It is the optionally written 3rd Movement to the piece: HONOR, COURAGE... COMMITMENT.
For so many years I have signed my letters in this way. Now, "Godspeed" has Music! It is a salutation of greetings and good-bye. Welcome to STORMWORKS... my friends... and Godspeed!
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This piece is from the STORMWORKS... Chapter THREE CD.
"Take a deep breath. Now: Listen to the creation of the world as seen by Stephen Melillo, a composer who confesses his personal God-link in such works as GODSPEED and SPEECH OF ANGELS, each of which opened the two sections of the program. It was like this: a shattering of the former silence, and then an opening, an awakening of the spirit (in GODSPEED) after which a choir of sounds never heard before (SPEECH OF ANGELS) brings a message of comfort and hope."
"Melillo is to wind music what Beethoven was to the symphony orchestra, and he follows a Beethovenesque design of increasing the musical tension almost to the breaking point, receding, and then reaching again. It is superlative musical craftsmanship and inspiring to hear." -Marvin Sosna, Special to The Tribune
"One week ago I had the pleasure to hear a concert of SBO Ried conducted by Karl Geroldinger in Abfaltersbach (near Lienz). As you know they presented Godspeed and Jidai from you. Really special and marvellous pieces of symphonic wind music excellent performed by SBO Ried. Thanx for such intensive, impressive and heart-warming music!" -Erich Pitterl