From Wind Repertory Project
Stephen Melillo

Stephen Melillo

General Info

Year: 1995
Duration: c. 15:33
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Stormworld

Cost: Score and Parts - $160.00   |   Score Only - $45.00


1. The Battle to Come
2. Psalm 30
3. The Touchstone – 6:02
4. A Sling and a Stone – 7:07


Full Score
Soprano Solo
C Piccolo/Flute I
Flute II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone I-II
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III
Trombone I-II
String Bass
Synthesizer I-II-III-IV
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam
  • Wind Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Description Stephen's 800th, four-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.

-Program Note from publisher

What is the connection between the movements and why is this piece called David? In this telling of the classic confrontation of the small standing against the insurmountable, David sings a prayer... perhaps another of his psalms. The prayer is inspired after hearing the tale of The Touchstone, delivered to David by an emissary from a distant land. Realizing his own mortality, David continues to search for The Touchstone while offering his life in unyielding Faith.

As Fate would have it, David finds The Touchstone! It is then that Goliath so unrelentingly approaches. With no sword, no armor, no lance, David holds The Touchstone in his hand as if weighing his find. Then, without hesitation, he loads it into the sling and hurls it at the head of his enemy.

David’s Faith saved his people. For that Faith, for that noble cause, even The Touchstone was worth throwing away... DAVID is dedicated to the “Davids” of our world and to the memory of those who, despite untimely passings, have spent their lives for noble causes often considered small... or perhaps not noticed at all. These people are like “Touchstones”, rare and precious... but their lives have not been in vain.

-Program Note by composer

Commercial Discography


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Works for Winds by This Composer


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