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Masson Askell Northern Lights CO109


Áskell Másson
Northern Lights
for horn, strings, harp and marimba
intermediate / advanced Duration: 14'
Coming soon : March 2022
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...
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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.

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horn in F, harp, marimba/vibraphone and strings
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  • World Premiere

    January 29, 2022 | Reykjavik, Iceland. Stefán Bernhardsson (horn), Reykjavik Chamber Orchestra, Miran Khukhunaishvili (conducting).

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