North country

Harry Somers
Harry Somers
Composition Date: 1948
Revision Date: 1960
Duration: 00:13:00
Genre: Orchestra / Large Ensembles, String Orchestra


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x String orchestra
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Harry Somers

North Country, 1948

“... a stunning work... North Country, with its restless, biting lines, seems to etch on our nerves a sense of the severity of that landscape. (...) North Country is the first work I ever heard that I felt could have been composed only by a Canadian.” Ken Winters, The Globe and Mail, October 12, 1996

North Country is written for string orchestra and is in four contrasting movements, ‘Lento maestoso’, ‘Allegro scherzando’, ‘Lento’, and ‘Allegro vivace’. Although North Country follows no specific narrative line, (the title was added after its completion), Somers writes that “this music reflects my response to the experience of being completely removed from urban life, and expresses my feelings about that particular landscape.” He describes it as ‘lyrical and rhythmic,’ ‘freely atonal and contrapuntal,’ and ‘evocative.’

Premiere Information:
CBC String Orchestra, Geoffrey Waddington, conductor, Toronto, November10, 1948


  • Call Number:
  • MI 1500 S694no
  • Genre:
  • Orchestra / Large Ensembles, String Orchestra
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • March 21, 1989
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (21 p.) ;
    21 Pages
    Height: 26 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • For string orchestra.
    Duration: ca. 13:00
    1. Lento maestoso, allegro, lento -- 2. Allegro scherzando -- 3. Lento -- 4. Allegro vivace.
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