The Golden Shield

Performed by Karoline Vik Hegge, viola and Finn Magnus Fjell Hjelland, piano. Visual design and installations by Vvzela Kook.

This duo for viola and piano was commissioned by Risør Festivalen 1996, and written for Leif Ove Andsnes and Lars Anders Tomter. It was later made into a version for percussion and viola. performed by Hans Kristian Kjos Sørensen and Gro Løvdal. The title refers to the mothers´ womb protecting the unborn infant. Seen on images taken from the inside of the uterus, the womb may look like a curving golden shield, on the one side protecting the child, on the other telling about the world outside. The piece is dedicated to Mette Kaaby and Jakob Kaaby Hellstenius.