The Cloths of Heaven (ssa)


  • Catalog ID: S-414
  • First Line: had I the heavens embroidered cloths....
  • Composer: M. E. Valverde
  • Voicing: ssa
  • Accompaniment: piano
  • Language: English
  • Country: United States
  • Series: Anton Armstrong Choral Series
  • Other: 2015, women
  • Score: View Score
  • Sound: Listen


In addition to this version, a version for SATB, harp, and string orchestra is available from the publisher in pdf format.


When I look back on the text, I find myself. I find a sacrificial love that is beautiful, but also painful—a love that is certain but longs to break from its hopelessness and finally connect with bliss. I composed The Cloths of Heaven during a month of study in Paris, surrounded by the history and beauty of France. No matter the surrounding, this poem draws me fiercely inward.

M. E. Valverde