New edition of Healey Willan introits released
  • chonakchonak
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    In a new publication, Forum member Jonathan Eason has adapted the introits composed by Healey Willan, originally for Lutheran services, to fit the Catholic liturgical calendar. His publisher announces the work:

    INTROITS FOR THE CHURCH YEAR – Healey Willan, edited and expanded for the Roman Calendar by Jonathan Eason.

    Seraphim Music is pleased to release an important new edition of Healey Willan’s “Introits for the Church Year”, originally composed for use in the Lutheran and Anglican Church, now skillfully adapted and expanded by Jonathan Eason to cover the entire Roman Catholic calendar. These miniature choral gems can also be used in any church that follows the Liturgical Year. Written in an accessible SATB motet style, each Introit contains an Antiphon followed by an Anglican Chant Psalm verse. In the absence of a choir, the Introits may be sung by a soloist, accompanied by organ.

    This edition follows the Introits in the Graduale Romanum; where the Graduale and the Roman Missal (Third Edition) are at odds, the Graduale governs in any mass with music. Jonathan Eason has meticulously adapted the Introits to include all Sundays of the Ordinary Form liturgical year and other major Feasts in the Roman Catholic Calendar, and any Feast or Solemnity that replaces a Sunday. Some are usable for multiple occasions, including Common, Votive, and Ritual Masses. There is even a newly composed Introit for Thanksgiving Day for use in American parishes.

    Healey Willan (1880-1968) was born in England and emigrated to Canada in 1913. He was an Anglican organist, choirmaster, composer, and played a significant role in the “Anglo-Catholic” movement in church music at the time.

    Seraphim Music has obtained exclusive permission and license to publish this collection, with expansions and adaptations by Jonathan Eason, from the Healey Willan Society. Available in print or PDF download, with quantity discounts available for churches and institutions, exclusively from

    I’ve been using and loving Healey Willan’s introits for more than a decade because of their beauty and utility. I’m thrilled to have this book, which provides excellent new engravings, corrects rhythmic difficulties, supplies missing introits, and will introduce these gems to a new generation of church musicians.

    Mary C. Weaver, director of sacred music, Holy Ghost Church, Knoxville, Tennessee