Defenders of Truefire, The

From Wind Repertory Project
Stephen Melillo

Stephen Melillo

General Info

Year: 1996
Duration: c. 3:35
Difficulty: II+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Stormworks
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - $65.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
PAD Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam, large


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Truefire. What is Truefire?

Surprised, Dragon turned to face the man. “You mean, you have never heard of TRUEFIRE? Truefire is what stars use to burn so brightly. It’s what keeps Worlds afloat in the sea of space. Truefire is the life within us. It makes us Brothers and Sisters and Friends.”

In April of 1996, I had the honour of being inducted into ∑AI. Never having belonged to a fraternity, I was hesitant. I thought I would be struck with a paddle. Instead, I was sung to by people dedicated to becoming the fine Music Educators of tomorrow. I still remain deeply touched by the generosity and thoughtfulness of these fine young women from Ball State University who found it within themselves to honour me in so special a way.

The Defenders of Truefire is but one part of a larger work called STORMQuest ... and STORMQuest is but one part of a personal mission called STORMWORKS. Within its musical boundary of 3:33, musical themes connect it to all of its other parts, wherein lies the greater, single message. That message is for you to discover. As for the fine people of ∑AI ... well, they are truly the message-bearers, and the defenders of Truefire. I am honoured to be counted among them.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Texas Christian University (Fort Worth) Concert Band (Matt Garrett, conductor) – 18 April 2019

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