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Half-Spent Was The Night: Christmas Piano Improvisations

Half-Spent Was The Night: Christmas Piano Improvisations

Half-Spent Was the Night: Christmas Piano Improvisations by Eric Pazdziora Here is a brand-new album of Christmas piano improvisations, Half-Spent Was The Night, which I recorded this week. It started as a small side project and quickly became something that I thought other people might enjoy as well. I improvised solo piano arrangements of fifteen traditional […]

Ekaterinoslav Premiere

Ekaterinoslav Premiere

I’m excited to announce the world premiere of my M.M. thesis composition Ekaterinoslav: One Family’s Passage to America. Based on the book by award-winning poet Jane Yolen, the music drama tells the story of Yolen’s rediscovery of her father’s immigrant history from a small Jewish village in Ukraine to Ellis Island in 1914. Her father chose to […]

Three Scottish Gaelic Songs (Mezzo-Soprano + Cello)

Three Scottish Gaelic Songs (Mezzo-Soprano + Cello)

Program notes: THREE SCOTTISH GAELIC SONGS was commissioned by Ainsley Patterson and Charlie Rasmussen for the event “Unprepared Music” in 2012, and had its concert premiere at the UNC-Greensboro New Music Festival (2013) with Ainsley Patterson and Roman Placzek. The cycle is composed for mezzo-soprano and cello, setting Scottish Gaelic folk texts to new melodies. “Gheibh […]

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. […]

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 […]

How Does Jesus Love You?

How Does Jesus Love You?

In May 2010, Hillary McFarland invited me to write a guest post for her lovely website Quivering Daughters, which offered healing for victims of Spiritual Abuse within the so-called “Biblical Patriarchy” movement. Not knowing at the time that this would turn into an unlikely recurring ministry for me over the next two years, I decided to get a […]

The Truth about "Effeminate Worship"

The Truth about “Effeminate Worship”

Several popular (though controversial) preachers have taken up a refrain of social commentary I’ve heard a few too many times. They denounce what they see as a trend of “Effeminate Worship.” (Here’s a typical message. Here’s another and another.) Apparently, modern churches have become “feminized,” unlike the old days when men were men. This means […]

Antiphon, Lament, and Exaltation

Antiphon, Lament, and Exaltation

This is the premiere performance of a new composition I finished last month, entitled “Antiphon, Lament, and Exaltation.” It was commissioned by the Sycamore Trio (my friends Dan Mattix, Katie Mattix, and Luke Lusk) with an excellent though underused instrumentation of violin, clarinet, and piano. The piece is in three movements, which the performers requested […]