Stephen J. Trygar delves into the stories of classical music composers and their works. Each episode focuses on a particular work by the featured composer and examines their life during the time the piece was written and performed. Through these tales, you’re invited to explore each composers’ legacy and their impact in keeping the world entertained.

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Ep. 3: Dream Come True – Debussy and Pelléas et Mélisande

Debussy dreamed about composing a theatrical work that was as mysterious and reserved as the life he contrived for himself. When a play by Maurice Maeterlinck came along, titled Pelléas et Mélisande, his dream would become a reality.

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Music for this episode: The Five Times I Loved You by Cora Zea: A Walk in the Clouds by Howard Harper-Barnes: Evening Imagery by Trevor Kowalski: Changing Outlook by Trevor Kowalski: Fool Me Once by Spectacles Wallet and Watch: Frontiers Are Where You Find Them by Trevor Kowalski: Firefly Trail by Trevor Kowalski:

Sources: The Indispensable Composers by Anthony Tommasini:
A History of Opera by Carolyn Abbate and Roger Parker:
Debussy by Eric Frederick Jensen:

Ep. 2: Rising to Prominence – Stravinsky and The Firebird

Igor Stravinsky’s commission to write The Firebird would be the break that the young composer had been looking for. After the ballet’s premiere, he became an immediate celebrity, and it not only secured his place as a composer for the Ballets Russes, but as a respected and beloved international figure.

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Music for this episode:
Pipe Dreams by Brightarm Orchestra –
Prelude by Trevor Kowalski –
My Flaws and All by Howard Harper-Barnes –
Changing Outlook by Trevor Kowalski –
Royal Estate by Isaac Gregor –
Careful Mind by Martin Klem –
When I Realized by John Barzetti –
Firefly Trail by Trevor Kowalski –

An Autobiography by Igor Stravinsky –
Stravinsky’s Ballets by Charles M. Joseph –
The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century by Alex Ross –
Foundation Igor Stravinsky –

Ep. 1: A Miserable Marriage – Tchaikovsky and Eugene Onegin

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s early relationship with his wife, Antonina Milyukova, and the first stages of creating Eugene Onegin share a spot in the composers life. The two events influenced each other, and it would leave Tchaikovsky wondering where he had gone wrong.

Music for this episode are by Trevor Kowalski and Franz Gordon.
Late Nights in Harmony, Changing Outlook, Nocturne, The Garden’s Light, Hidden Towns, and A Heart Made of Yarn

Letters to His Family: An Autobiography by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, translated by Galina von Meck and Percy M. Young
Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin
Eugene Onegin (opera)
Antonina Tchaikovskaya

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