THE TRIDENT (Grade 2.5) by Peter Sciaino published on 2019-05-01T18:40:46Z The Trident is the three-pronged spear of Poseidon, the god of the sea in Greek mythology. It is said that Poseidon, when angered, could use the object to wreak havoc by creating tsunamis, earthquakes and other disasters. In this selection, a powerful and haunting soundscape recreates this anger as a “three-pronged melody” acts as the mythological spear. A theme of “three” runs throughout the entire selection, beginning with a three note opening statement. In addition, the three main themes incorporate familiar melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic content creating a sense of cohesion. The theme of three is most evident in the section first heard at measure 25 where three strong themes occur simultaneously. Opportunities for discussion of compositional form and thematic recognition are available for students to explore in a selection that gives each section of the band a chance to play melodies while also being challenged rhythmically.