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And There Are Ghosts

TB, piano
A new work to be composed by Timothy C. Takach
Difficulty: 2 · Medium Easy
Length: 4 minutes

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This piece for developing tenors and basses will be imaginative in it's use of the limited range of a young changed voice. The piano will have it's own character while also supporting the voices with reference pitches and harmonic reinforcement. The text speaks of those who have gone on before us, buoyed by our happiness, giving them energy.


And There Are Ghosts
Ben Westlie

At night
you can hear them,
about when
they were alive, when it was them
in the room you now lie down in,
shut your eyes in,
to depart yourself for just a few hours.
Sometimes they sound angry
causing pipes to shout and floors
to creak and you
can’t help but hear
breathing which you tell yourself
is just air finding
the cracks in
the window frame. Why
shouldn’t they
display such bitterness, you’re the body, the
life, the memory, you get to still feel, you
have the time they envy. You hold
tighter to the warmth that is your shield.
You hope the furnace will
stop making footstep sounds
your door,
silently call for sleep
to seduce you, but most of all you
try to be
very happy, if they
do enter your room, it is the very
heat your body
releases when
you feel joy that they glide into,
becoming undead.

About Timothy C. Takach

Reviewed as “gorgeous” (Washington Post) and “stunning” (Lawrence Journal-World), the music of Timothy C. Takach has risen fast in the concert world. Applauded for his melodic lines and rich, intriguing harmonies, his compositions have been performed on A Prairie Home Companion, The Boston Pops holiday tour, multiple All-State and festival programs and at venues including the Library of Congress, Kennedy Center and Royal Opera House Muscat. He is a co-creator of the theatrical production of All is Calm: the Christmas Truce of 1914. Takach has frequent national work as a composer-in-residence, presenter, clinician and lecturer.