The GREY I-II-III Libretti

Albums (scroll down for DVDs)

The GREY II-III

STEPHEN MELILLO, Composer STORMWORKS

In cart Not available Out of stock

WAIT! Please do not yet order the complete album of 35 tracks. The full albuum will be released and available after Thanksgiving Day! For now, please purchase individual, pre-release tracks only.

The GREY I and The GREY II-III is a collection of intimate, emotional, probing works, The GREY is inspired by “looking beyond” the veil of Grey in the Sky, in our Hearts and Minds, in each other… beyond our Struggles, Sufferings and Hurts.

In the words of Curt DeMott, “As we continue our journey into The GREY with these new works by Stephen Melillo, I believe your story, whatever that may be, can be found within this music. As you listen, remember; let go. If you do, you’re in for a treat! No, not a treat. A gift!”

Artists on this 133.3 minute 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, Producer/Piano, and the STORMWORKS Scoring Orchestra with Music, Lyrics, Text and Photos by Stephen Melillo.

Enjoy & Godspeed! S

Read more… close
0:00/???
  1. 1
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/3:49
  2. 2
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/7:24
  3. 3
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/4:20
  4. 4
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/3:41

Music from 12:01PM

STEPHEN MELILLO, Composer STORMWORKS

In cart Not available Out of stock

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.

Enjoy & Godspeed! S

Read more… close
0:00/???
  1. 1
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/19:47
  2. 2
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/3:53

Musical Contributions for the Rupam Sarmah Film, One Little Finger

STEPHEN MELILLO, Composer STORMWORKS

In cart Not available Out of stock

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

Read more… close
0:00/???
  1. 1
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/1:43
  2. 2
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/2:20
  3. 3
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/4:27
  4. 4
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/0:36
  5. 5
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/0:54
  6. 6
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/1:26
  7. 7
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/1:15
  8. 8
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/1:21
  9. 9
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/6:08
  10. 10
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/0:55
  11. 11
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/0:55
  12. 12
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/3:26
  13. 13
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/2:09
  14. 14
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/3:08
  15. 15
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/2:55
  16. 16
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/4:11
  17. 17
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/5:34
  18. 18
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/3:07
  19. 19
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/3:12

The Grey (album 1)

Stephen Melillo, with Curt DeMott & Zsuzsanna Emödi

In cart Not available Out of stock

"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.

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

Read more… close
0:00/???
  1. 1
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/2:40
  2. 2
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/4:16
  3. 3
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/4:26
  4. 4
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/3:55
  5. 5
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/2:14
  6. 6
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/3:15
  7. 7
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/4:15
  8. 8
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/3:33
  9. 9
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/3:39
  10. 10
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/2:28
  11. 11
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/4:19
  12. 12
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/5:20
  13. 13
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/2:55
  14. 14
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/2:22
  15. 15
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/2:35
  16. 16
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/2:50
  17. 17
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/4:22
  18. 18
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/2:32

Dark Reflection Film Score

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

In cart Not available Out of stock

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”.

Read more… close
0:00/???
  1. 1
    0:00/1:44
  2. 2
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/2:12
  3. 3
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/1:58
  4. 4
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/3:04
  5. 5
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/1:51
  6. 6
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/1:03
  7. 7
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/3:11
  8. 8
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/1:21
  9. 9
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/1:37
  10. 10
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/0:58
  11. 11
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/1:19
  12. 12
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/2:59

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

Read more… close

Stormworks Chapter 55: Way of the Wanderer

Stephen Melillo, with Das Musikkorps der Bundeswehr & Christoph Scheibling

In cart Not available Out of stock

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

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

Read more… close
0:00/???
  1. 1
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/1:38
  2. 2
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/5:26
  3. 3
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/9:02
  4. 4
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/4:34
  5. 5
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/8:40
  6. 6
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/3:56
  7. 7
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/7:06
  8. 8
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/3:19
  9. 9
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/3:11
  10. 10
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/4:12
  11. 11
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/9:34
  12. 12
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/7:31
  13. 13
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/8:34
  14. 14
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/3:07
  15. 15
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/7:12
  16. 16
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/10:22
  17. 17
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/3:52

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

Read more… close

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

Stephen Melillo

In cart Not available Out of stock

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

Read more… close
0:00/???
  1. 1
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/3:55
  2. 2
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/3:56
  3. 3
    0:00/0:30
  4. 4
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/3:46
  5. 5
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/2:15
  6. 6
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/3:48
  7. 7
    0:00/1:00
  8. 8
    0:00/0:29
  9. 9
    0:00/0:28
  10. 10
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/2:55
  11. 11
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/3:01

The Unwilling (Original Motion Picture Score)

Stephen Melillo

In cart Not available Out of stock

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."

Read more… close
0:00/???
  1. 1
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/5:14
  2. 2
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/2:49
  3. 3
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/1:08
  4. 4
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/2:21
  5. 5
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/3:27
  6. 6
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/3:33
  7. 7
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/2:30
  8. 8
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/2:59
  9. 9
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/3:09
  10. 10
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/2:24
  11. 11
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/5:00
  12. 12
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/4:31
  13. 13
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/3:20
  14. 14
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/5:13
  15. 15
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/6:38
  16. 16
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/5:29
  17. 17
    In cart Not available Out of stock
    0:00/5:48

DVDs