Celebrating the power and necessity of death for mezzo-soprano with viola or clarinet in A
Mezzo soprano and viola or clarinet
Text: D.H. Lawrence
The song cycle ‘Last Poems’ is made from three songs on death and dying, by D.H. Lawrence who was dying when he wrote ‘Song of Death’.
In 1994, Becky was approached by the wonderful mezzo-soprano Lauris Elms, to re-cast her ‘Last Poems’ song cycle so she could sing it with her daughter, clarinettist Deborah de Graaff. The combination of the voice and clarinet is equally as magnetic as that of the original voice and viola.
Song of Death is a strong choice, appropriate for funerals and memorial services for exceptional individuals and for musicians who are mourning.
Written originally in 1990, this 3-minute song is suitable for advanced musicians.
Listen to a sample of Song of Death with Lauris Elms and Deborah de Graff
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Where to buy
The score Song of Death is normally available at the Australian Music Centre but it is closed because of the coronavirus outbreak. You can read more about Song of Death at:
You can purchase Song of Death directly from Becky by emailing her: