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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This piece is from the STORMWORKS... Chapter TWO CD.
About STORMWORKS... Chapter TWO
"I have NEVER had students so enthusiastic about learning, experiencing, and rehearsing a composition...until now. Escape from Plato's Cave is such heartfelt and exciting music. I'm looking forward to learning more about your compositions in the future. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us." -Tony Mazzaferro, Fullerton College Symphonic Winds
"This is phenomenal music. The power and the drama that have come to be expected from Melillo's art are all here and much, much, more!" -Aldo Rafael Forte, Composer
"There are no words to describe STORMWORKS II. Only two words come to mind. "Divine Intervention". It was as though I was hearing God's voice through your music. There were tracks that just moved me to tears. And Ahab.... AWESOME!!!" -Curt DeMott, Composer
"I heartily recommend the new Chapter TWO CD of Stephen Melillo. It contains masterful work with the fresh sounds that Melillo has brought to the wind literature." -Dr. Francis McBeth, Composer
"I played Escape from Plato's Cave a little bit too loud in my office yesterday. Next door was a big Board-meeting, I didn't knew there were people there.... At the end of the Piece there was silence... and when I looked around, they were all standing behind me applauding for Your Music!!! And what a GREAT Musicians!" -Sjaak Haasnoot, Buhrmann The Netherlands
"We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light." -Plato
"Hallo Stephen! Your wonderfull music "Escape from Plato´s Cave" is in my programm-list in our "herbst-konzert". It is our most important concert of the year ( 1500 listeners ) on sunday 23 november. My musicians are very happy when we study your music. Stephen, when I conduct your wunderfull music, I am thinking about Bruckner, our concert in Brucknerhaus and wunderfull
"talking" with you. Stephen, I wish you the best and I hope we meet in Austria or Germany. Sorry my English is not very good! Best regards!"