"Hand is Flame" — music by Janet Pack, lyrics by Kevin Stein, lyrics copyright Weis & Hickman, music copyright 1989 by Janet Pack.
This song is introduced in chapter 21 at the Battle of Seven Fields (although it's called "Hand of Flame" there.) It's a song known by children, and Alfred suggests it has an elven origin dating back to before the Sundering. When the elves captured the humans after the battle, a minstrel named Ravenlark started singing it and it stirred the humans to stand proudly as they were led away as prisoners. The elves were transfixed and moved to weeping; they ended up freeing their human slaves and began the elven revolution. Alfred says there's a legend that Ravenlark was moved by Prince Reesh'ahn's suffering and continues to sing it to gain followers.
The song comes up again in chapter 37 when Hugh suggests singing it to overcome the "welves" and take over their dragonship. The elven crew had come prepared with whistles that negated the effects of the song, but many were converted by it before they could use their whistles.
The appendix further suggests that this song could have a Kenkari origin, as the Kenkari have the ability to weave spells into songs. These "communicate broad and deep elven feelings and messages" and "draw on genetic memories common among the elves" (p 429). The song is further referenced in The Hand of Chaos, although not by name; a footnote explains that it "transports all elves who hear it back to a time when they lived in peace, when their society gloried in all things beautiful. The elves threw down their weapons; many began to weep for what was lost" (p 211).
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"The Lay of Thillia" — music by Janet Pack, words by Kevin Stein, words copyright 1990 by Weis and Hickman, music copyright 1990 by Janet Pack.
In chapter 3, Rega suggests that Roland sing this so that Drugar will not leave angry after they've pushed him to explain why he is buying their smuggled elven weapons. The reason she brings up music is that "[Dwarves] have an absolute passion for [music]. All dwarves play musical instruments, most of them have excellent singing voices and perfect pitch. They have only to hear a song once to catch the melody and need hear it only a second time to pick up the words." It's described as a "hauntingly beautiful lay," and Drugar memorizes the song at once and leaves happy. As Rega describes it, it's "the story of the lords of our land and how the five kingdoms were formed" (p 32).
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"Bonnie Earl" — music by Janet Pack, words by Kevin Stein, words copyright 1990 by Weis and Hickman, music copyright 1990 by Janet Pack.
This song is featured in chapter 6, sung by Zifnab to control his dragon when it rises from Lake Enthial. The song calms the dragon until it shifts into a fussy butler personality. Zifnab attempts singing it again in chapter 36 as part of a ruse to "die" and frighten the mensch into the citadel. It's one of Thillia's most popular drinking songs.
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"Death Masque" — music by Janet Pack, music copyright 1991 by Janet Pack.
As Jonathan, Jera, and Alfred make their way through the ballroom in chapter 31, Alfred sees an ancient cadaver dancing to old music it imagined. Some young Sartan amuse themselves by encouraging it and perform the old-fashioned steps in mockery of it. An excerpt of this scene is included with the sheet music to indicate that the cadaver was dancing to this song.
The song has no lyrics. A note at the end of the music says, "In the somber Realm of Stone now known as the world of Abarrach, merriment is rare. Songs are no longer sung and are seldom accompany dance."
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"Lady Dark" — music by Janet Pack, poetry by Kevin T. Stein, no specific copyright listing.
This song is only briefly mentioned in chapter 7. Sabia sings it as she waits for Devon to arrive so she can tell him that she intends to go to the dragon-snakes with Alake and Grundle. Grundle writes in her diary that it's an elven song "sad enough to break the heart" (p 90).
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The Hand of Chaos
"Prayer" — by Janet Pack, no specific copyright listing.
Although Kenkari prayers are mentioned several times, and chapter 37 features one beseeching Krenka-Anris, this music doesn't seem related to a specific moment in the books. The prayer to Krenka-Anris, for instance, doesn't fit with the notes of the music. Perhaps it's meant to be the silent music of the souls in the Aviary, as mentioned in chapter 18.
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Into the Labyrinth
"Kicksey-winsey" — by Janet Pack, copyright 1993 by Janet Pack.
As with "Prayer," this music doesn't seem to reference a specific song in the plot. The Kicksey-winsey is, of course, a major feature in the early parts of the book; it seems appropriate to have music for it. Atmospheric and factory sounds build a harmony with the "vocal" melody; an older rendition of this song, however, has more of a discordant machine-gone-haywire feel to it.
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The Seventh Gate
"Closing the Seventh Gate" — by Janet Pack, music copyright 1994 by Janet Pack.
This is a musical rendition of Alfred and Haplo closing Death's Gate (chapter 34 of The Seventh Gate) and preventing the universe from sliding into the Seventh Gate. The magical song battles against the noise of chaos.
The performance notes for the music describe it as beginning with lots of discordant sounds, but ultimately ordering them into a harmony as Alfred's confidence grows and Haplo supports him. These notes also say that "because they are singing a special and rather specific magic, there is no way to accurately translate it into representative syllables," hence the lack of lyrics (p 355).
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Each book of The Death Gate Cycle includes sheet music of songs that are usually featured within the plots. This page describes how the songs are included in the story, and lists copyright information as it is written on the music. Page numbers come from the paperback editions. Depending on your browser, you may wish to right-click and select "Save As" rather than directly following the links.