AW 1958 stok   yankee lake choirschool AW 96
ALEC WYTON

  By Alec Wyton


The Healey Willan Interview

In the summer of 1967 Alec recorded an interview with Healey Willan. While best known for his congregational Communion Service setting in the Episcopal Hymnal, Willan was a prodigious composer of over 800 works including symphonies and an opera. This far-reaching conversation traces Willan's amazing career through seven decades. Be sure to listen to track 3 (politically incorrect, funny and spot-on).

Special thanks to Wayne Hileman and Candlewood Digital Studios for the digital sound conversion from the original analog tape.

 

01 - Track 1 Willan recalls his chorister audition at St. Saviour, Eastbourne in 1889. 11 - Track 11 Philosophical discussion on technique and interpretation.
02 - Track 2 Choir boy days, from probationer to a very young director. 12 - Track 12 Willan recounts his first meeting with Hungarian conductor Arthur Nikisch.
03 - Track 3 Discipline and a homorous tale of a less-than-musical early colleague.    
04 - Track 4 Early private organ studies in London 14 - Track 14 Further Discussion of Nikisch and other conductors.
05 - Track 5 Accompanying at St. Saviour's. Willan & Wyton recall their pranks on organists. 15 - Track 15 An amusing encounter with Sir Edward Elgar
06 - Track 6 Returning to Saviour in 1935 16 - Track 16 Organ actions, mechanics and musicianship.
07 - Track 7

Willan's exhaustive counterpoint studies, prompted by idle time while sick. Affiliations with the Royal College of Organists

17 - Track 17 Students and the state of teaching music.
08 - Track 8 More on RCO exams. 18 - Track 18  
09 - Track 9 Exam standards & a funny audition story. 19 - Track 19  
10 - Track 10 Musical London at the turn of the twentieth century, focusing on orchestral conductors. 20 - Track 20 Film "Man of Music", conclusion