Thomas Åberg (b. 1952) — Three St. George Preludes (1983) for organ
“Three St. George Preludes (Tre Sankt Göranpreludier)” (1983) was written during a period of years when the composer was working with his teacher Stig Gustav Schönberg. Schönberg was then organist of St. George’s Church (Sankt Görans kyrka) in Stockholm. The first prelude contrasts lyrical melodies with lighthearted music, the second is a gentle lullaby, and the third is a jubilant toccata. This set of preludes has become one of Åberg's most popular works.
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.