ST. BASIL (Willan)

ST. BASIL (Willan)

Composer: Healey Willan (1930)
Published in 7 hymnals

Composer: Healey Willan

Healey Willan (b. Balham, London, England, October 12, 1880; d. Toronto, Ontario, February 16, 1968), theory teacher, composer and organist, was born into an Anglo-Catholic family in England and served several churches in the London area, becoming known especially for his adaptations of Gregorian chant to be able to be sung in English translation. In 1913 he moved to Canada where he led the theory department and was organist at the Toronto Conservatory of Music. He also was organist at St. Paul’s, Canada’s largest Anglican church, and after 1921 at the smaller Church of St. Mary Magdalene. By invitation, he composed an anthem for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, a singular honor for one not residing in England. Emily Brink Go to person page >

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Title: ST. BASIL (Willan)
Composer: Healey Willan (1930)
Incipit: 51271 23421 13254
Copyright: © Executors of H. Willan's Estate and used by permission


Eternal, Unchanging, We Sing to Thy Praise

Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
in light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
almighty, victorious, thy great name we praise.

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For beauty of praises



Instances (1 - 4 of 4)

Common Praise (1998) #394

Rejoice in the Lord #344

The Book of Praise #337

Voices United #303

Include 3 pre-1979 instances
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