WORKS

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Opera
• The Fool (Chamber 1951)
• Louis Riel (Music Drama, 3 acts, 1967)
• Death of Enkidu (Chamber 1977)
• A Midwinter Night's Dream (Children's 1988)
• Mario and the Magician (1992)
• Serinette (Folk, Music Drama, 3 acts, 1992)



Orchestra
• Sketches for Orchestra (1946)
• Slow Movements for Strings (movement 2 of String Quartet No. 1) (1946)
• Lament and Primeval (1946)
• Scherzo for Strings (1947)
• North Country Suite (1948)
• Symphony No. 1 (1051)
• Prelude and Fugue for Orchestra (1952)
• Passacaglia and Fugue (1954)
• Little Suite for String Orchestra on Canadian Folk Songs (1955) Fantasia for Orchestra (1958)
• Lyric for Orchestra (1960)
• Movement for Orchestra (1961)
• Symphony for Woodwind, Brass and Percussion (1961)
• Five Concepts for Orchestra (1961)
• Stereophony for Orchestra (1963)
• The Picasso Suite (1964)
• Those Silent, Awe Filled Spaces (1978)
• Variations (1979)
• Elegy, Transformation, Jubilation: in memoriam four Suicides (1981)

Soloist with Orchestra
• Piano Concerto No. 1 (1947)
• Suite for Harp and Chamber Orchestra (1949)
• Piano Concerto Na. 2 (1956)
• Five Songs for Dark Voice (1956)
• Concertante for Violin, String Orchestra, and Percussion (1982)
• Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra (1984)
• ‘Of Memory and Desire'(1993)
• Piano Concerto No.3 (1996)

Chamber
• Duo (1943)
• String Quartet No.1 (1943)
• Suite for Percussion (1947)
• Mime (1947)
• Rhapsody for Violin and Piano (1948)
• Woodwind Quintet (1948)
• String Quartet No. 2 (1950)
• Trio for Flute, Violin and Cello (1950)
• Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano (1953)
• Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano (1955)
• Movement for Woodwind Quintet (1957)
• String Quartet No. 3 (1959)
• Sonata for Guitar (1959)
• Theme for Variations (1954)
• Etching - The Vollard Suite (from The Picasso Suite) (1964), for solo flute
• Improvisation (1969)
• Music for Solo Violin (1974)
• Zen, Yeats and Emily Dickinson (1975), for soprano, flute, piano, actress and actor
• Movement for String Quartet (1983)
• Fanfare to J.S.B. (1984)
• Chura-Churum (1985), for 8 singers, 3 percussion, flute, harp and piano
• 11 Miniatures for Oboe and Piano (1992)
• Music for Solo Flute (1995)


Piano
• Strangeness of Heart (1942)
• Etudes (1943), ms
• Flights of Fancy (1944), ms
• Dark and Light (1944), ms
• 5 Piano Sonatas (1945-57)
• Three Sonnets (1946)
• Solitude (1947), ms
• Four Primitives (1949), ms
• Fugues for Piano (1951)
• Nothing too Serious (1997)




Voice
• ‘Stillness' (1942)
• Three Songs to Poems by Walt Whitman (1946), for medium voice and piano
• ‘A Bunch of Rowan' (1948), for medium voice and piano. Text by Diana Skala
• ‘A song of Joys' (1947)
• Three Simple Songs (1953), for mezzo soprano and piano. Text by Michael Fram
• ‘Conversation Piece' (1957), for high voice and piano. Text by Michael Fram
• Twelve Miniatures for Voice and Instrumental Trio (1964), for soprano, recorder/ flute, viola da gamba/cello, spinet/piano. Text from traditional Japanese Haiku
• Evocations (1966), for medium voice and piano. Text by Harry Somers
• Kuyas from Louis Riel (1967), for soprano, flute and percussion.
• Voiceplay (1971), for singer/actor. Text by Harry Somers.
• Love-In-Idleness (1976), for soprano, piano and stage props. Text by Shakespeare
• Shaman's Song (1983), for voice (any range) and prepared piano. Text from phonetic and Inuit sources
• The Owl and the Pussy Cat (1988), for soprano, mezzo, tenor and piano
• The Pelican Chorus (1993), for soprano, tenor and piano
• Abstemious Asses, Zealous Zebras and Others (1994), for mezzo, tenor and piano The last three constitute ‘The Birminal Trilogy,' wurble inventions by Edward Lear, boshed to music by Harry Somers. (Harry Somers)
• Eternity (1999), for tenor and piano

Choir
• ‘Where Do We Stand, 0 Lord?' (1955)
• Two Songs for the Coming of Spring (1957)
• ‘God the Master of This Scene' (1962)
• Gloria (1962)
• ‘The Wonder Song' (1963)
• Crucifixion (1966)
• Five Songs from the NewFound1and Outports (1968)
• Kyrie (1970-72)
• Trois chansons de la Nouvelle-France (1976)
• Three Limericks (1980)
• ‘Song of Praise' (1984)
• ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas' (1976)




Ballet
• The Fisherman and His Soul (1956)
• Ballade (1958)
• The House of Atreus (1963)
• ‘AND' for T.V. (1969)

Mime
• The Merman of Orford (1978)

Theatre
• A Midsummer Night's Dream (1960 and 1985)
• Jig for a Gypsy (1974)
• MacBeth (Electroacoustic 1984)
• Medea (Electroacoustic 1998)

Film and T.V.
• The Homeless Ones (1955)
• Faces of Canada (1956)
• Saguenay (1958)
• The Gift (1965)
• Images of Canada - 6 part series (1972-75)
• The Garden and the Cage (1980)
• Movement (1961)




Selected Writings
• ‘The Agony of Maurice Lowe: a Replay', Canadian Forum, vol 35, Sept. 1955
• Analysis of Suite for Harp and Chamber Orchestra, CMC Centre Study Course - No, 1, Toronto 1961
• ‘Stereophony for Orchestra' Music Across Canada, vol 1, Mar. 1963
• ‘Composer in the School: A Composer's View', Mcan, 19, May 1969
• ‘ Letter from Rome', CMB, 1, Spring-Summer 1970
• ‘Harry Somers' Letter to Lee Hepner', CMB, 3, Autumn-Winter 1971
• ‘How "Music for Solo Violin" was Born', CMB, 10, Spring- Summer 1975
• ‘Dr. Somers replies,' News from the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, vol 6, Summer 1976