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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

Ep. 56: Juan Pablo Contreras

6/16/2021
In order for you to be successful, all you have to do is be proud of what you put into your craft. This is one of the great pieces of advice that composer Juan Pablo Contreras lives by every day writing music. Juan Pablo is a Latin Grammy-nominated composer and Universal Music recording artist who has combined his love of Western classical music and Mexican folk music to formulate his own unique style of writing. Featured piece: Mariachitlán Learn more about this work. Where to find Juan...

Duration:01:17:56

Ep. 55: Alan Theisen

6/9/2021
The world of music doesn't always have to be black and white. Genres of music don't always have to remain individualized and separate, and composers are not required to stick to writing a specific genre of music. Alan Theisen, a composer, saxophonist, author, and educator, is a man who appreciates all types of music and uses his background to meld genres of music that would often never be considered together, encouraging the new music community to be the best it can be. Featured piece:...

Duration:01:17:01

Ep. 54: The Magical, Musical Career of Pierre Boulez (w/ Kevin Fitzgerald)

6/2/2021
It’s no secret that Pierre Boulez led a double life as a composer and conductor. Kevin Fitzgerald, a conductor in his own right, has looked up to Boulez as his hero, and he shares his knowledge about the man and his career from the eyes of a conductor.⁣ Music discussed in the episode: Improvisation I sur Mallarmé | Improvisation II sur Mallarmé Notations pour Orchestre | Dérive 2 Mémoriale (...explosante fixe... originel) | Répons Sur Incises | Le Marteau sans maître Theme music is by...

Duration:01:02:24

Ep. 53: Opera on Broadway - Gershwin and Porgy and Bess

5/26/2021
When we hear the name George Gershwin, we often associate it with jazz or musical theater, but he didn't see himself that way. He saw himself as a standard composer of his time and influenced by the sounds around him. So what does that mean for his opera Porgy and Bess? Or is it a Broadway musical? DISCLAIMER: This episode contains acts of extreme violence, hints at sexual misconduct, and deals with racial controversy. Listener discretion is advised. Theme music is by Daryl Banner:...

Duration:00:26:18

Ep. 52: Pearl Yim

5/19/2021
From the United Kingdom, then to the United States, and and now Singapore, media composer Pearl Yim has seen great success with her music all across the world. Pearl talks about her experience in the fields of film and video game composing and the struggles she faced in order to get where she is today. Featured pieces: Ellipsis (GTA V Machinima Short Movie) "On The Run" from the Westworld Scoring Competition The Mermaid's Odyssey Theme music is by Daryl Banner Where to find Pearl and...

Duration:01:05:08

Ep. 51: The Ancients

5/12/2021
Music, much like any art form, has been a staple in nearly every culture for thousands of years. We often forget where these arts have their roots, and to better understand the music of the last few hundred years, we must go back even further... no matter how grim. 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...

Duration:00:27:19

*UNLOCKED* - Unscripted: Backstage with Andrew Gavin

5/7/2021
Andrew Gavin was The Composer Chronicles' first composer feature back in August, 2020. Since his first appearance, he has been back for an episode of "Movie Night", has composed the theme music to Unscripted, and has also compose the music of the Alexandria Media pre and post episode tags. On this first episode in the "Backstage" series of Unscripted, Andrew is back again! On this series, past guests of The Composer Chronicles come back to talk about whatever they want with no formal...

Duration:01:19:14

Ep. 50: The Cello (w/ Steven Chen)

5/5/2021
The warm, rich tones produced by the cello have been a siren to many composers, calling them to compose for the instrument whether or not it was in their best interest to do so. Cellist Steven Chen gives his professional knowledge and opinion on the cello and the pieces written for it!⁣ Theme music is by Daryl Banner: https://darylbanner.bandcamp.com/ Where to find Steven: Website | Facebook | Instagram Twitter | YouTube Video versions of pieces used in this episode: Sonata in G minor...

Duration:00:58:34

Ep. 49: Fallen Heroes - Beethoven and His Symphony No. 3

4/28/2021
In the first drafts of Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, there is a name that appeared as the subtitle before it was scribbled out and changed to 'Eroica'. Originally Beethoven dedicated this symphony to his personal hero, a man who would soon instigate his own demise when he crowned himself Emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte. Theme music is by Daryl Banner: https://darylbanner.bandcamp.com/ Beethoven Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major ('Eroica') manuscript title page:...

Duration:00:28:23

Ep. 48: Brooks Leibee

4/21/2021
Brooks Leibee has dedicated much of his career to the art of film making. However, it is his scores for those films that he is most proud of. In this episode, Brooks shares his journey and gives deeper insight into his world. Featured pieces: "Two Wrongs" from Mire "The Fallen Jedi" from Trial of the Fallen Jedi Credits Suite from Aliyah Entrance Spring Rescore Theme music is by Daryl Banner: https://darylbanner.bandcamp.com/ Where to find Brooks and his music: Instagram:...

Duration:01:29:45

Ep. 47: The City of Dreams - Korngold and Die tote Stadt

4/14/2021
Coming off of the success of his first two operas, young Erich Wolfgang Korngold set out to write his third. His success was so massive, that opera houses all over duked it out for the rights to stage the premier, leaving Korngold with the tough decision of who to give those rights to. 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,...

Duration:00:29:49

Ep. 46: Movie Night (Reel 3): Melody in the Film Scores of Ben Morales Frost

4/7/2021
Have you ever tried recalling a tune from a film you love and have a hard time remembering what it is? Or, have you been so mesmerized by a tune that you'll never forget it in all your days? Ben Morales Frost, a composer of film scores, is a strong advocate for the use of melody in film music. In this episode, Ben talks about some of his own film scores as well as some of his favorites that have inspired him. Featured pieces: "Swan" and "Stars" from A Beast In All But Name Theme music is...

Duration:01:03:40

Ep. 45: Evan Kassof

3/31/2021
The world of opera isn't all glitz and glam. Opera maker Evan Kassof has dedicated his life to telling stories in a way that gives audiences a chance to step out of the opera house and potentially stumble upon something new in an unsuspecting place. Evan voices his opinions about the opera world of the past and how he is actively pushing the art in a direction that gives more people the chance to see the artform in a brand new light. Featured piece: Act III, Scene 1 from Ganymede 5 Theme...

Duration:01:22:02

Ep. 44: Stories of a Songbook - Ravel and Ma mère l'Oye

3/24/2021
Mother Goose has been a staple in many a child's life. Her tales of magic and adventure inspire wonder, and even in adulthood, her stories touch us. They certainly were of great importance to Maurice Ravel, who wrote a piano suite using several fairytales, and was so touched by them that he orchestrated them and then turned it into a ballet. 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...

Duration:00:27:09

Ep. 43: Trevor Kowalski

3/17/2021
Trevor Kowalski, an American composer based in Los Angeles, uses his years of training in various styles of music to compose for a wide variety of projects, collaborating with award-winning filmmakers, international game developers, theater directors, and various arrangements of ensembles. Trevor has been a part of The Composer Chronicles since day one; his music uploaded to the library Epidemic Sound has been in the background of many of these episodes. After sharing his unique career,...

Duration:01:02:31

Ep. 42: When Worlds Collide - Vaughan Williams and Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

3/10/2021
When Ralph Vaughan Williams was rummaging through old hymnals, he discovered a tune by a composer of England's past Thomas Tallis. This simple tune would inspire Vaughan Williams to write a work for string quartet and double string orchestra, Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis. In creating this piece he melded two worlds together, the modern with the old, clearing the dust from a long forgotten tune and bringing it to new heights. Theme music is by Daryl Banner:...

Duration:00:24:44

Ep. 41: Game Play (Disk 2): Music in The Elder Scrolls (w/ Andrew Shaw)

3/3/2021
The music of The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, IV: Oblivion, and V: Skyrim turned the tides of video game music composing. Their music sets the tone for the magical worlds that the heroes of Tamriel explore in these vast fantasy games, and musicologist Andrew Shaw has been able to draw narrative connections between the three games with just the music alone. Theme music is by Daryl Banner: https://darylbanner.bandcamp.com/ Become a member of The Composer Chronicles on Patreon to get ad-free...

Duration:00:58:58

Ep. 40: To the Beloved God - Bruckner and His Symphony No. 9

2/24/2021
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...

Duration:00:25:15

Ep. 39: Barnaby Martin

2/17/2021
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...

Duration:01:00:16

*BONUS* - Ep. 38: Star-Crossed - The Musical Reincarnations of Romeo and Juliet

2/14/2021
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...

Duration:00:29:24