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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. 33: Treasure in the Wreckage - Smyth and The Wreckers

How far are you willing to go to get you want? Dame Ethel Smyth was determined to get her opera The Wreckers produced the way that she wanted. Although the opera was written in French, she had no luck with being able to premiere the opera on French stages, relying on her contacts in Leipzig to get the opera produce in a German translation, but future productions of the opera would only get more and more difficult to produce.

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Theme music is by Daryl Banner: https://darylbanner.bandcamp.com/

Music used in this episode:
Occurrence by Martin Gauffin
Absent Clouds by Stefan Belrose
Clouds Brush the Prairie by Trevor Kowalski
Divinity by Christoffer Moe Ditlevsen
Peut-être by Franz Gordon
Liberate by Peter Sandberg

Sources use for this episode:
Streaks of Life by Ethel Smyth
"Dame Ethel Smyth" by Sophie Fuller, American Symphony Orchestra - https://americansymphony.org/concert-notes/the-wreckers-1904/
The New Penguin Opera Guide by Amanda Holden

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