Compositions

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 […]

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, […]

Glass-Colored Roses: Nine Watercolor Sketches for Piano

Glass-Colored Roses: Nine Watercolor Sketches for Piano

Here’s another piece from my senior composition recital in 2005. Glass-Colored Roses is a series of miniatures for piano, played here with great sensitivity by my friend Jonathan Kotulski. From my program notes: Glass-Colored Roses has been described as “exquisitely beautiful,” “silly,” “clever,” and “odd, but nice,” and that’s just for the title.  It also seems […]

Wandering Songs: Four Irish Poems by Padraic Colum

Wandering Songs: Four Irish Poems by Padraic Colum

Wandering Songs: Four Irish Poems by Padraic Colum Music by Eric M. Pazdziora Texts by Padraic Colum (edited by EMP) 1. The Wonder of All Wandering 2. Morag’s Song (Red Rowan Berry) 3. When Sleep Would Settle on Me 4. The Edge of Day Katherine Roy, violin Steven Danan, violoncello Heather Cummins, soprano Amy Lemon, […]

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 […]

"Mick McGuire" Performed by Gents in Remarkable Hats

“Mick McGuire” Performed by Gents in Remarkable Hats

In 2010, Alliance Music Publications published my arrangement (for TTBB choir + piano) of the Irish folk song “Mick McGuire.” It’s a comical number about a hapless bloke who woos a girl but, astonishingly enough, doesn’t get on quite as well with her mother. Since then, it seems to have achieved a wee bit of […]

Choral: Away in a Manger

Choral: Away in a Manger

This is a choral arrangement I did for our church a while back. We performed it again this year in our Christmas program, and Jenna recorded this video. Like most live recordings it has a bit of background noise, but I suppose of all the pieces I’ve written, this one goes best with various interjections from […]

"Angels We Have Heard On High" now in print!

“Angels We Have Heard On High” now in print!

Is it too early to think about Christmas? Of course it isn’t. Because I just got a present that I think some of you might want to use for Christmas too: My choral arrangement of “Angels We Have Heard On High” is now in print and available from GIA Publications! Just got the package of […]