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Toccata No. 9 (1986)

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Uploaded by: CarsonCooman (03/15/13)
Composer: Åberg, Thomas
Sample Producer: Sonus Paradisi
Sample Set: Laurenskerk - Main Organ - 1973 Marcussen & Son
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Contemporary
Thomas Åberg (b. 1952) — Toccata No. 9 (1986) for organ

"Toccata No. 9" (1986) was written for was written for Arne Rodvelt Olsen, the organist at the cathedral in Tönsberg, Norway. The pieces in Åberg’s extensive toccata cycle vary in character, and this is one of several Swedish-style “stylus phantasticus” toccatas where a free alternation of contrasting sections all develop related musical material in both an expressive and virtuosic manner. A section evoking the peal of the cathedral bells is heard several times and finally closes the work with a bright, ecstatic sound.

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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Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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