On the Transmigration of Souls was written to commemorate the lives of those killed on the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center.
"My desire in writing this piece is to achieve in musical terms the same sort of feeling one gets upon entering one of those old, majestic cathedrals in France or Italy . . . an immediate sense of something otherworldly. You feel you are in the presence of many souls, generations upon generations of them, and you sense their collected energy as if they were all congregated or clustered in that one spot." --John Adams
Vocal/piano score for mixed choir (SATB), children's choir and piano reduction. English.