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The Composer Chronicles

The Composer Chronicles

By Stephen Trygar / Alexandrian Media
Stephen Trygar delves into the stories of composers past and present and their works. Each episode focuses on a particular work by the featured composer and examines their life during the time the piece was written and performed. Through these tales, you're invited to explore each composers' legacy and their impact in keeping the world entertained. Once a month, a living composer will be a featured guest, sharing their own stories.
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Ep. 10: Be Wary - Bartók and Bluebeard's Castle

The Composer Chronicles

Ep. 10: Be Wary - Bartók and Bluebeard's Castle

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Ep. 20: Ben Morales Frost
London-based film, television, and theater composer Ben Morales Frost reveals what its like to work as a composer for both film and theater and acknowledges the hardships that all creative professions faced during the COVID-19 lockdown. Featured piece: Suite from A Beast In All But Name Where to find Ben’s music: Website: https://www.benfrostmusic.com/ SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/benfrost_music Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5k99NSQCWNdsIBTKmYO5wj Join me and an incredible, growing community living healthier lifestyles in a body positive space with Roy Belzer Fitness: roybelzerfitness.com/potential-sign-up offer code chronpodcast. Become a member of The Composer Chronicles on Patreon to get ad-free versions of all the episodes, early access to those ad-free versions, access to the member-only podcast Unscripted, and other things podcast related! https://www.patreon.com/stephenjtrygar Theme music is by Daryl Banner: https://darylbanner.bandcamp.com/
58:08
October 28, 2020
Ep. 19: Daryl Banner
In this installment of "Composers of Our Modern World", Daryl Banner, a self-trained composer with a unique repertoire, unravels his unique career as a composer while maintaining his status of being one of the best M/M Romance writers of our time. Also, if you're not aware, Daryl is the composer of The Composer Chronicle's gorgeous theme music. Featured pieces: Janus Descending Main Theme (Forward in Major) Janus Descending Main Theme (Reverse in Minor) The Beautiful Dead Main Theme ("Winter") OUTLIER Main Theme Rainfall Where to find Daryl and his music: Website: https://www.darylbanner.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DarylBannerWriter Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/darylbanner/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/darylbanner Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6txFJuPjc0RWf9ichvhuOP YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/darylbanner Bandcamp: http://darylbanner.bandcamp.com Join me and an incredible, growing community living healthier lifestyles in a body positive space with Roy Belzer Fitness: roybelzerfitness.com/potential-sign-up offer code chronpodcast. Become a member of The Composer Chronicles on Patreon to get ad-free versions of all the episodes, early access to those ad-free versions, access to the member-only podcast Unscripted, and other things podcast related! https://www.patreon.com/stephenjtrygar Theme music is by Daryl Banner: https://darylbanner.bandcamp.com/
1:14:00
October 21, 2020
Ep. 18B: Rachmaninoff Reborn - Rachmaninoff and His Piano Concerto No. 2
Today’s episode is Part 2 of a two part episode sharing the decline and revitalization of Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff’s career. Today’s episode picks back up after Rachmaninoff’s slink into depression due to the travesty that was the premiere of his Symphony No. 1. Thanks to the help of Dr. Nikolai Dahl, and the composition and successful premiere of his Piano Concerto No. 2, he managed to help himself out of that depression. Join me and an incredible, growing community living healthier lifestyles in a body positive space with Roy Belzer Fitness: roybelzerfitness.com/potential-sign-up offer code chronpodcast. Become a member of The Composer Chronicles on Patreon to get ad-free versions of all the episodes, access to The Composer Chronicles: Unscripted, and other things podcast related! https://www.patreon.com/stephenjtrygar Theme music is by Daryl Banner: https://darylbanner.bandcamp.com/ Music used in this episode: Carefully the Water Lilies by Trevor Kowalski My Gift by Megan Wofford Song for Adam by Infinity Ripple Yrsa by Infinity Ripple Sources used in this episode: Sergei Rachmaninoff: A Lifetime in Music by Sergei Bertensson: https://www.amazon.com/Sergei-Rachmaninoff-Lifetime-Music-Bertensson/dp/1258145006/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1602554110&sr=8-1
19:28
October 14, 2020
Ep. 18A: Rachmaninoff Ridiculed - Rachmaninoff and His Symphony No. 1
Today’s episode is Part 1 of a two part episode sharing the decline and revitalization of Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff’s career. Today’s episode will center around Rachmaninoff’s slink into depression after the travesty that was the premiere of his Symphony No. 1 while next week’s episode will shed some light on how he managed to help himself out of that depression by composing and successfully premiering his Piano Concerto No. 2. Join me and an incredible, growing community living healthier lifestyles in a body positive space with Roy Belzer Fitness: roybelzerfitness.com/potential-sign-up offer code chronpodcast. Become a member of The Composer Chronicles on Patreon to get ad-free versions of all the episodes, access to The Composer Chronicles: Unscripted, and other things podcast related! https://www.patreon.com/stephenjtrygar Theme music is by Daryl Banner: https://darylbanner.bandcamp.com/ Music used in this episode: Lost in Reminiscence by Christian Andersen In the Chains of Sorrow by Eneide I Will Remember by Gavin Luke Artic Lake by Lars Meyer Sources used in this episode: Rachmaninoff: Life, Works, Recordings by Max Harrison: https://www.amazon.com/s?k=9780826493125&i=stripbooks&linkCode=qs
20:03
October 7, 2020
Ep. 17: Opera Then and Now with Erica Wilens
Today's episode features opera singer Erica Wilens. She and I chat about where opera is now compared to what it used to be and why it's not as elitist as it is perceived to be. Erica provides additional insight as to what the art of opera looks like from the perspective of the singers and the best composers of opera from the singers' standpoint. Join me and an incredible, growing community living healthier lifestyles in a body positive space with Roy Belzer Fitness: roybelzerfitness.com/potential-sign-up offer code chronpodcast. Become a member of The Composer Chronicles on Patreon to get ad-free versions of all the episodes, access to The Composer Chronicles: Unscripted, and other things podcast related! https://www.patreon.com/stephenjtrygar Theme music is by Daryl Banner: https://darylbanner.bandcamp.com/
1:06:18
September 30, 2020
Ep. 16: Better Late Than Never - Joplin and Treemonisha
Scott Joplin considered his opera Treemonisha one of his greatest works, but audiences of the time didn't feel the same. As a result, the opera never premiered until decades after it was finished. Theme music is by Daryl Banner: https://darylbanner.bandcamp.com/ Join me and an incredible, growing community living healthier lifestyles in a body positive space with Roy Belzer Fitness: roybelzerfitness.com offer code chronpodcast. To become a member of The Composer Chronicles, click on the following link to Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/stephenjtrygar. Music for this episode: Strolling in Style by Raymond Grouse Waiting No More by Martin Klem Into the Silence by David Celeste Sources for this episode: King of Ragtime: Scott Joplin and His Era by Edward A. Berlin: https://www.amazon.com/King-Ragtime-Scott-Joplin-His-ebook/dp/B01EXC40D8/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Scott+Joplin+biography&qid=1600833810&sr=8-1 http://www.guidetomusicaltheatre.com/shows_t/treemonisha.htm
17:56
September 23, 2020
Ep. 15: Andrew Gavin
In this first installment of "Composers of Our Modern World", I talk to Andrew Gavin about his journey to becoming a composer, his composition process, and the struggles of getting works of New Music performed. All music, minus my theme music, was written by Andrew: Darkness Surrounds Me Saxophone Quartet No. 1 Clarinet Duet No. 1 (Radiance) Reluctant to Dance Serenity Andrew's Info: Website: www.ajbgmusic.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andrewgavincomposer Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/andrewgavincomposer/ Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6jtO1mGJMfCTsqyPdOER7H YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9lhJrZ0VN6Yn8PxK17BJww Join me and an incredible, growing community living healthier lifestyles in a body positive space with Roy Belzer Fitness: roybelzerfitness.com/potential-sign-up offer code chronpodcast.
1:04:20
September 16, 2020
Ep. 14: Musical Warfare - Shostakovich and His Symphony No. 7 ("Leningrad")
While it is speculated that Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich began writing his Symphony No. 7 ("Leningrad") in C Major, Op. 60 before the Nazi German armies began bombarding the city of Leningrad, there is no doubt that his accomplishments, and the accomplishments of the musicians of Leningrad, loosened the hinges of the Nazi army and helped them win the battle that day. Join me and an incredible, growing community living healthier lifestyles in a body positive space with Roy Belzer Fitness: roybelzerfitness.com offer code chronpodcast. To become a member of The Composer Chronicles, click on the following link to Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/stephenjtrygar. Music for this episode: Remarkable Convictions by Trevor Kowalski Last Point of Safe Return by Fabien Tell Salvation by Johannes Bornlöf Frontiers Are Where You Find Them by Trevor Kowalski Sources for this episode: Testimony: The Memoirs of Dmitri Shostakovich, edited by Solomon Volkov: https://www.amazon.com/Testimony-Memoirs-Shostakovich-Solomon-Volkov/dp/087910998X
21:05
September 9, 2020
Ep. 13: In the Beginning... - Haydn and The Creation
Crowds filled the streets around the old Schwarzenberg Palace, desperate to hear Franz Joseph Haydn's new oratorio, The Creation. The premiere was a private performance, and those allowed inside must have an invitation or they would be turned away. Inside, the audience would become so enthralled by Haydn's music, that they could have sworn they saw light shoot out of the composers eyes and they would go about their daily lives for days thinking only about the performance with stars in their eyes. Join me and an incredible, growing community living healthier lifestyles in a body positive space with Roy Belzer Fitness: roybelzerfitness.com offer code chronpodcast. To become a member of The Composer Chronicles, click on the following link to Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/stephenjtrygar. Music in this episode: String Quartet No. 62 in C Major, Op. 76, No. 3 ("Kaiser"), Mvts. I: Allegro and III: Menuetto by Franz Joseph Haydn String Quartet No. 52 in E♭ major, Op. 64, No. 6, FHE No. 36, Hoboken No. III:64, Mvt. II: Andante by Franz Joseph Haydn Sources for this episode: Haydn: The Creation by Nichlas Temperley: https://www.amazon.com/Haydn-Creation-Cambridge-Music-Handbooks/dp/0521378656
23:04
September 2, 2020
Ep. 12: A Philadelphian Fiasco - Barber and His Violin Concerto
Samuel Barber's first major commission was an absolute success, but the journey to that success was more than rocky... it was a fiasco!  Join me and an incredible, growing community living healthier lifestyles in a body positive space with Roy Belzer Fitness: roybelzerfitness.com/potential-sign-up offer code chronpodcast  Become a member of The Composer Chronicles on Patreon to get ad-free versions of all the episodes, access to The Composer Chronicles: Unscripted, and other things podcast related! https://www.patreon.com/stephenjtrygar  Music for this episode: String Quartet No. 3 in A Major, Op. 41: Adagio, Part 3 by Robert Schumann String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96, B 179 ("American"), IV: Vivace Ma Non Troppo by Antonín Dvořák Soft Discoveries by Gabriel Lewis Last Point of Safe Return by Fabien Tell  Sources for this episode: Samuel Barber: The Composer and His Music by Barbara B. Heyman
24:23
August 26, 2020
Ep. 11: Movie Night - Classical Music in Film (Night 1) with Matthew Trygar
In today's episode, I interview my brother Matthew Trygar who is an actor and a film maker. We’ll talk about why music is so important in movies, some reasons that film makers might use classical music rather than a pop or rock tune, and the aesthetic that classical music has when portrayed in the movies. Join me and an incredible, growing community living healthier lifestyles in a body positive space with Roy Belzer Fitness: roybelzerfitness.com offer code chronpodcast To become a member of The Composer Chronicles, click on the following link to Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/stephenjtrygar Music and scenes discussed in today's episode: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 by Richard Strauss: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFPwm0e_K98 "Never Enough" from The Greatest Showman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUkRoIMyqFo Scene and "Nessun Dorma" from Puccini's  Turandot in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgYaks1W97s "Ode to Joy" from Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in Get Smart (snippet): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9G40tMpcLsM "La mamma morta" from Giordano's Andrea Chénier in Philadelphia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwRHwKZSu-w&t=192s
50:19
August 19, 2020
Ep. 10: Be Wary - Bartók and Bluebeard's Castle
Bluebeard's Castle's haunting tale is just the surface of this psychological thriller, and while some modern productions don’t follow the original staging to a “t”, there are plenty of directors who jump at the chance to re-imagine this dark and sinister work. This episode will explore both the history behind Bartók's only opera and all the creepy details that elevate this opera to horrific standards. Join me and an incredible, growing community living healthier lifestyles in a body positive space with Roy Belzer Fitness: roybelzerfitness.com offer code chronpodcast Become a member of The Composer Chronicles on Patreon to get ad-free versions of all the episodes, monthly member only episodes, and other things podcast related! https://www.patreon.com/stephenjtrygar Video of Bluebeard's Castle (2015 Production): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_O7bRQlYdI&t=35s Music for this episode: Gravitated by Edgar Hopp All Gathered by Spectacles Wallet and Watch Trollmors vaggsång (Traditional Swedish Folk Song) New Ambitions by Trevor Kowalski Degrees of Separation by Trevor Kowalski Sources for this episode: The Indispensable Composers by Anthony Tommasini A History of Opera (Updated Edition) by Carolyn Abbate and Roger Parker
26:45
August 12, 2020
Ep. 9: Homeward - Strauss and An Alpine Symphony
As a young boy, Richard Strauss went on a hiking trip to an Alpine mountaintop. Years later, his final tone poem would be inspired by this trip, the death of his dear friend and colleague Gustav Mahler, and the philosophies of Frederic Nietzsche. This piece was the focal point for several aspects of his life, and once he reached the summit of his career, he could return what felt most natural to him, home. If you want to provide a question via voicemail, here is the link to do so, be sure to give your first name and where you’re from before asking your question. https://anchor.fm/stephen-j-trygar/message Become a member of The Composer Chronicles on Patreon to get ad-free versions of all the episodes, monthly member only episodes, and other things podcast related! https://www.patreon.com/stephenjtrygar Music for this episode: A Sophisticated Affair by Gavin Luke All Gathered by Spectacles Wallet and Watch Will You See Me by Claude Signet Two Weeks in July by Franz Gordon Forgotten Years by Trevor Kowalski Wayfinders by Trevor Kowalski Sources for this episode: Richard Strauss: An Owner's Manuel by David Hurwitz: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1574674420?pf_rd_r=ST48R1Z0RMQEYRMC7XK3&pf_rd_p=edaba0ee-c2fe-4124-9f5d-b31d6b1bfbee An Alpine Symphony by Richard Strauss (Score)
20:45
August 5, 2020
Ep. 8: Living Portraits - Elgar and Enigma Variations
Edward Elgar's Variations on an Original Theme (a.k.a. Enigma Variations) is one of the most mysterious and puzzling pieces of music of all time. Using a theme he referred to as "the Enigma", he depicts thirteen of his closest friends as if they were taking a stab at cracking the code. One in particular was given the chance to truly solve the case, but she never figured it out. If you want to provide a question for the Q&A episode via voicemail, here is the link to do so, be sure to give your first name and where you’re from before asking your question. https://anchor.fm/stephen-j-trygar/message Become a member of The Composer Chronicles on Patreon to get ad-free versions of all the episodes, monthly member only episodes, and other things podcast related! https://www.patreon.com/stephenjtrygar My Friends Pictured Within by Edward Elgar: https://ks.imslp.net/files/imglnks/usimg/0/06/IMSLP339677-SIBLEY1802.27173.6d2a-39087004945996text.pdf The Dorabella Cipher: https://ciphermysteries.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2009/02/dorabella-cipher-image.gif Music for this episode: Modern Enigma by Spectacles Wallet and Watch Chanson De Matin, Op. 15, No. 2 by Edward Elgar Berceuse, Op. 16 by Gabriel Faure Cello Concerto in E Minor, Op. 85, Mvt. 1: Adagio by Edward Elgar Variations on an Original Theme ("Enigma"), Op. 36, Mvt. IX "Nimrod" by Edward Elgar Largo from Xerxes by George Friedric Handel Pomp and Circumstance March No. 4 by Edward Elgar Una Noche De Luces by Trevor Kowalski Sources for this episode: My Friends Pictured Within by Edward Elgar (see link above) Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 by Edward Elgar (Score) The Musician's Guide to Symphonic Music: Essays from the Eulenberg Scores, edited by Corey Field: https://www.amazon.com/Musicians-Guide-Symphonic-Music-Eulenburg/dp/0930448561/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=The+Musicians+Guide+to+Symphonic+Music&qid=1595963266&sr=8-2
27:06
July 29, 2020
Ep. 7: Scandalous - Mozart and Le nozze di Figaro
One of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's greatest operatic achievements, Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) may not have been possible without the approval of Emperor Joseph II of Austria. The play it was based on by Pierre Beaumarchais was banned from theaters all around the world for its radical political statements and the poor outlook on aristocracy. Fortunately for audiences today, Mozart and his librettist, Lorenzo Da Ponte, managed to cut enough scandalous material to set and stage an opera. Become a member of The Composer Chronicles on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/stephenjtrygar Music for today's episode is all music by Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusik (Serenade No. 13 for Strings in G major), K. 525 March from Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492 String Quartet No. 19 in C major, K. 465 ("Dissonance"), Mvt. I: Adagio - Allegro Minuet from Don Giovanni, K. 527 Divertimento in F major, K. 138, Mvt. II: Andante Sources for this episode: Mozart: A Life by Paul Johnson: https://www.amazon.com/Mozart-Life-Paul-Johnson/dp/0143126067/ref=sr_1_2?crid=3EDMG8JQTEXSM&dchild=1&keywords=mozart+a+life+by+paul+johnson&qid=1595361315&sprefix=Mozart+a+life+%2Caps%2C254&sr=8-2 The Indispensable Composers: A Personal Guide by Anthony Tommasini: https://www.amazon.com/Indispensable-Composers-Personal-Guide/dp/0143111086/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3P0QTRS2FRICZ&dchild=1&keywords=the+indispensable+composers&qid=1595361363&sprefix=The+Indespensable+Composer%2Caps%2C147&sr=8-1 A History of Opera (Updated Edition) by Carolyn Abbate and Roger Parker: https://www.amazon.com/History-Opera-Carolyn-Abbate/dp/0393348954/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=A+History+of+Opera&qid=1595361441&sr=8-1
22:25
July 22, 2020
Ep. 6: Quest of a Lifetime - Wagner and Parsifal
Wagner's final opera took him nearly 25 years to compose, but in the end it was completely worth the wait. It quickly became one of the most sought after operas to perform, but Wagner, his estate, and the authorities of his opera house, the Bayreuth Festspielhaus, had different plans for it. Become a member of The Composer Chronicles and stephenjtrygar.com on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/stephenjtrygar Music for this episode: Big World for a Minnow by Trevor Kowalski: https://open.spotify.com/track/7b92Ape2dXgpN3t4DVKPNN?si=BXra155NQ9qfEquIYCkjVw Nocturnal Acquaintance by Howard Harper-Barnes: https://open.spotify.com/track/78scjkonT2s1ublJKnY1y0?si=CqC-_wcCRfmb1PJipHfUyg One Last Time by Jonathan Mollberg: https://open.spotify.com/track/7ypVFGf2e16mtBRkpUe0lJ?si=PFTm9HcxQ3uJVOBJdyKVww Changing Outlook by Trevor Kowalski: https://open.spotify.com/track/5ue8ogOGWBVn8ea8AwuMVf?si=_nr4NErnTm-p4z4oIJzVvw Forever to Run by Howard Harper-Barnes: https://open.spotify.com/track/5bXiznq24KknqkJuWxvPUO?si=By0Feq-rSD2zK7hkZkR-bA Daydream in Silver by Trevor Kowalski: https://open.spotify.com/track/3YJ1eWImuJhcpDUEIatzy3?si=UMLCKrdZRkS6EFkj_40KGA Firefly Trail by Trevor Kowalski: https://open.spotify.com/track/4SUPWzR8WY6i83Gtv8pUZG?si=v2W2XrwOSZeJdKFVKCoy-g Sources for this episode: My Life - Volume 1 by Richard Wagner: https://www.amazon.com/My-Life-1-Richard-Wagner-ebook/dp/B008471E6U/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=Wagner+My+Life&qid=1594244063&sr=8-2 My Life - Volume 2 by Richard Wagner: https://www.amazon.com/Richard-Wagner-ebook/dp/B004TOSQYU/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=Wagner+My+Life&qid=1594244134&sr=8-3
24:56
July 8, 2020
Ep. 5: A Swan Song - Sibelius and His Symphony No. 5
Commissioned by the Finnish government and inspired by the migration of swans, Jean Sibelius would create one of his most important works. It was not only important musically, but for how significant it played a role in Sibelius' life. Become a member of The Composer Chronicles and stephenjtrygar.com on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/stephenjtrygar Music for this episode: Palm by Trevor Kowalski: https://open.spotify.com/track/3mMTPVmRgk5uNAqCiCBL9E?si=sV3xKs6PScaDj25MSm3uvQ Flow of Nature by Spectacles Wallet and Watch: https://open.spotify.com/track/6BcolR8jdzKloJZArs1KDy?si=hM-NL9j4QuqIJjfFk9jOOQ Rainbow Colors by Spectacles Wallet and Watch: https://open.spotify.com/track/1jVzGdYARY7WeHnNAXtmwW?si=255sfvSzQ_2DAYnLjKlcvA Changing Outlook by Trevor Kowalski: https://open.spotify.com/track/5ue8ogOGWBVn8ea8AwuMVf?si=xHC7nzQSTmWDJfwYR8FOYg In the Mystic Woods by Spectacles Wallet and Watch: https://open.spotify.com/track/23pncV9MAbhtZLJuOhK8rh?si=8JDkp0f1TA61x3xLCLho2g The Mountain Disconnect by Trevor Kowalski: https://open.spotify.com/track/0KBIN2eno2koWYL4Flsf7S?si=K5S3M6j4R_ecQ5drr-BG4A Sources for this episode: Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 (Cambridge Music Handbooks) by James Hepokoski: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QIT4AMG/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_d_asin_title_o00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 The Rest is Noise by Alex Ross: https://www.amazon.com/Rest-Noise-Listening-Twentieth-Century-dp-0312427719/dp/0312427719/ref=mt_other?_encoding=UTF8&me=&qid=1592939112
19:54
June 24, 2020
Ep. 4: Love and Murder - Berlioz, Symphonie fantastique, and Lélio
Hector Berlioz's unhealthy infatuation with Irish actress Harriet Smithson and failed engagement with Marie Moke sent the composer into a state of mind that nearly killed him several times... and his life wasn't the only one on the line. Become a member of The Composer Chronicles and stephenjtrygar.com on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/stephenjtrygar Music for this episode: Mystery Palace by Spectacles Wallet and Watch: https://open.spotify.com/track/1O3vr6S0UXLHVrxd1sBEX2?si=3fabm1fWRwCCd3r8AWj1nA My Angel by Spectacles Wallet and Watch: https://open.spotify.com/track/0AouJkMQu6SwIN5qPcofN1?si=rbSetT27Ql-_jnt-vDvBWA Blessing by Spectacles Wallet and Watch: https://open.spotify.com/track/3esUlddNUh6oKh5tjCbnXc?si=HhmMoEmkT8-_vl7N4kpl-g Drifting Emotions by Howard Harper-Barnes: https://open.spotify.com/track/2DuSU7hVCiInXkUp7k3i7K?si=9H4KWY1HTqaLnSRoHFSgVA Changing Outlook by Trevor Kowalski: https://open.spotify.com/track/5ue8ogOGWBVn8ea8AwuMVf?si=jb9H7MleQmSsX-AgdBfFOQ Falling Clouds by Trevor Kowalski: https://open.spotify.com/track/6Me8CmUKit9b7qr4GvFmNB?si=Usjzm-lvT1ioVwWqoRMGig Stratus by Trevor Kowalski: https://open.spotify.com/track/34xukMK3D7jdLAeO3ZahRF?si=dYM3xhwkTuydpV4vDTlubw Heartstrings by Madison York: https://open.spotify.com/track/72PYX6Fj5TmhqSspLG851D?si=GZNTxHCvR1mmi63EDRbp9w Firefly Trail by Trevor Kowalski: https://open.spotify.com/track/4SUPWzR8WY6i83Gtv8pUZG?si=7i5VPTiaSAOFLrsWkPtENg Sources for this episode: The Story of Hector Berlioz by Nathan H. Dole: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009TW8PKM/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_d_asin_title_o07?ie=UTF8&psc=1 The Cambridge Companion to Berlioz (Cambridge Companions to Music) by Peter Bloom (editor): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FF76UMA/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_d_asin_title_o08?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Fair Ophelia: The Life of Harriet Smithson Berlioz by Peter Raby: https://www.amazon.com/Fair-Ophelia-Harriet-Smithson-Berlioz/dp/0521244218/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Fair+Ophelia+The+Life+of+Harriet+Smithson+Berlioz&qid=1591732783&s=digital-text&sr=8-1
28:31
June 10, 2020
Ep. 3: Dream Come True - Debussy and Pelléas et Mélisande
Debussy dreamed about composing a theatrical work that was as mysterious and reserved as the life he contrived for himself. When a play by Maurice Maeterlinck came along, titled Pelléas et Mélisande, his dream would become a reality. Become a member of The Composer Chronicles and stephenjtrygar.com on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/stephenjtrygar To purchase a copy of my book, Beyond the Doorway: The Operas of Claude Debussy, Paul Dukas, and Maurice Ravel, go to stephenjtrygar.com/books Music for this episode: The Five Times I Loved You by Cora Zea: https://open.spotify.com/track/0W4RUo3m0jL0wHADS0PLme?si=i-u2Sbs9R0KfK3T4Hjuuug A Walk in the Clouds by Howard Harper-Barnes: https://open.spotify.com/track/1pEhkBpnscVRyUCicNbNXS?si=TYvJgzEaTaWziqmOTgCUgg Evening Imagery by Trevor Kowalski: https://open.spotify.com/track/2umFBHTWtzBPYYy7WgK8bF?si=zP90Nv_qT6KotlPW_JHKvQ Changing Outlook by Trevor Kowalski: https://open.spotify.com/track/5ue8ogOGWBVn8ea8AwuMVf?si=03Vg5ynbS-GlNKIzCNWfsg Fool Me Once by Spectacles Wallet and Watch: https://open.spotify.com/track/0w6uF6seH10zbtWlgbzZFI?si=vY3jMIIxQmOBiC5IZ64mKQ Frontiers Are Where You Find Them by Trevor Kowalski: https://open.spotify.com/track/4JHBDESS5rxMXjMXaKGYHf?si=WBd6lOctSpC50xavMhSMXA Firefly Trail by Trevor Kowalski: https://open.spotify.com/track/4SUPWzR8WY6i83Gtv8pUZG?si=x-zzTStSSb6EmbZEBbX2qw Sources: The Indispensable Composers by Anthony Tommasini: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079WNQWTC/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1 A History of Opera by Carolyn Abbate and Roger Parker: https://www.amazon.com/History-Opera-Carolyn-Abbate/dp/0393348954/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1590524773&sr=8-1 Debussy by Eric Frederick Jensen: https://www.amazon.com/Debussy-Master-Musicians-Frederick-Jensen/dp/0199730059/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=9780199912865&linkCode=qs&qid=1590524983&s=books&sr=1-1
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May 27, 2020
Ep. 2: Rising to Prominence - Stravinsky and The Firebird
Igor Stravinsky's commission to write The Firebird would be the break that the young composer had been looking for. After the ballet's premiere, he became an immediate celebrity, and it not only secured his place as a composer for the Ballets Russes, but as a respected and beloved international figure. Become a member of The Composer Chronicles and stephenjtrygar.com on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/stephenjtrygar Music for this episode: Pipe Dreams by Brightarm Orchestra - https://open.spotify.com/track/6rEgLfri1boWGFSoTUrW0y?si=DRs5gSZMQx-vBHROp78eEg Prelude by Trevor Kowalski - https://open.spotify.com/track/2NzQGuWizwdjAo2cXIyFrD?si=pAHugghgTTywEVEVAY8R6g My Flaws and All by Howard Harper-Barnes - https://open.spotify.com/track/5l4t5HA7hRsUbEZuqH1uwC?si=TmHpnQJkSBe6keDGVFcXFQ Changing Outlook by Trevor Kowalski - https://open.spotify.com/track/5ue8ogOGWBVn8ea8AwuMVf?si=1SFIMWnNR26v_kUhyLGosA Royal Estate by Isaac Gregor - https://open.spotify.com/track/4cqz64jAcQBn3xVIIIIfE9?si=0RtfqfqmQg63fXlT3gld7Q Careful Mind by Martin Klem - https://open.spotify.com/track/32KjC9LHmHwNkMHsQRJarP?si=ScgEMbu1TUq67Ba7xCSlCw When I Realized by John Barzetti - https://open.spotify.com/track/4iVnjTD7Ll0a5lLERTvsx3?si=mP9JH3nsT1C-cqyZ2apsdg Firefly Trail by Trevor Kowalski - https://open.spotify.com/track/4SUPWzR8WY6i83Gtv8pUZG?si=vTEw7lP5TLuBUz1JopU97g Sources: An Autobiography by Igor Stravinsky - https://www.amazon.com/Autobiography-Igor-Stravinsky-1998-12-17/dp/B01K3PD6J8/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3KHBXR83XBK75&dchild=1&keywords=igor+stravinsky+autobiography&qid=1589334449&sprefix=Stravinsky+an+autobiograph%2Caps%2C164&sr=8-1 Stravinsky's Ballets by Charles M. Joseph - https://www.amazon.com/Stravinskys-Ballets-Yale-Music-Masterworks/dp/0300118724/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=The+Ballets+of+Stravinsky+Joseph&qid=1589334565&sr=8-1 The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century by Alex Ross - https://www.amazon.com/Rest-Noise-Listening-Twentieth-Century/dp/0312427719/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1589334779&sr=8-1 Foundation Igor Stravinsky - https://fondation-igor-stravinsky.org/en/composer/
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May 13, 2020
Ep. 1: A Miserable Marriage - Tchaikovsky and Eugene Onegin
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's early relationship with his wife, Antonina Milyukova, and the first stages of creating Eugene Onegin share a spot in the composers life. The two events influenced each other, and it would leave Tchaikovsky wondering where he had gone wrong. Music for today's show are by Trevor Kowalski and Franz Gordon. Late Nights in Harmony, Changing Outlook, Nocturne, The Garden's Light, Hidden Towns, and A Heart Made of Yarn Sources: Letters to His Family: An Autobiography by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, translated by Galina von Meck and Percy M. Young Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin Eugene Onegin (opera) Antonina Tchaikovskaya Become a member of stephenjtrygar.com and the podcast: https://www.patreon.com/stephenjtrygar
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April 29, 2020
Introduction
Welcome to The Composer Chronicles! This introduction is designed to familiarize you with the show and prepare you for the journey ahead! 
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April 27, 2020