Gestumblindi : trumpet solo
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"Who are the twain [two] that on ten feet run? three eyes they have, but only one tail.
Aright guess now this riddle, Heithrek!"
"Good is thy riddle, Gestumblindi,
and guess it is:
that is Óthin riding on Sleipnir."
-- From Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks
Gestumblindi was a character in Norse mythology, best known for an exquisite contest of wisdom that took place between himself (though Odin was in fact disguised as him) and King Heidrek. Gestumblindi presented a series of riddles which, due to their ingenuity, eventually exposed him as Odin.
The idea of creating a piece for a solo melodic instrument inspired by a riddle was too intriguing a project to take my eyes off. While there are many riddles to take inspiration from in the Gestumblindi-Heidrek exchange, the second last in the series evoked the most interesting visuals for me, musically speaking.
— Melody Eötvös
Commission note: Commissioned by Canberra Symphony Orchestra.. Written as part of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra's 2020 Australian Miniseries.
First performance: by Justin Lingard — 19 Aug 20. Online (streaming only)
Performances of this work
19 Aug 20: Online (streaming only). Featuring Justin Lingard.
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