Eulogies is a choral work by Juno-nominated contemporary composer John Estacio for which he was awarded the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors’ National Choral Award for Outstanding Choral Composition. This 24-minute a capella piece for SATB voices is set to four of Val’s poems: Raymond; Mrs. Deegan; Not an Eye on the Island is Dry; Ella Sunlight

 

Premiered in 2000 by Pro Coro Canada at All Saints' Anglican Cathedral, Edmonton, Richard Sparks conducting, Eulogies continues to be widely performed, both live and on radio, in Canada, US, and Europe by choirs including Elmer Iseler Singers, Pro Coro Canada, Amadeus Choir, MacMillan Singers, Da Camera Singers, I Coristi Chamber Choir, DaCapo Chamber Choir, and Cantare Con Vivo.

LYRICS

You Take My Breath Away    2003

Peter Fraser MacDonald, composer

Jazz song premiered at Composers Showcase, Miami FL

 

I Was Born to Sing This Song    2005

John Estacio, composer

Launch ceremony, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards

 

Who Knew    2008

Allan Gilliland, composer

For Amabile Choir of London ON, Colours of Music Festival

 

The Bestseller    2008

Ron Davis, Jazz Pianist and Composer

CD narrative epigraphs by Val Brandt

 

Puff ‘n’ Blow Boys   1989

Book and Lyrics

 

GOLD!     1991

Book and Lyrics

Murray McCune, composer  

POEMS

Eulogies:

Raymond

Mrs. Deegan

Not an Eye on the Island is Dry

Ella Sunlight

Three Cabernet Songs:

You Take My Breath Away

Out of Love

I'm Gorgeous Again

Simon

I Am a Love Song

Baggagio

Tara

Slurvy Jack

Rosemary’s Baby

The Alkali Savages

The Bull Rider

The Miracle of You

Who is this Woman?

Elayne

 

SHORT STORIES

The Bad Patch

Seeing the World

Two Horns a-Honking

EULOGIES

Composer    John Estacio

Poet             Val Brandt