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Gestumblindi

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posted on 2023-07-14, 04:35 authored by Melody EotvosMelody Eotvos

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.

Work Details

Year: 2020

Instrumentation: Trumpet.

Duration: 2 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Canberra Symphony Orchestra. Written as part of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra's 2020 Australian Miniseries.

First performance: by Justin Lingard

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