Somers, Harry (Stuart)
- Brian Cherney
(b Toronto, Sept 11, 1925; d Toronto, March 9, 1999). Canadian composer, pianist and broadcaster. Somers was one of the most significant composers to emerge in Canada after World War II. Along with several other postwar Canadian composers, such as Weinzweig and Pentland, he developed a strikingly distinctive style that was influenced by contemporary figures in Europe and the United States, rather than the prevailing English organ and choral tradition of composers such as Willan. Somers left a rich legacy; many of his works have become mainstays of the contemporary Canadian repertory....