A professor of Philosophy, Arabic and German Studies, Dr. Benjamin F. Ward became faculty advisor and an active member of the Pitchforks in 1980, and was a guiding light to the group up until his passing on December 14th, 2013.
Ben specifically requested that two works by Richard Strauss be played at his memorial service: Vier letzte Lieder (“The Four Last Songs”) and Tod und Verklärung, Op. 24 (“Death and Transfiguration”). This album - our first since Ben’s death - derives its title from two of the four last songs: Beim Schlafengehen (“When Falling Asleep”) and Im Abendrot (“At Sunset”).
We hope that this serves as a fitting tribute to the enduring impact that Ben had on us and on the music that colors our lives.
We love you, Papa Grande.
- The Pitchforks
To learn more about Ben, or to donate to the Benjamin F Ward Endowment for the Arts at Duke University, please visit www.benwardtribute.com
Alongside Ben, the Pitchforks would like to thank all those who helped us with Fall Asleep At Sunset. The album would not have been possible without your continuous support.
Special Thanks to Dave Sperandio, Ian Schreier, Bob Sheheen, Bob Clarke.