Biography

Stephen J. Trygar is a budding musicological writer residing in the Philadelphia area. He is the host of the blog Musings of a Music Historian, a blog dedicated to bringing music history to a wider audience. He is also the chief writer of the Academy of Vocal Arts’ AVA Opera Blog as part of his permanent position of Administrative Associate there.

Mr. Trygar holds a M.M. in Music History from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His Master’s thesis is titled Music of the Body, Theater of the Mind: The Influence of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes on the Modern, American Symphony Orchestra. He also holds a B.M. in Music Performance in Trumpet from Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

As a musicologist, Mr. Trygar is currently a translator for Tchaikovsky Research, translating letters written by Tchaikovsky from the original Russian into English. He is a former intern at the Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music in the Free Library of Philadelphia; he assisted in creating digital copies of the collections immense repertoire. His research includes: From Fairytales to Hollywood: A Comparative Analysis of Dance and Tonality in Nureyev’s Cinderella; Myths, Dreams, and Eroticism: Interpreting Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé as an Erotic Dream; A Moment Illuminating Eternity: An Analysis of Alexander Scriabin’s Piano Concerto in F-sharp Minor; If We Shadows Have Offended: A Performance Analysis of the Pears, Britten, and Holst Edition of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, and other papers.

Stephen is presently completing his first book titled The Ballets of Tchaikovsky: A Performance Guide. The book offers detailed information about each of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s ballets and how to prepare and enhance your experience when attending a performance of each. The book is anticipated to be released by the end of the summer in 2019.

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