The title « Ishtar » comes from the name given by ancient Chaldaeans to the planet Venus. First “star” of evening, last “star” of morning, it symbolised both sides of the goddess: in the evening, goddess of love; in the morning, goddess of war.
The music embraces both sides. The first movement weaves a series of lines in free rhythm, answering and crossing each other to a luxuriant apotheosis. The second, after a gradual warmup, answers the first with sharp rhythms and warlike energy, where instruments unleash wild solos.