Music

A Child of the Snows (Two Voices + Percussion)

A Child of the Snows (Two Voices + Percussion)

A Child of the Snows Music by Eric Pazdziora, 2016 Text by G. K. Chesterton, from Poems, 1916. Premiered September 9, 2016 at the University of Maryland, College Park, NextNOW Fest / TEMPO New Music Vivian Wang, soprano Sarah Best, mezzo-soprano Jonathan Clancy, percussion   Program Notes “A Child of the Snows” was written by […]

Improbable Creatures from Physiologus: A Musical Bestiary

Improbable Creatures from Physiologus: A Musical Bestiary

Improbable Creatures from Physiologus: A Musical Bestiary for Piano Solo (Duration: 13:34) Commissioned by Yao Lin (who thought she was joking) Premiered December 1, 2015 by Yao Lin, New Music Maryland Program Notes Of the many ancient Bestiaries—that is, books concerning the natures of beasts—the first and greatest is by PHYSIOLOGUS. The creatures he and his […]

Four Songs from “Wild Earth” (Soprano)

Four Songs from “Wild Earth” Premiered September 25, 2015 Dr. Wendy Moy, Soprano Patricia Harper, Alto Flute [Recording coming soon!] Program notes: Four Songs from ‘Wild Earth‘ was composed in a flurry for a 24-hour composition event at the University of North Carolina—Greensboro. I chose four texts by the Irish poet and playwright Padraic Colum (1888–1972), […]

Hymns and Lamentations

Hymns and Lamentations

Hymns and Lamentations by Eric Pazdziora Hymns and Lamentations, a new album featuring my compositions, piano, and vocals, is now available for listening and purchasing at mp3.ericpazdziora.com. You can listen to the album for free online, or name your own price to download digital tracks. Album notes: There are days of loss and sadness, fear and depression, […]

Rumplestiltskin

Rumplestiltskin

In 2014, I got a commission from the drama department of Christian Liberty Academy in Arlington Heights, IL to compose the songs for their theatrical adaptation of that grand old fairy tale Rumplestiltskin. With a bit of collaborating, the lyrics they had written led to some rollicking good melodies, brought to life by an enthusiastic cast of high school students. Here are a […]

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 […]

Canticles for the Holy Innocents (SATB)

Canticles for the Holy Innocents (SATB)

“Canticles for the Holy Innocents: Three Prayers for Mixed Choir” (SATB a cappella) Music by Eric M. Pazdziora I. Vox in Rama Percrebuit: St. Bede the Venerable,  “Hymnum Canentes Martyrum,” c. 7th century II. Salvete, Flores Martyrum: Prudentius, “Hymnus Epiphaniae” from Liber Cathemerinon, 4th century III. In Paradisum: Hymn from “Missa pro defunctis,” traditional In Memoriam Lydia Charity Schatz (2002-2010) World Premiere […]

Recital Gallery

Recital Gallery

For those who couldn’t come to the premiere of Ekaterinoslav at my Graduate Recital on April 16, here are some pictures from the event and behind the scenes! Click on any picture for a larger view. Thanks to everyone who encouraged me and helped make the performance into a resounding success!   Special thanks to […]

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 […]