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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
Excerpt from A MAJOR-minor Mystery