DRAMATIC MUSIC

HWC1

Cleopatra [Dramatic Scene]

SSA, bar. soli, SATB/2333/4331/perc, harp/strings Completed 17 November 1907 Holograph: NL of C. Full score (unfinished) 6 p. (35 bars). Piano-vocal score, 47 p. “Music by ‘FAC ET SPERA’.”

HWC2

Glastonbury

Prelude and incidental music to the play Words by W. T. Seward (not set to music) Strings and piano 1. Prelude 2. Prelude to Act II. The Abbey Porch 3. Act III. The Assize Court 4. Act IV. The Ruins of the Abbey First Prelude completed 22 April 1912 First performed 15 May 1912, Court Theatre, London, the Bedford Players. Holograph: NL of C. Full score, 44 p.

HWC3

The Chester Mysteries [Incidental music]

From Chester Mysteries of the Nativity [14th century], ed. by Frank Conroy and Roy Mitchell, New York, Egmont H. Arens, 1917. S (8 mezzo-sopranos), string quartet, double bass and harp (ad lib.). (Vocal Score calls for SSA) SSA, string quartet, double bass and harp (ad lib.) 1. Prelude 2. Gloria in Excelsis (Missa de Angelis) 3. Carol “Christ is born this day.” Melody of 16th century French noël 4. Interlude and Adoration 5. Amen Completed 19 December 1919 First performed 22 December 1919, Hart House Theatre, Toronto. Holograph: University of Toronto, Rare Book Room. Piano-vocal score, 6 p. London, Oakville, F. Harris, c1929. Piano score, 7 p. Chorus part, 3 p. String parts, [2] p. ea. Harp part, [1] p. See also Nativity Play (25).

HWC4

The Alchemist [Incidental music]

Words by Ben Jonson (not set to music) Flute, clarinet, strings and harpsichord Overture and 22 cues Completed 2 February 1920 First performed February 1920, Hart House Theatre, Toronto, the Players Club of the University of Toronto, music conducted by H. Willan. Holograph: NL of C. Full score, 17 p. Set of parts, only partly in the composer’s handwriting

HWC5

The Trojan Women [Incidental music]

Words by Euripides, transl. by Gilbert Murray S, flute and harp 1. Cassandra’s Dance 2. 1st Chorus 3. 2nd Chorus 4. Dirges Nos. 1-3 5. Song Completed 1 March 1920 First performed March 1920, Hart House Theatre, Toronto, the Players Club of the University of Toronto, music conducted by H. Willan. Holograph: NL of C. Full score of 1st and 2nd Chorus, 13 p. Harp and flute parts. Additional parts of Nos. 2, 3 and 4, 8 p.

HWC6

Love’s Labour’s Lost [Incidental music]

Words by William Shakespeare Voices, flute, clarinet, horn and strings Overture and 14 cues Composed 1920 First performed season 1919-20 at Hart House Theatre, Toronto. The score incorporates three madrigals: “Matin Song” by W. H. Bell, “When Flow’ry Meadows” by Palestrina and “The Silver Swan” by Gibbons; two songs by Arne: “When Daisies Pied” and “When Icicles Hang by the Wall,” and the Pavane “Earl of Salisbury” by Byrd. Holograph: NL of C. Condensed score, 12 p. Set of parts.

HWC7

Matsuo (The Pine Tree) [Incidental music]

Words by Takeda Izumo (not set to music) Celesta (or piano) and strings Overture and 5 cues Composed 1920 First performed November 1920, Hart House Theatre, Toronto. The keyboard instrument is identified as celesta in the full score, as piano on the player’s part. Holograph: NL of C. Full score, 4 p. Set of parts, written on same sheets as Rasmus Montanus, (HWC8). 8 Rasmus Montanus [Instrumental music]

HWC8

Rasmus Montanus [Instrumental music]

Words by Ludwig Holberg (not set to music) Strings 1. Overture 2. Curtain for Acts I and II 3. Dance Composed 1920 First performed November 1920. Hart House Theatre, Toronto. Holograph: NL of C. Condensed score of Overture, 2 p. Set of parts, written on same as Matsuo (HWC7).

HWC9

Alcestis [Incidental music]

Words by Euripides, transl. by Gilbert Murray Male and female soli, harp (or piano) Seven cues Completed 1 February 1921 First performed February 1921, Hart House Theatre, Toronto. Holograph: NL of C. Score, 13 p. Vocal part, 8 p. Male Chorus part, 3 p. For publication of the song “Alcestis” see HWC760.

HWC10

The Romancers [Incidental music]

Words by Edmond Rostand (Les Romantiques), transl. by George Fleming (The Fantaskicks) Voice, 2 violins, cello Five cues. No. 3 is the song “Yes, the sweet night has come” Completed 1921 First performed season 1920-21 at Hart House Theatre, Toronto. Holograph: NL of C. Condensed score for cues 3-5, 10 p. Set of parts.

HWC11

Cymbeline [Incidental music]

Words by William Shakespeare Voice, clarinet, horn, cornet and strings 1. March and one cue for Act I 2. Three cues and song “Hark! hark! the lark” for Act II 3. Two cues for Act III Composed in 1921 First performed season 1920-21 at Hart House Theatre, Toronto. Holograph: NL of C. Score of March, 3 p. Condensed score of March and first cues of Acts II and III and of song, 6 p. Set of parts. See also Choral March (HWC626) and Royal Salute (HWC80). This music has its origin in the unfinished March in E (HWC142). Estate of Healey Willan

HWC12

Pantaloon [Incidental music]

Words by Sir James Barrie (not set to music) Piano Two scenes Completed 1921 First performed season 1921-22 at Hart House Theatre, Toronto. Holograph: NL of C. Score, 11 p.

HWC13

Gregorian Revue – Playbills [Incidental music]

Compiled by Bertram Forsyth Piano First performed season 1921-22 at Hart House Theatre, Toronto. Holograph lost. Handel’s “Overture to Richard I” was played by H. Willan at this performance. It is not known what other music was used or composed.

HWC14

The Tempest [Incidental music]

Words by William Shakespeare Two part chorus and string quartet Overture and 15 cues and pieces First performed June 1922, Hart House Theatre, Toronto, conducted by H. Willan. The score includes arrangements of Arne’s “Where the bee sucks,” part of which is used as the Overture, Purcell’s “Come unto these yellow sands” and “Flout ‘em and scout ‘em,” and Thomas Cooke’s “Honour, riches, marriage blessing.” It is assumed that all the other music was composed by H. Willan. Holograph: NL of C. Set of string parts, 7 p. ea. Chorus part, 1 p. Copyist’s manuscript of other chorus parts.

HWC15

Castles in the Air [Incidental music]

Words by Bertram Forsyh Voice, flute, clarinet and strings 29 cues, including “Pantomine of the Tin Soldier, the Dancer and Michael,” ballet “The Twelve Years,” song “Castles in the Air,” and “Eastern Ballet” Composed 1923 First performed December 1923, Hart House Theatre, Toronto. Holograph: NL of C. Condensed score, 41 p. Sketch for flute, voice and strings, 39 bars. Set of parts.

HWC16

The Christmas Mysteries [Pageant]

Two original themes by Fr. Leslie Rose and traditional carols arr. by H. Willan Children’s voices, SATB and organ Arranged ca. 1924 First performed 22 December 1924. This pageant was performed annually at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Toronto. In performance, the remainder of the required incidental music was improvised. Holograph: NL of C. Condensed score of more recent date, 4 p.

HWC17

The Winter’s Tale [Incidental music]

Words by William Shakespeare Voice, flute, clarinet and strings 1. Song “When daffodils begin” 2. Jog on 3. Entrance 4. Rustic Dance 5. Song “Lawn as white” 6. Trio “Get you hence” 7. Exit (repeat of No. 3) 8. Dance 9. Dance 10. Dance (same as “Solemn Music” in [Fragment] (37).) Composed 1925 First performed season 1924-25 at Hart House Theatre, Toronto. Holograph: NL of C. Condensed score and sketches, 28 p. Set of parts.

HWC18

Let’s Pretend [Incidental music]

Words by Lloyd Roberts SS and instruments 1. The Song of the Trees 2. Leaf Song 3. Wind Song 4. Rain Song Completed ca. 1925 Holograph: NL of C. Condensed score 14 p. Sketches, 6 p.

HWC19

The Beggars Opera [The Beggar’s Opera]

“Mr. Gay’s The Beggars Opera with new symphonies and accompaniments” [printed edition], “arranged from the second edition 1728” [holograph] by H. Willan Soli and chorus, flute, clarinet and strings Two acts ([Overture] and 40 numbers) Composed October 1927 (Act I, 5 October, 1927) Holograph: NL of C. Piano-vocal score (without overture), 93 p. Set of parts (including Overture). Oakville, London, F. Harris. The Selected Vocal Numbers from Mr. Gay’s The Beggars Opera [Nos. 4, 6, 7, 16, 2, 25, 26, 27, 31, 33], c1927, piano-vocal score, 21 p. The Beggars Opera [without Overture], c1928, piano-vocal score, 91 p.

HWC19a

An Overture to Mr. Gay’s The Beggars Opera

Tunes selected and arr. By H. Willan Piano A medley, not identical with the Overture to 19. Oakville, London, F. Harris, c1927, 11 p.

HWC20

L’Ordre de Bon Temps/The Order of Good Cheer [Ballad opera]

Words by Louvigny de Montigny, transl. by J. Murray Gibbon French Canadian folk songs, arr. by H. Willan TTBB, soli and chorus, flute, oboe, violin, cello and harpsichord (piano). 1. Chantons les louanges (Sing on glad responses) 2. Le Foudrion (The Foudrion) 3. Le Prince Eugène (The Prince Eugene) 4. Le Prince d’Orange (The Prince of Orange) 5. Vive Les Matelots (Long live the sailors three) 6. “Ma belle, si ton âme” (“If you should feel enkindle”) 7. “Le Roy Angloys” (The English King) 8. La Courte-Paille (The fatal straw) 9. “Le Roi a fait batter tambour” (“Thus said the King – Beat every drum”) 10. “Vive Henri Quatre” (“Long Live King Henry”) 11. “Good Folk, Good Folk!” (Tune “Lourdault”) 12. “Gentils gallants Compaignons” (“Brave Gentlemen”) [13.] Three Indian dances Completed 24 April 1928 (date at end of song No. 10) Written for the Canadian Folk Song and Handicraft Festival held under the auspices of the National Museum, National Gallery and Public Archives of Canada, 24-28 May 1928. First performed 25 May 1928, Chateau Frontenac, Quebec, sung by Rodolphe Plamondon, Ulysse Paquin, Léon Rothier and the Bytown Troubadours, directed from the harpsichord by H. Willan. The keyboard instrument is identified as harpsichord on the program for the first performance, as piano in the holograph score. Holograph: NL of C. Full score of songs 1-10, 49 p. Oakville, London, F. Harris, c1928. Piano-vocal score, 36 p.

HWC20a

Supplement to The Order of Good Cheer

French Canadian folk songs, arr. by H. Willan 1. En revenant des noces Voice, flute and string quartet 2. Le Tambour Voice, flute, oboe and string quartet No. 1 completed April 1930 This music, together with HWC20 No. HWC12, was arranged for flute, oboe, violin, cello, piano by G. Bryant for a performance of Theatre of Neptune (31), CBC Vancouver, August 1973. Probably first performed 27 December 1930, Arts and Letters Club Christmas Dinner, Toronto. Holograph: NL of C. Two full scores, 2, 2 p. Set of parts in copyist’s manuscript For the printed version of Le Tambour see HWC744.

HWC21

Prince Charlie and Flora [Ballad opera]

Words by J. Murray Gibbon Traditional Scottish melodies, arr. by H. Willan Six voices, flute, violin, cello and piano 17 songs Written 1929 (No. 1 dated 23 March, Nos. 9, 12, 15 dated 21 March) Written for the Highland Gathering and Scottish Music Festival at Banff, 30 August – 2 September 1929. First performed 30 August 1929, Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, Atla., sung by Stanley Maxted, Catherine Wright, Finlay Campbell, Mary Frances James, Herbert Hewetson, Henry Button, conducted by Harold Eustace Key. Holograph: NL of C. Piano-vocal score (entitled Prince Charlie), 40 p. Set of parts.

HWC22

The Ayrshire Ploughman [Ballad opera]

Traditional Scottish melodies, arr. by H. Willan. Seven voices, flute, oboe, and strings 13 songs, 1 duet, 1 quartet This work was scheduled for performance at Banff, 29 August 1930. Holograph: NL of C. Condensed score, 29 p. Set of parts.

HWC23

Maureen [Ballad opera]

Words by J. Murray Gibbon [?] Music arr. by H. Willan Lost.

HWC24

Indian Christmas Play [Ballad opera]

Words by J. Murray Gibbon [?] Music arr. by H. Willan Lost.

HWC25

Nativity Play [Incidental music]

Words from medieval sources, compiled by Andrew Allen SATB, strings and harp 21 numbers, largely drawn from other works by H. Willan, especially the Chester Mysteries (HWC 3), and including Magnificat (HWC 277), “Tyrle, Tyrlow, Tyrle, Tyrlow” (HWC 427), “Puer Nobis Nascitur” (HWC 46), “The Three Kings” (HWC 425), “Here Are We in Bethlehem” (HWC 428), “What Is This Lovely Fragrance?” (HWC 431) and the first section of “While All Things Were in Quiet Silence” (HWC 343). First performed in 1940 Holograph: NL of C. Full score, 23 p. and inserts of printed pieces. Set of parts. Dated December 1944 [!] Non-commercial recording (CBC P.A.T.-431225-3).

HWC26

Conochar’s Queen [Incidental music]

Words from the radio play by John Coulter Solo voices. chorus and orchestra Condensed score completed 5 October 1941 Holograph: NL of C. Condensed score, 43 p. This work later formed the basis for Deirdre (HWC30).

HWC27

Transit Through Fire

An Odyssey of 1942 [Radio opera in a prologue and four scenes] Words by John Coulter Six voices SATB/1121/2320/timp, perc, harp/strings Composed 23 December 1941 – 14 February 1942 Commissioned by the CBC First performed 8 March 1942. CBC studios, Toronto, produced by John Adaskin, sung by Howard Scott, Frances James, J. Campbell McInnes, William Morton, Charles Jordan and Norman Cherrie, a CBC chorus under Albert Whitehead, and a CBC orchestra conducted by Sir Ernest MacMillan. First public performance 18 February 1943. Convocation Hall, University of Toronto, conducted by Ettore Mazzaleni. The music was orchestrated by Lucio Agostini and, for the first public performance, slightly revised by H. Willan. Holograph: NL of C. Condensed score, 92 p., also printed libretto (Macmillan Co. of Canada), 8 p. bound into holograph. Non-commercial recording (CBC P.A.T. – 42308-2).

HWC27a

Marching Song

Adapted from the opera Transit Through Fire Words by John Coulter SATB and instrumental accompaniment 3 minutes Written 11 November 1942 Holograph: NL of C. Condensed score. 7 p.

HWC28

Hymn for Those in the Air [Incidental music]

Words by Duncan Campbell Scott Narrator, 1121/2220/timp/strings 4 minutes Condensed score completed 16 September 1942 Commissioned by the CBC for Highlights of Today program First performed 23 April 1943, CBC studios, Toronto, conducted by Samuel Hersenhoren. Holograph: NL of C. Full score, 8 p. Condensed score, 3 p.

HWC29

Brébeuf [Pageant]

Words from E. J. Pratt’s narrative poem Brébeuf and His Brethren (Macmillan Co. of Canada, 1940) Two narrators/SATB/1121/2321/timp, perc/strings Prologue, incidental music and epilogue 40 minutes First version completed 15 July 1943; second version completed no later than 1947. Commissioned by the CBC First performed 26 September 1943, CBC studios, Toronto, produced by James Finlay, conducted by Ettore Mazzoleni. First public performance as The Life and Death of Jean de Brébeuf, 18 January 1944, Massey Hall, Toronto, Mendelssohn Choir and Toronto Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Ernest MacMillan. Holograph: NL of C. First version, full score, 81 p. Second version, condensed score, 55 p. Sketches, 78 p. Unfinished Full score (orchestration completed for Nos. 6, 7, 8, 11 and 12a. Partial orchestration of No. 3). First version, chorus part engraved by John Cozens, c1943, H. Willan, 32 p. Second version, chorus part, revised edition 1947, 40 p. See also the entries for the separately published pieces Ave Verum (HWC 328), Jesous Ahatonhia (HWC 424), Three Pieces for Organ (HWC 161) and for the unpublished Fugue (HWC 105). Non-commercial recording (CBC P.A.T. – 430926-1 and 480317-3: CMC 397).

HWC30

Deirdre [originally called Deirdre of the Sorrows]

Opera in 3 acts Words by John Coulter Nine voices/SATB/2222/4331/timp, harp/strings Composed September 1943 – May 1945 (condensed score Act II completed 10 September 1944, Act III 22 May 1945). See also Conochar’s Queen (HWC 26). Commissioned by the CBC First performed 20 April 1946, CBC studios, Toronto, produced by Ernest Morgan, sung by Ernest Berry, George Lambert, Lionel Daunais, John Harcourt, Olive Blakeley, Frances James, William Morton, Frederick Morris, Jack Reid and a CBC chorus under Albert Whitehead, and a CBC orchestra conducted by Ettore Mazzoleni. Holograph: NL of C. Condensed score, 169 p. Vocal score in copyist’s manuscript, 247 p. Various sketches. Full score listed under HWC 30a. Libretto: Deirdre of the Sorrows, Toronto, Macmillan Co. of Canada, 1944. xi, 72 p. Deirdre, revised version, ibid., 1965. 32 p. Non-commercial recording (CBC P.A.T. – 661011-8; CMC 275). Estate of Healey Willan

HWC30a

Deirdre [revised version]

Revised 1962 and 1964-65 First stage and public performance 2 April 1965, MacMillan Theatre, University of Toronto, sung by members of the University’s Opera School: Oskar Raulfs, Donald Young, David Geary, Genevieve Perreault, Jeannette Zarou, Lillian Sukis, Ermanno Mauro, Paul Brown, Thomas Park, Ian Garratt, Herman Rombouts, Lloyd Dean, Maida Rogerson, Nancy Greenwood, Asdghig Shakarian and Marcella Zonta, and orchestra conducted by Ettore Mazzoleni. Holograph: NL of C. Full score of HWC 30 with inserts and revisions. Scarborough, Berandol. Full score and parts on rental. Non-commercial recording (CBC P.A.T. –661011–8; CMC 275). Estate of Healey Willan

HWC31

Theatre of Neptune [Incidental music]

Words by Marc Lescarbot, transl. by R. Keith Hicks TTBB and 2 pianos 1. Overture 2. Theme for entrance of 1st Triton 3. Theme for entrance of 1st Indian 4. Chorus “Great God Neptune” Composed 1954 First performed 6 May 1954, the Arts and Letters Club, Toronto. Holograph: NL of C. Piano parts, 3, 4 p. Copyist’s manuscript of chorus. See note on Supplement to the Order of Good Cheer (20as).

HWC32

The Shadowy Waters [Incidental music]

Words by W. B. Yeats. Adapted for radio by Peter Haworth (not set to music) Harp Composed February 1960 Holograph: NL of C. Score, 3 p. Music to accompany Prologue and three cues.

HWC33

A Drama of Exile [unfinished]

Incidental music Baritone and orchestra Almost certainly includes Song of the Morning Star to Lucifer (HWC 60). Holograph: NL of C. Condensed score, 9 p. (181 bars).

HWC33a

Allegro con fuoco

Baritone (Lucifer) with woodwind, brass and strings. Probably part of HWC 33. Holograph: NL of C. Condensed score (6 staves), 3 p. (63 bars), sketch (9 bars).

HWC34

The Pageant of Our Lady [unfinished] [Incidental music]

Words by Laurence Housman Four solo voices, SATB and instruments A newspaper report on Willan’s departure from the Toronto Conservatory of Music in July 1936 quotes him as saying that he would now be able to complete this work. A more exact date has not been discovered. Holograph: NL of C. Condensed score, 64 p. Sheets with stage directions and excerpts from libretto, 5 p.

HWC35

The Play of Our Lady [unfinished] [Incidental music]

Words compiled from medieval sources by Peter Haworth Men’s voices, recorder, harp and strings Lento movement completed 22 November 1964 Preliminary discussions on the music for this production took place before the composer’s death. The score has been assembled, in accordance with these discussions, from various earlier Willan works by Peter Haworth and Giles Bryant. Several plainsong adaptations and arrangements from published works were also used. Recorded 15 February 1971, CBC studios, Toronto, produced by John Reeves, the Chamber Players of Toronto and choir conducted by Giles Bryant, for broadcast on 7 March 1972. Holograph of Lento movement: NL of C. Full score, 2 p.

HWC36

King Ragnar [unfinished] [Dramatic scene]

Male soli, chorus of councilors and [orchestra] Holograph: NL of C. Condensed score, 9 p. (206 bars).

HWC37

Fragment of incidental music [complete in itself]

Piano 1. Solemn Music 2. Allegro 3. Reaper’s Dance 4. Dance of Hunters The Solemn Music (No. 1) is identical to the first section of the Dance from The Pageant of Our Lady (HWC 34), and No. 10 of the Winter’s Tale (HWC 17). The stage direction “Juno enters” appears in a different handwriting in the Dance of Hunters. Holograph: NL of C. 4 p.

HWC38

Fragment of incidental music [complete in itself]

Instrumental [1.] Bad fairies cross [2.] Good fairies enter [3.] Ogre rushes on Holograph: NL of C. Condensed score, 2 p. (29 bars).

HWC39

Fragment of incidental music [complete in itself]

Instrumental [1.] Bad fairies cross [2.] Good fairies enter [3.] Ogre rushes on Holograph: NL of C. Condensed score, 2 p. (29 bars).

HWC40

Fragment of incidental music [complete in itself]

Strings and horn Stage direction “Curtain” Holograph: NL of C. Sketch. 1 p. (26 bars). Note: HWC 39, HWC 40 Both are probably the same work. The tune they share later developed into the main theme of the slow movement of Symphony No. 2 (HWC 74). see also HWC 728, HWC 780, HWC 781 and HWC 782.