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Masson Askell Northern Lights CO109

Áskell Másson
Northern Lights

for horn, strings, harp and marimba

  • Level: intermediate / advanced
  • Duration: 14'
  • Genre: contemporary
  • Composed: 2021

Reference: CO109b
Orchestra score


  • Instrumentation:

    horn in F, harp, marimba/vibraphone and strings

  • Published: 2022
  • Pages: 28
  • Publisher: Editions Bim

Audio samples

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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 hi... Read more

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.


World Premiere

January 27, 2024 | Dark Music Days Festival | Reykjavik, Iceland. Stefán Jon Bernarõsson (horn), Reykjavik Chamber Orchestra, Mirian Khukhukaishvili (conducting).