Songs

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, […]

A Child of the Snows (Two Voices + Percussion)

A Child of the Snows (Two Voices + Percussion)

A Child of the Snows Music by Eric Pazdziora, 2016 Text by G. K. Chesterton, from Poems, 1916. Premiered September 9, 2016 at the University of Maryland, College Park, NextNOW Fest / TEMPO New Music Vivian Wang, soprano Sarah Best, mezzo-soprano Jonathan Clancy, percussion   Program Notes “A Child of the Snows” was written by […]

Four Songs from “Wild Earth” (Soprano)

Four Songs from “Wild Earth” Premiered September 25, 2015 Dr. Wendy Moy, Soprano Patricia Harper, Alto Flute [Recording coming soon!] Program notes: Four Songs from ‘Wild Earth‘ was composed in a flurry for a 24-hour composition event at the University of North Carolina—Greensboro. I chose four texts by the Irish poet and playwright Padraic Colum (1888–1972), […]

Hymns and Lamentations

Hymns and Lamentations

Hymns and Lamentations by Eric Pazdziora Hymns and Lamentations, a new album featuring my compositions, piano, and vocals, is now available for listening and purchasing at mp3.ericpazdziora.com. You can listen to the album for free online, or name your own price to download digital tracks. Album notes: There are days of loss and sadness, fear and depression, […]

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 […]

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 […]

New Creation: Chord Charts and Lead Sheets

New Creation: Chord Charts and Lead Sheets

I’ve had many requests for chord charts and lead sheets for the worship songs and new hymn settings on my CD “New Creation: Hymns of Wonder, Love, and Praise.” They’re now available below! Just name your own price ($5 or more) and get the complete set. … Listen to all the songs and purchase digital files at […]

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 […]