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Eleanor Daley

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Eleanor Joanne Daley (born 1955 in Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian composer

Life

Eleanor Daley studied music at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada and received diplomas in organ and piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto and Trinity College, England. She now lives and composes in Toronto, where she served as music director at Fairlawn Heights United Church and accompanist for the Bach Children’s Choir until 1982.

Altogether she worked with the following choirs, for which she also composed:
Elmer Iseler Singers, Amadeus Choir, Toronto Children’s Chorus, Amabile Youth Singers, St. Mary’s Children’s Choir, Cantabile Singers of Kingston, Savridi Singers, Vancouver Men’s Chorus Victoria Scholars. In the U.S., Daley has been commissioned by many groups and arts organizations including Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, Texas Woman’s University, Texas Choral Directors Association, American Choral Directors Association. She has also performed at European festivals in Norway, Germany and England

Works

  • Daley’s works have been published by 11 Canadian, US and UK-based publishers, including Oxford University Press.
  • In particular, she has composed many works especially for women’s choir.
  • She composed essentially sacred music for choir, which was and is performed mainly in North America and Europe.[1]
  • Many video examples of her works can be heard on YouTube, sung and played by various choral ensembles, often accompanied by the organ.
  • The Requiem, for mixed-voice choir and soloists[2] is one of her best-known compositions. It used texts from: The Voice of the Birds, Psalm 130, Funeral Service 1662, Anonymous (Russian benediction).
  • Equally famous was The Rose Trilogy

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Notes

  1. Daley’s works
  2. on YouTube with superimposed sheet music