Joelle Wallach

The Cloths of Heaven, for choir or vocal quartet

Year: 2006

Duration (in minutes): 4'30"

Difficulty: High (professional)

Category: choral, solo voice(s) a cappella

Instruments: alto, any voice, baritone saxophone, baritone voice, mezzo soprano, soprano, tenor voice

Publisher: Joelle Wallach

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Score PDF: vqClothesScore.pdf

Text PDF: Cloths-TEXT-only.pdf

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Description: 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.

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