Matthews, like Britten, has the gift of creating crisply memorable material …
— Edward Greenfield, The Guardian
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.