Cloths of Heaven [4.5']

for vocal quartet or chamber choir

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One of Wallach’s Spiritual Speculations for chamber choir or vocal quartet, The Cloths of Heaven, commissioned by the Manhattan Choral Ensemble, is based on a short poem by W.B.Yeats. The lush tapestry of love and longing woven by the voices’ lyrical interplay reflects that evoked by Yeats’ text.

Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven

Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:

The Clothes of Heaven is one of several short Wallach works for vocal quartet or chamber choir which can be performed as the cycle, Spiritual Speculations.