Organ Recital: CARSON COOMAN in Washington National Cathedral (Video)
Washington National Cathedral, Washington D.C.
May 28, 2023: Works by Günther Firlinger, Carlotta Ferrari, Yûitirô Katô, Frederick Frahm, Eva-Maria Houben, Ayọ̀ Olúrántí and Thomas Åberg (Toccata No. 4, ”Hommage à Stig Gustav Schönberg” (1983)
CARSON COOMAN, organ
Vocalise version of Toccata No. 20 ”Distant landscapes”
For Choir and Piano
Thomas Åberg about his new version:
Some time ago American concert organist JAY ZOLLER wrote to me about my organ piece Toccata No. 20 – Distant Landscapes:
”I have given much thought to the subtitle “Distant Landscapes”. Many people in Maine where I live think of the ocean when they hear this term – the vast distances stretching off as far as you can see. The interesting thing for me is that, having grown up on the prairie in Wyoming, I see in my mind the great distances with its undulating surfaces; I can hear the birds calling from the grasses and even see the antelope grazing a couple miles off across the landscape. There are a multitude of things happening out there which you hear in the music, but cannot see, even the warning rattle of a nearby rattlesnake!”
This statement became the starting point to me to write this vocalise version of my toccata with JAY ZOLLER’s impressions woven in as fragments.
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Download sheet music for free (PDF):
Also available to order as printed copies from: Svensk Musik
Organ Recital: CARSON COOMAN in Attleboro, Massachusetts
Southeastern Massachusetts Chapter of the American Guild of Organists
April 22, 2023: Second Congregational Church, Attleboro, Massachusetts
Works by Günther Firlinger, Elizabeth Alexander and Thomas Åberg (Toccata No. 4, ”Hommage à Stig Gustav Schönberg” (1983)
CARSON COOMAN, organ
Stefan Klaverdal, organ & Lisa Ekmark, cello
Good Friday Service, Tåstarps kyrka (Sweden)
April 7, 2023: Nocturne, version for violoncello and organ*
*From Four Slow Pieces for violoncello and organ
Sheet music published by SVENSK MUSIK – Swedish Music Information Centre
New recording: CARSON COOMAN playing Toccata No. 19
Åberg – Toccata No. 19 (2019) played by CARSON COOMAN
Published by Norsk Musikforlag
Toccata No. 19 was originally commissioned by James D. Hicks for his Nordic Journey project. He premiered the piece on May 26, 2019 in Stockholm Cathedral and it was later broadcasted on National Swedish Radio. In 2022 he recorded it on CD in Pori, Finland (Nordic Journey Volume XI.)
Today Carson Cooman makes his interpretation of the piece. And I must say that I love both of their versions and feel very blessed to have friends like ”Jim” and Carson!
Here below is a picture of us when we visited Carson at Harvard University, 2015.
Premiere: On A Sunny Day In Rochester (video)
National City Christian Church, Washington D.C.
Organ Recital: CARSON COOMAN
March 17, 2023: Works by B.E. Boykin, Elizabeth Alexander, Frederick Frahm and Thomas Åberg (On A Sunny Day In Rochester*)
*To Carson Cooman on his 40th birthday, June 12, 2022 and refers to his city of birth, Rochester, NY.
Watch the complete concert on YouTube
Thanks a lot, dear Carson! Excellent program and interpretation! /Thomas
YouTube updated: Festival Voluntary (1994)
The Composer playing in Engelbrektskyrkan, Stockholm
News from publisher Norsk Musikforlag
Nordic Journey Volume III (Sheet music)
Works by Tore Bjørn Larsen, Lise Dynnesen, Peter Hilli, Frithjof Spalder, Fredrik Sixten, Sigurður Sævarsson. Jón Leifs, Björn Steinar Sólbergsson, Kjell Mørk Karlsen, Markus Malmgren and Thomas Åberg (Toccata No. 13 & Toccata No. 19).
Link to the Publisher’s website.
Editor: James D. Hicks
Piano Recitals: KURT WIKLANDER
KURT WIKLANDER playing Åberg’s Legend No. 6 – piano version*
February 15, 2023: Stenungsund Public Library (Sweden)
February 16, 2023: Färgelanda Public Library (Sweden)
March 6, 2023: Stadtbibliothek Marzahn-Hellersdorf, Berlin (Germany)
April 26, 2023: Stenungsund Public Library (Sweden)
April 27, 2023: Färgelanda Public Library (Sweden)
* Legend No. 6 is adapted for piano by Kurt Wiklander from Åberg’s original for organ. Sheet music published by SVENSK MUSIK – Swedish Music Information Centre.
Live Concert: CARSON COOMAN in Raleigh, NC
Hayes Barton United Methodist Church, Raleigh, NC
Centennial Organ Recital, Central North Carolina Chapter, American Guild of Organists
January 14, 2023 at 4 pm: CARSON COOMAN playing works by B.E. Boykin, Felix Bräuer, Sarah Rimkus, Larry Thomas Bell, Günther Firlinger, Mark Andersen, Carlotta Ferrari, Yûitirô Katô and Thomas Åberg (Toccata No. 4)