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Planted on the Crystal Sea

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Kevin Walczyk

Kevin Walczyk

General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 7:00
Difficulty: IV+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Keveli Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $110.00; (digital) - $100.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute III
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Sopranino Clarinet
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/Flugelhorn I-II-III-IV
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Sandpaper Blocks
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine, mounted
  • Tam-Tam
  • Tom-Tom, large
  • Triangle, small suspended
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Planted on the Crystal Sea draws its inspiration from four hymns penned by 18th-century British evangelist John Cennick (1718-1755). The collection of four hymns, loosely centered on the biblical scripture Joshua 1:9, is comprised of Lamb of God My Savior, Children of the Heavenly King, Am I Called/Saviour, Happy Should I Be and Christians Dismiss Your Fear. These Cennick hymns are set to melodies that were composed prior to Cennick’s birth and between 1770-1868 after Cennick’s death. They serve as the primary pitch materials for Planted on the Crystal Sea, while additional chordstructures are gained through the transformation of Cennick’s name into musical pitches using a simple ciphering process. These hymn melodies have been used by other texts, and are likely recognizable -- most notably, the familiar hymn tune often used for the text of Crown Him with Many Crowns appears in this composition. The title of this work comes from the final stanza of Am I Called/Saviour, Happy Should I Be and is a biblical reference to Heaven.

Planted on the Crystal Sea was commissioned by a consortium of eleven ensembles, including the University of Colorado Symphonic Band, and led by the Colorado Christian University Symphonic Band under the direction of Professor Mark Dorn.

- Program Note by composer

Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

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To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • University of Colorado Boulder Symphonic Band (Michael Roeder, conductor) – 17 April 2019
  • Colorado Christian University (Lakewood) Symphonic Band (Mark Dorn, conductor) – 24 January 2019 (Colorado Music Educators Association Clinic/Conference in Colorado Springs) *Premiere Performance*

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