Scenes From The Odyssey
(a tone poem for trumpet and orchestra)
Scenes From The Odyssey is a tone poem inspired by Homer’s epic poem The Odyssey. Where The Odyssey is told “in medias res” – starting from the midway point then using flashbacks and non-linear storytelling to heighten dramatic tension – Scenes From The Odyssey starts at the chronological beginning of the story – the warriors’ triumphant return from Troy – and ends with shipwreck and the total loss of Odysseus’s crew to Scylla and Charybdis.
The title comes from a term used in film making to describe that which is typically known as the soundtrack. Where diegetic music is music the characters in the scene can hear and react to (a band playing, a radio in the background, etc.) non-diegetic music is heard only by the audience and gives them the emotional cue as how to feel about what’s happening on the screen.
Morceau is a word referring to a short literary or musical work; the playing time for Morceau Is about five minutes. It is based on two motivic ideas.