Thomas Åberg (b. 1952) — Sonatina No. 2 (1986) for organ
“Sonatina No. 2” (1986) is a three movement work strongly inspired by the spirit and style of Scandinavian folk music, even though all the melodies are original. In the first movement—a dance-like Allegro—joyous outer sections surround a slower inner part. The second movement, Intermezzo, contrasts energetic cross-rhythms with ornamented melodic material. The third movement, Finale, is a festive rondo. The theme returns multiple times between varied folk dance episodes. The piece ends with a final statement of the main material featuring the organ pedals alone.
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 60 other Åberg works for YouTube.
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