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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

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Ep. 12: A Philadelphian Fiasco - Barber and His Violin Concerto

Samuel Barber's first major commission was an absolute success, but the journey to that success was more than rocky... it was a fiasco! 

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Music for this episode:
String Quartet No. 3 in A Major, Op. 41: Adagio, Part 3 by Robert Schumann
String Quartet No. 12 in F Major, Op. 96, B 179 ("American"), IV: Vivace Ma Non Troppo by Antonín Dvořák
Soft Discoveries by Gabriel Lewis
Last Point of Safe Return by Fabien Tell 

Sources for this episode:
Samuel Barber: The Composer and His Music by Barbara B. Heyman

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