The Composer Is Dead

The Composer Is Dead

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author = text by Lemony Snicket; music by Nathaniel Stookey
illustrator = Carson Ellis
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language = English
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publisher = HarperCollins
release_date = Early 2009
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"The Composer Is Dead" is an upcoming book with CDcite web |url= |title= Lemony Snicket |accessdate=2008-06-14 ] with text by Daniel Handler under the pseudonym Lemony Snicket, music by Nathaniel Stookey, and illustrations by Carson Ellis. It is a whodunnit about the orchestra.


The story is a murder mystery concerning, as the title implies, the death of a composer.

Orchestral work

"The Composer Is Dead" was originally created as an orchestral work by Nathaniel Stookey with narration by Lemony Snicket. The work was commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony and premiered at Davies Symphony Hall on July 8, 2006, with Lemony Snicket narrating and Edwin Outwater conducting. It was first published by G. Schirmer/Associated Music Publishers.

Stookey's "The Composer Is Dead" is similar to Sergei Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" and Benjamin Britten's "The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra" in that it is intended to introduce young audiences to the instruments in the orchestra. [] The world premiere recording by the San Francisco Symphony, with Handler narrating as Snicket, and Edwin Outwater conducting is to be included with every copy of the expanded book.

After its premiere, "The Composer Is Dead" was immediately taken up by the Toronto Symphony's New Creations Festival and has since been programmed by many orchestras including the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. On January 26, 2008, Dino Anagnost led the Little Orchestra Society in the work's New York premiere at Avery Fisher Hall.


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