Marching Band Music

Pandora’s Box (Reduced Instrumentation) Short Version

Style: Ethnic / Ancient | Difficulty: Medium Difficult | Grade: 4+

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In Greek mythology, Pandora was the first woman on earth. After Zeus ordered the god of craftsmanship to create her out of water and earth, she was endowed by the gods with many talents, making her all-gifted. Pandora’s Box follows Pandora’s story with many musical references to the story line and reflects on the curiosity of the title character. In the famous Greek myth, Pandora was instructed not to open a box that was sent with her to Epimetheus, the brother of Prometheus. Zeus was punishing Prometheus for stealing fire from heaven and giving it to the mortals, and by sending his brother the prized jewel – Pandora, Zeus would extract revenge on Prometheus. But Pandora opened the box she was to leave alone under all circumstances. Before she could close the lid, all sorts of things had escaped to cover Earth…all except Hope, which lay on the bottom.


Composed by: Key Poulan
Percussion by: Shawn Glyde and Nathan Eby

Originally commissioned by the Buchanan High School Band, Clovis, CA - Key Poulan, Director
Published by: Key Poulan Music
Long Version (8:10)
Short Version (7:03)


Mvt. 1: "Zeus" captures the glory of the Father of Pandora and the supreme ruler of Mount Olympus. As supreme ruler, he upheld the law, justice and morals, making him the spiritual leader of both gods and men. Appropriately, his theme is one of regality and noble majesty.
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Mvt. 2: "Plagues" highlights one of the evils that Pandora released through her curiosity. The music turns extremely dark and without much imagination, you can literally hear all sorts of evil things flying out of the box to spread across the land.
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Mvt. 3: "Hope" is the one thing remaining in the box. Where there is hope, all is not lost. The melody is soaring and optimistic, lovely and spiritually uplifting.
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Mvt. 4: "Without Evil, There is No Good" announces that in order for good to exist, there must be something to measure it against. Split between darkness and light, threatening moods and enlightenment, a balance is struck in the world that allows mankind to push onward.
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