THE CLOTHS OF HEAVEN for soprano, descant recorder, oboe, viola and cello, 5', Chatou, 2018, U.M.P., to the memory of Sir John Manduel, Lesley-Jane Rogers, soprano, John Turner, recorder, Richard Simpson, oboe, members of the Villiers String Quartet, William Alwyn Festival, Holy Trinity Blithburgh, 04.10.18.
Other version for soprano and piano
The Cloths of Heaven by Naji Hakim is a setting for soprano, descant recorder, oboe, viola and cello, of William Butler Yeats’s poem. It is dedicated to the memory of Sir John Manduel. The melodic line is put in relief by a madrigalistic development of the text, framed by expressive harmonies and colourful instrumentation.