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The Composer Chronicles

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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


*BONUS* - Ep. 21: Case Closed - The Mad Life of Carlo Gesualdo

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. This episode contains depictions of the gruesome murders of Don Fabrizio Carafa, Duke of Andria and Donna Maria d'Avalos. These murders were committed by Don Carlo Gesualdo, who was above the law and got away with the murders. 

Il Perdono di Gesualdo: 

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Theme music is by Daryl Banner: 

Music used in this episode:
End Station by Bonn Fields
A Bad Place to Be by Bonn Fields
Story Is She Left Without a Trace by Trevor Kowalski
Lost in Reminisence by Christian Andersen
Tearing Threads by Jon Bjork
Artic Lake by Lars Meyer
The Demon Inside by Spectacles Wallet and Watch
A Fighting Chance by Trevor Kowalski 

Sources used for this episode:
"Prince of Darkness: The murders and madrigals of Don Carlo Gesualdo" by Alex Ross in The New Yorker:
Gesualdo: The Man and his Music by Glen Watkins with a preface by Igor Stravinsky:

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