Stig Gustav Schönberg (b. 1933) — Solo per organo, op. 10:1 (1957)
“Solo per organo” is the first of three organ works written by the composer in 1957, each based on an increasing number of voices (i.e., the next pieces were a duo and a trio). This entire work is thus a single, widely-ranging melodic line. As is often the case in Schönberg’s music, musical ideas are developed through subtle pitch (and mode) variation, as well as small rhythmic displacements.
Swedish composer Stig Gustav Schönberg (b. 1933) was born in Västry Husby, Norrköping and was educated at the State Academy of Music in Stockholm, where he studied with Lars-Erik Larsson, Karl-Birger Blomdahl, Erland von Koch, and Valdemar Söderholm. He also studied organ in Belgium with Flor Peeters. Schönberg was active in Stockholm for many years as an organist at St. Göran’s Church (1963–98), composer, and teacher, numbering Thomas Åberg among his students. Hans-Gunnar Peterson has written: ‘Schönberg’s style radiates austerity and objectivity. In form, he inclines towards classical models, and especially the less restricted, quasi improvisatory forms of the Baroque (toccatas and preludes) and various models of thematic development.’” Schönberg’s output includes numerous works for organ (his primary focus), though he has composed actively also for other media, including four orchestral symphonies and seven string quartets.
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