) - Listen on YouTube
Sensational recording project in USA - 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
Review of "Legends in the Garden" CD (CARSON COOMAN playing works by Åberg), Fanfare Magazine:
“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
Write-up on Fantasy A-Minor from The Diapason (USA):
"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 | Journal of the Pipe Organ & Church Music
American concert organist JAMES D. HICKS - CD release in September 2015: Nordic Journey V (including Åberg's Toccata XIII) - Read more
MUSIC TO POEMS BY JOHN GRACEN BROWN - Read more and listen
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
Concert organist PAWEL SELIGMAN playing works by Åberg - playlist on YouTube
To the Memory of Charles W. Curley (1931-2016):
PARADE (2016) - 3 solo versions of "Music for Strings (2000)"
(for great organ - for chamber organ - for piano). Publisher: Svensk Musik
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. "I'm your chauffeur" he said with a French accent as a joke. 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 organ music. Therefore I created this piece "PARADE" to honor his memory.
Chuck and his wife Janice 2006. Photo: Thomas Åberg