A Major-minor Mystery
A Major-minor Mystery is an exploration of music's major and minor tonalities disguised as a "who-dunnit." Chapter by page turning chapter the cunning and comical major-minor sleuth, Inspector Beckensteiner, investigates a concert where major suddenly became minor. The inspector suspects everyone, including the audience. The culprit is revealed in a surprising reenactment of the ill-fated concert.
A Major-minor Mystery was commissioned and premiered by Marin Alsop at the Cabrillo Music Festival in 1997.
Orchestration: 3(pic), 2(eh), 2, 2 4, 3, 3, 1 Timp +2, Harp, Strings, Narrator (acting skills recommended).
Timing: 22 minutes