Instrumentation: Violin, clarinet, percussion
Duration: 10 minutes
Year of Composition: 2015
Premiere: Eric Scott Alexander Faculty Recital, University of Northern Colorado, February 4, 2016.
Notes: Video below from the Playground Ensemble of Denver.
Mystification was composed for the Harvest Trio, made up of violinist Mary Perkinson, clarinetist Brian Levels, and percussionist Scott Shinbara. The trio members are faculty at the School of Music, University of Nebraska, Omaha. My wife Leona and I have known Mary Perkinson since our college days in Boston, which was longer ago than I will admit. The title comes from a short story by Edgar Allan Poe, but pertains more to the mysterious nature of the piece than reference to the story.
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