The Galatian Road out of Legalism

The Galatian Road out of Legalism

(Originally published in 2010 as a guest post on “The Cult Next Door.“) Legalism. It’s one of those nasty words that everybody points to as an example of religion gone wrong. Everybody knows that you shouldn’t be a legalist. Everybody knows that legalism is unbiblical. Everybody would be affronted if you called them a legalist. […]

String Quartet: Three Breton Dances

String Quartet: Three Breton Dances

Three Breton Dances for String Quartet 1.  Dérobée / Ridée 6 Temps 2.  Dañs Tro Plin 3.  An Dro Performed by Katharine Roy, Katie Brestel, Melissa Doussard, and Steven Danan. Program notes: Three Breton Dances is a suite based on folk tunes from Brittany, an isolated Celtic culture on the northwestern coast of France. The […]

Tacky Nativity Scenes: Sock Monkey Edition

Tacky Nativity Scenes: Sock Monkey Edition

Communication from Alien Vessel: “People of Earth, inform us of the true meaning of this custom you call ‘Christmas.’” Message Received from Earth: “Well, [static] Jesus was born in a manger, and [lots of static] so we stuff their stockings [static] give them toy animals [static] like monkeys, [static] in nativity scenes [static] from Santa […]

Away in a Manger (String Orchestra)

Away in a Manger (String Orchestra)

This year, as part of my composition studies at UNC-Greensboro, I had a class in orchestration and was tasked with arranging a piece for strings. I chose my SATB acapella setting of “Away in a Manger”. The piece got a reading from the excellent Gate City Camerata, and I was quite pleased with how the […]

A Very Music Theory Christmas

A Very Music Theory Christmas

If you’re looking for the perfect Christmas gift for the person who has everything…. … and, if you’re looking for something to play on it, how about a brand new CD from Thornfield, or a slightly older CD from me? (Note: May not actually be playable on a Philco Port-O-Sound Cart. Check with your local […]

Is Christmas Biblical? A Few More Comments

Is Christmas Biblical? A Few More Comments

It’s now officially the time of year — i.e., Christmas —  when people find my website by searching for such unlikely things as “Is Christmas Pagan?” and “The True Meaning of Christmas Trees” and “Tacky Nativity Scenes” and, of course, “Angels We Have Heard on High” (SATB acapella). Ah, the joys of being an unsystematic theology […]

Doctor Milliner's Marvellous Musical Flying Machine (Premiere)

Doctor Milliner’s Marvellous Musical Flying Machine (Premiere)

Doctor Milliner’s Marvellous Musical Flying Machine being a Contraption of Rhymes and Games for a Jollification of Sad Musicians For Soprano + Chamber Ensemble (Piano, Violin, Alto Saxophone, Double Bass, Percussion, Party Noisemakers) 1. Doctor Milliner 2. Danny-o 3. Poor Robin 4. Boneman 5. Sally Maiden 6. Cromarty Cross 7. Pan Pan Music by Eric […]

Gloria Patri

Gloria Patri

Gloria Patri SATB + Organ Music: Eric M. Pazdziora Text: Traditional, adapted EMP Organ: Brent Stutzman Conductor: Michelle Lynch —————– “Gloria Patri” is a choral setting (SATB + Organ) of a familiar Christian liturgical text, which has the distinction of being in continuous documented use since at least the second century. My setting places the […]

Three Reflections: Poems by Peter McIntyre (Song Cycle)

Three Reflections: Poems by Peter McIntyre (Song Cycle)

Three Reflections: Poems by Peter McIntyre Music by Eric M. Pazdziora Texts by Peter McIntyre 1. Missing the Point 2. A Buried Savior 3. At the Re-Creation  Peter McIntyre, baritone Alan Tripp, piano —————– Here’s another of my song cycles. This one has the advantage of working with a poet who’s not only still alive, […]