Cassiopeia (SSA) by Timothy C. Takach, written for a consortium of 8 women's choirs
Date: July 24, 2014
Timothy C. Takach
SSA a cappella
text: Julia Klatt Singer
Written for a consortium of women's choirs, led by Julie Skadsem and Christine Howlett
"What I love most about Julia's poem is that it takes the ordinary details of life and brings out the beauty and meaning present within these moments. The three women present in the poem are mirrored by the three voice parts throughout the piece. There are a lot of triads, three part chords, and you can hear the changing relationship between these voices. This is the second piece I've written that leans on the permanence of the stars to pull us through life's harder times. Looking up gives us perspective on our lives and offers small pinpoints of (light) hope, which bring us comfort."
- Timothy C. Takach, 2013
My sister washes as I rinse and dry.
table, now clear, our mother
The light above the table, its harsh
the days thick clouds blown south
I am beyond wishing, dry the last glass instead.
with us at her side, we walk to the porch
there, she says, is Cassiopeia. And there
all my life. Try not to hate that they’ll