• Does anyone know whether Healey Willan composed any Latin-texted Mass settings? I’m aware of the unison ones but would be interested in any SATB settings he may have composed...
  • I found the first page of his Missa Brevis No. 1 on sheetmusicplus.com, and it is showing SATB with both Latin and English text. It appears that Willan composed 14 Missae Breves. I don't know if they all have both Latin and English texts like No. 1, but it might be worth exploring if you're interested.
  • I have never run across anything that Willan himself wrote in Latin. That's not to say that I haven't missed something.

    For those interested in Willan there is a very interesting and informative two part article about him in The American Organist - the September and October issues.
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  • A Canadian national treasure for sure.
  • Thanks, Chonak. Seems they’re all in English apart from the one in the St Basil Hymnal. What a pity!
  • There’s the unison Mass of Saint Teresa in the New Saint Basil Hymnal, where there’s also a nice, brief SATB setting of the Easter Day Gradual, Haec Dies. The Biretta Books republication of several of the Missa Brevis settings (which are mostly K, S/B, & A) have added Latin adaptations of the Sanctus/Benedictus and Agnes Dei.
  • Nice to know Willan did a setting in Latin. Use his "O Sacred Feast" as a motet. It has been a staple in my choir's repertoire for years.
  • If you write to Fr Scott Haynes at St John Cantius Church in Chicago, they are in charge of his archive, as per the request of his estate. Because of this, Fr Scott knows everything about Willan.
  • The Mass in Honor of Saint Theresa (in the New Saint Basil Hymnal, ca 1958)
    A unison mass. (Latin)
    It was written for a convent of nuns.
    The Kyrie is a delight!
    The Sanctus has a charming, almost carol like, "Hosanna"
  • Note, too, that if you’re in Canada, as of 1st January 2019 Willan’s music is all in the public domain. So hopefully his stuff will be more readily available after then … even where the music remains under copyright, it’ll at least be helpful to be able to see the scores.
  • Unfortunately, Felipe, with the new trade deal with the US, it looks like we'll still be waiting until 2039.
  • At a church where I served many years ago I did an Ascension anthem by Willan nearly every year. The text was 'O King of Glory', and it was for SSATB, or S divisi, ATB. It is not the 'O King of Glory" listed in Mr Wilson's link just above here. It was longer, had two soprano parts and was much richer in texture. I would give an imaginary pot of gold to whoever had a copy with which he or she would be willing to part. (Our member, Felipe Gaspar, who has heard about this anthem from me, would also like to have a copy.)
  • CHGiffenCHGiffen
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    Me, too (or three?).
  • @Schönbergian: Can you provide more detail about this? Does the new trade deal carve out some exception from Canada’s normal 50-years-post-mortem term for copyright?
  • I have a lot of respect for SJC liturgically, but insofar as their stewardship of Willan’s music they’re a bit shady, IMO.


    - If they truly wanted to foster Willan’s musical legacy, they would simply release the scores into the public domain. They’d host them for free download, indexed by liturgical season, voicing, etc. Instead they charge unusually high prices per octavo and often don’t even make score excerpts available.

    - In some cases they’ve taken scores that are already in the public domain in the U.S. and re-published them. Examples include “While All Things Were in Quiet Silence” and the B minor prelude & fugue. The latter doesn’t have an online perusal score excerpt, but the former’s excerpt shows that they “conveniently” omitted a mention of the original copyright date in their new typesetting. (Not, of course, that they bother re-typesetting scores like “O King of Glory” which are recent enough to be under copyright in the U.S.)

    I truly hope Schönbergian is mistaken; I have been looking forward to seeing some of these scores on IMSLP. Willan’s genius was his ability to write good-quality musical settings that a reasonably skilled parish choir can expect to sing well: “O sacred feast”, “I beheld her”, the “O” Antiphons, etc. Most Catholic parish choirs could do far, far worse than to have a bit more Willan in their diet!
  • Ouch. :-(

    From what I’m reading, this new deal is not fully ratified. And is there an effective date set for the change? Willan may be able to slip in yet …

    Assumedly it wouldn’t affect the works of composers like Poulenc, who died 55 years ago and thus is already PD in Canada.
  • https://www.firstpost.com/india/us-canada-and-mexico-sign-usmca-what-changes-have-been-made-to-the-over-25-year-old-nafta-5301101.html

    ^^ If this is to be believed, “NAFTA 2.0” won’t take effect for another couple years. Here’s hoping!
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  • I would think that the Canadian parliament would have to pass whatever copyright law was necessary to ratify the agreement. So none of this is a done deal.
  • I don’t see how Canada would amend its copyright law within the next 2½ months, which means 1st January will arrive and render Willan’s work PD in Canada.

    Even if they do implement life+70 later, I wouldn’t think that that would be retroactive.
  • Liam
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    "Even if they do implement life+70 later, I wouldn’t think that that would be retroactive."

    You might not think that, but it would not be safe to assume that....
  • Is there precedent for a work entering, then leaving the PD in Canada?

    If that happens, then Poulenc is also probably not long for the PD.
  • Liam
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    Well, it happened in the US: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golan_v._Holder
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  • I was working in sheet music retail at the time of the (1994?) GATT treaty. Overnight, $15 cheap reprints of Shostakovich quartet parts were replaced by $40 Sikorski sets, and all the International orchestral excerpt books disappeared until copyright deals could be reached.

    Now it's just bytes. Back then, it was paper.
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  • Liam
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    The Uruguay Round Agreements were part of how GATT became the WTO:

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