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Stephen Trygar recounts the stories of composers past and present through the music they write. Historical episodes focus on a particular work by the featured composer and examines their life during the time the piece was written and performed. Additionally, living composers, musicians, industry professionals, and general enthusiasts are featured every other week to share their own stories and geek out over the music that we all love. Through these tales, you're invited to explore each composers' legacy and their impact in keeping the world entertained.

Stephen Trygar recounts the stories of composers past and present through the music they write. Historical episodes focus on a particular work by the featured composer and examines their life during the time the piece was written and performed. Additionally, living composers, musicians, industry professionals, and general enthusiasts are featured every other week to share their own stories and geek out over the music that we all love. Through these tales, you're invited to explore each composers' legacy and their impact in keeping the world entertained.

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Stephen Trygar recounts the stories of composers past and present through the music they write. Historical episodes focus on a particular work by the featured composer and examines their life during the time the piece was written and performed. Additionally, living composers, musicians, industry professionals, and general enthusiasts are featured every other week to share their own stories and geek out over the music that we all love. Through these tales, you're invited to explore each composers' legacy and their impact in keeping the world entertained.

Language:

English


Episodes

S1E80: ICEBERG New Music

6/2/2022
What do you get when you gather ten composers, all with different musical styles, talents, backgrounds, and areas of expertise? You get ICEBERG. Featured pieces (in alphabetical order by composer last name): Unfolding for strings and live electronics by Drake Andersen Coatlicue barría la escalera del templo (Coatlicue was Sweeping the Temple Steps) by Victor Baéz pOwer trIo for alto sax, piano, and percussion by Alex Burtzos Decomposition by Yu-Chun Chien RISE by Derek Cooper Steep...

Duration:01:23:30

Game Play (Disk 4): Celeste (w/ Brian Edwards)

3/2/2022
When Stephen invited Brian for another episode of Game Play, he didn't expect to be faced with one of the most difficult, heart-wrenching, and beautiful games he has ever played. Lena Raine's music in Celeste is not only some of the best to listen to on its own, but it expertly aids in the game play. Watch Stephen's Twitch streams on YouTube! Theme music is by Daryl Banner. Alexandrian Media podcast music by Andrew Gavin. Voiced by Michael Bolton. Listen to this episode early and ad-free...

Duration:01:01:23

S1E79: Dakota Sauvé/Koda Suave

2/23/2022
There are two sides of a coin. Dakota Sauvé has spent so much of his musical career helping develop video games, but there's a different side to his career that prefers to explore the world of experimental pop. Featured pieces: "Mecha Mt. Fuji" from Celestial Blossoms (releasing soon) "Dream Boom" from untitled 3D platformer game "Phasmius" from Venture of Dark "Moon of Etheria" from untitled VGM EP "The Spirit" from Venture of Light Where to find Dakota Sauvé/Koda Suave and his...

Duration:01:12:29

S1E78: Adam Kennaugh

2/16/2022
Adam Kennaugh believes that genuine communication between the composer and performer(s) is what creates honest and powerful music. Featured pieces: Crepuscular Light | Watch this piece: https://youtu.be/0R0IfOUhi70 Confronting Distance | Departure Duo Approaching Cyyrhus | Natalie Magane - In All but Name... (YouTube flute performance) Where to find Adam Kennaugh and his music: Website | Facebook | Instagram YouTube Theme music is by Daryl Banner. Alexandrian Media podcast music by...

Duration:01:11:06

S1E77: Derek Cooper

2/9/2022
Derek Cooper is a composer with a deep passion for engaging with his audience. To Derek, the relationship between the composer, the ensemble, and the audience is one of the most important aspects of music making. Featured pieces: Puzzles: https://youtu.be/PWAG8XZ4fno | How he created this piece: https://youtu.be/c_8FhFXFn3c Starry Night: https://youtu.be/fVfiv1hzYUM | How he created this piece: https://youtu.be/vj8n2zT3m10 Where to find Derek Cooper and his music: Website | Facebook |...

Duration:01:06:13

Movie Night (Reel 6): Spitfire and Rogue (w/ Brooks Leibee)

2/2/2022
On this episode of Movie Night, Brooks Leibee joins me once again to chat about Chris Roe's score for the 2018 documentary Spitfire and François Tetaz's score for the 2007 horror/thriller film Rogue. Grab some popcorn, dim the lights, and get comfy! Watch Spitfire and Rogue (click on the titles to watch the films). Where to find Brooks and his projects: Instagram | Twitter SoundCloud | IMDb Theme music is by Daryl Banner. Alexandrian Media podcast music by Andrew Gavin. Voiced by...

Duration:01:21:16

S1E76: Eric Lagergren

1/26/2022
In this interview with Eric Lagergren, he leaves us with an important message: never take your art too seriously. Perfection is unachievable, especially when you’re desperate to obtain it. Featured pieces: Quarantime | Flor de Muerto | Rhopalocera Where to find Eric Lagergren and his music: Website | Instagram | Twitter SoundCloud | Bandcamp Theme music is by Daryl Banner. Alexandrian Media podcast music by Andrew Gavin. Voiced by Michael Bolton. Listen to this episode early and...

Duration:01:16:56

S1E75: Stephen Ryan Jackson

1/12/2022
In a world where music has time and time again been given narrative, Stephen Ryan Jackson uses his music to explore the mundane. Featured pieces: i can feel the universe expanding | solo voice + electronics Tooth Necklace | flute + bass clarinet + violin + cello + piano + percussion rinse & repeat | soprano saxophone + double bass + two percussion Where to find Stephen Ryan Jackson and his music: Website | Instagram SoundCloud Theme music is by Daryl Banner. Alexandrian Media...

Duration:01:04:01

S1E74: Melissa Dunphy

12/8/2021
Melissa Dunphy is an award-winning and acclaimed composer specializing in vocal, political, and theatrical music. Melissa is a composer who would be amongst the first to tell you that, if you want to be a composer, you need to write what you're passionate about. After the premiere of her large-scale choral work the Gozales Cantata, her career took off, and she wants to share her vision with the world. Featured pieces: Come, My Tan-Faced Children | Performed by Raehann Bryce-Davis, Laura...

Duration:01:27:12

S1E73: La vie de bohème - Puccini and La bohème

12/1/2021
You never fully understand what someone is going through unless you've lived it yourself. What makes Puccini's opera La bohème so powerful is that so many of its creators went through the same hardships that the characters of the opera went through. Theme music is by Daryl Banner Sign up for Amazon Music Unlimited! | Alexandrian Media Store Music used in this episode: "Quando m'en vo'" (orchestral version) from La bohème by Giacomo Puccini Caught in the Waves by Trevor Kowalski Divine...

Duration:00:29:07

TCC RADIO 2 (Episode 1)

11/24/2021
This is TCC RADIO 2, a radio show style episode featuring the music of some the music you heard or learned about in past historical episodes on The Composer Chronicles. Today's episode features music by Berlioz, Gesualdo, and Satie. Music featured in this episode: “Un bal” from Symphonie fantastique by Hector Berlioz | Igor Markevitch, Orchestre Lamoureux, 1962 “Omnes amici mei” from Tanebrae Responsories for Good Friday by Carlo Gesualdo | Vox Àltera Ensemble Gnossiennes No. 1 by Eric...

Duration:00:18:26

S1E72: Written in the Stars - Holst and The Planets

10/27/2021
Humans have been looking up towards the sky for answers for thousands of years. To this day, humans have held on to the belief that celestial bodies can impact our daily lives, and Gustav Holst saw this as an opportunity for music. Theme music is by Daryl Banner Listen to this episode ad-free by supporting The Composer Chronicles on Patreon. Sign up for Amazon Music Unlimited! | Alexandrian Media Store Music used in this episode: The Planets, Op. 32 by Gustav Holst City of Silent...

Duration:00:25:32

S1E71: Something wicked this way comes...: Verdi and Macbeth

10/21/2021
The plays of William Shakespeare have been an inspiration to countless other pieces of art, and that includes composers and music makers. Giuseppe Verdi, one of Italy's leading composers in the 19th Century, was thrilled at the idea of getting to set an opera to one of Shakespeare's plays, something he would return to for the rest of his career; it all started with Shakespeare's terrifying tale Macbeth. Theme music is by Daryl Banner Listen to this episode ad-free by supporting The...

Duration:00:26:00

S1E70: Movie Night (Reel 5): Trick 'r Treat (w/ Cameron Chaney)

10/13/2021
Let's kick off this spooky season with a Movie Night! Today, I am happily joined by author and booktuber Cameron Chaney. The film Trick 'r Treat is one of his favorite movies, enough for him to start a tradition of watching it every year with other activities; however, the music of this film is even more special. Besides setting the mood brilliantly, the music holds special significance to Cameron. Where to find Cameron and his work: Facebook | Instagram | Goodreads | Patreon Library...

Duration:00:47:57

TCC RADIO 1 (Episode 1)

10/6/2021
I didn't have anything planned for this week due to moving, but I wasn't going to let that stop me again. So, I decided to do a bit of a different episode featuring recently composed music by past guests! That in turn started what will now be called TCC RADIO 1! In the event I am unable to create a full episode, I will make one of these episodes or an episode of TCC RADIO 2 featuring music of historical episodes I've done in the past! I hope you enjoy this week's episode! Projects featured...

Duration:00:27:26

S1E69: Toska Bear

9/29/2021
Making his debut after the release of his first album Year of the Beard, Toska Bear has been on the rise as a singer and songwriter. His unique style marries elements of indie pop, synthwave, vaporwave, EDM, indie rock, and hip-hop, and Year of the Beard is inspired by gay culture, video games, and underground music. Featured music: From Year of the Beard: "Year of the Beard", "Time to Let Go", "Help Me Out", and "Prom Queen Days". Where to find Toska Bear and his music: Instagram |...

Duration:01:13:30

S1E68: Richard Fay

9/22/2021
Richard Fay is a composer who has absorbed the culture of his ancestors and his hometown and embedded them into his own music. With a love for klezmer, Balkan, and Irish music, he had established many various ensembles to perform these musics as well as his own. Featured music: From Hamosity: Music for Hard Times: New Horizons, Hamosity Horo, The Seasons, The Heron Pool, and Sean Mannion Where to find Richard and his music: Website | Facebook | Instagram YouTube | BandCamp Theme music...

Duration:01:13:21

S1E67: Kevin Graham

9/8/2021
Life can take you down interesting paths; you never know if that path will lead you directly where you want it to take you or somewhere you are pleasantly surprised to be. Kevin Graham started his career in filmmaking. With a passion for music stirred in, he turned his career into being a full-time composer. Featured music: From Dying of the Light: "Fireforge", "Golden Age", "Unbreakable", "Fortress", and "For the Stars" From Enigma Machine: "Immortality" Where to find Kevin and his...

Duration:01:08:00

S1E66: The Trumpet (w/ Stuart Stephenson)

9/1/2021
The trumpet is an instrument that has been around for a long time, but why only within the past one hundred years has it finally started to see an uptick in virtuosic technique? Stuart Stephenson, principal trumpet of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and I discuss trumpet music and the composers that wrote for the instrument. Where to find Stuart: Website | Instagram | YouTube Theme music is by Daryl Banner. Listen to this episode ad-free by supporting The Composer Chronicles on...

Duration:01:07:31

S1E65: Silas Hite

8/25/2021
Silas Hite is a composer with many projects. From television to the concert stage, ambient to folk, Silas has created repertoire for himself that gives everyone a chance to hear his music! Where to find Silas and his music: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter SoundCloud | Spotify | YouTube Theme music is by Daryl Banner. Art used for cover by Patrick Whitehorn. Listen to this episode ad-free by supporting The Composer Chronicles on Patreon. Alexandrian Media Store --- Send in a...

Duration:01:09:28