Stephen's 800th, 4-movement work, DAVID...
has many layers of meaning. True for all of the "storm" works, these layers have been extended to include the use of many new and fresh colours. DAVID is a dramatic work, calling for a boy-soprano or soprano-actress who can depict David, the boy before battle! DAVID is a work about Faith Triumphant!
David's faith brings down the insurmountable Goliath. The work is dedicated to Faith and Hope despite the untimely passings of friends and family.
Please visit the Score and Score Notes for more detailed information.
This piece is from the STORMWORKS... Chapter THREE CD.
"On March 13 there was a concert of the Admiralty Navy Band where "David" was rendered. I am happy to advise you that it was very successful. The band and the audience liked the music so much and it impressed everybody! Before we played the music, I told the audience about the Touchstone. It is a pity you couldn't see it yourself. I'll send you the recording. Yours sincerely," -Alexei Karabanov, Conductor, Russian Admiralty Navy Band
"The European premiere of Stephen Melillo's DAVID was truly sensational - performed by the Band of the Dutch Royal Marines in the prestigious Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Stephen's work was for me, the absolute highlight of the evening. His writing has a high 'goose bump factor' and for me, that is where music is all about. BRAVO!" -Johan de Meij
"Upon hearing DAVID... just once... my students got together, and presented me with a check the very next day. 'Please get us that piece', they said. Your Music, because of its great depth, has allowed us to share very meaningful experiences together. Thank you so much." -John Skelton, Dallas High School, Oregon
"Hello Stephen! As you may remember we first performed DAVID which drew rave reviews. There was such a demand that we repeated the performance this past spring! In 35 years of teaching, I have never been urged by an audience to do a repeat performance! That's a testament to you and your wonderful piece, DAVID." -Dr. Charles Wood, Santa Barbara, California
"It has been very hectic here but I am writing to let you know that DAVID was great on Sunday. We had a superb performance and the audience was stunned. We programmed DAVID last and when we finished it was dead silent!!! I mean silent. I stood in awe and realized that I would have to turn around. And then the applause was incredible. That Mel swell of musical reaction to another piece which had "touched" every listener and then as I turned back to the Wind Symphony, they too were in tears. Their tears were the power of the music, their knowing you and your love for music, and yes the power of the drama and emotion that is DAVID. I just can't tell you what a thrill it was to perform DAVID. It is a tremendous piece and worth every moment of time from the first glance of score prep through rehearsal and yes the concert!!! " -Al Sergel III, Director of Bands, Northwest Missouri State University
"Steve, I will have to tell you that the performances we had of DAVID on tour and at our Spring Conference on Wind and Percussion Music were especially musical and emotional experiences for ensemble and audience alike. I look forward to doing it again!" -Dr. Robert Spradling, Western Michigan University
"We performed DAVID on our most recent Wind Symphony Tour. Not only did the piece provide a musical and spiritual center to our concert program, but the response from audiences was tremendous. The music moved people... like great music should. The time spent rehearsing and preparing the piece was rewarding, which led to an enriching and uplifting experience during each performance." -Brian Lamb, Director of Instrumental Studies, Southwest Baptist University