Instrumental

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]