In Greek mythology, Pandora was the first woman. As told in Hesiod's Theogon, after Promethus stole fire from heaven to give to the men on earth, Zeus (the king of the gods) wanted to punish mankind. He asked Hephaestus to create a new creature in retaliation; he fashioned Pandora out of earth and water. She was given a gift by each of the gods and named "Pandora," meaning, "all gifts."
When Pandora married Epimethus, she was given a beautiful jar but told to never open it. Eventually, curiosity got the best of her, and when Pandora opened the jar (often mistranslated "box"), she released all sorts of evils into the world. As she saw all of the evil coming out of the jar, she closed it, leaving only one thing left inside -- hope.
The musical composition tells the story of the legend of Pandora in five parts: It begins in heaven with the gods, as Promethus steals fire from heaven (mm. 1-35). In Part II, Pandora is created/born (mm. 36-65). In Part III, Zeus presents the sealed jar to Pandora. In Part IV, Pandora resists opening the sealed jar (mm. 66-87). In Part V (mm. 89-113), Pandora finally opens the jar --yes, releasing evil into the world, but also leaving her with hope.
(Commissioned for the 2019 International Trumpet Guild Conference in Miami, Florida)
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