Compositions

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 Juniper Tree

The Juniper Tree

The Juniper Tree (for solo multiple percussion) Composed by Eric Pazdziora From the story by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Performed by Nomi Marcus Program Notes: “The Juniper Tree” (Von dem Machandelboom) is a German folktale, most memorably retold by the Brothers Grimm. The story weaves its enchantment from a strange blend of Christian and pre-Christian […]

Veni, Sancte Spiritus (ATTB + Violin)

Veni, Sancte Spiritus (ATTB + Violin)

  “Veni, Sancte Spiritus” (ATTB + Violin) Premiered 27 July, 2013 by the Choeur D’Eama, Paris Mark Shapiro, conductor Sarah Abbott, violin ——————– Text and translation: Veni, Sancte Spiritus Veni, Sancte Spiritus, et emitte coelitus, lucis tuae radium. Veni, pater paupernum, veni, dator munerum, veni, lumen cordium. Consolator optime, dulcis hospes animae, dulce refrigerium. In […]

O Could I Speak the Matchless Worth

O Could I Speak the Matchless Worth

“O Could I Speak the Matchless Worth” SATB + Organ Text by Samuel Medley, 1789. Music by Eric Pazdziora, 2005 Brent Stutzman, Organ Michelle Lynch, Conductor Text: O could I speak the matchless worth, O could I sound the glories forth Which in my Savior shine, I’d soar, and touch the heav’nly strings, and vie […]

The Boy Who Dreamed of Flying (String Quartet)

The Boy Who Dreamed of Flying (String Quartet)

“The Boy Who Dreamed of Flying” for string quartet, composed by Eric M. Pazdziora. Premiered May 2013 at UNC-Greensboro. Copyright 2013. Program Notes: Little Nemo was nicely snoozing when a feeling of floating in the air came over him. He felt the bed ascending ceilingward, and while it astonished him, it also interested him considerably. […]

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 […]

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 […]