The song “Come Away, Death” is sung by the fool Feste in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, in which he uses humour in order to outdo the upper class. Even with the less than cheerful title and some of the deathly undercurrents found within the song, it is a classic piece of stagecraft. Roger Quilter, a British composer known for his art songs, often set William Shakespeare’s poetry to music. Many thanks to Tony Lee for his excellent, dramatic performance of this work.
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