The Well-Tempered Listener
Growing Up with Musical Parents
Call Number: ML 410 W668 M411 2010
Release Date: January 1, 2010
Publisher: Words Indeed
The author grew up in North Toronto in the 1920s and 1930s, daughter of composer Healey Willan and pianist Gladys (Nell) Hall. She depicts her parents’ marriage, accomplishments, and musical collaboration, their lively household, and events and personalities in Toronto. We see, for example, Mary gently humouring Francis Poulenc at tea, Mart and her mother working with Dora Mavor Moore, and her father and ‘Uncle Leo’ Stokowski testing acoustics at Varsity Arena.