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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...
About Northern Lights
Although of a predominantly lyrical nature, this work utilizes many aspects of horn technique and thus presents a considerable challenge for the player.
The work opens with dark chords seeking upwards. The horn enters with a modest, but characteristic statement. After going through various textures, a meditation and a staccato section, a cadenza, and a short reiteration, the work ends in a misterioso with several new colors from the ensemble, the horn playing natural glissandos and concluding with trills on its very highest notes.
- horn in F, harp, marimba/vibraphone and strings
- Editions Bim
January 29, 2022 | Reykjavik, Iceland. Stefán Bernhardsson (horn), Reykjavik Chamber Orchestra, Miran Khukhunaishvili (conducting).