Overview: Ballad opera
Authorship: Arr. by Healey Willan, Words by Louvigny de Montigny, transl. by J. Murray Gibbon
Composition Date: Completed 24 April 1928 (date at end of song No. 10)
Scored for: TTBB, Soli and Chorus, Flute, Oboe, Violin, Cello and Harpsichord (Piano)
Number of Pages: Full score of songs 1-10, 49 p.; Piano-vocal score, 36 p.
Notes about music: French Canadian folk songs, arr. by H. Willan. Written for the Canadian Folk Song and Handicraft Festival held under the auspices of the National Museum, National Gallery and Public Archives of Canada, 24-28 May 1928. First performed 25 May 1928, Chateau Frontenac, Quebec, sung by Rodolphe Plamondon, Ulysse Paquin, Léon Rothier and the Bytown Troubadours, directed from the harpsichord by H. Willan. The keyboard instrument is identified as harpsichord on the program for the first performance, as piano in the holograph score.
1. Chantons les louanges (Sing on glad responses)
2. Le Foudrion (The Foudrion)
3. Le Prince Eugène (The Prince Eugene)
4. Le Prince d’Orange (The Prince of Orange)
5. Vive Les Matelots (Long live the sailors three)
6. “Ma belle, si ton âme” (“If you should feel enkindle”)
7. “Le Roy Angloys” (The English King)
8. La Courte-Paille (The fatal straw)
9. “Le Roi a fait batter tambour” (“Thus said the King – Beat every drum”)
10. “Vive Henri Quatre” (“Long Live King Henry”)
11. “Good Folk, Good Folk!” (Tune “Lourdault”)
12. “Gentils gallants Compaignons” (“Brave Gentlemen”)
[13.] Three Indian dances
Holograph: NL of C. Full score of songs 1-10, 49 p.
Publication: Oakville, London, F. Harris, c1928. Piano-vocal score, 36 p.
Where to Purchase: N/A
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