Five Bagatelles for Agatha Christie
for flute and trombone (2016)
Serial Murder is inspired by the murder mystery novels of Agatha Christie and gains its name from the compositional technique used to create it – serialism. Each movement represents a different Hercule Poirot story spanning the length of Christie’s career from her first Poirot novel to her last, published after her death. The suite is designed to be playful and performer exaggeration and over-theatricality is encouraged.
I. A Mysterious Affair – A Mysterious Affair at Styles
II. The Cat and the Pigeon – Cat Among the Pigeons
III. Third Movement Tragedy – Three Act Tragedy
IV. With Milk and Sugar? – Black Coffee
V. Curtain Call – Curtain: Poirot’s Last Case