Keveli Music Band Publication

Visionplace of Souls


Wind Ensemble


Kevin M. Walczyk

Grade 4   |   Duration: 10'00"

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.


University of Oregon Wind Ensemble, Robert Ponto, conductor

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. The final edition was premiered in October, 2002 by the University of Oregon Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Robert Ponto (pictured). The score’s new cover image – an American flag comprised of photographs of those who lost their lives on 9/11/2001 – has been adopted for this commemorative edition in remembrance of the event’s 10th anniversary. In an effort to maintain focus on the images, the commemorative edition of the cover does not contain any text information pertaining to the piece, including the title.


Visionplace of Souls is a grade 4 work. It is suitable for most high school wind ensembles and small college bands. The work is easy and suitable for college-level wind ensembles.

flutes 1-2
oboes 1-2
sopranino clarinet
clarinets 1-3
alto clarinetoptional
bass clarinet
alto saxophones 1-2
tenor saxophone
baritone saxophone
bassoons 1-2
horns 1-4
trumpets 1-3
trombones 1-33rd is bass
euphoniumB.C. & T.C.
percussion 1bass drum and timpani
percussion 2marimba, chimes, and glockenspiel
percussion 3vibraphone, xylophone, and suspended cymbal
percussion 4suspended cymbal, crash cymbals, and large tam-tam
string bass