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The GREY I-II-III Libretti, and now, Embracing Sorrow

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ATTENTION! No Need to click on the FREE link! Please just follow the link below and choose any amount to make the Gift of Story & Music to loved ones. Choose from the more than 42 Albums on TRACKS, or order the books or special DVDs. Enjoy & Godspeed! S

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STORMWORKS® Digital Libretti (https://stormworld.com/digital-libretti)
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https://stormworld.com/digital-libretti No need to use the CART Button. Use this link to access all of the current STORMWORKS Libretti in PDF. They are also quickly available under "RESOURCES & STORMAficionados" in the Menu above.

Enjoy & Godspeed! S

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The GREY II-III Libretto
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The GREY II-III Libretto

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The 56-page "The GREY II-III Libretto" in PDF.

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The Mass & Embracing Sorrow, Combined Libretti
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The Mass & Embracing Sorrow, Combined Libretti

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‘Embracing Sorrow’ was released on 26 November 2022. On this date, the Ukrainian Holodomor in 1933, is Memorialized. Let us together embrace ‘Embracing Sorrow’ as we uplift Humanity by remembering.

29 November 2022, was the formal release of ‘The MASS’. In this album, the current, ‘ordinary’ Catholic Mass has been lovingly set to Music.

Album 1:

‘Embracing Sorrow’ was released on 26 November 2022. On this date, the Ukrainian Holodomor in 1933, is Memorialized. Let us together embrace ‘Embracing Sorrow’ as we uplift Humanity by remembering.

29 November 2022, was the formal release of ‘The MASS’. In this album, the current, ‘ordinary’ Catholic Mass has been lovingly set to Music.

Album 1: The Mass

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Album 2: Embracing Sorrow

Music by © Stephen Melillo, IGNA 2022-2023, 2-3 Millennium STORM®ecords STORMWORKS ® stormworld.com

Featured Guest Artist Catherine Louise Geach, Soprano & Violin Founder of The Khmer Cultural Development Institute, Cambodia

Also Featured Das Sinfonische Blasorchester Ried Conducted by Karl Geroldinger Recorded by Andreas Schwarzgruber

Koninklijke Militaire Kapel Conducted by Stephen Melillo Recorded by Lex van Diepen

Das Musikkorps der Bundeswehr Conducted by Christoph Scheibling, Catherine’s Vocals & the Violin for “Holodomor” Recorded by Roland Stuppin

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The MASS

STEPHEN MELILLO, Composer STORMWORKS

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Embracing Sorrow

STEPHEN MELILLO, Composer STORMWORKS

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The GREY II-III

STEPHEN MELILLO, Composer STORMWORKS

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The GREY II-III is a collection of intimate, emotional, probing works, inspired by “looking beyond” the veil of Grey in the Sky, inside our Hearts and Minds, in each other, and beyond our Struggles, Sufferings, and Hurts. An eclectic mix of new age, classical, cinematic, and contemporary instrumental Music, featuring Piano, Orchestra, Vocals,

The GREY II-III is a collection of intimate, emotional, probing works, inspired by “looking beyond” the veil of Grey in the Sky, inside our Hearts and Minds, in each other, and beyond our Struggles, Sufferings, and Hurts. An eclectic mix of new age, classical, cinematic, and contemporary instrumental Music, featuring Piano, Orchestra, Vocals, Violin, Viola, Harp, and Tuba, listening to the previously released, “The GREY” and now “The GREY II-III”, you will experience a brief global Human Journey of Darkness and Light, but more importantly, you will find a “bridge” on which you can stand between these polarities and offer the Questions and Hopes and Prayers of Your own unique and priceless Life.

Artists on this 141:33 minute, pandemic-composed sequel to The GREY include: Christopher McCrewell on Voice, Catherine Geach on Voice & Violin, Zsuzsanna Emödi on Violin & Viola, Daniel Ridder on Tuba, Renske de Leuw on Harp, Curt DeMott and Stephen Melillo on Piano, and the STORMWORKS Scoring Orchestra with Music, Lyrics, Text & Photos by © Stephen Melillo, IGNA 2021.

Godspeed! Stephen Melillo

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Love Conquers All

STEPHEN MELILLO, Composer STORMWORKS & Cindy Paulos, Lyrics

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What originally began as a stand-alone rock song, evolved into a “Music Theater-like/soon-to-staged” story of connected works.Featuring the Grammy-Award-winning Darlene Koldenhoven, Catherine L. Geach, Founder of Kampot Traditional Music School for Orphaned and Disabled Children of Cambodia, Wilson Solomon, Catherine Day, Spencer & Shafer

What originally began as a stand-alone rock song, evolved into a “Music Theater-like/soon-to-staged” story of connected works. Featuring the Grammy-Award-winning Darlene Koldenhoven, Catherine L. Geach, Founder of Kampot Traditional Music School for Orphaned and Disabled Children of Cambodia, Wilson Solomon, Catherine Day, Spencer & Shafer Melillo, the Smithfield HS, and MS Choirs, Cindy Paulos delivering Spoken Word, and some cameos by yours truly, the 52:39 Story, “Love Conquers All, When Heaven Merges With Earth,” may also be streamed at your favorite services.

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The Grey (album 1)

Stephen Melillo, with Curt DeMott & Zsuzsanna Emödi

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"The Grey" is a collection of intimate works for piano and/or small orchestra. Like "Musical Haikus" they provide a source for introspection, faith, and looking forward.

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Music from 12:01PM

STEPHEN MELILLO, Composer STORMWORKS

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Music from 12:01PM, an Academy Award Nominated short film by Jonathan Heap. Music, Composed, Orchestrated & Conducted by Stephen Melillo, IGNA 31 DEC 1989.

This suite of mostly 1st-take cues from 12:01PM, starring Kurtwood Smith, was rediscovered on a recent -inch tape transfer. Composed for a small Orchestra, the score for “Always the

Music from 12:01PM, an Academy Award Nominated short film by Jonathan Heap.  
 Music, Composed, Orchestrated & Conducted by © Stephen Melillo, IGNA 31 DEC 1989.  

This suite of mostly 1st-take cues from 12:01PM, starring Kurtwood Smith, was rediscovered on a recent ¼-inch tape transfer.
 Composed for a small Orchestra, the score for “Always the Return,” the End Titles Music, may be investigated here. https://stephenmelillo.com/jazz-orchestra. (Please scroll until you see it.)


1201PM was recorded by John Richards at Evergreen Studio in Los Angeles, on 27 January 1990. Many thanks to John, to Studio owner & Harpist, Gayle Levant, Music Supervisor, John Caper, and the 26 fine Musicians who sight-read the score.

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Musical Contributions for the Rupam Sarmah Film, One Little Finger

STEPHEN MELILLO, Composer STORMWORKS

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Of "One Little Finger," Dr. Rupam Sarmah says, "One Little Finger is not just a film; it is a movement to break the barriers of stigma in disability. All it takes is a change in perspective, a change in our mindset! Disability is what we perceive, Ability is everything that we believe! Using film media as a platform, we are allowing persons with

Of "One Little Finger," Dr. Rupam Sarmah says, "One Little Finger is not just a film; it is a movement to break the barriers of stigma in disability. All it takes is a change in perspective, a change in our mindset! Disability is what we perceive, Ability is everything that we believe! Using film media as a platform, we are allowing persons with various disabilities to act in this film alongside local and international celebrities to promote inclusion and diversity.”

This compilation of cues represents my personal contributions to the film.

Enjoy & Godspeed! Stephen Melilllo

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Dark Reflection Film Score

© Stephen Melillo, IGNA 14 September 1981, 2-3M

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From the Score Notes, Downloadable with Photos in PDF:

In May of 1980, my first work for band was premiered at M.I.T., with Dr. John Corley conducting a 70-minute, 9-movement suite for augmented Wind & Jazz Ensemble. It was called “Only for Now”. It was named for the young adult novel I had written in 1978. Only months later, during a hectic

From the Score Notes, Downloadable with Photos in PDF:

In May of 1980, my first work for band was premiered at M.I.T., with Dr. John Corley conducting a 70-minute, 9-movement suite for augmented Wind & Jazz Ensemble. It was called “Only for Now”. It was named for the young adult novel I had written in 1978. Only months later, during a hectic summer of moving and looking for my first job as a Music Educator, Jonathan Heap called.

A mere 40 years ago, as of this resurrected Score composed for Dark Reflection, Jonathan asked me to write Music for his student-made film. It would fulfill a four-year promise. We had made a Super 8, striped, almost impossibly and fastidiously sound-tracked film while at Greenwich High School. Having won all sorts of contests and recognitions, it landed Jonathan into the Ithaca Film School.

I had never composed for the Orchestra before. I had never scored a film before. How do you do it? How do you take motion pictures, respond to a Director’s descriptions, measure the flow of Time, compose Music, then conduct it with Live Musicians, and have it sync to the picture?

In 1990, while implementing the Film-Scoring Program at SUNY, Purchase, I penned the real-time case study, “Music to Picture”. The curriculum was written while composing for, and eventually recording the score to Jonathan Heap’s, “1201PM”. The course begins with a simple, but involved question. “If you didn’t read a book, or as it is today, watch a video, how would you score a film?

The Dark Reflection score was written before MIDI, before computers. The score and parts were prepared by hand. The recording made by Marice Stith, then the Band Director at Cornell University, was on 1/4-inch tape and microphoned as simply as possible. We were at the mercy of:

  1. Sight-reading, college-aged Musicians.
  2. Only 1 or 2 takes per cue due to Time constraints.
  3. The existing frequencies of the rehearsal hall and pre-existing seating set-up.
  4. The use of only 2 microphones.

Given all of that, I am AMAZED at what Jonathan and I achieved. The Music was synced to the film within an accuracy of 3 frames. In other words, an 1/8th of a second. There were no streamers, no punches, only a metronome. The score called for rubati sections, accelerandi and fermati. In addition to a metronome, played on the fly against the video, (within 3 frames accuracy) I conducted the Orchestra to the images played on a small video monitor. (I still have the monitor in the garage!)

The Orchestra was recorded during a scheduled rehearsal with the gracious and dedicated assistance of Dr. Pamela Gerhardt. I’m sure I thanked Dr. Gerhardt and Marice Stith profusely at the time, but I’d like to do so formally again. As SYNC would have it, Marice nominated me to ASCAP as a result of the recording. The date? 11 September 1982, the date on which my Son would be born in 2001.

Apparently, because of Time, two cues were never recorded. Frankly, I forget how we handled that. I may have simply played the cues on Piano.

The score is unabashedly Dramatic, like the film. Elements of the score would later find their way into the library of Music that followed, called... “Stormworks.”

Enjoy & Godspeed! S

Here is a quick recap of dates surrounding this score:

1978 - Only for Now, the young adult Novel was written.

1979 - Only for Now, the 9-movement suite was premiered at M.I.T., John Corley, Conducting.

1980 - Jonathan asked me to score Dark Reflection during my first year as a Teacher at Chester High School, NY. Here, I wrote a now widely-spread, but author-removed letter to my kids, “Why I Teach Music”.

1981 - Finishing touches were made to the film and to the film score. I gave it a completion date of 14 September 1981. We recorded Dark Reflection at the Ithaca School of Music.

1982 - Donald Spoto, the official Biographer of Alfred Hitchcock, sponsored a special screening of Dark Reflection at the New School in NYC. In his greeting to the attendees, Donald introduced Jonathan and me as “the next most significant collaboration since Alfred Hitchcock and Bernard Herrmann”. (We both believed our careers were set! Ah, the foibles of youth.)

1984 - Jonathan and I created, “A Cold Night,” an experiment in Music and Film that will be premiering during this same SYNC year of 2020.

1988- As you can see in the photo above, I composed piece #404, “S-Matrix Symphony # Numberless”. It wasn’t until this work that I called myself a “Composer”.

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Gifts, Free Pieces

Stephen Melillo

In addition to many other free pieces appearing across the several Albums on this page, please enjoy these Gifts. Godspeed! Stephen Melillo

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Stormworks Chapter 55: Way of the Wanderer

Stephen Melillo, with Das Musikkorps der Bundeswehr & Christoph Scheibling

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98-minutes of interconnected Story & Music recorded by the fine Musicians of Das Musikkorps der Bundeswehr, conducted by Christoph Scheibling. Welcome to the Wonderfilled World of the next STORMWORKS Chapter, Chapter 55: Way of the Wanderer.

Download your free 48-page Libretto under "RESOURCES." Visit scores at under STORMWORKS Chapter 55: Way

98-minutes of interconnected Story & Music recorded by the fine Musicians of Das Musikkorps der Bundeswehr, conducted by Christoph Scheibling. Welcome to the Wonderfilled World of the next STORMWORKS Chapter, Chapter 55: Way of the Wanderer.

Download your free 48-page Libretto under "RESOURCES." Visit scores at under STORMWORKS Chapter 55: Way of the Wanderer.

I really want You to take part in the 'entire' Journey that makes up this latest Chapter in the Storm Works! As a Composer, it's difficult to understand just grabbing 1 or 2 tracks. For me, it would be the same as taking just a couple of words from a paragraph, or in this case, grabbing a few sentences from a Novel. Please share in the entire Story of this latest Chapter!

Enjoy and Godspeed! S

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Excerpt from STORMWORKS 88' for Strings and Percussion

Stephen Melillo

A Demo for the 25th Anniversary piece, "STORMWORKS '88," which uses prerecorded tracks with ANY combination of Band, Choral, Orchestra, and Percussion forces. A Unique work for any ensemble with good training skills built-in.

Investigate STORMWORKS '88 under CHAPTER 55 in the Menu. Enjoy & Godspeed! S

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Together We Stand Alone, 101st Airborne (Original Soundtrack)

Stephen Melillo

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Film Music depicting the gallantry of Colonel Ed Shames and the 101st Airborne of WWII.

Thanksgiving Day 2017

TOGETHER WE STAND ALONE

In 2013, I was the Composer on a documentary made about Colonel Ed Shames and his many experiences with “Easy Company” 506th, P.I.R. 101st Airborne (Band of Brothers) from before the war, into D-Day, through Belgium

Film Music depicting the gallantry of Colonel Ed Shames and the 101st Airborne of WWII.

Thanksgiving Day 2017

TOGETHER WE STAND ALONE

In 2013, I was the Composer on a documentary made about Colonel Ed Shames and his many experiences with “Easy Company” 506th, P.I.R. 101st Airborne (Band of Brothers) from before the war, into D-Day, through Belgium and Holland, and into Paris after the liberation of the concentration camps.

Several great books have been written about the 101st and Colonel Shames by Ian Gardner. I wholeheartedly recommend them. They are perhaps the best books I have read on WWII history. They are vivid, masterfully told, historic accounts of the 101st, and beyond the Colonel himself, provided much of the inspiration for this brief Musical tribute.

Written in 2013, I had forgotten about the Music until 2 simultaneous events occurred in “SYNC!”

  1. I was working on another film project and had written a piece called “Together We Stand.” When doing a search on the desktop, “Together We Stand Alone” popped up!

  2. I had been invited, once again, to meet with Colonel Shames just 3 days from conducting that search!

Wow. It seemed like Fate was guiding the moment beyond mere “coincidence.”

To date, the documentary has not been distributed, though indeed it was completed and presented to Colonel Shames and his wife, Ida, for whom, “I Dreamed of Love” was written. I felt it was Time to share this Music and brought the Colonel some CDs! In one the photos, (http://stephenmelillo.com.hostbaby.com/files/digital_libretti/101-CD-Cover-Insert.pdf) you’ll see that on 16 NOV 2017, he signed the CD Cover with the very Gold Pen that Ida had sent to him during the War. That Pen, that story had inspired the piece.

Now, this Music, from promo-spots to the “Theme of the 101st Airborne” is shared with you. I’ve also included “MIDWAY” soon to be recorded by Das Musikkorps der Bundeswehr. I hope you’ll invest in the Music and share the link with your friends, family and colleagues. Please enjoy this Music offered in tribute to those who have given so much.

Enjoy! Happy Thanksgiving & Godspeed! Stephen Melillo, Composer

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The Unwilling (Original Motion Picture Score)

Stephen Melillo

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Original Motion Picture Score from The UNWILLING Music by STEPHEN MELILLO, IGNA 18 June 2016 Dedicated to the Loving Memory of Bruce E. Melillo 31 May 1935- 18 June 2016

Many SYNCS and back-stories connect to this first collaboration with Jonathan Heap & Phil Morton since the Academy Award-nominated, 1201PM, 25 years ago!

In the first scene,

Original Motion Picture Score from The UNWILLING Music by © STEPHEN MELILLO, IGNA 18 June 2016 Dedicated to the Loving Memory of Bruce E. Melillo 31 May 1935- 18 June 2016

Many SYNCS and back-stories connect to this first collaboration with Jonathan Heap & Phil Morton since the Academy Award-nominated, 1201PM, 25 years ago!

In the first scene, we see David the Character and David Lipper the Actor as he cleans a mirror and touches a photo of his little dog.  Somewhere in “David’s” innocent smile was the inspiration for 3 simple notes that became, “OCD, Uno Minuetto per Davide, for String Quintet & Piano.” Even the tempo of the work emanates from David literally “conducting” his life.

The complete track by that name is excerpted as Source Music and part of the Opening Sequence, interrupted by the abrupt harshness of a TV going to static. But the 3 notes of the Minuetto spiraled outward and became the entire 69:25 Score, finding final and full summation in “Epilogue from The UNWILLING.” The Musical OCD of the Score was inspired by the likable character of David, whose OCD becomes his strength.  Indeed he overcomes not only his own “boxed in” personal demon but perhaps everyone else’s greatest fear, that of stopping a monster. That and more… is the Musical Journey of the Score.

Godspeed!  Stephen Melillo Composer

Liner notes will download with your investment, but you can also get your free Libretto (PDF) by choosing "Digital Libretti" under "RESOURCES & STORMAficionados."

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Pluripotent (Film Score)

Stephen Melillo

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Music from the Short Film: PLURIPOTENT, Directed by Christopher Kulikowski

Music from the short film, PLURIPOTENT, directed by Christopher Kulikowski.

The film and its fine actors and direction inspired what might be called, a "modern" film noire Music. The subject matter is deeply emotional and portrays characters in great conflict. Sympathy and

Music from the Short Film: PLURIPOTENT, Directed by Christopher Kulikowski

Music from the short film, PLURIPOTENT, directed by Christopher Kulikowski.

The film and its fine actors and direction inspired what might be called, a "modern" film noire Music. The subject matter is deeply emotional and portrays characters in great conflict. Sympathy and shock are in well-paced interplay.

Both Christopher and the Producers were touched by the Music, replete with dark drama and bittersweet beauty. I was very happy to contribute to this great ensemble effort and wish to thank all involved.

Enjoy & Godspeed! Steve

In 2016, Stephen’s 4th Symphony was nominated for the Pulitzer and Nemmers Prize in Music. Winner of three 2009 Telly & Ava Awards for his 2005 Visualized Concert: THAT WE MIGHT LIVE, Stephen’s concert-version was also nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Music. His 15 feature film scores include the Oscar-nominated 12:01PM, and most recently, The UNWILLING. An ASCAP Concert Awards recipient each year since 1992, Stephen's more than 1140 works include 4 symphonies, several concerti and over 33-hours of Music for Ensembles of the 3rd Millennium™. With 28 CDs and 6 books on iTunes, and simply by word-of-mouth, Stephen’s pioneering, self-publishing entity known as STORMWORKS has gone from 0 to many thousands of worldwide renderings since 1992.

Digital Libretti here: stormworld.com/DigitalLibretti/

More complete BIO on stephenmelillo.com

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Dwegons & Leprechauns (Original Motion Picture Score)

Stephen Melillo & Sofia Symphoniker

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Original Motion Picture Score to the animated feature, "Dwegons and Leprechauns," with Music performed by the Sofia Symphoniker, Composed, Orchestrated & Conducted by Stephen Melillo

Hi, I’m Tom Walsh. I co-wrote and later directed, Dwegons & Leprechauns to take film audiences on a magical adventure to worlds never seen before, filled with

Original Motion Picture Score to the animated feature, "Dwegons and Leprechauns," with Music performed by the Sofia Symphoniker, Composed, Orchestrated & Conducted by Stephen Melillo

Hi, I’m Tom Walsh. I co-wrote and later directed, Dwegons & Leprechauns to take film audiences on a magical adventure to worlds never seen before, filled with fun creatures that instead of scaring kids are lovable and caring of people. Colorful worlds make people feel good and in Dwegonland you can get lost in a universe of fantastical colors. It makes you happy and provides a nice break from our not-so-happy real world. However; Picture is only one part. To bring a magical world to Life, you need the right Music! Stephen Melillo wrote a wonder-filled score that transports you and makes you feel great inside. He took my vision of this world and gave it even greater dimension. You will feel energized and magical when you sit back and listen to this wonderful fun Music Score! Thanks so much, Steve!

Dwegons & Leprechauns was composed and orchestrated averaging 6.5 minutes per day. After scoring 106 minutes, it was discovered that the print was in the wrong frame rate. The entire score needed to be redone. Cues like Dvargon Hell & The Battle for Dwegonland, recorded as one piece and having 88 critical hit points needed new math and Music. I got to score Tom’s film twice, and... IT WAS FUN! When we got to Reel 6 the second time, Tom called and said, “I just want you to write me a concert! You have total freedom.”

These are incredible words coming from any Director-Producer, and in this case, a Fightin’-Irish Lad who invested so much of himself across the many years!

In addition to my kids, this Music is dedicated to Tom Walsh, whose vision, inspiration and fun direction led to a Musical portrayal of his own special, Good-hearted, kid-friendly, color-filled world. Writing the Music, with my kids often watching, I knew Tom had made something from and to the Hearts of all Children... of all ages. I hope you will enjoy this Musical version of the Dwegons & Leprechauns Adventure. Thanks for listening again and again. Godspeed! Stephen Melillo

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Son of the Storm

Stephen Melillo & Son of the Storm Studio Cast 2016

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Son of the Storm is a 2-hour contemporary opera set in the style of a 1940s Radio Broadcast, the event transpiring in 2 different time periods, in Germany and starring characters created by Mary Shelley 200 years ago this summer of 2016.

Via links provided in the Bio and elsewhere, please visit stormworld for your accompanying Digital Libretti and

Son of the Storm is a 2-hour contemporary opera set in the style of a 1940s Radio Broadcast, the event transpiring in 2 different time periods, in Germany and starring characters created by Mary Shelley 200 years ago this summer of 2016.

Via links provided in the Bio and elsewhere, please visit stormworld for your accompanying Digital Libretti and artwork. We hope that you will enjoy this dramatic Journey set in the style of a 1940s Radio Broadcast on 2 CDs, but also intended for live staging. Godspeed! Stephen Melillo

SON of the STORM Cast & Crew includes:

The Creature, Matt Branic

Victor, Adelmo Guidarelli

Elizabeth, Megan Pachecano

Rabble Rouser, Michael Ashby

William at 11, Karlene Grinberg

Theologian, Joshua Kohl

Scientist/Burgermeister, Eric McKeever

Military Man, Daniel Klein

Blind Man, Steven Fredericks

Daughter, Kacey Cardin

Son, Matthew Murphy

Announcer, Raymond Jones

The TRITONUS Chorus, Germany, Conducted by Klaus Brecht

Co-Producers, Adelmo Guidarelli, Amber L. Spradlin, Ric Schnupp

Technical Advisor, Curt DeMott

Continuity, Andrew Pencola

Artist, Irene Krauß

Foley, Peter Solomon Gross

Recording, Ric Schnupp, Hunter Berk

Recorded at Soundtrack New York

Music, Lyrics & Texts by © STEPHEN MELILLO/STORMWORKS™  IGNA 1990-2016 All Rights Reserved. Produced by STORM®ecords

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Music from RETROGRADE

Stephen Melillo

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Film Score for Christopher Kulikowski's RETROGRADE, which later becomes the concert work, JIDAI and appears on the STORMWORKS Chapters 5:8 CDs. The complete score to Retrograde was composed in a home recently destroyed by Hurricane Isabel.

26 Cues from the 82:28 Film Score: RETROGRADE, Directed by Christopher Kulikowski.

RETROGRADE April 2004 A

Film Score for Christopher Kulikowski's RETROGRADE, which later becomes the concert work, JIDAI and appears on the STORMWORKS Chapters 5:8 CDs. The complete score to Retrograde was composed in a home recently destroyed by Hurricane Isabel.

26 Cues from the 82:28 Film Score: RETROGRADE, Directed by Christopher Kulikowski.

RETROGRADE April 2004 A Note From The Director

The reality of getting a film into production is nothing short of a miracle and collaboration, an integral part of the filmmaking process, can be a dream come true or a nightmare to endure. If you are lucky, your partnerships can bring your vision to a point far beyond your wildest expectations. However, if you are unlucky, the pitfalls can drive one to almost complete despair. My experience with “Retrograde,” in truth, was a bit of both. I had the pleasure of working with many fine artists and technicians, but I was also challenged by a never-ending battle of time constraints, tight budgets and multiple “creative perspectives.” Yet, despite these challenges and at times, disappointments, my experience on “Retrograde” was truly unforgettable. The friendships and creative magic that was forged during the production will stay with me for many years to come.

Through the process, several stood steadfast at my side. One such person was my friend, Stephen Melillo. All of Stephen’s music, regardless of the genre or medium, is pure cinema and one does not need moving pictures to have the story told. For Retrograde, his score is both delicate and fiercely charged. I cannot thank him enough for the mountains he has climbed and conquered to deliver a wondrous, musical, 84 minute soundtrack and in a miraculous, death defying seven days! I am truly blessed to have Stephen not only as an artist collaborator, but as a friend. Godspeed,

Christopher Kulikowski April 2004

A Message from Christopher Kulikowski, Writer, Director during the 7 days!

"Stephen, Over the last hour or so, I've been reviewing the cues once again with a fresh ear... all I can say... AMAZING!!!! Where does this stuff come from?! This is your best film score to date!!!! I am so proud and thrilled by your work.... You've really knocked my socks off!!! Talk to you soon and a million thanks!!!! Love," Christopher

"Stephen, The music for Retrograde is incredible, beautiful, and special. I can’t stop listening to it! I am so proud of you!!!" Tom Walsh, EnterAktion Studios, Sound City Center Stage

Chris... It’s GREAT and I thank you very much for those immensely kind words! So warped was my sense of time... I thought it was ELEVEN days! I’ll need to show you a DVD of what was happening during the writing! It was made even more intense by being in the middle of PATHETIC Hurricane Re-Construction work! 8 - ) ! Good Training! SLM

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Music from AURORA

Stephen Melillo

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Film Score for the Motion Picture, AURORA, Directed by Christopher Kulikowski. This work is about Survival in the face of physical and emotional deprivation.

A Message from Christopher Kulikowski, Writer & Director

As a teen shooting super 8 films, there were several things I often dreamed. One was to make films that many people would see and

Film Score for the Motion Picture, AURORA, Directed by Christopher Kulikowski. This work is about Survival in the face of physical and emotional deprivation.

A Message from Christopher Kulikowski, Writer & Director

As a teen shooting super 8 films, there were several things I often dreamed. One was to make films that many people would see and enjoy. The other was to have Stephen Melillo, my friend, compose the scores.

I met Stephen in 1979. Over the years and with many miles between us, we kept in touch, growing in our own artistic ways and hoping that one day we would have the opportunity to work together. That dream came true with “Aurora.”

Filmmaking, by it’s nature, creates many opportunities for artists of all kinds to combine their talents and create experiences far beyond the viewers ability to ever encounter. One of the strongest and most manipulative forces at work in the filmmaking process is the composer. The composer can direct one’s emotional response so effectively, that whatever one accomplishes as an actor, cinematographer or director, is radically enhanced or destroyed by the power of the music score.

Having the opportunity to watch Stephen compose and mix over a course of a few days was truly awe inspiring. I can’t think of anything more exhilarating than listening to music that not only captures what one tries to accomplish as a filmmaker, but actually defines it. Stephen Melillo’s score for “Aurora” is all that I had hoped and prayed for. It is melodic, grand, wondrous, at times oppressive, mysterious, driving and yet tender, hopeful and extremely passionate.

I thank God for allowing me to share my gifts with so many people and for introducing me to such a vast group of incredible artists and technicians who have shared their gifts with me. Thank you, Stephen, for your music, your support and for believing in my work.

I look forward to many more collaborations in the years to come.

Godspeed... Christopher Kulikowski, March 1998

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