This time of year, our ears are filled with the sounds of holiday music on repeat, but do we know where they came from? This Christmas Eve, enjoy the origins and histories of some of the world’s most famous Christmas songs and carols, including “Winter Wonderland,” “Jingle Bells,” “O Tannenbaum,” “Silent Night,” and “O Holy Night.”
Yury Tynyanov’s fictitious adaptation of a non-existent lieutenant who rises through the ranks of a true historical emperor of Russia was brilliantly adapted for film by the Soviet film director Aleksandr Faintsimmer. Today, this film, Lieutenant Kijé, has fallen to the wayside, but composer Sergei Prokofiev’s ingenious score for the film has certainly persisted and remains as one of the most popular concert suites performed in concerts today.
British composer and orchestrator Dani Howard shares her brilliant story of becoming a composer whilst describing what it’s like to be a composer of New Music who is trying to reshape the genre and make it more accessible to audiences all around the world. Featured Piece: CoalescenceProvided to the podcast by the composer. Recorded by […]
Convinced that his opera Vakula the Smith was going to prove that he wasn’t a flop, Tchaikovsky did everything he could to ensure that a production of his “precious child” would follow through and be a success, even if he had to make major changes and rename it to Cherevichki.
There’s something very unique about a Disney song. Why is it that all around the world, you could ask someone to just sing a song from any Disney movie? What makes a Disney score and soundtrack so unique from other production companies and studios? Composer Andrew Gavin and host Stephen Trygar attempt to answer these […]
Suffering physically and mentally from having contracted syphilis, Franz Schubert set out on a journey to write a piece that would not only be one of his greatest achievements, but would reveal to the world all the pain and suffering he endured for the last years of his life.
New York-based Israeli composer Michael Seltenreich tells his fascinating story while we discuss his music, compositional processes, and what it’s like to be a composer of new music.
Robert Schumann poured his life and soul into his piano suite Carnaval. Rather than letting the world see the man behind the mask, Schumann embedded several cryptic messages and secrets into the piece and hid the identities of the many characters that are depicted throughout the work.
Gamers, get ready for an adventure into the musical world of Final Fantasy X! The magic cast by composers Nobuo Uematsu, Masashi Hamauzu, and Junya Nakano certainly charmed Brian Edwards, the guest of today’s episode. Brian is a video editor and a motion graphics designer, and years of playing the game have given him tremendous insight into the influence of the music on Final Fantasy X’s gameplay.
Happy Halloween! Don Carlo Gesualdo, Prince of Venosa was a mysterious man who was haunted by the crimes committed in his youth. His position as prince held him above the law, and he abused his power, isolating himself from the world with only his music to comfort him.