Áskell Másson

Masson Askell 3 Bagatelles Cl15

3 Bagatelles
for clarinet solo

Masson Askell 5 Pieces Ens227

5 Pieces
for trumpet and trombone

Masson Askell A Voce Sola Va7

A voce sola
for viola solo

Masson Askell Aeolus Tu106

Aeolus
for tuba solo

Masson Askell Alfasteinn Pno26

Alfasteinn
for piano

Masson Askell Alu Song Perc43

Alu Song
for aluphone

Masson Askell Aura Perc9

Aura
for percussion solo

Masson Askell B2 B Perc46

B2B
Back to Basics
for snare drum solo

Masson Askell Blik Cl12

Blik
for clarinet solo

Masson Askell Boreas Tu81

Boreas
for tuba solo

Masson Askell Cadenza Tb60

Cadenza
for trombone solo

Masson Askell Canto Nordico Tb56

Canto Nordico
Trombone Concerto
for trombone and orchestra

Masson Askell Cosmic Tree Perc35

Cosmic Tree
for marimba and 3 percussionists

Masson Askell Crossings Perc15

Crossings
Double Concerto
for 2 percussions and orchestra

Masson Askell Derriere Le Miroir Ens130

Derrière le miroir
for 10 brass instruments

Masson Askell Elja Orch46

Elja
for chamber orchestra

Masson Askell Fantasia Cl16

Fantasia
for clarinet and harpsichord

Masson Askell Fantasiestueck Pno30

Fantasiestück
for piano

Masson Askell Four Mallets Perc42

Fo(u)r Mallets
for 4 solo mallets on any surface

Masson Askell Fron Orch49

Frón
for symphony orchestra

Masson Askell Glacier Mcx73

Glacier
for baritone saxophone and vibraphone

Masson Askell Hrim Vc12

Hrim
for cello solo

Masson Askell Ima Perc32

Ima
for 1 percussionist

Masson Askell Impromptu Perc13

Impromptu
for marimba solo

Masson Askell Kammersinfonia Orch47

Kammersinfonia
Symphony N° 2
for chamber orchestra

Masson Askell Kim Perc8

Kím
for snare drum solo

Masson Askell Konzertstück Perc4B

Konzertstück
for snare drum and orchestra

Masson Askell Konzertstück Perc4E

Konzertstück
for snare drum and brass band

Masson Askell Konzertstück Perc4A

Konzertstück
for snare drum and piano

Masson Askell Konzertstück Perc4G

Konzertstück
for snare drum and symphonic wind band

Masson Askell Konzertstück Perc4I

Konzertstück
for snare drum and percussion ensemble

Masson Askell Lament Fl9

Lament
for flute solo

Masson Askell Larghetto Org5

Larghetto
for organ

Masson Askell Maes Howe Tu83

Maes Howe
Tuba Concerto
for tuba and chamber orchestra

Masson Askell Marimba Concerto Perc6

Marimba Concerto
for marimba and orchestra

Masson Askell Melodie Va26

Melodie
for viola and marimba

Masson Askell Monologue Tb61

Monologue
for trombone solo

Masson Askell Music For Brass Quintet Ens175

Music for Brass Quintet
for brass quintet

Masson Askell Okto November Orch48

Októ Nóvember
for string orchestra

Masson Askell Ora Perc33

Ora
for 6 percussionists and orchestra

Masson Askell Partita Mcx89

Partita
for guitar and percussion

Masson Askell Piano Trio Mcx31

Pianotrio
for piano, violin and cello

Masson Askell Prim Perc5

Prím
for snare drum solo

Masson Askell Quatrain Sax1

Quatrain
for 4 saxophones solo, tubular bells and string orchestra

Masson Askell Woodwind Quintet Mcx24

Quintet
for woodwind quintet

Masson Askell Seasons Cl19

Seasons
Fantasy on a Chinese Poem
for clarinet and hand drum

Masson Askell Shadows Ens139

Shadows
for solo trumpet and brass quintet

Masson Askell Sindur Perc16

Sindur
for 4 percussionists

Masson Askell Hyr Orch42

Sinfonia Trilogia
Hyr - Ra - Hvel
for symphony orchestra

Masson Askell Sonata Perc12

Sonata I
for marimba solo

Masson Askell Sonatina Cl13

Sonatina
for clarinet and piano

Masson Askell Teikn Vn11

Teikn
for violin solo

Masson Askell Toccata Perc22

Toccata
for chromatic tom-toms

Masson Askell Tromma Perc11

Tromma
for 2 percussions

Masson Askell Tryst Ens226

Tryst
for trombone and tuba

Masson Askell Twilight Vc15

Twilight
for cello and darabuka

Masson Askell Violin Concerto Vn12

Violin Concerto
for violin and symphony orchestra

Masson Askell Ymni Mcx37

Ymni
for chamber ensemble

Masson Askell Ymur Cb4

Ymur
Quiet Music
for contrabass solo

Áskell Másson

Áskell Másson (*1953)

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.

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

Twilight
for cello and darabuka

Twilight Twilight

Tromma
for 2 percussions

Tromma Tromma

Sinfonia Trilogia Hyr - Ra - Hvel
for symphony orchestra

Hyr Hyr

Shadows
for solo trumpet and brass quintet

I. Andante Moderato I. Andante Moderato

II. Lento II. Lento

III. Comodo Ma Deciso III. Comodo Ma Deciso

Quatrain
for 4 saxophones solo, tubular bells and string orchestra

Quatrain Quatrain

Prím
for snare drum solo

Prim Prim

Októ Nóvember
for string orchestra

Okto November Okto November

Marimba Concerto
for marimba and orchestra

Marimba Concerto Marimba Concerto

Maes Howe Tuba Concerto
for tuba and chamber orchestra

Maes Howe Maes Howe

Larghetto
for organ

Larghetto Larghetto

Konzertstück
for snare drum and percussion ensemble

Konzertstück Konzertstück

Konzertstück
for snare drum and symphonic wind band

Konzertstück Konzertstück

Konzertstück
for snare drum and piano

Konzertstück Konzertstück

Konzertstück
for snare drum and brass band

Konzertstück Konzertstück

Konzertstück
for snare drum and orchestra

Konzertstück Konzertstück

Hrim
for cello solo

Hrim Hrim

Elja
for chamber orchestra

Elja Elja

Crossings Double Concerto
for 2 percussions and orchestra

Crossings Crossings

Cosmic Tree
for marimba and 3 percussionists

Cosmic Tree Cosmic Tree

Canto Nordico Trombone Concerto
for trombone and orchestra

Canto Nordico Canto Nordico

Aura
for percussion solo

Aura Aura

Alfasteinn
for piano

Alfasteinn Alfasteinn

A voce sola
for viola solo

A Voce Sola A Voce Sola