House of Winter is a one-act dramatic musical composition, approximately 70 minutes in duration, with a libretto written by Dr. John Patrick Pazdziora. Written in Scots language, it is scored for four singers and chamber orchestra including strings, woodwinds, harpsichord, and frame drum. The opera combines music and text with thematic material evocative of Scottish folk songs in a narrative exploration of the experience of an elderly woman facing the end of her life and reflecting on her lost cultural traditions and identity through encroaching dementia.
More information and a PDF of the score of Eric Pazdziora’s D.M.A. dissertation is available here from the University of Maryland.
For more information on this composition and performing rights, contact the composer.