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Sojourn of Dreams

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Kevin Walczyk

Kevin Walczyk

General Info

Year: 2015
Duration: c. 11:40
Difficulty: IV+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: KevEli Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $120.00; (digital) - $120.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
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 Contra Alto Clarinet/B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion I-VI, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Chimes
  • Conga
  • Glockenspiel
  • Maracas
  • Marimba
  • Shakers
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tenor Drum, large
  • Tom-Tom (2)
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes, wooden
  • Wood Block (2)
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Sojourn of Dreams (2015) was commissioned by a consortium of wind ensembles led by the George Fox University Symphonic Band (Newberg, Oreg.), Pat Vandehey, director, to honor and celebrate the life of former band director Jeff Cumpston, who was tragically killed in Zimbabwe in 2009. Prior to moving his family to Africa, Jeff was asked what made him decide to leave the comfortable environment of Oregon to go with his family and teach in Africa. Jeff’s answer was simple: “A dream.” This work takes its title and inspiration from Jeff’s journey to fulfill a dream of service and commitment.

The work’s melodic and harmonic constructs are derived from pitch structures based on Jeff’s name and folk elements indigenous to Zimbabwe. The work is comprised of four sections, each taking its designation from an African musical source. The principal melodic motif throughout the work is based on a folk song that was sung by the Zimbabwean villagers of Chombo during Jeff’s life celebration. Jeff was a phenomenal percussionist, and the opening section features a solo rudimentary drum call that, building in intensity, is subsequently joined by the remaining percussionists. The playful second section features melodic and harmonic motives derived from Jeff’s name and opening Chombo village song. The third Nemakonde section is associated with funeral ceremonies and juxtaposes the “Jeff” motif with inversions of the Chombo village song. A Zimbabwean Mbende/ Jerusarema dance rhythm is introduced in percussion and reprised throughout the closing section. The “Jeff” motif is varied and presented alongside the plenary Chombo village song. The final statement of the work features a lone drum that, fading over time, performs the Zimbabwean Mbende/Jerusarema dance rhythm.

- 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 North Texas (Denton) University Band (Kelly Desjardins, conductor) – 8 November 2017

Works for Winds by this Composer


  • Kevin Walczyk website Accessed 8 November 2017
  • Perusal score
  • Waldron, Nicholas P. "Sojourn of Dreams." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 11, Compiled and edited by Richard Miles, 794-801. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2018.