The Composer Is Dead by Lemony Snicket
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There′s dreadful news from the symphony hall-the composer is dead!

If you have ever heard an orchestra play, then you know that musicians are most certainly guilty of something. Where exactly were the violins on the night in question? Did anyone see the harp? Is the trumpet protesting a bit too boisterously?

In this perplexing murder mystery, everyone seems to have a motive, everyone has an alibi, and nearly everyone is a musical instrument. But the composer is still dead.

Perhaps you can solve the crime yourself. Join the Inspector as he interrogates all the unusual suspects. Then listen to the accompanying audio recording featuring Lemony Snicket and the music of Nathaniel Stookey performed by the San Francisco Symphony. Hear for yourself exactly what took place on that fateful, well-orchestrated evening.

 

About Lemony Snicket

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Lemony Snicket is often despondent, mostly about his published research, which includes A Series of Unfortunate Events and The Composer Is Dead. Brett Helquist's celebrated art has graced books from the charming Roger, The Jolly Pirate, to the alarming New York Times bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events, to the cozy E. B. White Read-Aloud Award finalist bedtime for bear. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.
 
Published May 10, 2011 by HarperCollins. 40 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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In this characteristically unsettling invitation to Meet the Orchestra, the Composer leads off—dead or, as the author puts it, “decomposing” at his desk.

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Publishers Weekly

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not moving, or even breathing.” The single line of text on the next page reads: “This is called decomposing.” (The illustration shows a large, menacing fly.) The witty wordplay proceeds with the Inspector, a rosy-cheeked Hercule Poirot type in a bowler and pinstripe suit, interrogating each secti...

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Examiner

Our charming host (a real personage played by Geoff Hoyle) apologizes his way through the various mishaps, presented in a unique self-parodying blend of stage acting and movie show right up to the dramatic zenith of the composer's demise.

Jan 09 2011 | Read Full Review of The Composer Is Dead (Book & CD)

Examiner

While Yves admitted that with everybody being dysfunctional, the play seemed pedagogically interesting for children to see the parts of the theater, Composer is Dead pushes Peter and the Wolf too far and he found the tone to make the play a parody.

Dec 03 2010 | Read Full Review of The Composer Is Dead (Book & CD)

San Francisco Chronicle

For the holidays, Berkeley Rep presents a deliciously silly world premiere: Lemony SnicketÕs The Composer is Dead stars Geoff Hoyle as an inspector investigating a crime in an orchestra of marionettes.

Dec 04 2010 | Read Full Review of The Composer Is Dead (Book & CD)

Common Sense Media

Ultimately, after revealing a long list of also dead composers, the inspector finds his answers, and all who want "something a little more interesting" than justice are encouraged to go to the orchestra.

Mar 03 2009 | Read Full Review of The Composer Is Dead (Book & CD)

Deseret News

Actor Mark Gollaher donned a detective's trench coat and fedora and interrogated the different sections of the Utah Symphony.

Feb 27 2008 | Read Full Review of The Composer Is Dead (Book & CD)

Time Out New York

Commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony and premiered in 2006, Composer details a droll whodunit in which the titular composer is swiftly decomposing, and the members of the orchestra are suspects.

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Red Room

Under the name Lemony Snicket he has also written a sequence of books for children, known collectively as A Series of Unfortunate Events, which...

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San Francisco Weekly

work in medieval literature — an experience that, from what I can gather, is enough to destroy anyone's sense of humor — and she had difficulty containing her total delight at show's end.) If you happen to have any sharp, imaginative children lying around the house, or maybe a couple of precociou...

Dec 22 2010 | Read Full Review of The Composer Is Dead (Book & CD)

Variety

A Berkeley Repertory Theater presentation of a play in one act by Lemony Snicket, based on his book, conceived by Snicket, Phantom Limb, Tony Taccone and Geoff Hoyle.

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