Time to Take Back the Knights!

From Wind Repertory Project
Stephen Melillo

Stephen Melillo

Subtitle: The Chosen

General Info

Year: 1999
Duration: c. 8:15
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Stormworks
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $150.00; (digital) - $135.00   |   Score Only (print) - $40.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
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-III
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
PAD Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Claves
  • Congas
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Orchestra Bells
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Snare Drum (Piccolo)
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam (large)
  • Triangle
  • Wind Chimes


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Time to Take Back the Knights! ... or as titled by conductor Maurice Hamers, The Chosen!, appears on the STORMWORKS... Chapter THREE CD. What makes this piece challenging is the interplay of component forces, and the need to move seamlessly between, and sometimes merge differing styles of music. The piece begins with a bluesy, airy sax solo, reminiscent of Harlem Nocturne. But when the brass come in, we are in a world of Tchaikovsky-like military calls mixed with jazz. The varied ghost-like voices of knights distant and past call to us in these brass figures.

Contrasting sections depict a blending of Americana with Middle Eastern, with serenity and triumphal nobility.

Commissioned by the Rancho Buena Vista High School Wind Ensemble, Mr. Larry R. White, conductor. Dedicated to those parents, family and friends who in the noble support and promotion of school music programs throughout this country and the world, inspire the next generation of heroes ... by being heroes themselves.

- Program Note from score


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Melillo, S. (1999). Time to Take Back the Knights [score]. S. Melillo: [Smithfield, Va.]
  • Perusal score