LOS ÚLTIMOS DÍAS DE TROYA
"Los últimos días de Troya" (The Last Days of Troy) is a symphonic poem for wind band. This highly descriptive work narrates, through music, some of the most significant moments of the Trojan War. Although it is a single piece consisting of one movement, we can still define eight sections, each corresponding to one of the subtitles found in the score:
1. Call to battle: a brass fanfare signals that the battle between the Trojans and the Greeks is about to begin.
2. Achilles’ Heel: describes the chaos and the bloodshed of the battle. A violent struggle without end, where one of our main characters, Achilles, has been fatally wounded.
3. Song of the Priestesses: Achilles is dead. That is why the priestesses of the Temple of Apollo sing a hymn in his honour.
4. Eternal Achilles: A slow and melancholic section with an air of solemnity describes the Greek army’s farewell to their leader, who is thrown into the sea.
5. Trojan Horse: the Trojans, observing the retreat of the Greek army and after seeing a giant wooden horse has been left on the shore as a gift, think that they have won the war. Some citizens arrive to collect the horse and bring it to the city. We hear a majestic triumphal march.
6. Nightfall: while everyone sleeps, the Greek soldiers who had been hiding in the horse come out and open the gates of Troy, allowing the Greek army, whose vessels had been hidden behind a cape down the coast, to enter and destroy the city.
7. Destruction: Greek soldiers kill Troy’s inhabitants, and lay waste to everything in their path.
8. Immortal Achilles: a majestic final brings us to the epilogue of the piece, which represents the victory of the Greek army and the immortality of the hero, Achilles, who, despite his death in the battle, will go down in history.