From Wind Repertory Project
Stephen Melillo

Stephen Melillo

Subtitle: TECHNESOPHIA: a Dance of the Wu Li Master

General Info

Year: 2008
Duration: c. 4:35
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Stormworks
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $85.00; (digital) - $75.00   |   Score Only (print) - $20.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
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-III
Trombone I-II
PAD Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gong
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Xylophone



None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The dance between opposites that appear to be in conflict, sometimes are, and oftentimes simply pass through each other, has become the inspiration for this piece. It is both literal and metaphoric. It is the dance we hear and the dance we live. It is the dance that is played and the dance that is imagined.

This “younger” band work finds connection with the large-scale S-Matrix, Symphony # Numberless and indeed provides yet another chapter in the expanding body of work called “Storm” works.

In Chinese, the term “wu” refers to Nothing, a Nothingness that is Nothing before even the notion of Nothing exists. From this primordial Nothing emerges the Yin and Yang, the perpetual interplay of opposites … the Techne and the Sophia. From martial art to music to architecture and all things made and used and imagined, the dance of opposites swirls in heart and mind and soul. “Wu Li” has many meanings. One is “patterns of organic energy”; another is “emptiness”. One of our greatest and most interesting storms is the one that dances in our imaginations as we instantly hurl ourselves through past, present and future thought. Here we were, there we are … somewhere is where we could be, and so runs the storm of time.

- Program Note by composer

Commissioned by the Clarence 7th Grade Band, Andrea Runfola, director.

- Program Note from score

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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