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The Composer Chronicles

The Composer Chronicles

By Stephen Trygar
Stephen Trygar recounts the stories of composers past and present through the music they write. Episodes focus 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. Additionally, living composers, musicians, and general enthusiasts are regularly featured to share their own stories and geek out over the music that we all love.
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Ep. 39: Barnaby Martin

The Composer Chronicles

Ep. 39: Barnaby Martin

The Composer Chronicles

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Ep. 40: To the Beloved God - Bruckner and His Symphony No. 9
So much of the music of Anton Bruckner was privately dedicated to the God he served, but his final work was publicly dedicated to "the Beloved God." Without a doubt, Bruckner's works are a representation of his devotion and unwavering faith, but there's a dark side to his story that is often hidden behind the blinding brilliance of his symphonies, especially his Symphony No. 9.  Theme music is by Daryl Banner: https://darylbanner.bandcamp.com/  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/thecomposerchronicles  Join me and an incredible, growing community living healthier lifestyles in a body positive space with Roy Belzer Fitness: https://roybelzerfitness.com/signup and use offer code chronpodcast at checkout!  Alexandrian Media Teespring: https://teespring.com/stores/alexandrianmedia  Music used in this episode: Ascent Classique by Trevor Kowalski A Drop in the Ocean by Jakob Ahlbom Daydream in Silver by Trevor Kowalski Carefully the Water Lilies by Trevor Kowalski This Creed by Johannes Bornlof  Sources used for this episode: Tim Rayborn, Beethoven's Skull: Dark, Strange, and Fascinating Tales from the World of Classical Music and Beyond (New York: Skyhorse Publishing, 2016), 111-113. Göllerich, Anton; Auer, Max. Anton Bruckner. Ein Lebens- und Schaffensbild von August Göllerich, ergänzt und hrsg. von Max Auer. Regensburg 1922-37, IV/3. p. 526.
24:46
February 24, 2021
Ep. 39: Barnaby Martin
Sometimes one road leads us down another that we never expected to find ourselves wandering on. British composer Barnaby Martin has been active in the music world since a young age, but it wasn't until later in life that his career as a composer led him to becoming a prominent video essayist on his YouTube channel Listening In. Featured Piece: Christ of Saint John of the Cross https://www.barnabymartin.com/christ-of-saint-john-of-the-cross Where to find Barnaby, his music, and Listening In: Website: https://www.barnabymartin.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BarnabyMartin SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/barnaby-martin Listening In (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiawGYzxoZSPDLReSFETqeQ Listening In (Patreon): https://www.patreon.com/listeningin 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/thecomposerchronicles Join me and an incredible, growing community living healthier lifestyles in a body positive space with Roy Belzer Fitness: https://roybelzerfitness.com/signup and use offer code chronpodcast at checkout! Theme music is by Daryl Banner: https://darylbanner.bandcamp.com/
58:30
February 17, 2021
*BONUS* - Ep. 38: Star-Crossed - The Musical Reincarnations of Romeo and Juliet
William Shakespeare's beloved tragedy of two star-crossed lovers has been one of the most frequently adapted stories for musical purposes. Composers, such Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, Gounod, Berlioz, and even Duke Ellington, have been touched by its heart-wrenching tale since its creation, and this episode gives you a look into the many musical reincarnations of Shakespeare's young lovers, Romeo and Juliet. Theme music is by Daryl Banner: https://darylbanner.bandcamp.com/ 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/thecomposerchronicles Join me and an incredible, growing community living healthier lifestyles in a body positive space with Roy Belzer Fitness: https://roybelzerfitness.com/signup and use offer code chronpodcast at checkout! Alexandrian Media Teespring: https://teespring.com/stores/alexandrianmedia Music used in this episode: Roméo et Juliette, Op. 17, Mvt. 3: "Le jardin de Capulet silencieux et déserte" by Hector Berlioz Romeo and Juliet, TH 42, ČW 39 by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Prelude to Love by Peter Sandberg Reconcile by Peter Sandberg Frailty by Bonn Fields Little Grethel by Sun Chime Fragile by Bonn Fields Love at First Glance by Bonn Fields A Brokenhearted Man by Bonn Fields Sources used for this episode: Vincenzo Bellini, I Capuleti e i Montecchi (New York: E. F. Kalmus, 1933). Hector Berlioz, Roméo et Juliette, H 79 (Paris: Brandus, 1857). Charles Gounod, Roméo et Juliette, CG 9 (Paris: Choudens Fils, 1867). Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Romeo and Juliet (overture-fantasia) (Moscow: Muzgiz, 1950). (Versions A & B) Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Romeo and Juliet (overture-fantasia) (Berlin: Ed. Bote & G. Bock, 1881).
28:55
February 14, 2021
Ep. 37: A Sad Shrovetide - Stravinsky and Petrushka
Petrushka, Igor Stavinksy's second ballet, is a tragic tale of a living puppet who is treated like a mere toy and brought to the point of madness. Ironically, such a sad tale brought Stravinsky a great deal of success, especially after the triumph that was his previous ballet The Firebird. However, there's more you do not know, hidden behind the curtain. Theme music is by Daryl Banner: https://darylbanner.bandcamp.com/ 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/thecomposerchronicles Join me and an incredible, growing community living healthier lifestyles in a body positive space with Roy Belzer Fitness: https://roybelzerfitness.com/signup and use offer code chronpodcast at checkout! Alexandrian Media Teespring: https://teespring.com/stores/alexandrianmedia Music used in this episode: The Forest Grand by Trevor Kowalski Sub Twin by Jay Varton Siljan by Rannar Sillard Perhaps It's Meant to Be by Trevor Kowalski Looking for Cheese by Jerry Lacey Elm Lake by Elm Lake Concerto for Trumpet and Flute (Melody Stem) by Cercles Nouvelles Cinema Neon by Trevor Kowalski Sources used for this episode: Charles M. Joseph, Stravinsky's Ballets (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011). Igor Stravinsky, Petrushka (Berlin: Editions Russes de Musique, 1912).
28:00
February 10, 2021
Ep. 36: The Figure & The Frame - Mussorgsky and Pictures at an Exhibition with Notes & Strokes
The day architect and artist Viktor Hartmann died was a sad one. It was especially hard for composer Modest Mussorgsky, who's opera Boris Godunov was one of Hartmann's favorite works. After an exhibition of Hartmann's art, Mussorgsky was moved to write a piano suite based on his experience there, Pictures at an Exhibition. This episode features Izaac and KC from the podcast Notes & Strokes. Together, we explore this piano masterpiece and the art that one may have seen at the exhibition. Pictures at an Exhibition was recorded by Chiara Bertoglio. The art: Costume sketch of canary chicks for the ballet Trilby: Hartmann_Chicks_sketch_for_Trilby_ballet.jpg (691×831) (wikimedia.org) The Rich Jew: The_Rich_Jew.jpg (400×500) (wikimedia.org) The Poor Jew: The_Poor_Jew.jpg (250×340) (wikimedia.org) Paris Catacombs: Hartmann_Paris_Catacombs.jpg (828×620) (wikimedia.org) The hut of Baba-Yaga on hen's legs. Clock in the Russian style: Izbushka2.jpg (1866×2556) (wikimedia.org) Plan for the City Gate of Kiev: Hartmann_--_Plan_for_a_City_Gate.jpg (641×868) (wikimedia.org) Where to find Notes & Strokes: Apple Podcasts: ‎Notes & Strokes on Apple Podcasts Spotify: Notes & Strokes | Podcast on Spotify PodBean: Notes & Strokes (podbean.com) Instagram: An Art and Music Podcast (@notes_and_strokes) • Instagram photos and videos 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/thecomposerchronicles Join me and an incredible, growing community living healthier lifestyles in a body positive space with Roy Belzer Fitness: https://roybelzerfitness.com/signup and use offer code chronpodcast at checkout! Theme music is by Daryl Banner: https://darylbanner.bandcamp.com/ Alexandrian Media Teespring: https://teespring.com/stores/alexandrianmedia
01:26:46
February 3, 2021
Ep. 35: Spirit Playing - Scriabin and Le Poème de l'extase (Symphony No. 4)
During his most active years as a member of the Theosophical Society, Alexander Scriabin aimed to follow a spirit on it journey to the Time of Ecstasy via a three-hundred line poem that would eventually be set to music, Le Poème de l'extase (Symphony No. 4). Excerpt from Le Poème de l'extase was read by Brian Edwards. 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/thecomposerchronicles Join me and an incredible, growing community living healthier lifestyles in a body positive space with Roy Belzer Fitness: https://roybelzerfitness.com/signup and use offer code chronpodcast at checkout! Alexandrian Media Teespring: https://teespring.com/stores/alexandrianmedia Theme music is by Daryl Banner: https://darylbanner.bandcamp.com/ Music used in this episode: Étude in D-sharp minor, Op. 8, No. 12 by Alexander Scriabin Prelude, Op. 67, No. 1 by Alexander Scriabin Sources used for this episode: Faubion Bowers, Scriabin: A Biography, Second, Revised Edition (Mineola: Dover Publications, Inc., 1996). Alexander Scriabin, Le Poème de l'extase (Symphony No. 4), Op. 54 (Leipzig: M. P. Belaieff, 1922).
29:14
January 27, 2021
Ep. 34: J. M. Gerraughty
American composer J. M. Gerraughty informs listeners that the path to becoming a composer is sometimes the road less traveled. He shares the struggles of trying to maintain balance between working a full time job, raising a family, and keeping up with promoting his work on social media, but composition is always there as a creative outlet for him. Sometimes the passion is all the reason to keep doing what we love. Featured piece: Slant of Light http://www.jmgerraughty.com/slant-of-light/ Where to find J. M. and his music: Website: http://www.jmgerraughty.com/ SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/j-m-gerraughty Twitter: https://twitter.com/jmgerraughty 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://patreon.com/thecomposerchronicles Theme music is by Daryl Banner: https://darylbanner.bandcamp.com/
01:13:13
January 20, 2021
Ep. 33: Treasure in the Wreckage - Smyth and The Wreckers
How far are you willing to go to get you want? Dame Ethel Smyth was determined to get her opera The Wreckers produced the way that she wanted. Although the opera was written in French, she had no luck with being able to premiere the opera on French stages, relying on her contacts in Leipzig to get the opera produce in a German translation, but future productions of the opera would only get more and more difficult to produce. 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/thecomposerchronicles Join me and an incredible, growing community living healthier lifestyles in a body positive space with Roy Belzer Fitness: https://roybelzerfitness.com/signup and use offer code chronpodcast at checkout! Alexandrian Media Teespring: https://teespring.com/stores/alexandrianmedia Theme music is by Daryl Banner: https://darylbanner.bandcamp.com/ Music used in this episode: Occurrence by Martin Gauffin Absent Clouds by Stefan Belrose Clouds Brush the Prairie by Trevor Kowalski Divinity by Christoffer Moe Ditlevsen Peut-être by Franz Gordon Liberate by Peter Sandberg Sources use for this episode: Streaks of Life by Ethel Smyth "Dame Ethel Smyth" by Sophie Fuller, American Symphony Orchestra - https://americansymphony.org/concert-notes/the-wreckers-1904/ The New Penguin Opera Guide by Amanda Holden
27:47
January 13, 2021
Ep. 32: Repose en paix - Fauré and His Requiem
A Requiem, a Catholic Mass of the Dead, is typically written by a composer when someone is dying or in remembrance of someone who has already died; however, Gabriel Fauré wrote his Requiem for no one, altering it to be a Requiem of peace rather than fear. 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/thecomposerchronicles Join me and an incredible, growing community living healthier lifestyles in a body positive space with Roy Belzer Fitness: https://roybelzerfitness.com/signup and use offer code chronpodcast at checkout! Alexandrian Media Teespring: https://teespring.com/stores/alexandrianmedia Theme music is by Daryl Banner: https://darylbanner.bandcamp.com/ Music used in this episode: Requiem in D minor, Op. 48, I. Introit and Kyrie by Gabriel Fauré Aeternum by Christoffer Moe Ditlevsen Drift Off by Martin Gauffin Life on the Mainland by Infinity Ripple Squaric by Martin Gauffin Yrsa by Infinity Ripple Requiem in D minor, Op. 48, VII. In Paradisum by Gabriel Fauré Sources used for this episode: Gabriel Fauré by Robert Orledge Requiem in D minor, Op. 48 by Gabriel Faure (Scores) on the International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP): https://imslp.org/wiki/Requiem,Op.48(Faur%C3%A9,_Gabriel)
23:52
January 6, 2021
Ep. 31: Devotion - Poulenc and Dialogues des Carmélites
In the darkest times, we all need something we can turn to for guidance and peace. During one of the most difficult times of his life, Francis Poulenc turned towards his spirituality and the Roman Catholic church, and he embedded his faith into the opera he was composing at the time, Dialogues des Carmélites.⁣  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/thecomposerchronicles  Join me and an incredible, growing community living healthier lifestyles in a body positive space with Roy Belzer Fitness: https://roybelzerfitness.com/signup and use offer code chronpodcast at checkout!  Alexandrian Media Teespring: https://teespring.com/stores/alexandrianmedia  Music used in this episode: Luminesence by Trevor Kowalski Calm Before the Storm by Howard Harper-Barnes Lumina by Christoffer Moe Ditlevsen  Sources used for this episode: A History of Opera by Carolyn Abbate and Roger Parker
22:28
December 30, 2020
*BONUS* - Ep. 30: Christmas Music from Around the World (Collection 1)
This time of year, our ears are filled with the sounds of holiday music on repeat, but do we know where they came from? This Christmas Eve, enjoy the origins and histories of some of the world's most famous Christmas songs and carols, including "Winter Wonderland," "Jingle Bells," "O Tannenbaum," "Silent Night," and "O Holy Night."  "Jingle Bells" original chorus melody: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:One_Horse_Open_Sleigh_chorus_notation.jpg#/media/File:One_Horse_Open_Sleigh_chorus_notation.jpg  Alexandrian Media Teespring: https://teespring.com/stores/alexandrianmedia  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://patreon.com/thecomposerchronicles  Join me and an incredible, growing community living healthier lifestyles in a body positive space with Roy Belzer Fitness: https://roybelzerfitness.com/signup and use offer code chronpodcast at checkout!  Theme music is by Daryl Banner: https://darylbanner.bandcamp.com/  Music used in this episode: "Jingle Bells" (Jazz Edition) by James Lord Pierpont, arr. Dexter Green "O Tannenbaum" arr. Johannes Bornlof "Silent Night" by Franx Xaver Gruber, arr. One Man Quartet "O Holy Night" by Adolphe Adam, arr. Johannes Bornlof A Sleigh Ride Into Town by Howard Harper-Barnes A Winter's Night by Etienne Roussel Angels in the Mist by Etienne Roussel Christmas Wonders by Howard Harper-Barnes Falling Snow by Mike Franklyn Just One Wish by Brightarm Orchestra On Christmas Morning by Howard Harper-Barnes
41:08
December 24, 2020
Ep. 29: A Figment of the Imagination - Prokofiev and Lieutenant Kijé
Yury Tynyanov’s fictitious adaptation of a non-existent lieutenant who rises through the ranks in the army of a true historical emperor of Russia was brilliantly adapted for film by the Soviet film director Aleksandr Faintsimmer. Today, this film, Lieutenant Kijé, has fallen to the wayside, but composer Sergei Prokofiev’s ingenious score for the film has certainly persisted and remains as one of the most popular concert suites performed in concerts today. 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://patreon.com/thecomposerchronicles Join me and an incredible, growing community living healthier lifestyles in a body positive space with Roy Belzer Fitness: https://roybelzerfitness.com/signup and use offer code chronpodcast at checkout! Alexandrian Media Teespring: https://teespring.com/stores/alexandrianmedia Theme music is by Daryl Banner: https://darylbanner.bandcamp.com/ Music used in this episode: "March" from A Midsummer Night's Dream by Felix Mendelssohn Patchwork by Ever So Blue And We Walk After by Trevor Kowalski Micro Evolution by Howard Harper-Barnes Sources used for this episode: Creating the Lieutenant Kizhe Suite (sprkfv.net)
25:37
December 23, 2020
*UNLOCKED* - Unscripted: 1. Mysteries, Musings, and Masquerades (November 2020)
Unscripted is back and stronger than ever! With new music by Andrew Gavin, new cover art by host Stephen Trygar, and a new structure to the show, you're invited behind the scenes of the making of The Composer Chronicles in a podcast that is, unlike The Composer Chronicles, unscripted. 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 If you've enjoyed this episode, become a member on Patreon to get every episode of Unscripted! https://patreon.com/thecomposerchronicles
29:41
December 18, 2020
Ep. 28: Dani Howard
British composer and orchestrator Dani Howard shares her brilliant story of becoming a composer whilst describing what it's like to be a composer of New Music who is trying to reshape the genre and make it more accessible to audiences all around the world. Featured Piece: Coalescence Provided to the podcast by the composer. Recorded by BBC Radio 3 with Vasily Petrenko conducting the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic. Other Music: Vino Encores - Clarinet and Trumpet Where to find Dani and her music: Website: https://danihoward.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HD5-cIqfxWY SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/danihoward 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://patreon.com/thecomposerchronicles Join me and an incredible, growing community living healthier lifestyles in a body positive space with Roy Belzer Fitness: https://roybelzerfitness.com/signup and use offer code chronpodcast at checkout!
01:08:42
December 16, 2020
Ep. 27: The Devil in the Details - Tchaikovsky and Cherevichki
Convinced that his opera Vakula the Smith was going to prove that he wasn't a flop, Tchaikovsky did everything he could to ensure that a production of his "precious child" would follow through and be a success, even if he had to make major changes and rename it to Cherevichki. Alexandrian Media Teespring: https://teespring.com/stores/alexandrianmedia 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://patreon.com/thecomposerchronicles Join me and an incredible, growing community living healthier lifestyles in a body positive space with Roy Belzer Fitness: https://roybelzerfitness.com/signup and use offer code chronpodcast at checkout! Theme music is by Daryl Banner: https://darylbanner.bandcamp.com/ Music used in this episode: "Waltz" from Swan Lake by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Colors of the Moon by Mandala Dreams Travels of a Snowflake by Calm Shores Enlightenment by Yonder Dale Sources used in this episode: The Life and Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky by Modest Tchaikovsky, edited and translated by Rosa Newmarch The Diaries of Tchaikovsky, translated by Wladimir Lakond Cherevichki - Tchaikovsky Research (tchaikovsky-research.net)
25:54
December 9, 2020
Ep. 26: Movie Night (Reel 2): The Wonderful Music of Disney with Andrew Gavin
There's something very unique about a Disney song. Why is it that all around the world, you could ask someone to just sing a song from any Disney movie? What makes a Disney score and soundtrack so unique from other production companies and studios? Composer Andrew Gavin and host Stephen Trygar attempt to answer these questions and more by breaking down the distinct qualities and processes of creating these scores and soundtracks. Find The Composer Chronicles merch on Teespring! https://teespring.com/stores/alexandrianmedia 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://patreon.com/thecomposerchronicles 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. Theme music is by Daryl Banner: https://darylbanner.bandcamp.com/
53:24
December 2, 2020
Ep. 25: Fire and Ice - Schubert and Winterreise
Suffering physically and mentally from having contracted syphilis, Franz Schubert set out on a journey to write a piece that would not only be one of his greatest achievements, but would reveal to the world all the pain and suffering he endured for the last years of his life. Alexandrian Media Teespring: https://teespring.com/stores/alexandrianmedia 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://patreon.com/thecomposerchronicles 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. Theme music is by Daryl Banner: https://darylbanner.bandcamp.com/ Music used in this episode: Fractions by Gabriel Parker Sins From the Past by Christian Andersen Ave Maria by Franz Schubert Closer to Home by Spectacles Wallet and Watch Late Nights in Harmony by Trevor Kowalski Sources used for this episode: Schubert's Winter Journey: Anatomy of an Obsession by Ian Bostridge The Indispensable Composers by Anthony Tomassini
27:48
November 25, 2020
Ep. 24: Michael Seltenreich
New York-based Israeli composer Michael Seltenreich tells his fascinating story while we discuss his music, compositional processes, and what it’s like to be a composer of new music. Featured piece: Sparks and Flares https://www.michaelseltenreich.com/sparks--flares Where to find Michael's music: Website: https://www.michaelseltenreich.com/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/MichaelSel SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/michael-seltenreich 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://patreon.com/thecomposerchronicles Theme music is by Daryl Banner: https://darylbanner.bandcamp.com/
01:05:54
November 18, 2020
Ep. 23: Riddles and Revelries - Schumann and Carnaval
Robert Schumann poured his life and soul into his piano suite Carnaval. Rather than letting the world see the man behind the mask, Schumann embedded several cryptic messages and secrets into the piece and hid the identities of the many characters that are depicted throughout the work. Find The Composer Chronicles merch on Teespring! https://teespring.com/stores/alexandrianmedia 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://patreon.com/thecomposerchronicles 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. Theme music is by Daryl Banner: https://darylbanner.bandcamp.com/ Music used in this episode: String Quartet in A, Op. 41, No. 3: IV. Andante Espressivo - Finale - Allegro Molto Vivace by Robert Schumann Flirting at the Masquerade by Franz Gordon Patchwork by Ever So Blue What Happens in the Park - Claude Signet Yrsa by Infinity Ripple Blue Flares by Trevor Kowalski Sources used for this episode: The Indispensable Composers: A Personal Guide by Anthony Tommasini Crossing Paths: Schubert, Schumann, and Brahms by John Daverio
27:17
November 11, 2020
Ep. 22: Game Play (Disk 1): The Music of Final Fantasy X with Brian Edwards
Gamers, get ready for an adventure into the musical world of Final Fantasy X! The magic cast by composers Nobuo Uematsu, Masashi Hamauzu, and Junya Nakano certainly charmed Brian Edwards, the guest of today's episode. Brian is a video editor and a motion graphics designer, and years of playing the game have given him tremendous insight into the influence of the music on Final Fantasy X's gameplay. 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://patreon.com/thecomposerchronicles Theme music is by Daryl Banner: https://darylbanner.bandcamp.com/ Where to find the Final Fantasy X album: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/5rsJCTSppss2cccM8a9V0u Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/album/final-fantasy-x-original-soundtrack/62445727 YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXUZBXeEZYA
01:07:21
November 4, 2020
*BONUS* - Ep. 21: Case Closed - The Mad Life of Carlo Gesualdo
Happy Halloween! Don Carlo Gesualdo, Prince of Venosa was a mysterious man who was haunted by the crimes committed in his youth. His position as prince held him above the law, and he abused his power, isolating himself from the world with only his music to comfort him. This episode contains depictions of the gruesome murders of Don Fabrizio Carafa, Duke of Andria and Donna Maria d'Avalos. These murders were committed by Don Carlo Gesualdo, who was above the law and got away with the murders.  Il Perdono di Gesualdo: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/ae/Perdono_di_carlo_gesualdo_1609.jpg  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://patreon.com/thecomposerchronicles Theme music is by Daryl Banner: https://darylbanner.bandcamp.com/  Music used in this episode: End Station by Bonn Fields A Bad Place to Be by Bonn Fields Story Is She Left Without a Trace by Trevor Kowalski Lost in Reminisence by Christian Andersen Tearing Threads by Jon Bjork Artic Lake by Lars Meyer The Demon Inside by Spectacles Wallet and Watch A Fighting Chance by Trevor Kowalski  Sources used for this episode: "Prince of Darkness: The murders and madrigals of Don Carlo Gesualdo" by Alex Ross in The New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2011/12/19/prince-of-darkness Gesualdo: The Man and his Music by Glen Watkins with a preface by Igor Stravinsky: https://www.amazon.com/Gesualdo-Man-Music-Clarendon-Paperbacks/dp/0198161972/ref=sr_1_3crid=23IIRJ2IPOQKI&dchild=1&keywords=gesualdo+the+man+and+his+music&qid=1603382483&sprefix=Gesualdo+The+Man%2Caps%2C144&sr=8-3
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October 31, 2020
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://patreon.com/thecomposerchronicles Theme music is by Daryl Banner: https://darylbanner.bandcamp.com/
01:01:24
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://patreon.com/thecomposerchronicles Theme music is by Daryl Banner: https://darylbanner.bandcamp.com/
01:17:17
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://patreon.com/thecomposerchronicles 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
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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://patreon.com/thecomposerchronicles 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
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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://patreon.com/thecomposerchronicles Theme music is by Daryl Banner: https://darylbanner.bandcamp.com/
01:09:35
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://patreon.com/thecomposerchronicles 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
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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.
01:07:37
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://patreon.com/thecomposerchronicles 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
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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://patreon.com/thecomposerchronicles 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
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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://patreon.com/thecomposerchronicles  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
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August 26, 2020
Ep. 11: Movie Night (Reel 1): Classical Music in Film 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://patreon.com/thecomposerchronicles 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
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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://patreon.com/thecomposerchronicles 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
30:02
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://patreon.com/thecomposerchronicles 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)
25:53
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://patreon.com/thecomposerchronicles 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
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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://patreon.com/thecomposerchronicles 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
25:59
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 on Patreon: https://patreon.com/thecomposerchronicles 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
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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 on Patreon: https://patreon.com/thecomposerchronicles  Music for this episode: Palm by Trevor Kowalski Flow of Nature by Spectacles Wallet and Watch Rainbow Colors by Spectacles Wallet and Watch Changing Outlook by Trevor Kowalski In the Mystic Woods by Spectacles Wallet and Watch The Mountain Disconnect by Trevor Kowalski 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
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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://patreon.com/thecomposerchronicles 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
32:05
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://patreon.com/thecomposerchronicles 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://patreon.com/thecomposerchronicles 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://patreon.com/thecomposerchronicles
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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