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Even in My Time

3-part mixed SAT, piano
A new work to be composed by Timothy C. Takach
Difficulty: 2 · Medium Easy
Length: 3 minutes

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This piece for middle school singers will explore a text about the vast amounts of change we experience in our lifetimes. The beautiful poem by MN Poet Laureate Joyce Sutphen can be used as an access point to history, nature, humanity and beauty. The SAT voicing means that the tenor line will be a smaller range for the changing male voice. The piano part will support the voices.


Even in My Time
Joyce Sutphen

Even in my time kingdoms fell,
and islands disappeared beneath the waves,
borders opened, and walls came down.
There were so many countries I would never see.

And even in my time, one tree died
and another one grew tall. The sky opened
and then closed, very slowly. Letters turned
yellow, and curtains faded in the window.

Friends who were once so dark and handsome
grew old. Bones in their spines crumbled,
or tumors filled the soft place under their
ribs. Sometimes their hearts stopped beating.

Even in my time, there were gardens filled
with flowers that would only last the day.

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.