Fairy Tales

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 […]

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 […]

The Land Without Stories

The Land Without Stories

I’m delighted to announce that my short story “The Land Without Stories” has been published in a brand-new anthology entitled New Fairy Tales: Essays and Stories.  Edited by my brother John, who has a freshly-minted PhD in literature from St Andrews, and his colleague Defne Çizakça, the book is a collection of literary criticism and literary specimens […]

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 […]

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, […]

Some Good Advice

Some Good Advice

From Terry Pratchett’s The Wee Free Men: Miss Tick sniffed. “You could say this advice is priceless,” she said. “Are you listening?” “Yes,” said Tiffany. “Good. Now…if you trust in yourself…” “Yes?” “…and believe in your dreams…” “Yes?” “…and follow your star…” Miss Tick went on. “Yes?” “…you’ll still get beaten by people who spent […]

New Story: "The White Bird"

New Story: “The White Bird”

Those of you who are interested in fairy tales (hello, Mr. Pond) might have already heard of an online magazine called Enchanted Conversation. They publish original takes on classic fairy tales, which is a largely unique niche with a very dedicated audience. Enchanted Conversation just published their latest issue, and I'm delighted to announce that it includes a […]