Poetry

Two Edward Lear Songs (Baritone, Percussion, Horn)

Two Edward Lear Songs (Baritone, Percussion, Horn)

Two Edward Lear Songs (Baritone, Percussion, French Horn) “Two Edward Lear Songs” was written for the TEMPO 72-Hour Composition Challenge at the University of Maryland NEXT/NOW Fest. Composers were given random assignments of performers, then had 36 hours to write a piece before the performers spent the next 36 hours rehearsing. My performers William Kenlon, […]

Three Short Poems and an Oddity

Three Short Poems and an Oddity

Poems by Eric Pazdziora. Oddity found on poemhunter.com.   I. Lines Found Scrawled on the Wall of an Abandoned Abecedarium Abe, he see the effigy, Age-eyed, shaky elemental peak— You are rusty, you veer, Double your ex-wife’s sea. II. Trial Triol I shot a man in Reno; I shot the sheriff. I fought the law […]

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 […]

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 […]

National Poetry is the Cruelest Month

National Poetry is the Cruelest Month

First published in April, 2009. A few more jokes added since. As you may have heard, April is National Poetry Month, and as T. S. Eliot pointed out, it’s also the cruelest month. (Really? Well, April does have Tax Day, April Fool’s Day, chronic rainstorms… so, arguably yes, but on the other hand it’s not […]

Poetry: Harry Potter and the Evocative Epitaphs

Poetry: Harry Potter and the Evocative Epitaphs

Among the many All Hallows’ Eve festivities at The Hog’s Head (which you ought to visit if you haven’t) was a friendly competition to come up with poetic epitaphs for characters from the Harry Potter series. There were lots of really good entries, both original and re-appropriated, some entertaining and some very moving. I contributed a few trifles […]