Thomas Åberg (b. 1952) — Waiting for Astor.. (2003) for organ
Waiting for Astor… (2003) was written during a period when the composer was listening to a great deal of music by the Argentinean tango master Astor Piazzolla (1921–1992). While allusions to the tango make appearances in this work, they are very fleeting. In my opinion, this is one of Åberg’s most intense pieces, a meditation on patience and longing. It is about a desire to dance in spite of a broken world.
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.