Thomas Åberg (b. 1952) — Ranae pusille (1984, rev. 2010) for organ
“Ranae pusille” means “small frog” in Latin. In this very humorous piece based on the traditional Swedish children's song "Små grodorna" (sung at both Midsummer and Christmas while dancing around the maypole or Christmas tree), the “small frog” meets the “big organ.” In the middle section, the organ imitates the croaking of frogs of many different sizes.
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.