Unaccompanied chamber choir
SSAATTBB and soprano soloist.
Clouds draws its inspiration from photographs of clouds taken by the composer over a period of 12 months. Selected photographs were given descriptive textures which were then translated into musical ideas. This textural basis was formulated into a structure for the piece.
In keeping with the movement of clouds, the piece flows linearly in an ever-changing musical mood and texture. To aid this, the first part of the music is mostly unmetered so as to give the impression of this constant unhindered movement.