Norris, Homer Albert



Talented American musician; born in Wayne, Kennebec County, Maine. He studied in the New England Conservatory of Music under Marston, Hale, Chadwick and Emery, then spent four 3'ears in Paris under Dubois, Godard, Gigout and Guilmant. Returning to Boston he took up teaching, which he carries along the lines followed in the Paris Conservatory. He also lectures on musical aesthetics and is now organist and choirmaster at St. George's Episcopal Church, New York. He contributes theoretical articles to Chicago Music, Philadelphia Etude and Musical Courier, New York, and has published the works entitled Practical Harmony on a French Basis and The Art of Counterpoint. His principal works are the cantatas, Nain, and The Flight of the Eagle, but his songs, about fifty in number, are excellent, among them possibly the best being Protestations with its well-developed violin obligato. His overture, Zoroaster, deserves mention.