The Melodology Podcast

The Melodology Podcast

"Celebrating the Unsung Excellence of Melody Makers." Each episode, host composer Arthur Breur and a guest explore and examine beloved melodies from a variety of sources: popular songs, musicals, operas, classical music, hymns and liturgy, film and television scores and more.


August 31, 2022 66 min

Release Date: August 31, 2022

Summary: Guest composer Troisnyx joins podcast host Arthur Breur to explore the melody from “Estavius” by Phyrnna, composed for the Epic Battle Fantasy games. Troisnyx also shares her own song, “The Drummer’s Prayer”, and shares about her own background and plans.

Melody: “Estavius” by Phyrnna.

Duration: 1:08:30

  • Intro and guest questions – 0:00
  • Pre-discussion about Phyrnna and “Estavius” – 18:08
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    Composer Tony Manfredonia joins podcast host Arthur Breur to examine the melody of the brilliant Star Wars "Force Theme", by John Williams. Tony also shares his main theme to the game "Call of Saregnar", and he and Arthur discuss and examine that theme as well. Note: The music shared for "The Force Theme" in this episode uses a French horn part, and is displayed and discussed a 5th up from the concert pitch...

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    Composer Anne McKennon joins podcast host Arthur Breur to examine the melody of the wonderful song “Rainbow Connection”, sung by Kermit the Frog in “The Muppet Movie”. Anne also shares a lullaby she composed and an orchestral arrangement she did of a well known traditional Celtic melody.

    Melody “Rainbow Connection” by Paul Williams and Kenneth Ascher.

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    Composer Kimberly Osberg joins podcast host Arthur Breur to examine the melody of “Londonderry Air”, more commonly known as “Danny Boy”. Along the way, they discuss scores to quirky films, composing music to stage combat, putting recipes to music. and MUCH more.

    Melody “Londonderry Air” (“Danny Boy”) – traditional

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  • Duration: 54:26

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    Summary: Choral composer and author Dale Trumbore joins podcast host Arthur Breur to do a deep dive into the song "Losing My Mind" by Stephen Sondheim. They discuss how the song is meaningful to Dale, how perfectly the melody represents and reflects the song's lyrics, and how excellent Stephen Sondheim was at his craft.

    Melody "Losing My Mind" from Follies by Stephen Sondheim

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    Release Date: February 28, 2022

    Summary: New Zealand composer Matthew Beardsworth joins podcast host Arthur Breur to discuss just the main theme from the “Raiders March”, and to talk about how Matthew reconsidered and reconstructed a theme in one of his own works, an alternate musical score to the short film Sintel.

    Melody “Raiders March”, main theme, from Raiders of the Lost Ark. Music by John Williams

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    Composer, podcaster, speaker, and coach, Garrett Hope joins podcast host Arthur Breur to discuss a hymn tune that, at one point or another, seems to break a number of the “established” rules of melody writing. Melody “Be Thou My Vision” – “a traditional Christian hymn of Irish Origin.”

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  • Duration: 40:12

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    Summary: Special guest, composer Christina Rusnak joins podcast host Arthur Breur to discuss a recent addition to Disney’s long string of popular melodies.

    Melody: “Let It Go” from Disney’s “Frozen”, music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

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    January 31, 2022 26 min
    Special guest, podcaster, author, and coach Steven Shomler interviews Melodology Podcast creator and host, composer Arthur Breur. They discuss the concept of this podcast, as well as its format and target audience. Guest: Steven Shomler 

    Recorded January 29, 2022 using Riverside.FM https://Riverside.FM 

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