Thomas Åberg, Composer

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Thomas Åberg:
Perspectives on His Life and Work

An extended biographical essay by Carson Cooman

https://carsoncooman.com/organist/aberg-perspectives/

 

 

 

New editions of 30 organ works by Åberg spanning his entire composing career

Editor Carson Cooman (also an organist who has specialized in performing contemporary music) and composer Thomas Åberg have collaborated on entirely new editions of 30 organ works by Åberg spanning his entire composing career. These new editions are optimized for ease of playing: larger print size, easy page turns whenever possible, and many notation clarifications.

Guide & Samples

 

 

 

Sensational recording project in USA

American concert organist & composer CARSON COOMAN records over 70 of Åberg’s works.

Latest recording June 2018: Postlude (1984) for organ.

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.

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ARTIS WODEHOUSE playing Åberg's Swedenborg Pieces on a vintage Yamaha reed organ/harmonium at the Richmond Free Library in VT.

Read more about Artis Wodehouse

Listen on YouTube

 

 

KEVIN KISSINGER playing Åberg's Toccata XVI and November Music on the 103 rank Casavant Organ at the Community of Christ Temple.

Read more about Kevin Kissinger

Listen on YouTube

 

 

YouTube updated July 13th, 2018:

Thomas Åberg playing "Tender Moments No. 1" (2001) at the Grönlund organ in Engelbrektskyrkan, Stockholm.

Listen on YouTube

 

 

Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris

Organ Recital: MARCO LO MUSCIO

January 6, 2018: Works by Bach, Bull, Ligeti, Lo Muscio and Thomas Åberg (Fantasy A-Minor)

Listen on YouTube

 

 

Olaus Petri Church, Örebro (Sweden)

Organ Recital: MARCO LO MUSCIO

January 21, 2018: Works by Cooman, Phillips, Bull, Lo Muscio, Morricone, Ligeti and Thomas Åberg (Fantasy A-Minor & Toccata XVI)

Listen on YouTube

 

 

Eben Haëzerkerk, Apeldoorn (Netherlands)

Organ Recital: EVERHARD ZWART

February 17, 2018: Works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Tomaso Albinoni, Rulon Christiansen and Thomas Åberg (Fantasy A-Minor).

https://www.everhardzwart.nl/index.php/concert/apeldoorn-eben-haezerkerk

 

 

Grote Kerk Terneuzen, Terneuzen (Netherlands)

Organ Recital: EVERHARD ZWART

March 17, 2018: Works by Willem Hendrik Zwart, Johann Sebastian Bach, Alexandre Guilmant, Jean Gabriel-Marie, Hendrik Andriessen, Thomas Åberg ( Fantasy in a-minor).

https://www.everhardzwart.nl/index.php/concert/orgelconcert-terneuzen/

 

 

Morning Prayers, Appleton Chapel at Harvard University

March 20, 2018: In the Garden: Rainy Day (Prelude)
CARSON COOMAN, Organ

 

 

Peaceful Pipes Organ Recital Series: The Memorial Church, Harvard University
CARSON COOMAN, organ

April 4, 2018: Music by Thomas Åberg:  In the Garden: Frosty Morning, Swedenborg Pieces No. 1 & 2, Legend No. 6, Angelic Meditation (first performance) and Fantasy A-Minor.

 

 

Morning Prayers, Appleton Chapel at Harvard University

April 6, 2018: Toccata No. 3 (Prelude)
April 9, 2018: Angelic Meditation (Prelude)
CARSON COOMAN, Organ

 

 

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Newcastle, Maine

Organ Recital: JAY ZOLLER

April 15, 2018: Works by J.S. Bach, Carson Cooman and Thomas Åberg (Noon Sonata, Evening Sonata, Fantasy on a theme by Pachelbel).

Thomas: From what I've heard from Jay, he is going to use REAL church bells in the Evening Sonata instead of imitated bells from the voices of the organ. Wow!!! I must hear more about this after the concert!

 

 

Transfiguration Episcopal Church in San Mateo, California

Organ Recital: CARSON COOMAN

April 15, 2018: Works by Carlotta Ferrari, Marco Lo Muscio, Andreas Willscher, Frederick Frahm, Carson Cooman and Thomas Åberg (Toccata No. 3)

 

 

Morning Prayers, Appleton Chapel at Harvard University

April 20, 2018: Meditation (Prelude)
April 24, 2018: Legend No.5 (Prelude)
CARSON COOMAN, Organ

 

 

Chiesa di San Lorenzo, Budrio, Bologna

Organ recital: MARCO LO MUSCIO

April 26, 2018: Works by Carson Cooman, Thomas Preston, Thomas Åberg (Toccata XVI) John Bull, J S Bach, Marco Lo Muscio, György Ligeti, Chick Corea and Rick Wakeman.

 

 

Basilica della Beata Vergine della Ghiara, Reggio Emilia (Italy)

Organ Recital: MARCO LO MUSCIO

April 27, 2018: Works by: Benjamin Britten, Jean Langlais, John Bull, Thomas Åberg (Toccata XVI), Camille Saint-Saëns, Giacomo Puccini, Ludwig van Beethoven, Marco Lo Muscio, György Ligeti, Don Giuseppe Morosini, Giovanni Giacomo Gastoldi, Ennio Morricone and Carson Cooman.

http://www.solideogloria.eu/portfolio/27-aprile-2018/

 

 

Morning Prayers, Appleton Chapel at Harvard University

April 30, 2018: I folkton (Prelude)
CARSON COOMAN, Organ

 

 

National City Christian Church, Washington D.C.

Organ Recital: CARSON COOMAN

May 4, 2018: Works by Carol Williams, Marco Lo Muscio and Thomas Åberg (Frosty Morning and Toccata No. 3)

 

 

Chiesa di San Teodoro, Cantù CO, Italia

Recital: DAVID JACKSON & MARCO LO MUSCIO

May 18, 2018: Works by Carson Cooman, John Bull, Jan Garbarek, Benjamin Britten, Steve Hackett, Marco Lo Muscio, King Crimson, György Ligeti, David Jackson, George Martin and Thomas Åberg (Toccata XVI).

 

 

Celebration of the 90th anniversary of the Martin-Luther-Kirche, Ulm, Germany

Organ recital: PHILIP HARTMANN

May 21, 2018: music by Craig Phillips, Charles Callahan, Andreas Willscher, Thomas Åberg (Marsch Babacou), and world premiere of Carson Cooman's Organ Symphony No. 3, "Portals" commissioned for the occasion.

 

 

St. Michael's, Croydon (GB)

Organ Recital: MARCO LO MUSCIO

May 30, 2018: Works by Lionel Rogg, John Bull, Marco Lo Muscio and Thomas Åberg: (St. George Prelude No. 3).

 

 

Westminster Abbey, London
Organ Recital: MARCO LO MUSCIO

June 3, 2018 5.45 p.m: Works by Andres Uibo, Marco Lo Muscio, György Ligeti, Steve Hackett and Thomas Åberg: (St. George Prelude No.3).

 

 

Ulmer Münster (Ulm Cathedral), Ulm (Germany)

Organ recital: CARSON COOMAN

June 5, 2018: Works by Lothar Graap, Carlotta Ferrari, and Thomas Åberg (Toccata No. 3)



Pauluskirche, Ulm (Germany)

Organ recital: CARSON COOMAN

June 9, 2018: Works by Carol Williams, Wolfram Graf, Denis Bédard, Andreas Willscher, Carson Cooman, and Thomas Åberg (Symphony)



Markgrafenkirche, Treuchtlingen (Germany)

Organ recital: CARSON COOMAN

June 10, 2018: Works by Carol Williams, Carlotta Ferrari, Denis Bédard, Carson Cooman, Andreas Willscher, and Thomas Åberg (Three St. George Preludes)



Kirche St. Nikolaus und St. Ulrich, Nürnberg-Mögeldorf (Germany)

Organ recital: CARSON COOMAN

June 12, 2018: Works by Carol Williams, Carlotta Ferrari, Denis Bédard, Carson Cooman, Erich Koch-Hemhofen, Markus Nickel, Ekkehart Nickel, Reiner Gaar, and Thomas Åberg (Three St. George Preludes)
 


Kreuzkirche, Wiesbaden (Germany)

Organ recital: CARSON COOMAN

June 14, 2018: Works by Lothar Graap, Burkhard Mohr, Denis Bédard, Carson Cooman, Andreas Willscher, Carlotta Ferrari, and Thomas Åberg (Angelic Meditation, Toccata No. 3, and Three St. George Preludes)

 

 

The Memorial Church at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

Organ Recital: CARSON COOMAN

July 1, 2018: Toccata No. 1 (Toccata on a Summer Morning)

 

 

King's Chapel, Boston, MA, USA

Organ Recital: CARSON COOMAN

July 8, 2018: Toccata No. 1 (Toccata on a Summer Morning)

 

 

Johannus Orgelbouw, Ede, Netherlands

Organ recital:  Harm Hoeve & Everhard Zwart

July 17, 2018: Works by Jan Zwart, Bryan Hesford, Josef Blanco, César Franck, Harm Hoeve, Georg Friedrich Händel, Johann Sebastian Bach, Carol Williams, Jan Zwart and Thomas Åberg (Fantasy A-Minor).
https://www.everhardzwart.nl/index.php/concert/ede-johannus-orgelbouw/

 

 

Methuen Memorial Music Hall, Methuen, Massachusetts

Organ Recital: CARSON COOMAN

July 18, 2018: Three St. George Preludes (1983)

 

 

Parish of All Saints, Ashmont, Boston, MA, USA

Organ Recital: CARSON COOMAN

July 22, 2018: Fantasy A-minor and Toccata No. 3

 

 

Vredeskerk, Katwijk aan Zee, Netherlands

Organ Recital: EVERHARD ZWART

July 24, 2018: by Works Bach, Walther, Guilmant, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Young,  Jan Zwart and Thomas Åberg (Fantasy A-Minor)
https://www.everhardzwart.nl/index.php/concert/katwijk-aan-zee-vredeskerk/

 

 

Grote of St. Clemenskerk, Steenwijk, Netherlands

Organ Recital: EVERHARD ZWART

July 28, 2018: Works by Bach, Händel, Renner, Carol Williams, Jan Zwart and Thomas Åberg (Fantasy A-Minor)
https://www.everhardzwart.nl/index.php/concert/steenwijk-grote-of-st-clemenskerk/

 

 

Nantucket Unitarian Church, Nantucket, MA, USA

Organ Recital #1: CARSON COOMAN

July 29, 2018: Toccata No. 3

 

 

Nantucket Unitarian Church, Nantucket, MA, USA

Organ Recital #2: CARSON COOMAN

July 29, 2018: Three St. George Preludes

 

 

King's Chapel, Boston, MA, USA

Organ Recital: CARSON COOMAN

August 5, 2018: Toccata No. 3

 

 

The Memorial Church, Harvard University

Organ Recital: CARSON COOMAN

August 8, 2018: Works by Carlotta Ferrari, Burkhard Mohr, Timothy Miller and Thomas Åberg (Sonatina No. 2)

 

 

Oude Kerk, Ede, Netherlands

Organ Recital: EVERHARD ZWART

August 8, 2018: Works by Bach, Parry, Rulon Christiansen, Willem Hendrik Zwart and Thomas Åberg (Fantasy A-Minor)
https://www.everhardzwart.nl/index.php/concert/ede-oude-kerk/

 

 

Second Congregational Meeting House Society, Unitarian Universalist Church, Nantucket, Massachusetts

Organ Recital: CARSON COOMAN

August 16, 2018: Works by Andreas Willscher, Timothy Miller, Carlotta Ferrari and Thomas Åberg (Sonatina No. 2)

 

 

 

Melodrama for St. Francis Day: WEISFLOG’S DOG or
"The Bureau for Insulted and Mistreated Animals in Chicago"

Now also available in a Swedish version:

WEISFLOGS HUND eller ”Byrån för Förolämpade och Misskötta Djur i Chicago”

Dramaturgisk textbearbetning: Erik Fägerborn

Premiere: Allhelgonakyrkan, Lund: Saturday, October 6th, 2018, at 01.30 p.m.

Allhelgona Kammarensemble under Johan-Magnus Sjöberg, voices from Allhelgona Motettkör, OLA CITRON, storyteller

 

 

 

The Diapason - Journal of the Pipe Organ & Church Music (USA):

Write-up on Toccata VIII by Åberg - Published by Noteria

“He is one of our very best composers for the organ, be it for church or concert, and I would hope that every organist could play at least one of his pieces. It would leave you hungry for more!”

Jay Zoller, The Diapason (August 2017) - Journal of the Pipe Organ & Church Music (USA):

Listen to CARSON COOMAN playing the piece

 

 

In a campaign for youth orchestras:

Sheet music (complete set) available as FREE DOWNLOAD from this website:

Music for strings (2000) - (vi1/vi2/vla/vcl/cb)

https://www.abergmusic.com/sheet-music-free-download

Listen to the piece on YouTube

 

 

Two new songs in Swedish:

Ge mig en ängel (2016) - lyrics by Kerstin Hesslefors Persson (Published by Svensk Musik)

Vinternatt på jorden (2018) - lyrics by Marianne Bokblad (Published by Noteria)

Listen to "Ge mig en ängel" on YouTube

 

 

Podcast "Secrets of Organ Playing" #122:
Thomas Åberg on his own organ works: "Feel free, have fun!"
Interview by VIDAS PINKEVICIUS:

Listen on Musicoin

 

 

New Swedish version of Weisflog’s Dog – Music for St. Francis Day:

Dramaturgisk textbearbetning av Erik Fägerborn.

Åberg: WEISFLOGS HUND eller ”Byrån för Förolämpade och Misskötta Djur i Chicago”

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Italian concert organist LUCA MASSAGLIA & MARCO CASAZZA, violin playing works by Åberg

Link to the website of Luca Massaglia

Link to the website of Marco Casazza

Link to playlist on YouTube

 

 

Italian concert organist and composer MARCO LO MUSCIO playing works by Åberg

Recordings from Notre-Dame Cathedral Paris,The Catholic Cathedral in Moscow, Ely Cathedral (UK), Queen's College Chapel in Cambridge, St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle etc.

Link to the website of Marco Lo Muscio

Link to playlist on YouTube.

 

 

KATI RAITINEN - Music for solo cello

Swedish cellist KATI RAITINEN playing Åberg's Fantasy Piece for solo cello

Watch video on YouTube

 

 

CARSON COOMAN - La Verna Organ Festival, Italy

CARSON COOMAN playing Åberg's Festival Voluntary

Watch video on YouTube

 

 

American concert organist JAMES D. HICKS - New CD: Nordic Journey V "Many Landscapes"

Two Discs – 25 Tracks (including Åberg's Toccata XIII) - Read more

 

 

Meeting with COOMAN & HICKS in Boston

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Meeting with JOHN GRACEN BROWN in Washington D.C.

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World Premiere at Harvard Memorial Church

American concert organist JAMES D. HICKS premieres Åberg's Toccata XIII on March 25, 2014, Harvard Memorial Church, Harvard University, Cambridge MA, USA

Link to the official website of James D. Hicks

 

 

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