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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.

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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.

    Ep. 68: Richard Fay

    Ep. 68: Richard Fay

    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 is by Daryl Banner.

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    • 1 hr 13 min
    Ep. 67: Kevin Graham

    Ep. 67: Kevin Graham

    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 music:
    Website | Facebook | Instagram
    FILMPAC | Vimeo | SoundCloud | Spotify | Apple Music

    Theme music is by Daryl Banner.

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Ep. 66: The Trumpet (w/ Stuart Stephenson)

    Ep. 66: The Trumpet (w/ Stuart Stephenson)

    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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    Ep. 65: Silas Hite

    Ep. 65: Silas Hite

    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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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Ep. 64: David Dies

    Ep. 64: David Dies

    Often when music and language are paired together, we simply get lyrics to a song, but every once and a while, a composer will use language in a much more unique way.⁣ This week, I’m joined by David Dies to tell his story, discuss the use of language in his music, and the beauty of music.

    Where to find David and his music:
    Facebook | Instagram | Twitter
    Website | SoundCloud | Apple Music

    Theme music is by Daryl Banner

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    Ep. 63: It's Possible - Rodgers and Cinderella

    Ep. 63: It's Possible - Rodgers and Cinderella

    Originally designed for television, Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II wrote a musical that just couldn't be contained to the television.

    Disclaimer: This episode discusses the events of a surgery and the emotional trauma inflicted by it. 

    Theme music is by Daryl Banner

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    Music used in this episode:
    Cinderella Ball Night by Sinfonietta Cinematica
    My Friends by Vendla
    I Will Be Right Here With You by Wendy Marcini
    Laponia by Bladverk Band


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Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

Nick_em88 ,

Thank you!

Wonderful podcast! Been looking for something like this for a while. Really enjoyed the episode with my friend and fellow composer Juan Pablo Contreras.

Potato Lady Bex ,

Music to My Ears

This podcast is perfect for those who love music, are interested in the art of composing, and enjoy guest interviews. The production is high-quality, and Stephen is an engaging and knowledgeable host. The vast and eclectic genre known as classical music is well-represented here, and it’s a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

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Fantastic quality!

As both of History nerd and a dance nerd, I loved learning more about Tchaikovsky from this podcast!

I was incredibly impressed with the sound quality, the sound effects, be the overall experience!

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