Lydia Kakabadse set to music the words of Thomas Hood’s 1843 poem The Song of the Shirt.  Written for soprano and piano, the piece has a beautiful, haunting melody, infused with pathos and menace that support the heartbreaking, melancholic text.  The music is inspired and expressive, and works beautifully alone as a sort of “song without words” for an instrumental duo of alto flute (in lieu of voice) and piano.