Áskell Másson
(1953-)
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Played by the best orchestras, ensembles and soloists, his music reflects a powerful sense of drama. The variety of rhythms and sounds, the combination of lyrical and percussive moments, give to his compositions a unique intensity.

Áskell Másson (b. 21. November 1953) is amongst Iceland´s leading composers. With a varied background as a woodwind player and percussionist, he was appointed composer and instrumentalist of the Ballet of the National Theatre in Reykjavik in l973 and in his early tventies he worked considerably in the theatre though always composing concert music.

His early works were often heard at Scandinavian music festivals from 1974 and onwards, but in 1980 his Clainet Concerto was presented at the Rostrum of Composers in Paris, and being a specially recommended piece by a composer under the age of thirty, this was an important recognition of his compositional work.

In the seventies, he was a pioneer in the field of percussion in Iceland and elsewhere, playing and composing, using new methods and instrumental combinations and techniques.

In 1978-1983 he worked as a producer at the Iceland State Radio after which he has devoted his time exclusively to composition.
He was Secretary General of the Society of Icelandic Composers in 1983-85, and President/Vice President of the Performing Rights Society (STEF) l989-99 being still on the board today.

After his childhood studies in music he went to London to study privately percussion with the renowned James Blades and harmony and counterpoint with Patrick Savill.

He has worked with some of the finest soloists (Christian Lindberg, Evelyn Glennie, Ole Edvard Antonsen, Roger Woodward) orchestras (New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Wienna Radio Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic) and conductors (Esa-Pekka Salonen, Leif Segerstam, Leonard Slatkin, Jerzy Maksymiuk) in the world, often staying periodically in artists´residences worldwide.

(See separate lists over main works, soloists, orchestras, conductors and critics´comments)

His music has been described as:
“...ethereal in sound and has an expressive character that is withdrawn yet full of intensity” (Okto November for strings)
”Extremely unusual sounds reminiscent of both the human voice and of electrical instruments” (Helfro for percussion)
“a gem” (Blik for solo clarinet)
Göran Bergendal, New Music in Iceland

“.. an essential lyricism coupled with a seductive, even sensous manipulation of sound” (an all Masson concert in the Wigmore Hall, London)
Geoffrey Norris, The Daily Telegraph.

(Masson)”…has extraordinary insight into the unique attributes of each instrument for which he writes…”
Hilary Finch, Nordic Sounds.

His music has been heard at festivals all over the world including the Gulbenkian Festival, ISCM World Music Days, Hong Kong Arts festival, Sydney Spring Festival, Nordic Music Days, Blossom Festival, Cleveland and many more.

Recently, Evelyn Glennie with the Orchestre du Luxembourg recorded a live rendition of Massons´: Konzertstück for Snare Drum and Orchestra and recent premiéres include:
Violin Concerto last April with Sigrun Edvaldsdottir and the Iceland Symphony with Rumon Gamba conducting,
Quatrain saxophone concerto premiered last October by the Rascher Saxophone Quartet (for who it was written) with the Finnish Pori Sinfonietta and Petri Sakari conducting,
Bois Chantant for bass clarinet and marimba at the Dark Music Days in Reykjavik,
his clinic at the PASIC, Ohio, USA where Michael Burritt presented a new version of Masson´s Impromtu for solo marimba,
music for the dance piece, We have arrived (together with Maja Ratkje) presented at the Nordic Music Days 2006,
Seig eg I bjorg for male choir and orchestra composed for the 90 years anniversary of male choir Fostbraedur, premiered last October
the upcoming premiere of his Percussion Sonata for Madoka Ogasawara in The Black Diamond Auditorium in Copenhagen later in November
and the premiére of his Cecilia Oratorio for large forces planned for 22nd November 2007.


3 KÍNVERSK LJÓÐ(C003-903)
Product categories
Voice + 1 instrument - Art song
Instruments
Piano, Voice
Author
Tsjú King Jú, Tsan Jó Sú, Feng Meng Ljún
Composer
Másson, Áskell
Year composed
2013
ISMN
979-0-53101-153-8
Product type
PDF
(Sheet music)
924,70 ISK
1321,00 ISK
(incl. 0% VAT)
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4 LJÓÐ EFTIR STEIN STEINARR(C003-902)
Product categories
Voice + 1 instrument - Art song
Instruments
Piano, Soprano, Voice
Composer
Másson, Áskell
Year composed
2013
Product type
PDF
(Sheet music)
2003,40 ISK
2862,00 ISK
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A VOCE SOLA(C003-026)
Product categories
SOLO WORKS
Instruments
Viola
Composer
Másson, Áskell
Year composed
1984
Publisher
Editions BIM
Product type
PDF
(Sheet music)
Not Set

Á ÖLDUM LJÓSVAKANS(C003-046)
Product categories
Big band
Instruments
Alto saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Double Bass, Drums, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet
Composer
Másson, Áskell
ISMN
979-0-53101-044-9
Product type
PDF
(Sheet music)
2534,00 ISK
3620,00 ISK
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ARABESQUES(C003-123)
For Duo Harpverk
Product categories
Instrumental Duo, Chamber works, PERCUSSION
Instruments
Harp, Percussion
Composer
Másson, Áskell
Year composed
2013
ISMN
979-0-53101-119-4
Product type
PDF
(Sheet music)
1126,65 ISK
1609,50 ISK
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ÁSTARLJÓÐ(C003-143)
Product categories
Voice + 1 instrument - Art song
Instruments
Piano, Voice
Author
Feng Meng Ljún
Composer
Másson, Áskell
Translator
Hálfdánarson, Helgi
Year composed
2013
ISMN
979-0-53101-138-5
Product type
PDF
(Sheet music)
417,20 ISK
596,00 ISK
(incl. 0% VAT)
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BÆN(C003-067)
Product categories
Voice/s + more than 1 instrument
Instruments
Alto, Percussion, Tubular Bells, Voice, Countertenor
Composer
Másson, Áskell
Translator
Magnússon, Sigurður A.
Year composed
1994
ISMN
979-0-53101-064-7
Product type
PDF
(Sheet music)
1026,90 ISK
1467,00 ISK
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BÆN(C003-068)
Product categories
Voice/s + more than 1 instrument
Instruments
Bells, Mezzo Soprano, Percussion, Tenor, Tubular Bells, Voice
Composer
Másson, Áskell
Translator
Magnússon, Sigurður A.
Year composed
1994
ISMN
979-0-53101-065-4
Product type
PDF
(Sheet music)
1026,90 ISK
1467,00 ISK
(incl. 0% VAT)
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BERCEUSE(C003-045)
Product categories
SOLO WORKS, Gítar og harpa - aðalnámskrá
Instruments
Guitar
Composer
Másson, Áskell
Year composed
1989
ISMN
979-0-53101-043-2
Product type
PDF
(Sheet music)
313,95 ISK
448,50 ISK
(incl. 0% VAT)
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BERCEUSE(C003-088)
Product categories
SOLO WORKS
Instruments
Harp
Composer
Másson, Áskell
Year composed
1980
ISMN
979-0-53101-084-5
Product type
PDF
(Sheet music)
313,95 ISK
448,50 ISK
(incl. 0% VAT)
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BLÁA LJÓSIÐ(C003-008)
The Blue Light
Product categories
Chamber works, Quintet
Instruments
Alto flute, Flute, Percussion
Composer
Másson, Áskell
Year composed
1978
ISMN
979-0-53101-007-4
Product type
PDF
(Sheet music)
1123,50 ISK
1605,00 ISK
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BLIK(C003-012)
Scintillations
Product categories
SOLO WORKS, Tréblásturhljóðfæri - aðalnámskrá
Instruments
Clarinet
Composer
Másson, Áskell
Year composed
1979
Publisher
Editions BIM
Product type
PDF
(Sheet music)
Not Set

BOGANN UM STRENGINA(C003-133)
Product categories
Voice + 1 instrument - Art song
Instruments
Baritone, Piano, Voice
Composer
Másson, Áskell
Year composed
2012
ISMN
979-0-53101-128-6
Product type
PDF
(Sheet music)
417,20 ISK
596,00 ISK
(incl. 0% VAT)
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BOIS CHANTANT(C003-120)
Product categories
Instrumental Duo, Chamber works
Instruments
Clarinet, Marimba
Composer
Másson, Áskell
Year composed
2005
ISMN
979-0-53101-116-3
Product type
PDF
(Sheet music)
1026,90 ISK
1467,00 ISK
(incl. 0% VAT)
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BOREAS(C003-076)
Product categories
SOLO WORKS, Brass music
Instruments
Tuba
Composer
Másson, Áskell
Year composed
1999
Publisher
Editions BIM
Product type
PDF
(Sheet music)
Not Set

BRÚÐARMARS(C003-005)
Wedding March
Product categories
Instrumental Duo
Instruments
Organ, Trumpet
Composer
Másson, Áskell
Year composed
1984
ISMN
979-0-53101-004-3
Product type
PDF
(Sheet music)
417,20 ISK
596,00 ISK
(incl. 0% VAT)
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CADENZA(C003-039)
Product categories
SOLO WORKS, Brass music
Instruments
Trombone
Composer
Másson, Áskell
Year composed
1987
Publisher
Editions BIM
Product type
PDF
(Sheet music)
Not Set

CADENZA(C003-065)
Product categories
SOLO WORKS, PERCUSSION
Instruments
Marimba
Composer
Másson, Áskell
Year composed
1987
Publisher
Editions BIM
Product type
PDF
(Sheet music)
Not Set

CANTILENA(C003-158)
Product categories
Trio
Instruments
Flute, Harp, Marimba
Composer
Másson, Áskell
Year composed
2007
ISMN
979-0-53101-790-5
Product type
PDF
(Sheet music)
924,70 ISK
1321,00 ISK
(incl. 0% VAT)
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CANTO NORDICO(C003-041)
trombone concerto
Product categories
Orchestra, Concerto, Brass music
Instruments
Trombone
Composer
Másson, Áskell
Year composed
2000
Publisher
Editions BIM
Product type
PDF
(Sheet music)
Not Set

CANZONA(C003-102)
Product categories
Instrumental Duo, Chamber works
Instruments
Clarinet, Piano
Composer
Másson, Áskell
Year composed
2010
ISMN
979-0-53101-098-2
Product type
PDF
(Sheet music)
416,85 ISK
595,50 ISK
(incl. 0% VAT)
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CAPRICCIO FOR GOBLET DRUM & ORCHESTRA (C003-154)
Product categories
Orchestra, Concerto
Composer
Másson, Áskell
Year composed
2015
ISMN
979-0-53101-147-7
Product type
PDF
(Sheet music)
4550,00 ISK
6500,00 ISK
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CECILÍA(C003-096)
Oratorio
Product categories
Orchestra, Sacred music, Choral music, Choir & orchestra, Voice/s + Orchestra
Instruments
Voice, SATB
Author
Vilhjálmsson, Thor
Composer
Másson, Áskell
Year composed
2008
ISMN
979-0-53101-092-0
Product type
PDF
(Sheet music)
4550,00 ISK
6500,00 ISK
(incl. 0% VAT)
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CHAMBER SYMPHONY(C003-070)
Product categories
Chamber ensemble
Composer
Másson, Áskell
Year composed
1997
Publisher
Editions BIM
Product type
PDF
(Sheet music)
Not Set

CON MOTO(C003-095)
Product categories
Chamber works, Quartet, Wind music
Instruments
Bassoon, Clarinet, Darabouka, Flute, Marimba
Composer
Másson, Áskell
Year composed
2008
ISMN
979-0-53101-091-3
Product type
PDF
(Sheet music)
1422,75 ISK
2032,50 ISK
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