This is a piece that I composed between late last year and early this year.
For those who are unfamiliar with the play, I'll provide a little background information. The play from which this piece was composed, The Women of Troy, was written by the Greek playwright, Euripides. The play is placed essentially right where Homer’s Illiad ended; Troy has fallen to the Greek invaders who sought after Helen, every last Trojan man has been killed, including their brave and honorable hero, and son of King Priam, Hector. The women and small children are the only Trojan people left alive in the city, and they are in Greek captivity.
The play focuses on the great women of Troy: Hecabe, the queen of Troy, Andromache, the wife of Hector, Helen, the stolen, or not so stolen, Greek princess, and Cassandra, Hecabe’s daughter and a princess of Troy. Cassandra is a consecrated virgin and priestess to the god Apollo. In Greek mythology, she had the gift of foresight, or prophesy.
This piece begins when Cassandra enters for the first time. She, among the other women of Troy, has been chosen to be the wife of one of her Greek captors. This man happens to be Agamemnon, king of all Greece, and the man who essentially destroyed their entire existence. Instead of wailing and weeping as she enters, however, she rushes in with two torches, loudly rejoicing.
She appears to have lost her mind; she is caught up in prophecy. Her mother and the other women look on at her in terror, wondering how she could possibly be rejoicing at the fact that her consecrated virginity will be lost, and she will be wed to their most hated enemy. Cassandra continues to run wildly around the room, and soon reveals her perceived consolation of Troy to her mother when she tells her of her prophesy, namely the jouney of the Odessy, how all of the Greek men are lost at sea for years, many of whom will not return home, while their wives and families wait for them in vain.
The play is a shorter read, and so I highly recommend it . This piece is scored for symphony orchestra with two harps and an oboe soloist. It uses the full version of GPO and Finale 2008's Human Playback.