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Healy Willan Music

I am in search of the several other Mass/Communion setting that Healy Willan wrote other than Missa de Sancta Maria Magdalena (Episcopal Hymnal 1982). I know others exist. Several come up on JWPepper but are mostly out of print.  Any thoughts on where to look/order? Thanks. 
Replies (9): Threaded | Chronological
on March 5, 2015 1:36pm
Rob,
Good to hear that you are looking for Healey Willan's music, his mass settings in particular.  The curators of Willan's music appointed by his daughter, Mary Willan Mason, are the Canons of St. John Cantius in Chicago.
I would suggest contacting Fr. Haynes at SJC.
This link might be helpful.
and this
If you can borrow from a library the Healey Willan Catalogue by Giles Bryant, you will find a wealth of information about HW's compositions and where they are published.
Additionally, Lois Fyfe Music in Nashville is a gold mine of information on church music (as is Cliff Hill Music) and may be able to help you locate some of the mass settings. 
These works, which were and are sung frequently at St. Mary Magdelene Parish in Toronto and absolute jewels.
All the best,
 
Myron Patterson. DSM, MLS, ARCCO (CHM), ATCL, LTCL
Adjunct Associate Professor of Music
School of Music
University of Utah
Organist and Choir Director
Holy Family Catholic Church
Ogden, Utah
 
 
 
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on November 17, 2015 5:21am
Dr. Patterson,
 
Thanks for the input. I have contacted Fr. Haynes and he was not able to point me to any other octavos, other than No.s 1-6 from Carl Fischer. I shall certainly take advantage of Fyfe Music; thanks for the suggestion. 
on November 17, 2015 5:19am
If you are Rob Howard, I greatly apologize and I am puzzled as to how I am logged in under this name. Should be logged in as Robert/Lance Harris.
on November 18, 2015 8:34am
Hi Rob,
 
     I have a few Healey Willan suggestions for Mass settings for TTBB and SSAA. Many times I performed with the Harvard Glee Club, Willan's Kyrie from his Missa Brevis, as well as Sanctus & Benedictus qui venit (this movement is written in English; I retexted it to Latin). This work was pubished by Concordia in 1955; I'm happy to send a copy of the Kyrie and Sanctus/Benedictus/Qui Venit.
     For SSAA - I remember well performing a long time ago with the Vassar Choir of Women in church services parts of the Healey Willan, Mass of St. Hugh - unison with organ. I do not have a copy; however I do have a copy of his Mass of Saint Teresa for unison "Voices", published by The Willis Music Company, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1932.
 
Sincerely,
Jim Marvin
on November 18, 2015 11:17am
I'd love to have a copy of the St. Teresa Mass. Thanks so much. 
 
Regards;
 
Rob Howard
on November 20, 2015 10:19am
http://birettabooks.com/go/webstore/product/mass_of_st._theresa_healey_willan/

...as well as a number of other Willan works. What the Cantius folks are doing which I find interesting is that they're redoing some of Willan's Masses to fit the Roman Missal 3rd ed... which i important to we non-Anglo Catholics.
on November 18, 2015 12:35pm
A good starting point to access these scores is through the Canadian Music Centre's website: https://www.musiccentre.ca/node/37320/sheet_music?page=7
 
Here most of the Masses of Willan are listed, and the CMC will have copies that can be rented if you join the CMC.
 
Len Ratzlaff
University of Alberta
on November 19, 2015 6:54am
If publisher sources fail, they are sure to have copies of all of Willan's church music at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Toronto, the place where Willan held forth for a long, long time.  I don't know who the inumbent musician there is right now, but a trip to the church's webpage is sure to indicate same.  Also, when Willan first came to Canada, he played at the brand new St. Paul's Church on Bloor Street in Toronto.  Contacting them might be worthwhile in your search.  They might be willing to loan or part with a single copy of the pieces that are more rare.  Happy hunting.  Great music.    tom
on February 9, 2016 8:12am
Something perhaps not as well known about Willan is that he also did a fair bit of composing for the Lutherans. This music is, to my ear, in a completly different style that those composed for the Anglican liturgy. Organ works appear throughout the various Concordia Hymn Prelude series, including 2 stand alone volumes. I'm very fond of his Introits and Graduals for the Church Year - Concordia, 1967, and while they no longer fit within a service in their orginal form, bits and pieces are very approachable for a choir of moderate means, and useful at times. I've come to use the Interventient Chants and Alleluias as the Gospel Acclamation and following Alleluia during Advent to great success.
 
His various Hymn/Anthems are quite nice, and straight down the middle Willan.
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