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WILLAN KYRIE

WILLAN KYRIE

Composer: Healey Willan (1928)
Published in 6 hymnals


Audio files: MIDI

Composer: Healey Willan

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Tune Information

Composer: Healey Willan (1928)
Meter: Irregular
Key: E♭ Major
Copyright: © Oxford University Press 1928. Renewed in USA 1956.

Texts

Lord, Have Mercy upon Us

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

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Response after the Commandments

Notes

The music for this short prayer is just one segment from the Missa de Sancta Maria Magdalena, an Anglican service composed by Healey Willan (b. Balham, Surrey, England, 1880; d. Toronto, ON, Canada, 1968) in 1928 and named in honor of Saint Mary Magdalene Church in Toronto, where Willan served as organist and choirmaster for forty-seven years. The Psalter Hymnal Revision Committee assigned the title WILLAN KYRIE to this piece in honor of its composer. Willan composed his Missa in D major for unison voices with simple organ accompaniment. Sing in unison with a clear but light organ tone. Willan spent his early years in England as a student from 1888 to 1895 at St. Saviour Choir School in Eastbourne and later as organist and choirmaster for several churches in and near London. In 1913 he became head of the music theory department for the conservatory of the University of Toronto. Thus began a long and distinguished career with that university, where he was influential as a teacher of composition and university organist and choral conductor. Willan retired in 1950. An outstanding composer, he wrote for orchestra, piano, organ, and voice. He was the musical director for the Hart House Theater and wrote incidental music for fifteen plays. Willan's contribution to church music was equally impressive. He served as organist-choirmaster at St. Paul Anglican Church (1913-1921) and at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene (1921-1968), both in Toronto. He promoted the use of plainsong through¬out his career. In addition to his organ preludes Willan wrote liturgical music, motets, anthems, and some thirty hymn tunes. A number of those tunes, as well as settings of biblical canticles and harmonizations of plainsong melodies, were first published in The Hymnary of the United Church of Canada (1930) and The Book of Common Praise (1938) of the Anglican Church in Canada. Willan was also music editor of The Hymnbook for Children (1962). --Psalter Hymnal Handbook

Instances

Instances (1 - 5 of 5)
Text

Chalice Hymnal #300

Text InfoTune InfoTextAudio

Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #258

Renew! Songs & Hymns for Blended Worship #85

Text

Songs for Life #43

The Worshiping Church #821

Include 1 pre-1979 instance
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