Thomas Åberg (b. 1952) — Toccata No. 5 (1983) for organ
The composer writes the following about this work: “In the early 1980’s there was a moral debate in the Swedish church on what was appropriate to play in church. ‘Church music should not be too easygoing and cheerful’ said some conservatives. I dedicated to contribute to the debate by writing ‘Toccata No. 5’ with my belief that God has a lot of humor, and that He wants us to be happy even when we go to church!”
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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