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Composers Datebook™ is a daily two-minute program designed to inform, engage, and entertain listeners with timely information about composers of the past and present. Each program notes significant or intriguing musical events involving composers of the past and present, with appropriate and accessible music related to each.
 
This classical music podcast explores the history and lives of some of western classical music's most famous composers and musicians. Classical music is filled with very colorful personalities and riddled with drama of all kinds, from political intrigue to failed romances and everything in between. Through the course of the show, we will discuss composers and musicians from the distant past all the way to the present, beginning with the greatest, JS Bach. -Please rate, review, and subscribe ...
 
Welcome to The Screen Composer’s Studio, a podcast about the musical storytellers behind some of your favorite films, series, video games, and more. In each episode we'll be taking you behind the screen and talking to the musical magicians who bring these stories to life. These hidden giants may not often bask in the limelight, but you've definitely felt the power of their work. Join us to find out how composers shape emotional journeys, give color and shade to beloved characters and worlds, ...
 
This show is for the Trailer Music Composer both amateur and professional. I cover a range of topics from mindset to productivity, to creativity and production.From time to time there will be special guests giving their experience of working in the Trailer Music industry and even some aspiring composers sharing their stories from The Trailer Music School.
 
The Great Composers dives deep into the lives behind some of the greatest music ever written. Host Karla Walker and conductor Scott O'Neil look at the world through the eyes of these gifted artists. Learn about obstacles they overcame, and their loves, losses, successes and failures. You'll feel you know Mozart, Rachmaninov and others as friends.
 
Join hosts Anna Linvill, and Tarik Ghiradella for conversations with contemporary composers about music, life, and what’s happening in the genre defying world of classical music today. The Composer’s Studio is a place where living art is made, a place without boundaries where inspiration can come from anywhere from birdsong to heavy metal, Vivaldi to the hum of a vacuum cleaner. Classical composers today are no longer confined to the concert stage or the cathedral but contribute to film scor ...
 
Luka Prinčč je glasbenik, oblikovalec zvoka in medijski umetnik.Deluje na področu zvoka in intermedijev kot skladatelj, performer inprogramer. Osredotoč se na izvedbo in kreacijo zvoka/hrupa/glasbe,avdio-vizualne in elektroakustiče nastope ali intermedijskeposege v fiziči in mentalno-emocionalni prostor. Prepletenapodroča delovanja vključjejo Pure Data delavnice, programiranjeinteraktivnih instalacij, generativni video in montaž,a/v sodelovanja, prosto izdajanje glasbe na spletnih založah,'s ...
 
Random Logic alias Gregor Zemljic & Miha Klemencic are the longest established artists of the Slovene electronic music scene. They have also written music for major and alternative theatre, ballet and experimental art performances (they are collaborating extensively with the artist Marko Peljhan on his multimedia projects) and also for films. In the year 2000 they were awarded the Studio City Boomerang Award (alternative Slovenian music awards) for the best live techno act in Slovenia and re ...
 
Borut Krzisnik is a Slovenian composer of contemporary music, based in Ljubljana. He was born in Zagreb in 1961. Born into a family of diplomats, he moved frequently during his childhood, both within former Yugoslavia and abroad, before finally settling in Ljubljana. Living among different nationalities and experiencing different mentalities helped form his understanding of diversity, something which certainly contributed to his broad approach to music. He played piano as a child, eventually ...
 
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Synopsis Today we celebrate the birthday of Leonardo Balada, an American composer born in Barcelona on today’s date in 1933. After studying at the Barcelona Conservatory, the 20-something composer came to New York on a musical scholarship. Balada recalls his arrival as both a cultural and climatic shock: “When I landed in New York – on a freezing d…
 
Donald Quan sees his whole life, including his career and businesses, as an improvisation. As a composer, he is known for his work on shows such as Relic Hunter, Mutant X, and APTN’s Moccasin Flats. As a musician and recording artist, he has toured with Loreena McKennitt and Lighthouse, and recorded his own music at Peter Gabriel’s iconic Real Worl…
 
In this months group call, we got some great questions. We'll learn a bit about how to set up your templates for easier stemming. A little bit about customs and different approaches as well as how to beef up your third acts! We then listen to some amazing tracks from our super talented students, and Rich gives feedback. Hope you enjoy, Cheers!…
 
In episode 32 I discuss my latest approach to composing and overcoming writer's block. Topics also include some recent horror movies I've seen and how Grateful Dead music belongs on the classical guitar. The show caps off with 2 great pieces by Jared S. Coffin.
 
Synopsis “Are people still writing concertos for harpsichord?” you ask. Well, today, we have an answer, which is “Yes!” On today’s date in 2002, this new Concerto for Harpsichord and Chamber Orchestra by Philip Glass had its premiere performance at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. Glass was asked to write a new Harpsichord Concerto for the Northwest Chamb…
 
Synopsis When we think of Russian music in Paris, the name Sergei Diaghilev comes first to mind. In the early years of the 20th century, that famous Russian impresario saw to it that not only the new music of Stravinsky was performed in the French capital, but also a historical panorama of earlier Russian works, including Mussorgsky’s opera, “Boris…
 
Synopsis During his later years, the German composer Johannes Brahms was a frequent visitor to the town of Meiningen, where the Grand Duke had a fine orchestra that gave stellar performances of Brahms’ music. Early in 1891, Brahms heard one member of that orchestra, the clarinetist Richard Mülhfeld, perform chamber works by Mozart and Weber. Brahms…
 
Synopsis The American composer Virgil Thomson was fond of writing what he called “portraits” –musical sketches of people he knew. When asked how he did this, Thomson replied: “I just look at you and I write down what I hear.” One of these works – a portrait in disguise – premiered on today’s date in 1954 at the Venice Festival in Italy. Identified …
 
Synopsis In 1871, one year after the premiere in Munich of Richard Wagner’s opera “Die Walküre,” a German-born American conductor named Theodore Thomas wrote Wagner asking if he might perform excerpts of this new work in the United States. Wagner turned him down, worried that loose American copyright laws might not protect his new music. Undeterred…
 
Synopsis There’s a book entitled “Great Operatic Disasters” which chronicles the sometime humorous – and sometimes harrowing – mishaps that have befallen opera singers and productions over the last few centuries. According to that book, September 16th seems to have been a particularly unlucky day. Consider that on today’s date in 1782, the Italian …
 
Synopsis On today’s date in 1946, at the Yaddo Music Festival in Saratoga Springs, New York, the Walden Quartet gave the first professional performance of the String Quartet No. 2 by the American composer Charles Ives. Ives’ String Quartet No. 1 was his first major work – its manuscript is dated 1896, back when Ives was a 21-year old student at Yal…
 
Synopsis Today’s date marks the birthday in 1885 of María Joaquina de la Portilla Torres, in the Mexican state of Guanajuato. Under her married name of Maria Grever, she became the first female Mexican composer to achieve international fame. She composed her first song at age four, studied in France with Claude Debussy among others, and at 18, one …
 
Synopsis The Grove Dictionary of Music defines the word “aleatory” as follows: “music whose composition and/or performance is, to a greater or lesser extent, undetermined by the composer.” But isn’t music supposed to be organized, planned, determined sound? Isn’t “aleatoric music” a contradiction in terms? Well, not necessarily. Musicians throughou…
 
Synopsis In the year 1840, the immensely talented German pianist Clara Wieck was eagerly awaiting the eve of her 21st birthday, when she would be free to legally marry the 30-year-old composer and music critic Robert Schumann. The couple had hoped to wed years earlier, but the match was bitterly opposed by Clara’s father. Clara and Robert kept in t…
 
Synopsis On today’s date in 1733, the French composer François Couperin, known as “François Couperin the Great,” died in Paris. The building where Couperin lived for the last decade of his life still stands in Paris, and like the building, the high esteem afforded this Baroque composer has stood the test of time. François Couperin is known as “The …
 
Synopsis The average music lover, if asked to name some notable Baroque composers, will probably answer Bach, Handel, Telemann, or Vivaldi. But decades before most of those composers flourished, a number of bold pioneers of the early Baroque period were busily developing new musical forms and techniques. Like most composers born before 1700, detail…
 
Synopsis In September of 1825, an Englishman by the name of Sir George Smart came to Vienna, hoping to meet Beethoven. Smart had conducted the British premiere of Beethoven’s Ninth, and wanted, as he put it in his journal, “to ascertain from Beethoven himself the exact tempos of the movements of his sinfonia.” By luck, Smart arrived in time to atte…
 
Synopsis The year 2000 marked both the arrival of a new millennium and the 250th anniversary of the death of the great German Baroque composer Johann Sebastian Bach. The International Bach Academy in Stuttgart decided to mark the occasion by commissioning four very different composers to write four new passion settings, one each after the Gospel ac…
 
Every time I chat with Peter Chapman (AKA Coins), I hear another amazing story, well told. The pivotal moments in his life also connect in a narrative full of serendipitous events that have opened windows to let his talent shine through. This multiple-Canadian Screen Award nominee started his diverse career producing hip-hop and electronic music, a…
 
Synopsis In Pittsburgh on today’s date in 1996, the Latin-American Quartet of Mexico gave the premiere of the Third String Quartet of American composer David Stock. Stock was probably best known for his orchestral music served as composer-in-residence with both the Pittsburgh and Seattle Symphonies, writing large-scale works for those ensembles, bu…
 
Synopsis Today we note the birthday anniversary of the American composer and teacher Wayne Barlow, who was born in Elyria, Ohio, on today’s date in 1912, and died in Rochester, New York, in 1996. As a composer, Barlow is mostly remembered for a single work: a rhapsody for oboe and strings entitled “The Winter’s Past,” first performed at the Eastman…
 
Synopsis On today’s date in 1980, “Satyagraha,” an opera by the American composer Philip Glass had its premiere in Rotterdam by the Netherlands Opera. Four years earlier, Glass’s first opera, “Einstein on the Beach,” had scored a big hit not only in Avignon, France, where it had premiered, but also at a special, non-subscription performance at New …
 
Synopsis At New York City’s Town Hall on today’s date in 1968, the New England Festival Quartet premiered a new chamber work by the American composer George Walker. Walker’s String Quartet No. 2 was sandwiched on the program between the String Quartet, Op 95, by Beethoven, and Robert Schumann’s Piano Quintet, Op. 44, with George Walker performing t…
 
Synopsis On today’s date in 1806, Ludwig van Beethoven wrote to his publishers Breitkopf and Härtel: “you may have at once three new string quartets.” These were three new works Beethoven had written on commission from the wealthy Russian ambassador to Vienna, Count Andrey Kirillovich Razumovsky. Beethoven was stretching the truth a bit when he tol…
 
Synopsis Imagine a crisp, blue Northern sky, a Canadian Mountie in a bright red tunic, and – what else? – an elaborately coiffed operatic soprano singing in the middle of the woods. Yes, it was on today’s date in 1924, at the Imperial Theater in New York that “The Indian Love Call” was first heard in “Rose-Marie,” a musical written by American comp…
 
Synopsis In the 19th century European composers began celebrating their own national diversity, tapping into their native folk music for inspiration and musical themes. This trend continues in our own time with composers from the Pacific Rim and Middle East. Take this music, written for the modern flute and cello, two traditional European instrumen…
 
Synopsis On today’s date in 1853, the Viennese Theatrical News wrote: “At the big ball at Unger’s Casino, Josef Strauss performed his new waltz, entitled ‘The First and the Last,’ which had to be encored no less than six times.” That occasion marked the debut of Josef Strauss as composer and occurred just a few weeks after the debut of Josef Straus…
 
Synopsis Today we celebrate the birthday of the American composer David Schiff, who was born in New York City on today’s date in 1945. Schiff’s best-known work, a 1979 opera entitled “Gimpel the Fool,” is based on a story by the beloved Yiddish writer Isaac Bashevis Singer that tells the tale of a Jewish baker in Eastern Europe who takes everything…
 
Synopsis On today’s date in 1981, at a house concert in St. Paul, Minnesota, a chamber work by the American composer Stephen Paulus entitled “Courtship Songs” received its first performance. It was commissioned to celebrate the 15th wedding anniversary of Jack and Linda Hoeschler and scored for the instruments the couple and their two children play…
 
Synopsis In Weimar, Germany, on today’s date in 1850, the Hungarian composer Franz Liszt conducted the first performance of “Lohengrin,” a new opera by the German composer Richard Wagner. Liszt was determined to make Weimar famous, musically-speaking, despite the rather provincial nature of the forces he had at his disposal. Liszt had to go out and…
 
Synopsis Today marks the birthday anniversary of a remarkable British composer who spent a good deal of her life in the United States. Her name was Rebecca Clarke, born in Harrow, England, on today’s date in 1886 to an American father and German mother. Rebecca studied at the Royal Conservatory in London, where she became the first female compositi…
 
Synopsis The life of British composer James Bernard reads like a PBS mini-series: as a schoolboy, he meets Benjamin Britten, who encourages his interest in music; during WWII he joins the R.A.F., works with the team breaking the German Enigma code, and takes occasional breaks from this top-secret work to turn pages for Britten at London recitals du…
 
Synopsis Many operatic works have been described as “revolutionary,” but on today’s date in 1830, a performance of an opera helped to spark a real, take-to-the-streets kind of revolution. The opera in question was by the French composer Daniel Auber, and entitled La Muette di Portici, or “The Mute Girl of Portici.” The opera’s story concerns a 17th…
 
Steph Copeland cut her teeth in the Windsor/Detroit underground electronic and hip-hop scene, but her scoring career quickly developed alongside her successes as a songwriter and performer. With her dark, electronic sensibilities and production chops, she soon became known for her gritty work on indie genre films like Antisocial 1 and 2, Bite, I’ll…
 
We are back with another group call with the students. Rich answers some great questions and then gives feedback on some tracks. Each month the students are given a brief similar to what you would get in the industry to practice for the real thing, as well as learning to implement the feedback you get. Cheers!…
 
Synopsis Looking back on a famous person’s life and career, one often notes quirky patterns of coincidences. Take the American composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, for example. On today’s date in 1943, Bernstein was one day short of his 25th birthday, and, at the Public Library in Lenox, Massachusetts, accompanied the singer Jennie Tourel in t…
 
In this episode Richard talks about imposter syndrome. We've all felt this way at some point, like you aren't good enough, like you don't really know what you are doing and don't deserve the success you get. Like you "lucked out" Rich wants to share some methods to get past these kinds of negative feelings and make you realize they aren't true. It'…
 
It is December 1871 and Johannes Brahms has finally established permanent residence in the music loving city of Vienna. Still, his thoughts remain in Hamburg for a time as his family slowly start to drift away from him... He himself then drifted for a time, compositionally at least. He would begin his new position as Artistic Director of the Gesell…
 
Andrew Lockington is known for the epic scale of the blockbuster films he’s worked on, as well as the incredible lengths he goes to to capture his sounds - things like venturing into the deepest jungle or risking injury and death to dismantle a piano. But make no mistake - these sonic explorations are matched by his beautiful and evocative orchestr…
 
In this episode the guys talk about the stresses of doing custom work. You don't always know if you've won it until you see the released trailer and they share some advice on how to deal with rejection. The important thing is to keep going and not take things personally! Trailer mentioned: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tB9WUIv9KH8&ab_channel=Focu…
 
[Episode contains some colorful language] Classically trained as a vocalist, Red got her start in cabaret and musical theater before she was bitten by the film scoring bug - a craft she says “combines all of the things”. She and her musical partner Maya Saxell won a Leo award for their work on Charlotte’s Song, a first in the category for female co…
 
[Episode contains some strong language] Trevor Morris is without a doubt one of Canada’s most successful exports in the screen composing world. After cutting his teeth writing jingles in Toronto, he made the jump to Los Angeles, where a chance meeting landed him a gig with his hero James Newton Howard. This led him to Media Ventures, where he put i…
 
Today we have an interview with the amazing composer and Protegé student Sean Latino. We talk about Seans journey from DJ to the vaping business to trailer music where he just landed his first placement! Watch it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUaXtfAFva8 Of course we gotta talk plugins, here's the ones mentioned: Heaviocity Damage Valhalla R…
 
We’re back, and kicking it off on July 14th with two-time Emmy winning composer, Trevor Morris. Trevor is best known for his work on The Tudors, The Borgias, and Vikings, as well as massive studio films like Immortals, and London Has Fallen. In a wide ranging and candid conversation, he talks about getting his start in Toronto, the tough move to LA…
 
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