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Ahab, a Love Story

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In the seventh grade, under the guidance of Sister Mary Anne FMA, we read Moby Dick by Herman Melville.  During the next forty-two years of daydreaming, I continued to wonder about the young Ahab.  After all, wasn’t he too a boy like me?  Didn’t he fall in love, and inhale the beauty of life?  What happened to him?  What indescribable loss pierced him?  How, when, and why did he become Captain Ahab?

Our story begins with the birth of the United States Navy in 1775, and expands to Christmas Day in 1838.  Through implication, we span an even greater period of 165 years, all the way to 4 January 1840 when the Pequod is sunk by the white-whale.

Given Ahab’s age and the date of the sinking, the following backstory to Melville’s Moby Dick, a work entitled “Ahab, a Love Story,”  comes from a timeline that is real. The History in this work is actual.  The ships’ names, manifests and schedules are authentic.  The astrological events, geographies, cultures, places, embedded stories, imprisonments, structures, battles…all documented.  While doing the research, I became eerily intrigued by the way in which everything lined up.

Superimposed upon this backdrop of actual history and real-to-life events, we meet Abie, a fictional character.  Yet, by story’s end, one will wonder.  Did Abie exist?  For me, he did and does.  So did, and does, Abbie.


Into 2018, Stephen's Symphony IIII: Lightfall,  was nominated for the Pulitzer and Nemmers Prize in Music. Winner of three 2009 Telly & Ava Awards for his 2005 Visualized Concert, Kakehashi: THAT WE MIGHT LIVE, Stephen's concert-version was also nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Music. His 15 feature film scores include the Oscar-nominated 12:01PM and the horror thriller, The Unwilling, to be released on Sony VOD, both directed by Jonathan Heap. An ASCAP Concert Awards recipient each year since 1992, Stephen's more than 1170 works include 4 symphonies, several concerti and over 33-hours of Music for Ensembles of the 3rd Millennium™. The STORMWORKS Chapter 55 CD: Way of the Wanderer, will be recorded by Das Musikkorps der Bundeswehr in October.  With 28 CDs and 6 books on iTunes, and simply by word-of-mouth, Stephen's pioneering, self-publishing entity known as STORMWORKS has gone from 0 to many thousands of worldwide renderings since 1992.

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“Melillo is to wind music what Beethoven was to the symphony orchestra, and he follows a Beethovenesque design of increasing the musical tension almost to the breaking point, receding, and then reaching again. It is superlative musical craftsmanship and inspiring to hear.”  Marvin Sosna, Music Critic

“His S-MATRIX Symphony was fabulous, full of childlike wonderment as the composer intended and marvelous sounds.  And they worked to maximum effect — a brilliant, original use of orchestral resources for a sophisticated, sensational, beautiful and satisfying experience.”   Nancy R. Ping-Robbins, Music Critic

“...a new voice in the direction of music, his sound – a bridge between the serious and the immediately visceral.”  Maestro Gerhardt Zimmerman, Conductor

If you want to know what the human spirit really is, you must, Yes - Must come to the Z tonight to hear a phenomenal world premiere that will put tears in your eyes. Symphony No. IIII by Stephen Melillo is a very powerful work. I am not embarrassed to admit that when I saw the score for the first time, I was in tears. What a powerful and moving work. It was commissioned by the Canton Symphony Orchestra for the 25th anniversary of the ADA (American Disabilities Act).  Your soul will be opened."  Maestro Gerhardt Zimmerman, Conductor

 “...his ability to create a mood, find precisely the right touch of drama and create the needed effect was manifest... the sustained chords in the choir, the timpani’s roar, the harp’s glissandos.  Melillo used them all with a sense of absolute rightness and the result was fresh, joyful and exciting... each measure scored with an unerring ear for drama and emotion.”  John S. Sweeney, Music Critic

“He could become the Leonard Bernstein of this age... Everything he creates has many layers, ranging from synchronicity to the significance of numbers, from visceral emotions to the brotherhood of mankind.” John S. Sweeney, Music Critic

Scores include:

    The Unwilling
    12:01 PM  (OSCAR Nomination, Best Live Action Short)
    PBS Teledrama: Actress Works (EMMY Nomination for PBS Teleplay)
    Unsung Heroes (NYPD Documentary) 
    Crossing the Line
    Gypsy Girl
    Benefit of the Doubt
    Basque Legacy
    They Bite
    Hollywood Showcase
    The Newlyweds
    Music for STAR SEARCH
    Music for WNEW Radio
    ABC Life Goes On
    ABC Sunday Night Movie
    ABC All My Children
    ABC General Hospital
    ABC Business World
    ABC America's Funniest Videos
    ABC American Music Awards
    ABC Doogie Howser, MD
    ABC Going to Extremes
    ABC Good Morning America
    ABC Home Improvement
    ABC Jack's Place
    ABC Loving
    ABC Matlock
    ABC Nightline
    ABC One Life to Live
    ABC Primetime Live
    ABC Sunday Night Movie
    ABC The Commish
    ABC This Week With David Brinkley
    ABC World News Now
    ABC World News Sunday
    ABC 20/20
    NBC The Fresh Prince
    NBC Special: Fairgame
    NBC Movie of the Week
    NBC Night Court
    Nickolodean  Adventures of Pete
    Mr. Ed's Corral
    Real Kids
    A Cold Night 
    A Horse of Her Own
    Dark Reflection  
    Cable & Industrial Projects Including Music for Sega, Super-Nintendo & IBM   
    Commercial Soundtracks, including Music for the NY Nets, Yankees & Giants

What's New in Version 3

2018 Description. Bio Update. New Artwork, timeline correction, and association with the novel form.


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Ahab, a Love Story
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  • Category: Historical
  • Published: Feb 14, 2013
  • Publisher: STORMWORKS
  • Seller: Stephen Melillo
  • Print Length: 214 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Version: 3
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