Tiger at the Gates
COMPOSER / Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama
"William Lowe's score is mesmerizing."
- The Pittsburgh Current
"Tiger at the Gates" was originally written in French by Jean Giraudoux in 1935 titled "The Trojan War Will Not Take Place." Christopher Fry translated the play and changed the title in 1955 creating the piece we know today. This production focused on making this ancient story timeless and modern. The composition accomplished this by using classical instruments with modern techniques.
In their climactic confrontation, Ulysses tells Hector the conversation is "a duet before the full orchestra" - sparring before the inevitable war. Therefore I maintain a thinner orchestration to represent Andromache, Cassandra, and Hector's state of denial about the advent of the Trojan War.