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Visionplace of Souls

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Kevin Walczyk

Kevin Walczyk

General Info

Year: 2001 / 2008
Duration: c. 9:55
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Keveli Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $105.00   |   Score Only (print) - $15.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet (optional)
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-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass (optional)
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tam-Tam, large
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Visionplace of Souls was composed as a memoriam to all individuals who -- unwavering in resolution and undaunted in courage -- sacrificed their lives during rescue efforts surrounding the events of September 11, 2001. When the world became transfixed on the images resulting from this one day's tragic course of events and people from afar made pilgrimages to these transformed sites, I suddenly remembered a passage from the memoirs of a citizen soldier of the American Civil War whose words, written over a century ago, have found meaning in our collective tribulation that is "9-1-1" and embodies the ideal of heroism. The passage reads:

"In great deeds something abides. On great fields something stays. Forms change and pass; bodies disappear; but spirits linger, to consecrate ground for the visionplace of souls. And reverent men and women from afar, and generations that know us not and that we know not of, heart-drawn to see where and by whom great things were suffered and done for them, shall come to this deathless field, to ponder and dream; and lo! the shadow of a mighty presence shall wrap them in its bosom, and the power of the vision pass into their souls."

[Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, The State, the Nation, and the People,in "Maine at Gettysburg: Report of the Maine Commissioners, Prepared by the Executive Committee (Portland Maine, 1898), pp. 558-59."]

The "deathless field" of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain's battlefield -- Gettysburg -- has been transformed to that now lifeless, sterile, and inert region simply referred to as "ground zero"; and to a peaceful, rural landscape in the heartland of America; and to a national icon in the very epicenter of freedom. The heroes of these new battlefields have certainly demonstrated that, "In great deeds", hope, life, and liberty will prevail forever.

Visionplace of Souls was composed immediately following the events of September 11, 2001, for the North Salem High School Wind Ensemble, Bill Snyder and Harry Blake, co-directors. An early edition was premiered in March 2002, by the Western Oregon University Wind Ensemble, under the direction of the composer.

- Program Note by composer

Commercial Discography

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  • University of Illinois (Champaign) Hindsley Symphonic Band (Anthony Messina, conductor) – 3 March 2019
  • University of Kansas (Lawrence) University Band and Symphonic Band (Nick Waldron, conductor) – 30 November 2016

Works for Winds by this Composer