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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


Ep. 36: The Figure & The Frame - Mussorgsky and Pictures at an Exhibition with Notes & Strokes

The day architect and artist Viktor Hartmann died was a sad one. It was especially hard for composer Modest Mussorgsky, who's opera Boris Godunov was one of Hartmann's favorite works. After an exhibition of Hartmann's art, Mussorgsky was moved to write a piano suite based on his experience there, Pictures at an Exhibition. This episode features Izaac and KC from the podcast Notes & Strokes. Together, we explore this piano masterpiece and the art that one may have seen at the exhibition.

Pictures at an Exhibition was recorded by Chiara Bertoglio.

The art:
Costume sketch of canary chicks for the ballet Trilby: Hartmann_Chicks_sketch_for_Trilby_ballet.jpg (691×831) (
The Rich Jew: The_Rich_Jew.jpg (400×500) (
The Poor Jew: The_Poor_Jew.jpg (250×340) (
Paris Catacombs: Hartmann_Paris_Catacombs.jpg (828×620) (
The hut of Baba-Yaga on hen's legs. Clock in the Russian style: Izbushka2.jpg (1866×2556) (
Plan for the City Gate of Kiev: Hartmann_--_Plan_for_a_City_Gate.jpg (641×868) (

Where to find Notes & Strokes:
Apple Podcasts: ‎Notes & Strokes on Apple Podcasts
Spotify: Notes & Strokes | Podcast on Spotify
PodBean: Notes & Strokes (
Instagram: An Art and Music Podcast (@notes_and_strokes) • Instagram photos and videos

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