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Three Short Fantasy Pieces (1978–79)

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Uploaded by: CarsonCooman (12/20/12)
Composer: Åberg, Thomas
Sample Producer: Sonus Paradisi
Sample Set: Laurenskerk - Main Organ - 1973 Marcussen & Son
Software: Hauptwerk
Genre: Contemporary
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Thomas Åberg (b. 1952) — Three Short Fantasy Pieces (1978–79) for organ

1. Daylight
2. Wartet auf (“Waiting for...”)
3. Pluie d’orage sur Saint-Louis (“Thunderstorm over Saint Louis”)

"Three Short Fantasy Pieces" (1978–79) are the earliest of Åberg's published organ works. It was with the first piece of this set ("Daylight") that Åberg made his debut in 1978 as a composer/organist in Skeppsholmskyrkan, Stockholm.

In "Daylight", a dramatic and dissonant opening section gradually gives way to quiet and melodic music. "Wartet auf" ("Waiting for....") has a title in the spirit of many avant-garde works of the 1970s. Quiet, enigmatic music is followed by a loud coda. "Pluie d’orage sur Saint-Louis" ("Thunderstorm in Saint Louis") was inspired by a thunderstorm the composer experienced while visiting the small French/Alsatian town of Saint-Louis.

Thomas Åberg (b. 1952) was born in Stockholm, Sweden and works there as composer and concert organist. Most of his works are written for the organ and are often 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. Åberg’s music speaks with a distinctly Swedish voice and emotional aesthetic, and since the early 1980s his works have become an important part of the Scandinavian organ literature. 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. In December 2012, Carson Cooman released a CD (Legends in the Garden) devoted to Åberg’s organ compositions and also has recorded more than 70 other Åberg works for YouTube.

Published by Svensk Musik (SMIC) (https://www.svenskmusik.org/en)
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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