The Composer Chronicles

The Composer Chronicles

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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June 2, 2022 83 min

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
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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.

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Theme music is by Daryl Banner.
Alexandrian Media podcast music by Andrew Gavi...

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February 23, 2022 72 min

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...

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February 16, 2022 71 min

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...

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February 9, 2022 66 min

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

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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.
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January 26, 2022 76 min

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 ...

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January 12, 2022 64 min

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:
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December 8, 2021 87 min

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 ...

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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

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Music used in this episode:
"Quando m'en vo'" (orchestral version) f...

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November 24, 2021 18 min

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 Car...

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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

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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.

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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...

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October 6, 2021 27 min

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 do...

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September 29, 2021 73 min

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"...

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September 22, 2021 73 min

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:
Websit...

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September 8, 2021 68 min

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"...

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September 1, 2021 67 min

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.

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August 25, 2021 69 min

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.

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