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AHAB! (2 versions) - Grade: 4-5 | Duration: 24:16  (10:33 - Music only version)

AHAB! (2 versions)

Grade: 4-5 | Duration: 24:16 (10:33 - Music only version)

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Description

Actor Kurtwood Smith plays AHAB! on STORMWORKS... Chapter 2 CD. This provides an outstanding model for the Actor in your collaboration.

From the Pagan-like chanting of the driving polyrhythms to the moments of Soul-Stilling calm, to the dramatic death and resurrection, AHAB! is a dynamic, wide-ranged, quickly accessible, always changing Musical journey.

AHAB! is a new-to-our-idiom undertaking composed for ACTOR, not narrator and Band of the 3rd Millennium! It provides the opportunity to combine departments and explore a New medium!

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ESCAPE FROM PLATO'S CAVE - Grade: 4-5 | Duration: 16:21

ESCAPE FROM PLATO'S CAVE

Grade: 4-5 | Duration: 16:21

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Description

In Plato's allegory, THE CAVE, Man is deprived of knowing the Truth, but in this story, we are given the chance to escape the darkness and move with hopeful purpose into the Light! Spine-chilling drama guides us to the Glorious conclusion!

Many interesting and contrasting musical concepts from tuning, phrasing, exploration of rhythmic intensity and vast dynamic changes present themselves for a great learning experience. The piece is deceivingly accessible, while at the same Time demanding a high level of Musical expression and giving.

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FESTIVAL OF LIGHT! - Grade: 4-5 | Duration: 7:33

FESTIVAL OF LIGHT!

Grade: 4-5 | Duration: 7:33

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Description

As a Conductor programming the Winter Concert, or any concert in which you wish to explore the vocabulary of the Middle East, you will want to know about FESTIVAL of LIGHT! Indeed a Storm Story, the work is a musical retelling of Chanukah, complete with Syrian invasion, Macabeen defense, the Shofar's call to battle and the final victory of the Eternal Light that burned for eight days. The piece is characteristically scored for the oboe, English horn and woodwinds, with plenty of opportunity for all forces in the ensemble to explore exciting new colours, rhythmic ideas and 'exotic' harmonies.

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FINEST HOUR - Grade 4-5 | Duration: 6:11

FINEST HOUR

Grade 4-5 | Duration: 6:11

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Description

A new member of the Churchill Center, I received a mailing just yesterday... (22 February). The letter indicated that the United States Navy was soon to commission the first non-U.S. citizen guided missile destroyer DDG 81 in the name of Sir Winston S. Churchill! His photograph by Yousuf Karsh hangs over my desk. A single glance had me instantly calling Commander Keller to find out if the Atlantic Fleet Band was playing for the celebration. Indeed they would be... and joined by the forces of the British Royal Marine Band.

So, with precious little Time, this piece, joined thematically to the A WISH to the WORLD suite was fittingly crafted.

"Never, Never, Never... Never give in." So strong was his courage and faith in a new day, that Winston Churchill requested first TAPS... and then REVEILLE at his memorial service in January of 1965. His favorite hymn, Who Would True Valour See opened the tribute.

William Shakespeare in Henry V, summed just part of the essence of Winston S. Churchill in his St. Crispen's Day Speech. For this reason, Winston's Theme is connected to the American Knights. Indeed his mother was an American, and Winston embodied the very alliance that helped to defeat the forces of Tyranny. When you think of truly great Leaders, it is not possible to forget the tremendous gifts of this most influential master statesman.

This piece, connected to Once More Unto the Breach, a theme which embodies Winston S. Churchill, is dedicated to those of us who look to the forever stalwart, past and present. In them, we find the courage to face the insurmountable again and again and again...

 

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FURUSATO... Heimat... Home - Grade 4+ | Duration: 8:48

FURUSATO... Heimat... Home

Grade 4+ | Duration: 8:48

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Description

Originally composed by Teiichi Okano (1878-1941), this arrangement of FURUSATO (My Homeland) expresses the common longing for Home. That it comes after Kakehashi: THAT WE MIGHT LIVE and the Japanese rendering of God Bless America is a lasting, lingering statement of Brotherhood. As we recorded this work, which until that moment was always played as a childrenís song, I saw tears in the eyes of the Musicians. What better purpose for Music than to reveal to someone the Beauty of their own Heart...
 

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GIVING - Grade: 4-5 | Duration: 5:33

GIVING

Grade: 4-5 | Duration: 5:33

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Description

Taking the three notes chosen by Dr. Joe Scagnoli, the subject of Giving's Commission, the work sets out to describe a great phenomenon of Music... that of Giving. For me, this piece is what it feels like... to Give. The piece is richly scored for the double reeds and low reeds, with plenty of opportunity for all forces in the ensemble to explore exciting new drama and colour.

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GOD BLESS AMERICA - Grade 4+ with Chorus | Duration: 6:17

GOD BLESS AMERICA

Grade 4+ with Chorus | Duration: 6:17

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Description

You will only be able to get a Perusal Score from me unless I have copies of the German Publication on hand. Please call to check.

It begins in quiet, with innocence, then tells the story of longing for home as never before... GOD BLESS AMERICA may well be played alone, but as you will see on the Chapter 5:8 CD and see "literally" on the THAT WE MIGHT LIVE DVD, is a most historic and history-making conclusion to Kakehashi: That We Might Live.

Friends... This much beloved version of GOD BLESS AMERICA, as indeed you will see in the testimonials of VETERANS and Conductors below, is neverthless NOT available in The United States of America. Despite the fact that there are over 100 arrangements which have been granted permission, this one has not. The reasons are left to your imagination.

For those of you who appreciate irony, it is available via Thomas Rundel in Germany.

Forty-five minutes before getting on a plane to France, where GOD BLESS AMERICA would be played on OMAHA BEACH, Thomas was able to secure an international permission and license. As I left for OMAHA BEACH, Thomas sent the following email.

"Viel Erfolg in OMAHA BEACH". (Good luck on Omaha Beach.)

Now, see IN EINEM ANDEREN LICHT and view that in a new light as well.

I DO have hard copies of the German-published traditional music sets. This work is NOT available in PDF, but it is possible to order the German edition from STORMWORKS USA.

 

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HIM - Grade 4-5 | Duration: 3:33

HIM

Grade 4-5 | Duration: 3:33

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Description

Written as a "warm-up" for Band, this Musical Haiku #19 blends all colours in the ensemble. It is similar in concept to the Three Musical Haikus for Band or perhaps the Function Chorales, but in a more expansive and emotional way. Where words fail, a perusal of the score will reveal the true nature of the piece. Enjoy!


 

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In Einem Anderen Licht - Grade: 4+ | Duration: 4:33

In Einem Anderen Licht

Grade: 4+ | Duration: 4:33

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Testimonials

"Dear Steve, I never had the chance to talk to you about Last World Standing world Standing. I have played your Last World Standing three times in the last week. What Brilliance! what work! a true masterpiece and the work of a musical genius!" Tom Walsh, Executive Producer, EnterAktion Studios

 

"Dear Stephen! Great, wunderbar!! It¥s a special sample of very emotional music. It¥s very extraordinary!! I guess thats a new step in instrumentation and arrangement of your great works, but each composition is typical for "Stephen Melillo"!! Very deaply sound, the track with Martin Kiener sounds like an Symphony Orchestra. Sorry, I¥m not able to describe it in english, but this CD takes the Concert Band Music in a new dimension. In my opinion, the great bands and band directors like this music and the people in the concert halls would be touched by such wunderfull music all over the world!!!!! Godspeed" P.S. The Beginning of our last concert with SBO Ried an 26.10. was with your opus 1... and now, it is on Chapter 13. That`s great of you, to give your first, wunderfull work to your new CD!! Gerhard Reischel, Conductor Landesmusikschule Leonding, Austria

 

"Composer Melillo is gifted and blessed with a God-given talent he gives and shares with the world. When one listens to his music, an intense spiritual statement immerses one into his beautiful world of musical expression. Melilloís compositions are different from all other composers! Immediately one is captivated by the depth and soul of his craft. I encourage you to listen and view his Last World Standing. This is a monumental piece of music that delivers a most profound musical experience about our life and the wars that we have lived through. Thank you, Steve for the massive contributions you are making to our musical world." Edward S. Lisk, Clinician, Conductor, Author

 

"I love this piece and so do the kids. We are going to have a fantastic concert. Your materials are helping this ensemble mature at an incredible rate, and they are EATING IT UP!!! MANY THANKS!!!" Lou Vitello, Clarence HS, NY

 

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KAKEHASHI: THAT WE MIGHT LIVE - Grade 4-5 w/Chorus, Soloists, Multimedia  | Duration: 69:22

KAKEHASHI: THAT WE MIGHT LIVE

Grade 4-5 w/Chorus, Soloists, Multimedia | Duration: 69:22


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Description

 

KAKEHASHI: That We Might Live, A Documentary in Music has broken the bounds of the band world and has won Two Telly Awards for History/Biography & Music. An Eva Gold Award for Music Documentary. The recorded concert work was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in Music and was also nominated in the 49th Grammy Awards. THAT WE MIGHT LIVE, the DVD "visualized" Concert, was again nominated in the 50th Grammy Awards for Best Long Form Documentary Score.

 

This live-theatrical Grade 4-5 work for band of the 3rd Millennium has been "visually scored" in a process called STORMWORKS VisaREEL, and further develops Music and Picture concepts first developed in LAST WORLD STANDING.

 

From the Japanese Musicians and Military who render this Music:

Remember the Future... for Truth is Timeless. Our bridge to the Future is a place THAT WE MIGHT LIVE, a finally-fulfilled destiny beyond the Past, a new world born of facing our mutual and unfortunate Pasts with Hope, of forgiveness, of Love and Freedom. Such is the Home, then, now and always, that all of us have longed for.

The Japanese concept of "Kakehashi" refers to a bridge of Hope, of Friendship, of our mutual overcoming of the Past.

KAKEHASHI: That We Might Live, A Documentary in Music is made complete by a historically accurate, pre-recorded CD of authentic radio & musical clips from World War II, excerpts and lyrics of which are pertinent to events in the Pacific.

In fact, 70 Copyrights were purchased in order to recreate the Past, firstly inspired by the Survivors of the Conflict in the Philippines, and now... in this more Universal telling of the story, the perspective of the Home-longing Japanese and the Innocent Souls lost in the destructive conclusion of World War II, the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The connective thread? HOME. At the conclusion, we hear 2 arrangements. God Bless America, the key words of which are "Home Sweet Home", and then Furusato, which means... "My Home".

Furusato, becomes the connective conclusion. Home, Home Sweet Home, Heimat.

To complete the international flavor of this Universal Version, Furusato is brought to us by Thomas Rundel of Germany. And it was in Germany that the first inspiration for a piece about HOME began. This concept of Home is explored in the connected and further concluding piece: JIDAI. It is the idea of Home, of HEIMAT.

This large scale, but accessible work utilizes a large chorus, the extended instrumentation of Band of the 3rd Millennium as described in the "storm" works, theatrical reenactments, comparable to David and Ahab!, and a disk of prerecorded Radio Broadcasts, songs, morse code clips and more from the period. This prerecorded CD will "accompany" the ensemble in the same manner as was premiered and demonstrated in The Universe Below.

This new and evolved work, KAKEHASHI: That We Might Live, A Documentary in Music is inspired by the Leadership and Vision of The Japan Air Self Defense Force Band who recorded this work for the Chapter 5:8 CD Set: WRITINGS on the WALL.

Here now, to better sum the special Gift of the Japanese, please enjoy my opening comments for the Chapter 5:8 CD Set:

"Remember the Future for Truth is Timeless . . ."
A Personal Message from SLM 2004
STORMWORKS Chapter V∞, Writings on the Wall

From Stephen Melillo:


It takes a photon 38 million years to escape the forcible, unforgiving gravity of the sun and blast its way to the surface where eight minutes later it bathes the earth in the Light by which you find yourself reading this libretto.

In the Timestorm of that 38 million years and eight minutes, give or take a few hundred years... a mere and tiny moment of imperceptible dancing on the cosmic stage... the Human drama has seen unthinkable violence, pain, hurt, self-inflicted suffering... emptiness and longing. And with it? Untold Love, Sacrifice, Giving and Heroism.

Without Warning, we are cast into the epic adventure. In the hollow of the heart, sense must be made of the constantly swirling storm, the unraveling of the mysterious. Free will. Choice? Fate? The seemingly endless succession of useless, inevitable, somehow destined to be traversed catastrophes as Man brutalizes his Brother... and then... steps forward to rise above such folly.

In your hands is a recording, the meaning of which escapes the moment of your listening. It leaps across Time... past, future, possible future and present. Rising above our mutual and many sins of the past, the Vision of Brotherhood is not merely written about... but finally, in a way only Human History could have produced... demonstrated.

We are a part of the convergent Moment. History is made.

Though all should be self-evident, allow yourself to contemplate the document in your possession. It is the first Recording to be released outside of Japan by The Central Band of the Japanese Air Self Defense Force. With the Good graces of the Japanese government, the JASDF Band offers this document in the 60th year marking the end of World War 2. In the Music, we encounter a historically accurate and by our current view, a tragic and unfortunate Past. As Japanese Musicians render KAKEHASHI: That We Might Live, A Documentary in Music with the Choruses from Old Dominion and Shenandoah Universities, one cannot help but see an unchained intersection of time and culture-crunching dimensions. Have we done it? Have we laid strong the path by which Man exercises His greatest gift... the ability to short-circuit the needless predetermined march into more suffering? Has a new blueprint been established where, instead of embracing the False, the fleeting, and Art of the State, we have taken that lofty right-face into the Brotherhood of Man? Have we collapsed evolution into the moment of our combined Will and chosen to live by Love inviolate, an evolved position which must... after all... be our True Destiny?

Answers reside within. The document you hold is now History, a History of the Future. It is made possible by an important reality which can never be taken for granted. The Heroism that is "talked about", and written about and urged for and hoped for rises far above all former cliches. Music as a "universal language" is exposed for the many times it was mere hyperbole and its sentiment inappropriately invoked. The Heroes portrayed in this Recording, immortalized once again in the Living thing we call Music, are represented, indeed demonstrated by the Japanese Musicians who render it. They have become, in their transcendent DOING, the role models of a new generation of Heroes. A new JIDAI. It is impossible to thank them enough... for only THEY, at THIS Time, in THIS circumstance with our combined Histories, could have heroically donned the mantle of message bearer.

And their message is profound indeed.

In the spirit of eternal Brotherhood, ALL of us are honoured and humbled to be a small part of this Triumph! Through Time and Space, geography and culture, language and History, ALL of us who have made this Music, ALL of us alive and sacrificed who have lived and inspired it, ALL of us who have drudged through our brief moment like a struggling photon in search of Light... join with you in the Now and share with you a message of Forgiveness and Love... of Giving and Sacrifice, of facing the Storm and rising above it.

History is made. May you make it well.

Into the hope-filled Adventure... Godspeed! Stephen Melillo

 

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"Steve, words cannot express the soaring emotions which one experiences when hearing this monumental work. You deserve the Medal of Freedom for this piece of patriotism, especially for your success in having the spirited cooperation of a once-despised and brutal enemy. I salute you, Sir!" -Joseph R. Priestley, LCDR, USN (Ret.) Served in WWII, Korea & Vietnam

 

"Stephen's new CD, Chapter 5:8 "Writings on the Wall" is indeed a historic groundbreaking album and a total artistic triumph. From the moving mega work Kakehashi to the great uplifting rendition of God Bless America this double CD set is packed with masterworks." Aldo Rafael Forte, Composer

 

"Stephen, this is one of the most original and moving pieces of music I have ever experienced (and we have played a lot of your music over the years - all of it amazing). I look forward to talking with you again. Sincerely," Jim DePriest, Mt. Pleasant HS, Iowa

 

"I have now watched The DVD of That We Might Live and just want to say what a truly significant experience it generates for me.  I was moved multiple times throughout but most of all … near the end when you have the pages and pages of names on the screen.  That was alone was a powerful … POWERFUL visual. As an active-duty line officer in our United States Air Force, I want to thank you for such a thoughtful, intensely well researched, and ravishingly honest musical documentary such as this.  Also, thank you for offering it as a tribute to all of our veterans."
DANIEL W. BOOTHE, 1Lt, USAF, Commander/Music Director, USAF Band of Flight 2012

 

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LAST WORLD STANDING - Grade: 4+ | Duration: 34:34

LAST WORLD STANDING

Grade: 4+ | Duration: 34:34

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Description

This letter is from Mr. Sam Ring. Sam is one of the many True Heroes that I've had the opportunity to meet since writing Kakehashi: THAT WE MIGHT LIVE and making the Historic 5:8 CDs in Japan. If you've seen the John Dahl film THE GREAT RAID, you'll recall the 6th Army Rangers who rescued POWs at Cabanatuan on 29 January 1945. Sam Ring was one of those Rangers... and in an irony hard to imagine, Sam saved his own FATHER in that Raid. No, it didn't make the movie. Real Life is so often many times grander... and stranger than the movies! I am incredibly honoured to call Sam a Friend. Enjoy and Godspeed! S

"Hey Stephen, Last weekend we had our Sudwind-Project Concert. We performed your "Last World Standing". It's really a serious and great piece. I'm extremely impressed about it. Congratulations!!! Last autumn we performed your "Speech of Angels" with my youth orchestra and in 4 weeks we will play your "Godspeed!" We are really looking forward for this performance! With my "Adult Orchestra" we are planning your David.... You can see, we really love your music, your message!" Tobias Zinser, Germany

"Dear Stephen! Great, wunderbar!! It¥s a special sample of very emotional music. It¥s very extraordinary!! I guess thats a new step in instrumentation and arrangement of your great works, but each composition is typical for "Stephen Melillo"!! Very deaply sound, the track with Martin Kiener sounds like an Symphony Orchestra. Sorry, I¥m not able to describe it in english, but this CD takes the Concert Band Music in a new dimension. In my opinion, the great bands and band directors like this music and the people in the concert halls would be touched by such wunderfull music all over the world!!!!! Godspeed" P.S. The Beginning of our last concert with SBO Ried an 26.10. was with your opus 1... and now, it is on Chapter 13. That`s great of you, to give your first, wunderfull work to your new CD!! Gerhard Reischel, Conductor Landesmusikschule Leonding, Austria

"I have just listened to the new Stephen Melillo, Stormworks Chapter 13: Whispers on the Wind CD. It is without doubt one of the most exciting band works I have ever heard. Stephen Melillo, with his super talent, is in a class by himself and years ahead in this creative world of music. His is definitely on the cutting edge in the future of music." Dr. John M. Long, Distinguished Professor of Music, Dean Emeritus, Troy University "Composer Melillo is gifted and blessed with a God-given talent he gives and shares with the world. When one listens to his music, an intense spiritual statement immerses one into his beautiful world of musical expression. Melilloís compositions are different from all other composers! Immediately one is captivated by the depth and soul of his craft. I encourage you to listen and view his ìLast World Standing.î This is a monumental piece of music that delivers a most profound musical experience about our life and the wars that we have lived through. Thank you Steve for the massive contributions you are making to our musical world." Edward S. Lisk, Clinician, Conductor, Author

"I was fortunate enough to be there for the premiere. It was simply stunning. A great work that defies stylistic categorization; a totally "new" concept in performance. It is as revolutionary to the band world as Wagner's music drama concept was to opera!" Aldo Forte, Composer

"The whole thing was beyond description. Just healing and love and grief and regret and joy and gratitude - I could even say your music reflects our human condition with all its imperfections while also encouraging it to the most noble expression of itself. Your music makes one want to stretch in the direction of perfection even as we admit our deepest flaws." Hope Fitzgerald, Audience

"Dear Steve, I hope, You remember Your trip to Austria feeling good. Now I have some days off and time for thinking about what has happened. It was like a miracle: with You there are so many impulses for our efforts playing music ñ or better living music! Thank You very much for these professional tips! But there is even much more than growing competence ñ there is a deeper connection to music from heart ñ and now there is more wisdom for becoming a good man. I have got some deeply impressing feedback to our concert in Brucknerhaus: for example,

a) Now I am going to concerts for 30 years ñ but this concert is on the top of all concerts I have ever heard.
b) Thank You for this concert. Tears are in my eyes and I hope, that everyone hearing this concert is changed now. Thank You for showing us our responsibility for peace and I hope, that the people will think about it.
c) Your concert touched me in my soul ñ it was much more than a concert!" Karl Geroldinger, Conductor Sinfonischen Blasorchester Ried.

"Steve: I want to thank you for making my last concert as a concert band conductor one of the most memorable experiences of my life. It obviously couldn't have happened without you. No other composer's music would have sufficed for me to take all that I was feeling and the kids were feeling, and make it not a performance but a monument. Please know this. I will say it again: No other composer's music would have sufficed. Not just would have been appropriate, or useful, or any other word...the art, the life, you pour into your work was vitally necessary for this to have taken place. You provided us with the vehicle to go where we needed and wanted to go. For that, I will be eternally grateful to you." Jeff Waggoner, one of the commissioners of Last World Standing

"Dear Steve, I never had the chance to talk to you about Last World Standing world Standing. I have played your Last World Standing three times in the last week. What Brilliance! what work! a true masterpiece and the work of a musical genius!" Tom Walsh, Executive Producer, EnterAktion Studios

"I just finished my first listening to the Chapter 13 CD and have to say Bravo! It is exciting to hear such a variety of expressive sounds from the wind ensemble. You donít hear this music from the BOX Publishers! Your continued integration of technology and multi-media is tremendous and once again places STORMWORKS ahead of the publishers on truly new expressions of an advancing art form! The expressive nature of your music is TIMELESS and needed now more than ever! As research shows, todayís students are becoming more disengaged from our art form and your music offers a real connection to our students. Finally, the quality of the recording is great! I love the Decca Tree recording style. It truly captures the LIVE sound. Again Bravo on a job well done! Keep leading the way!" David Knott, Instrumental Music Education, Catherine Hall - Milton Hershey School

"When listening to the musical works of Stephen Melillo on the Chapter 13 CD, one can't help but feel like they are reading the diary of the composer and performers. With each new piece there is more revealed ihat lets the listener share in the thoughts, hopes, fears, and dreams of the musicians involved. After reading the digital libretto, this feeling was magnified tremendously. There are many moments on the CD where the emotion and excitement of the performance is truly palpable. Great music has a way of transforming the musician that performs it. I would guess that countless musicians were, and will continue to be, transformed through Stephen's music." Scott Hensil CB South and CB West H.S. Director Of Orchestras, PA.

"This music navigates its way into a person's soul in a most succinct and profound manner. One becomes drenched in the vivid emotional imagery that radiates from this recording. It tugs at your heartstrings and it challenges your conscience. You'll begin a new musical journey in a new dimension, a new time. You will never be the same." -Thomas Reynolds, Music Director, Harvard, MA Public Schools, Conductor MIT Concert Band, Cambridge, MA

"In Einem Anderen Licht is going very well with the members of Concert Ensemble. They are going past the printed page which music is all about. I asked each student to describe your work in one word.

Responses were:

Fierce
Amazing
Powerful
Heroic
Intense
Whirlwind
Exciting
Emotional
Poetic
Awesome

Thanks," Joe Filio, Liverpool HS

 

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MILLENNIUM - Grade: 4-5 | Duration: 9:45

MILLENNIUM

Grade: 4-5 | Duration: 9:45

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Description

Two highly contrasting movements depict the battle for world dominance at the brink of the 3rd Millennium. The first movement, ART of the STATE is a wild, viral journey at mm=164. In extreme contrast, the second movement depicts the serenity of a Love Inviolate.

The piece utilizes an orchestration which has been ongoing in the STORMWORKS story, that of the Band of the 3rd Millennium.

MILLENNIUM was commissioned for the 1997 Internationale Festiche Musiktage Uster. Unlike most "storm" works, the piece stops after its 2nd movement. Via motif and theme, it is connected back to THE FIRST & THE LAST and forward to WAIT of the WORLD.

MILLENNIUM and THE FIRST & THE LAST combine to make a 5-movement work, but the movements can also be interchanged to create more flexibility in programming.

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ONE - Grade: 4-5 | Duration: 8:21

ONE

Grade: 4-5 | Duration: 8:21

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The STORMWORKS Chapter 21 CD Set: WON WAY was recorded by SBO-Ried in Austria. This same ensemble premiered LAST WORLD STANDING in The Brucknerhaus to an 18-minute standing ovation! 21 WON WAY is inspired by Roberto Clemente who said, "If you have the chance to do something good for someone and you don't, you are wasting your time in this world." To that purpose, to that simple Ideal... this Music is dedicated.

 

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OUR TIME as a SONG in the UNIVERSE - Grade: 4-5 | Duration: 6:33

OUR TIME as a SONG in the UNIVERSE

Grade: 4-5 | Duration: 6:33

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Testimonials

"I attended a reception in the president's suite after our concert. Nearly everyone referred to OUR TIME as a SONG in the UNIVERSE in some manner. Even the people that did not get it... the piece STILL had some profound effect on them. They just couldn't express it. And so, once again, I can prove that there is SOMETHING in your Music, your Orchestrations, God only knows because even I still cannot explain it. We can play and play, sound really good... then jump into a Stormworks, and the same group sounds completely and profoundly different. When I was on Sabbatical last semester, I went to the Veterans Concert, this time conducted by Mark. They played and played and sounded great. I was not only very happy, but really impressed at the quality of the group under Mark's leadership. Then, the premiere of the piece for the Chancellor started (DESPITE ALL ELSE) and....the entire sound changed. It surrounded the audience. Suddenly, we were all awash in this amazing sound... more than just the sound, though. This is what I am still trying to understand about your Music. People who don't know immediately write it off to the use of electronics, but that simply is not the case. They don't get it. The electronics certainly add to it, but that is not the only reason. I have played and heard other pieces using electronics, including my own, and it does not achieve the same effect. So, my study continues. Your friendship and guidance and willingness to share continues to help me understand Music and myself a bit better each day." Ralph Ford, Troy University. (Ralph. Thank you for so much. for your Kindness, your Generosity. The kids sounded great, and in fact brought tears to my eyes. I thank them and I thank you for allowing me to share these thoughts with other Conductors.)

"Dear Steve, I never had the chance to talk to you about Last World Standing world Standing. I have played your Last World Standing three times in the last week. What Brilliance! what work! a true masterpiece and the work of a musical genius!" Tom Walsh, Executive Producer, EnterAktion Studios

"Dear Stephen! Great, wunderbar!! It¥s a special sample of very emotional music. It¥s very extraordinary!! I guess thats a new step in instrumentation and arrangement of your great works, but each composition is typical for "Stephen Melillo"!! Very deaply sound, the track with Martin Kiener sounds like an Symphony Orchestra. Sorry, I¥m not able to describe it in english, but this CD takes the Concert Band Music in a new dimension. In my opinion, the great bands and band directors like this music and the people in the concert halls would be touched by such wunderfull music all over the world!!!!! Godspeed" P.S. The Beginning of our last concert with SBO Ried an 26.10. was with your opus 1... and now, it is on Chapter 13. That`s great of you, to give your first, wunderfull work to your new CD!! Gerhard Reischel, Conductor Landesmusikschule Leonding, Austria

 

 

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PATRICK'S RUNE - Grade 4-5 | Duration: 5:33

PATRICK'S RUNE

Grade 4-5 | Duration: 5:33

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High energy dance-like rhythmic figures and a haunting prayer theme... later developed in Symphony #2... combine in this work depicting St. Patrick's banishment of the snakes. As in all "Storm" Works, the piece provides a well-planned media in which to explore music-making concepts. Contained within are themes for Patrick, the striking staff, the Storm and religious faith of the Rune as well as depictions of the dance, struggle, and joy of the Irish people as the Light of Hope triumphs over "the powers of darkness!"

Patrick's Rune places many varied and simultaneous demands on the student Musician. Because the piece involves Music in 2's and 3's in both 4/4 and 12/8, and because of the dynamic possibilities joined by the need for great speed and dexterity in fingering, this work can be rendered by quite accomplished groups or by younger Musicians needing a work which, when rendered as intended, will represent a significant accomplishment.

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This piece is from the STORMJOURNEYS CD.

Saint Patrick
Feastday: March 17
Patron of Ireland
b. 387 d.461
Saint Patrick of Ireland is one of the world's most popular saints.

Apostle of Ireland, born at Kilpatrick, near Dumbarton, in Scotland, in the year 387; died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, 17 March, 461.

Along with St. Nicholas and St. Valentine, the secular world shares our love of these saints. This is also a day when everyone's Irish.

There are many legends and stories of St. Patrick, but this is his story.

Patrick was born around 385 in Scotland, probably Kilpatrick. His parents were Calpurnius and Conchessa, who were Romans living in Britain in charge of the colonies.

As a boy of fourteen or so, he was captured during a raiding party and taken to Ireland as a slave to herd and tend sheep. Ireland at this time was a land of Druids and pagans. He learned the language and practices of the people who held him.

During his captivity, he turned to God in prayer. He wrote

"The love of God and his fear grew in me more and more, as did the faith, and my soul was rosed, so that, in a single day, I have said as many as a hundred prayers and in the night, nearly the same." "I prayed in the woods and on the mountain, even before dawn. I felt no hurt from the snow or ice or rain."

Patrick's captivity lasted until he was twenty when he escaped after having a dream from God in which he was told to leave Ireland by going to the coast. There he found some sailors who took him back to Britain, where he reunited with his family.

He had another dream in which the people of Ireland were calling out to him "We beg you, holy youth, to come and walk among us once more."

He began his studies for the priesthood. He was ordained by St. Germanus, the Bishop of Auxerre, whom he had studied under for years.

Later, Patrick was ordained a bishop and was sent to take the Gospel to Ireland. He arrived in Ireland March 25, 433, at Slane. One legend says that he met a chieftain of one of the tribes, who tried to kill Patrick. Patrick converted Dichu (the chieftain) after he was unable to move his arm until he became friendly to Patrick.

Patrick began preaching the Gospel throughout Ireland, converting many. He and his disciples preached and converted thousands and began building churches all over the country. Kings, their families, and entire kingdoms converted to Christianity when hearing Patrick's message.

Patrick by now had many disciples, among them Beningnus, Auxilius, Iserninus, and Fiaac, (all later canonized as well).

Patrick preached and converted all of Ireland for 40 years. He worked many miracles and wrote of his love for God in Confessions. After years of living in poverty, traveling and enduring much suffering he died March 17, 461.

He died at Saul, where he had built the first church.

Why a shamrock?
Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Trinity, and has been associated with him and the Irish since that time.

In His Footsteps:
Patrick was a humble, pious, gentle man, whose love and total devotion to and trust in God should be a shining example to each of us. He feared nothing, not even death, so complete was his trust in God, and of the importance of his mission.

 

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RENDEZVOUS WITH DESTINY - Grade: 5 | Duration: 6:35

RENDEZVOUS WITH DESTINY

Grade: 5 | Duration: 6:35

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Composed for the commissioning of the USS Ronald Reagan, Rendezvous With Destiny serves as an innovative concert March, with a strong, noble opening and morse code stated in a dramatic build toward the march theme.

A Wish to the World is a series of pieces written to inspire the next generation of Heroes. These pieces can be played as a suite across the Music Program in the manner of THE FOUNTAINHEAD and STORMQUEST, or they can be rendered individually.

A Wish to the World is commissioned by Barry Wentz and the Alpena High School Symphonic Wind Ensemble with Ray Reynolds, Director of the Thunder Bay JHS Band, and Keith Hodsgon & The South Jersey Area Wind Ensemble, Mr. Larry White & The Rancho Buena Vista Wind Ensemble in California, Mr. Paul Holzen & the Parkway Northeast Middle School, and the Kentucky Music Educators Association.

 

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THE SPEECH OF ANGELS - Grade: 4-5 | Duration: 7:11

THE SPEECH OF ANGELS

Grade: 4-5 | Duration: 7:11

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Description

This somewhat haunting work is inspired by the phrase: "Music is well said to be the speech of angels."

The battle between Good and Evil often described in Storm Music now happens in the realm of the angels. New-to-our-idiom colours highlight the work. Off-stage madrigal choir and brass elements are just some of the sounds utilized to create that other-world Sonic Scape in which this piece comes to its uplifting conclusion.

David's faith brings down the insurmountable Goliath. The work is dedicated to Faith and Hope despite the untimely passings of friends and family.

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"I" of the STORM!

Grade: 4 w/Grade 5 Woodwind Solo | Duration: 9:18

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"I" of the STORM! is a Fugue for Wind Symphony and Woodwind Soloist. There are C, Bb, and Eb solo parts for any of your woodwind players who need the opportunity to be featured!

The second movement is a bittersweet, haunting ballad entitled, NO ONE KNOWS. The third movement is an Epilogue which takes the Main Fugue and delivers it in a spine-chilling and dramatic conclusion! The solo, while working in scalar lines, is fast, sensational and demanding. (Grade 5 or 6)

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