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The Composer Chronicles

74 EpisodesProduced by Alexandrian MediaWebsite

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 pro… read more


Ep. 14: Musical Warfare - Shostakovich and His Symphony No. 7 ("Leningrad")

While it is speculated that Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich began writing his Symphony No. 7 ("Leningrad") in C Major, Op. 60 before the Nazi German armies began bombarding the city of Leningrad, there is no doubt that his accomplishments, and the accomplishments of the musicians of Leningrad, loosened the hinges of the Nazi army and helped them win the battle that day.

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Music for this episode:
Remarkable Convictions by Trevor Kowalski
Last Point of Safe Return by Fabien Tell
Salvation by Johannes Bornlöf
Frontiers Are Where You Find Them by Trevor Kowalski

Sources for this episode:
Testimony: The Memoirs of Dmitri Shostakovich, edited by Solomon Volkov:

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