Authorship: Healey Willan, Words from E. J. Pratt’s narrative poem Brébeuf and His Brethren (Macmillan Co. of Canada, 1940)
Composition Date: First version completed 15 July 1943; second version completed no later than 1947.
Scored For: Two Narrators/SATB/1121/2321/Timp, Perc/Strings
Duration: 40 minutes
Number of Pages: First version, full score, 81 p. Second version, condensed score, 55 p.
Notes About Music: Prologue, incidental music and epilogue. 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. 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published pieces Ave Verum (HWC 328), Jesous Ahatonhia (HWC 424), Three Pieces for Organ (HWC 161) and for the unpublished Fugue (HWC 105).
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).
Publication: First version, chorus part engraved by John Cozens, ©1943, H. Willan, 32 p. Second version, chorus part, revised edition 1947, 40 p.
Recordings: Non-commercial recording (CBC P.A.T. – 430926-1 and 480317-3: CMC 397).
Score Available: Contact the Healey Willan Society
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