Thomas Åberg (b. 1952) — Toccata No. 13 (2013) for organ
The 13th and 14th toccatas (2013) are dedicated to two American organists: #13 to James D. Hicks, who has been a major champion of Swedish organ music; and #14 to Carson Cooman, who has recorded most of Åberg’s organ works. The two toccatas are connected in that they share some of their musical material, treated in different ways. #13 contrasts vigorous, rhythmic repetitions with more mystical and atmospheric music. After a quiet introduction, #14 is a fast perpetual motion piece.
Thomas Åberg (b. 1952) was born in Stockholm, Sweden and works there as composer, concert 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.
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