Scene 02 – Never Forget

You can listen here to the original song “Never Forget” from Scene 2 of Iliad The Musical.


You can also follow along with the libretto for lyrics and context.


This is the big opening number (about 8 minutes into the show), during the famous Catalog Of Ships from Book 2 of Homer’s Iliad.

Ten years earlier, the Achaean alliance invaded Troy with 1,000 ships. In this song, the leaders of these ships march to war, announce themselves, and give a shout out to their homelands. Athena leads the chorus in song.

In Ancient Greece, heroes who won their glory were welcomed back home with a song written just for them — played on pipes called auli. The pipers and singers played together as family and friends celebrated the soldier’s homecoming.


“Never Forget” is composed in the Ancient Greek chromatic genus, tuned to the ancient hypophrygian scale.


“Never Forget” is arranged entirely for Ancient Greek instruments:

  • Aulos I
  • Aulos II
  • Proslambenomenos aulos
  • Cithara
  • Hydraulis
  • Crotales
  • Timpani
  • Hand claps
  • Foot stomps