Askell Masson - Frum
‘Frum’ (1995) is a composition by the Icelandic percussionist, clarinettist and composer Áskell Másson (*1953). This composition, for ‘set up’, may be played separately, but also as part of the ‘Concerto for Percussion’. ‘Set up’ refers to a collection of instruments. ‘Frum’ requires thirteen instruments: four tom-toms, four octobans, four bongos and a bass drum. ‘Frum’ has become a favourite among percussionists, due to its diversity in moods, techniques, tempo, as well as its complex, complementary rhythms that are to be played on all instruments. ‘Frum’ is subtitled ‘A drum song’: indeed, the composition is a kind of ‘drum song’, finishing in a spectacular gamelan-like finale. The piece consists of a string of short movements, each with its own challenge: several rhythms that are played independent of each other using two sticks, fast rhythms that are played with one stick, quickly shifting rhythms, and a finale that consists of sixteenth notes that are played by two sticks in the left hand, triplets by two sticks in the right hand, and eighth notes by the foot on the bass drum. This can be compared to sending an email during a car drive while flying a helicopter.