Matthews’ statement has a power and elegance that are quite his own.
— Paul Driver, The Sunday Times
Shadows in the Water (1978-9). Voice & piano
This setting of a poem by Thomas Traherne (1637-74) was composed between August 1978 and May 1979 as a sixty-ninth birthday present for Peter Pears, who, with Steuart Bedford, gave the first performance at the 1980 Aldeburgh Festival.