Healey Willan

Healey Willan
(1880 - 1968)

Click to go to a wide selection of music by Healey Willan on YouTube, including Willan playing the organ himself.
A brief biography of Healey Willan.  

Read the biographical details and incisive analysis of Willan's work in Patrick Wedd's programme notes for his Naxos recording of Healey Willan's Organ Works performed on the Casavant organ of St-Jean-Baptiste in Montreal.

A Review of Patrick Wedd's recording of Healey Willan's Organ Works.

Wedd's recording is available to borrow from [BNQ].

It is also available for free online listening from the Naxos Music Library. [NML (info)

Performance of Missa Brevis No. 2, by the Choirs of St. Mary Magdalene, Toronto,;Robert Bell Hunter conducting. [YouTube]
Performance of Missa Brevis No. 11, Sanctae Johannis Baptistae, performed by the Elora Festival Singers, Noel Edison directing; Matthew Larkin , organ: Kyrie [NML] - Sanctus [NML] - Benedictus [NML ] - Agnus Dei [NML  (info)
Click to go to Willan, Aeterna Christi munera, performed by John Tuttle on the 1928 Welte-1964 Moeller organ of St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, Minneapolis, MN, recorded as part of the 1980 biennial meeting of the American Guild of Organists, the year of Willan's death. 
Click for the entire programme including an introductory presentation on Willan's life and work by Michael Barone

Now to listen to the Introduction, Passacaglia & Fugue played by Frederick Swann on 2004 Glatter-Götz/Rosalesorgan in the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, click then click on Part III, then hold button and slide to 10:15 (10 minutes and 15 seconds). 

Listen to Healey Willan, Prelude and Fugue in c,  performed by Anne Wilson on the 1863 Walcker, 1949 Aeolian- Skinner organ of Methuen Memorial Music Hall, Methuen, MA. Click then click on Listen to Program.  Then click and hold button and slide to 2:56 (2 minutes and 56 seconds).

Click to listen to the choir of St. Mary Magdalene, Toronto, where Willan worked, perform his O King, All Glorious (some ambient noise).

O King all glorious: O King all glorious, amid thy saintly company, who ever shall be praised, who overpasseth utterance. Thou, O Lord, art in the midst of us, and we are called by thy holy Name. Leave us not, O our God, that in the day of judgement it may please thee to place us in the number of they Saints and blessed ones, O King most blessed. (Sarum anthem)

Click to go to Willan, Rise up my Fair One, performed by the Schola Cantorum of San Francisco.

Rise up my love, my fair one, and come away.
For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone.
The flowers appear upon the earth.
The time of singing of birds is come.
Arise my love, my fair one, and come away.