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Willard Patton Musical Scores

Identifier: M/A 0267

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5 boxes of 66 manuscripts of music scores by composer Willard Patton.


  • 1853 - 1924


Access Restrictions

The collection is available for use in Special Collections during the department's open hours.


Born in Milford, ME, Willard Patton (May 26, 1953 – December 14, 1924) was a musician, teacher and composer. He composed more than 90 works, including songs, operas, choral works, oratorios and cantatas. Coming to Minneapolis in 1883 to teach voice and harmony, Patton was also active in church music. He served at Wesley Methodist as well as St. Mark’s Episcopal and First Baptist Church in various roles. In addition, Patton taught voice culture at Hamline University from 1886-1889.

Patton was active in music groups and organizations including the “Filharmonix” music group (later the “Philharmonic Club”), the Minnesota Music Teachers Association, and the Evergreen Club.

Patton was married to Alesta Virginia Hebbard of Maine and had one daughter.

Source: Willard Patton, Friend of Music and Musicians, by Robert Tallant Laudon (Professor Emeritus of Musicology, University of Minnesota), 2003.


5.67 Linear Feet (5 boxes)

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General Collection Resources

Bring no more vain oblations
/Zgs 322p1 (Adult Sheet Music)
The call of spring
/Age 322p1 (Adult Sheet Music)
A Challenge
/Zgd 322p1 (Adult Sheet Music)
/Zgd 322p10 (Adult Sheet Music)
Cry aloud, spare not
/Zgs 322p3 (Adult Sheet Music)
Isaiah: Oratorio
*Zgr 322p4 (Adult Reference Music Score)
Isaiah: Revised edition
*Zgr 322p1 (Adult Reference Music Score)
Minnesota Mine
/Zgr 322p4 (Adult Sheet Music)
Return, my love
/Zgd 322p7 (Adult Sheet Music)
Studio fancies
/Zgd 322p3 (Adult Sheet Music)
Strengthen ye the weak hands
/Zgs 322p2 (Adult Sheet Music)
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace
/Zgs 322p4 (Adult Sheet Music)
Thy picture fair
/Zgd 322p4 (Adult Sheet Music)
Two Songs: On Life's Sea; Symbol of Love
/Zgd 322p5 (Adult Sheet Music)
Wabunheim Blossoms: Songs of a summer time
/Zgd 322p6 (Adult Sheet Music)
Willard Patton Musical Scores
Gail A. Wolfson
May 2012
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Repository Details

Part of the Hennepin County Library Special Collections Repository

Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis MN 55401 U.S.A.