The Composer Chronicles

The Composer Chronicles

By Stephen J. Trygar
Stephen J. Trygar delves into the stories of classical music composers 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.
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Ep. 7: Scandalous - Mozart and Le nozze di Figaro

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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)
20:09
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
26:30
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
21:49
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
24:20
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
19:18
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
27:55
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
23:37
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/
22:26
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
18:42
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! 
02:12
April 27, 2020