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The Composer Chronicles

73 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. 4: Love and Murder - Berlioz, Symphonie fantastique, and Lélio

Hector Berlioz's unhealthy infatuation with Irish actress Harriet Smithson and failed engagement with Marie Moke sent the composer into a state of mind that nearly killed him several times... and his life wasn't the only one on the line.

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Music for this episode:
Mystery Palace by Spectacles Wallet and Watch:
My Angel by Spectacles Wallet and Watch:
Blessing by Spectacles Wallet and Watch:
Drifting Emotions by Howard Harper-Barnes:
Changing Outlook by Trevor Kowalski:
Falling Clouds by Trevor Kowalski:
Stratus by Trevor Kowalski:
Heartstrings by Madison York:
Firefly Trail by Trevor Kowalski:

Sources for this episode:
The Story of Hector Berlioz by Nathan H. Dole:
The Cambridge Companion to Berlioz (Cambridge Companions to Music) by Peter Bloom (editor):
Fair Ophelia: The Life of Harriet Smithson Berlioz by Peter Raby:

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