Heroes of Troy: 4. The wonder of war

Menelaus and Paris meet in single combat. Achilles still has the hump and refuses to fight. So his cousin Patroclus takes the superhero's special armour and returns to the battle...but unfortunately for Patroclus he's no superhero.

Tutorial 4: Join David Grant to learn the song ‘The wonder of war’

Tutorial: 'The wonder of war'

Song 4 - tutorial

Song style: pop
Sung by: Achilles (Greek hero)
Subject: Tongue-in-cheek-song about being a superhero
Learning experience: To learn Achilles’s song ‘The wonder of war’ in short sections

The story

Episode 4 of the story: Menelaus and Paris meet in single combat; meanwhile Achilles still refuses to fight


Menelaus and Paris meet in single combat: Menelaus quickly gains the upper hand and the Greek army is anticipating a swift victory...when suddenly Paris simply disappears, rescued by the gods. Both sides believe they have the victory and no-one seems to know what to do next. At which point the Trojan, Pandarus, fires an arrow at Menelaus and the fight is back on.

The Greeks are missing Achilles so the Soldier visits Achilles's tent with Patroclus, the hero's cousin, and they try to persuade him to return to the battle. Achilles hands Patroclus his armour, telling his young cousin to sort out the Trojans himself. Patroclus dons the armour and speeds to the battlefield and the Soldier follows...

He picks up a stone the size of my house
The Old Soldier on Hector

See Resources below for a quiz about the story episode.

Song: 'The wonder of war'

Song 4: ‘The wonder of war’ (vocal)
Song 4: ‘The wonder of war’ (backing)

Learn the song ‘The wonder of war’ - sung by Achilles in praise of...himself.

Once you have learnt the song singing with vocal version you can polish your performance singing with just the backing track.

Click here for the lyric sheet.

Click here for the music sheet.


Tutorial - transcript
Song 4 - lyrics
Song 4 - music
Episode 4 - transcript
Teacher's Notes
David Grant's vocal warm-up
Heroes of Troy - playscript (pdf)

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5. Lament
6. Wooden horse

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