Thomas Åberg, Composer

Member of FST - Society of Swedish Composers

 

Poems by JOHN GRACEN BROWN

John and Thomas meets in Washington D.C., April 2011. Photo by Nida.

 

 

American poet JOHAN GRACEN BROWN is primarily known for his works in poetry which has been used extensively by composers throughout the world. Over the years, much of his biblical drama has received attention and use through various media. There has been some exposure through reprinting, publication, radio, stage and public television.

The poems “By the Sea at Night”,  "The Eve of the Day", “Late Autumn” and  “DEATH”  set to music by Thomas Åberg are available in versions for mezzo-soprano/string ensemble and mezzo-soprano/organ. “DEATH” is also available in a soprano-version. Sheet music available through Swedish Music Information Centre. For orchestra versions – contact the composer and he will assist you!

NEWS 2016: "By the Sea at Night" and "Late Autumn" also available in versions for tenor.

 

 

New Wonderful Recording from Denmark:

 

HANNE MARIE LE FEVRE, mezzo-soprano

"Late Autumn" (excerpt)

Music by Thomas Åberg. Lyrica by John Gracen Brown
Organ: Mads Wadmann. Recorded by Henrik Winther 2016

Listen on Soundcloud

 

Recordings from Sweden

 

HANNA-MARIA STRAND, mezzo-soprano

BY THE SEA AT NIGHT (2002) 15’

Music by Thomas Åberg. Lyrics by John Gracen Brown. Version for mezzo-soprano and string ensemble (instr. Eyvind Hallnäs).
Mezzo-soprano HANNA-MARIA STRAND, LUNDS NYA KAMMARORKESTER, JOHAN-MAGNUS SJÖBERG, conductor.
Recorded in Allhelgonakyrkan (All Saints Church), Lund, February 13, 2011.

Listen on YouTube

 

LATE AUTUMN (2012) 8’

Music by Thomas Åberg. Lyrics by John Gracen Brown. HANNA-MARIA STRAND and the composer, organ.
Recorded in Engelbrektskyrkan, Stockholm, July 30, 2013.

Listen on YouTube

 

DEATH (2011) 7’

Music by Thomas Åberg. Lyrics by John Gracen Brown. Version for mezzo-soprano and string ensemble (instr. Eyvind Hallnäs).
Mezzo-soprano HANNA-MARIA STRAND, LUNDS NYA KAMMARORKESTER, JOHAN-MAGNUS SJÖBERG, conductor.
Recorded in Allhelgonakyrkan (All Saints Church), Lund, February 5, 2012.

Listen on YouTube

 

KARIN GUDBRAND, mezzo-soprano

BY THE SEA AT NIGHT (2002) 15’

Music by Thomas Åberg. Lyrics by John Gracen Brown. KARIN GUDBRAND, mezzo-soprano and the composer, organ.
Recorded at rehearsal in Allhelgonakyrkan (All Saints Church), Lund, June 18, 2006.

Listen on YouTube

 

LARS KRISTOFFERSSON, alto saxophone

THREE PIECES ON POEMS BY JOHN GRACEN BROWN (2014) 18'
(By the Sea at Night - DEATH - The Eve of the Day)

LARS KRISTOFFERSSON, alto saxophone and the composer, organ. Recorded in Engelbrektskyrkan, Stockholm, March 2, 2014.

Link to playlist on YouTube

 

 

Washington D.C April 2011: Thomas showing Mr. Brown the latest recording
with “By the Sea at Night”. Photo: Nida.

 

 

Special thanks!

 

Special thanks to Mr. John Gracen Brown for his encouraging correspondence over the years! Many thanks also to my friend and colleague Johan-Magnus Sjöberg and Lunds Nya Kammarorkester who launched the orchestra versions and made the pieces known to a wider audience. Many thanks also to my dear friend & mentor of this project Eyvind Hallnäs who made the instrumentations to the orchestra versions. Many thanks also to mezzo-soprano Hanna-Maria Strand for her advice and support during the composing of “Death” and “Late Autumn”! Finally, thanks to all of you who have been involved in the performances of these works; Sharon Lind (premiered By the Sea), Hartwig Barte-Hanssen, Angela Kentsch, Karin Gudbrand, Lars Kristoffersson, Henrik Björlin (video DEATH) and Nida (video By the Sea ...).

 

God bless you all!

 

Thomas Åberg

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

CARSON COOMAN playing Åberg's Fantasy A-Minor