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Intermezzo (Miniature Suite, No. 5)

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Uploaded by: Erzahler (11/07/19)
Composer: Willan, Healey
Sample Producer: Milan Digital Audio
Sample Set: Salisbury Cathedral Father Willis
Software: Hauptwerk IV
Genre: Early 20th century
The Canadian Encyclopedia says this about the "early" organ works of Healey Willan (1880-1968): With the music for organ one enters a different world. Here Willan was thoroughly at home and made a significant and lasting contribution. One work stands out: the monumental "Introduction, Passacaglia and Fugue" of 1916. The Preludes and Fugues in C minor and B minor and the "Epilogue" are the other major works from this period. While not exploring the possibilities of the instrument as searchingly as his masterpiece, they are idiomatic and very typical of their time. They combine an innate Englishness (with a Stanfordian flavor) and a European chromaticism that can be found in Reger and Karg-Elert.

Born in England, Willan became organist-choirmaster of Toronto's largest church, St. Paul's, Bloor Street, but it was his royalties as a composer which allowed him to leave "low church" St. Paul's in 1921 and to become Precentor of the Church of St. Mary Magdalene (Toronto).

"Miniature Suite for Organ" dates from 1949, and was published by Ascherberg, Hopwood & Crew, Ltd.

It consists of six movements: Prelude, Scherzo, Communion, Trio, Intermezzo and Finale.

In the preface, Purcell J. Mansfield writes: "The Minature Suite for organ, an early work is characterisitic of the composer's style, containing six admirably contrasted pieces, of moderate difficulty; this revised edition, it is hoped, will appeal to organists who are on the look-out for short, attractive organ preludes or postludes suitable for both church and recital use."

The score and two photos of Healey Willan are attached.
Performance: Live
Recorded in: Stereo
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