Requiem for a Doll

in memoriam Josh Ryan Evans

by Steven Clark

Timmy, a character on the NBC daytime soap opera, "Passions," is a diminutive doll brought to life by magic. In July 2002, an episode was filmed where Timmy dies, heroically saving the people he loves from an evil zombie demon. On August 5th, 2002, the very day the episode was aired, Josh Ryan Evans - the actor who plays Timmy - died at the age of 20.

This piece was composed and recorded in one day as part of the Immersion Composition Society. (OK, I polished the orchestration a bit on the next day).

It was be premiered at an art show dedicated to Timmy at the Glama-Rama salon (417 South Van Ness) in San Francisco on October 27th, 2002.

In 2005, my friend Professer Nathaniel Lew commissioned me to re-write the piece as a complete Requiem Mass for choir and organ, and it was performed by the choir he conducts at St. Michael's College in Vermont. You can hear that version here.

I. Requiem Aeternum / Kyrie Eleison

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TIMMY: Timmy has to save Charity. And destroy the zombie. He'd do anything to save Charity. Even die if he has to!

Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine.
Et lux perpetua luceat eis.
Te decet hymnus, Deus, in Sion,
Et tibi reddetur votum in Jerusalem
Exaudi orationem meam
Ad te omnis caro veniet.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord:
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
A hymn, O God, becometh Thee in Sion,
and a vow shall be paid to Thee in Jerusalem:
O Lord, hear my prayer;
all flesh shall come unto Thee.

Kyrie, eleison!
Christe, eleison!
Kyrie, eleison!
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.

II. Dies Irae

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ZOMBIE CHARITY: Let evil reign forever more

TIMMY: Nooooooooooo


CHARITY: Timmy, you saved my life!

ZOMBIE CHARITY: Damn that little imp! Damn you, Charity! Damn you, Timmy! Damn you to hell! damn all the people of Harmony to Hell! AH HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

Dies irae, dies illa
Solvet saeclum in favilla,
Teste David cum Sibylla.

Tuba mirum spargens sonum
Per sepulcra regionum,
Coget omnes ante thronum.

Rex tremendae majestatus
qui salvandos salvas gratis
sale me, fons pietatis

Confutatis maledictis
Flammis acribus addictis,
Voca me cum benedictus.

Lacrimosa dies illa,
Qua resurget ex favilla
Judicandus homo reus.

Huic ergo parce, Deus:
Pie Jesu Domine:
Dona eis requiem. Amen.

Day of wrath, O day of mourning,
Lo, the world in ashes burning -
Seer and Sibyl gave the warning.

Wondrous sound the trumpet flingeth,
Through earth's sepulchres it ringeth,
All before the throne it bringeth.

King, of majesty tremendous,
Who dost free salvation send us,
Fount of pity, then befriend us.

While the wicked are confounded,
Doomed to flames of woe unbounded,
Call me, with Thy saints surrounded.

Ah, that day of tears and mourning,
From the dust of earth returning,
Man for Judgment must prepare him -

Spare, O God, in mercy spare him.
Lord, Who didst our souls redeem,
Grant a blessed requiem. Amen.

III. Agnus Dei

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TABITHA: I told you being a real boy wasn't all it was cracked up to be. If you were still a doll now I could sew you back up. I could fix you. But there's nothing I can do to fix you now. So I'm going to call upon the forces I know.

TIMMY: Not the dark side, Princess.

TABITHA: You better bloody believe it. Ooooo Beelzebub and Lucifer, your humble servant Tabitha calls upon you. I ask you to save my precious Timmy. Take me if you must but save my little lad! Oh Timmy, oh Timmy, Timmy! Nurse, nurse, nurse! Timmy can't breathe!

Agnus Dei, qui tollis pecatta mundi
Miserere nobis.
Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us.

TIMMY: Please don't call on the dark forces to save Timmy. Timmy is going to die.

Agnus Dei, qui tollis pecatta mundi
Miserere nobis.
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi,
dona eis requiem.
Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, that takest away the sins of the world,
Grant them rest.

IV. Lux aeternum

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TIMMY: From now on, Timmy will make sure his Tabby is ok.

TABITHA: Timmy, Timmy you're disappearing!

TIMMY: It's ok, Timmy's being called home, and Timmy has to go home. Timmy will always love his Princess. Timmy will always love Tabby.

TABITHA: Timmy, Timmy, Timmy don't leave me! Timmy, come back, come back...

Lux aeterna luceat eis Domine
cum sanctis tuis in aeternum:
quia pius es.

Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine;
et lux perpetua luceat eis.

May eternal light shine upon them, O Lord:
With Thy saints forever,
because Thou art merciful.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.

TIMMY: Timmy's going to be a very special angel?

ANGEL: That's right, a guardian angel. You're getting your wings!

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