Thomas Åberg (b. 1952) — Small Suite for Chamber Organ (1985)
3. Allegro furioso
Small Suite for Chamber Organ (Liten svit för kammarorgel) (1985) was written for a one manual chamber organ with only a few stops. The material for the whole suite is highly unified across the movements and is based on a series of parallel triads colored by added 2nds (e.g., C-D-E-G). Often the material is presented with the added 2nd, and then the 2nd is removed for a subsequent presentation, thus creating a slightly varied harmonic color. The composer writes: “The former cathedral organist in Stockholm, Professor Gotthard Arnér (1913–2002), encouraged me to write a series of works for chamber organs. He often said ‘most modern composers are only interested in the sound of the great organ, and thus miss the intimate sound of the smaller instruments.’”
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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