Homer Albert Norris
Homer Norris was born at Wayne, Maine, 1860.
He studied at the New England Conservatory under Marston, Hale, Chadwick and Emery.
Unlike many Americans he chose to complete his education in France rather than in Germany, and became a pupil in Paris of Dubois, Godard, Guilmant and Gigout.
After a period as organist in Lewiston and Portland, Maine, he became organist at Ruggles St. Baptist Church in Boston.
Since 1904, however, he had been organist at St. George’s Church New York.
His text books on harmony and counterpoint have won him wide recognition on account of his original theories, which are put to practical use in his own compositions.
In the larger forms, he has written a concert Overture, Zoroaster, and a cantata, Nain, both of which contain striking effects.
His songs include many favorites such as Allelulia, Land of Nod, Three Roses Red, and There Little Girl Don’t Cry.
One of the most popular of his songs is his earliest, the well-known Cradle Song.
He has naturally devoted a great deal of his talent to writing sacred music, and his Lamb of God, for mixed chorus, is a fine example of his work in this direction.
Mr. Norris is a busy man, and is therefore not able to devote as much time to composition as many of his admirers would wish, but what he has written is along lines that are distinctly his own.
He died August 14, 1920 in New York City.