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Symphony (1981–82)

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Uploaded by: CarsonCooman (07/31/14)
Composer: Åberg, Thomas
Sample Producer: Sonus Paradisi
Sample Set: Laurenskerk - Main Organ - 1973 Marcussen & Son
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Contemporary
Thomas Åberg (b. 1952) — Symphony (1981–82) for organ

1. Preludio
2. Scherzo
3. Fantasia
4. Lento espressivo

“Symphony” (1981–82) is one of Åberg’s largest-scale organ compositions and is a very significant and emotionally moving work of distinctly Swedish character. The composer describes the work as follows: “The expression 'Nordic light' is used frequently in music and art. It holds a mixture of sadness and hope, and often includes elements from folklore. My organ symphony from 1981–82 is characterized by this sense of Nordic light and illustrates a traditional Scandinavian midsummer celebration. In the first movement (‘Preludio’), you can hear the guests arriving. The second movement (‘Scherzo’) is a festive dance. The third movement (‘Fantasia’) has a more intense character, and the celebration reaches its peak. ‘Lento espressivo’ illustrates the resplendent early midsummer sunrise.”

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.

Published by Svensk Musik (SMIC) (
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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