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“...ethereal in sound and has an expressive character that is withdrawn yet full of intensity” (Okto November for strings)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.


SONATA(C003-033)
Product categories
SOLO WORKS
Instruments
Organ
Composer
Másson, Áskell
Year composed
1986
ISMN
979-0-53101-031-9
Product type
PDF
(Sheet music)
2097,90 ISK
2997,00 ISK
(incl. 0% VAT)
Stock Balance
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SONATA(C003-059)
Product categories
Instrumental Duo, Chamber works, String music
Instruments
Piano, Violin
Composer
Másson, Áskell
Year composed
1993
ISMN
979-0-53101-057-9
Product type
PDF
(Sheet music)
1608,60 ISK
2298,00 ISK
(incl. 0% VAT)
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SÓNATA(C003-040)
Sonata
Product categories
SOLO WORKS, PERCUSSION
Instruments
Percussion
Composer
Másson, Áskell
Year composed
1987
ISMN
979-0-53101-038-8
Product type
PDF
(Sheet music)
1512,70 ISK
2161,00 ISK
(incl. 0% VAT)
Stock Balance
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SÓNATA FANTASÍA(C003-016)
Sonata Fantasia
Product categories
Instrumental Duo, Chamber works, PERCUSSION
Instruments
Marimba, Percussion
Composer
Másson, Áskell
Year composed
1981
ISMN
979-0-53101-014-2
Product type
PDF
(Sheet music)
926,10 ISK
1323,00 ISK
(incl. 0% VAT)
Stock Balance
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SONATINA(C003-074)
Product categories
Instrumental Duo, Chamber works, Tréblásturhljóðfæri - aðalnámskrá
Instruments
Clarinet, Piano
Composer
Másson, Áskell
Year composed
1998
Publisher
Editions BIM
Product type
PDF
(Sheet music)
Not Set

SPOR(C003-128)
Product categories
Chamber works, Vocal music, Trio, Voice/s + more than 1 instrument
Instruments
Piano, Soprano, Cello, Voice
Composer
Másson, Áskell
Year composed
1994
ISMN
979-0-53101-124-8
Product type
PDF
(Sheet music)
926,10 ISK
1323,00 ISK
(incl. 0% VAT)
Stock Balance
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STEINABRAGUR(C003-086)
Product categories
Instrumental Duo, Chamber works, PERCUSSION
Instruments
Marimba, Viola, Lithohpone
Composer
Másson, Áskell
Year composed
2001
ISMN
979-0-53101-082-1
Product type
PDF
(Sheet music)
924,70 ISK
1321,00 ISK
(incl. 0% VAT)
Stock Balance
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SVEIGUR(C003-137)
Product categories
Voice + 1 instrument - Art song, Vocal music
Instruments
Piano, Soprano, Voice
Author
Gunnarsson, Gunnar
Composer
Másson, Áskell
Translator
Hálfdánarson, Helgi
Year composed
2007
ISMN
979-0-53101-132-3
Product type
PDF
(Sheet music)
824,60 ISK
1178,00 ISK
(incl. 0% VAT)
Stock Balance
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SYMPHONY No. 3(C003-121)
Twilight
Product categories
Orchestra
Composer
Másson, Áskell
Year composed
2013
ISMN
979-0-53101-117-0
Product type
PDF
(Sheet music)
4550,00 ISK
6500,00 ISK
(incl. 0% VAT)
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SYMPHONY NO. 4 (C003-150)
Product categories
Orchestra
Composer
Másson, Áskell
Year composed
2015
ISMN
979-0-53101-305-1
Product type
PDF
(Sheet music)
4550,00 ISK
6500,00 ISK
(incl. 0% VAT)
Stock Balance
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SÝN(C003-003)
Vision
Product categories
Choral music, Choir + one or 2 instruments
Instruments
Percussion, SSAA
Composer
Másson, Áskell
Year composed
1975
ISMN
979-0-53101-002-9
Product type
PDF
(Sheet music)
926,10 ISK
1323,00 ISK
(incl. 0% VAT)
Stock Balance
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SÖKNUÐUR(C003-132)
Product categories
Voice + 1 instrument - Art song, Vocal music
Instruments
Baritone, Piano, Voice
Composer
Másson, Áskell
Year composed
2012
ISMN
979-0-53101-131-6
Product type
PDF
(Sheet music)
1319,50 ISK
1885,00 ISK
(incl. 0% VAT)
Stock Balance
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SÖNGVAR UM VORIÐ(C003-094)
Product categories
Orchestra, Vocal music, Voice/s + Orchestra
Instruments
Soprano, Voice
Author
Gunnarsson, Gunnar
Composer
Másson, Áskell
Year composed
2007
ISMN
979-0-53101-090-6
Product type
PDF
(Sheet music)
4550,00 ISK
6500,00 ISK
(incl. 0% VAT)
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SÖNGVAR UM VORIÐ(C003-901)
Four songs to texts by Gunnar Gunnarsson
Product categories
Voice + 1 instrument - Art song, Vocal music
Instruments
Piano, Soprano, Voice
Author
Gunnarsson, Gunnar
Composer
Másson, Áskell
Translator
Hálfdánarson, Helgi
Year composed
2007
ISMN
979-0-53101-151-4
Product type
PDF
(Sheet music)
2566,20 ISK
3666,00 ISK
(incl. 0% VAT)
Stock Balance
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TEIKN(C003-021)
Product categories
SOLO WORKS, Strokhljóðfæri - aðalnámskrá
Instruments
Violin
Composer
Másson, Áskell
Year composed
1982
Publisher
Editions BIM
Product type
PDF
Not Set

ÞÓRSHAMAR(C003-106)
Thor's Hammer
Product categories
Choral music, A cappella choir
Instruments
SSSAAATTTBBB
Author
Snorra-Edda
Composer
Másson, Áskell
ISMN
979-0-53101-102-6
Product type
PDF
(Sheet music)
4550,00 ISK
6500,00 ISK
(incl. 0% VAT)
Stock Balance
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ÞRÍLEIKUR(C003-030)
Trilogy
Product categories
Chamber works, Trio, Wind music
Instruments
Bassoon, Clarinet, Oboe
Composer
Másson, Áskell
Year composed
1985
ISMN
979-0-53101-028-9
Product type
PDF
(Sheet music)
1703,80 ISK
2434,00 ISK
(incl. 0% VAT)
Stock Balance
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ÞRJÚ SMÁLÖG(C003-050)
Three Bagatelles
Product categories
SOLO WORKS, Tréblásturhljóðfæri - aðalnámskrá
Instruments
Clarinet
Composer
Másson, Áskell
Year composed
1991
Publisher
Editions BIM
Product type
PDF
(Sheet music)
Not Set

TOCCATA(C003-006)
Product categories
SOLO WORKS, PERCUSSION
Instruments
Percussion
Composer
Másson, Áskell
Year composed
1976
Publisher
Editions BIM
Product type
PDF
(Sheet music)
Not Set

TRIO(C003-024)
Product categories
Chamber works, Trio
Instruments
Clarinet, Viola, Violin
Composer
Másson, Áskell
Year composed
1983
ISMN
979-0-53101-022-7
Product type
PDF
(Sheet music)
1703,80 ISK
2434,00 ISK
(incl. 0% VAT)
Stock Balance
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TRIO(C003-110)
Product categories
Chamber works, Trio
Instruments
Clarinet, Piano, Cello
Composer
Másson, Áskell
Year composed
2011
ISMN
979-0-53101-106-4
Product type
PDF
(Sheet music)
2192,40 ISK
3132,00 ISK
(incl. 0% VAT)
Stock Balance
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TRIO(C003-111)
Product categories
Chamber works, Trio
Instruments
Piano, Viola, Cello
Composer
Másson, Áskell
Year composed
2011
ISMN
979-0-53101-107-1
Product type
PDF
(Sheet music)
2192,40 ISK
3132,00 ISK
(incl. 0% VAT)
Stock Balance
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TRÍÓ(C003-073)
Product categories
Chamber works, Trio
Instruments
Clarinet, Piano, Cello
Composer
Másson, Áskell
Year composed
1999
ISMN
979-0-53101-070-8
Product type
PDF
(Sheet music)
2079,00 ISK
2970,00 ISK
(incl. 0% VAT)
Stock Balance
In stock

TROMMA(C003-091)
Product categories
Instrumental Duo, Chamber works, PERCUSSION
Instruments
Percussion
Composer
Másson, Áskell
Year composed
2002
Publisher
Editions BIM
Product type
PDF
(Sheet music)
Not Set

TUNGLSKIN(C003-148)
Product categories
Voice + 1 instrument - Art song, Vocal music
Instruments
Piano, Voice
Author
Steinarr, Steinn
Composer
Másson, Áskell
Year composed
2013
ISMN
979-0-53101-142-2
Product type
PDF
(Sheet music)
416,85 ISK
595,50 ISK
(incl. 0% VAT)
Stock Balance
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