Charles A. E. Harriss
Early life and education
Harriss was born in Staningly, Yorkshire, England, in 1863. After his family moved to Toronto in 1859, Harris soon began to study the organ, and at the age of eight began to play for services at Parliament Street Methodist Church.
In 1894 Harriss became the founding director of the McGill Conservatorium of Music, supervising 26 music instructors. In 1896 he composed a dramatic saga entitled Torquil, which was premiered in 1900 at Massey Hall. He continued to compose religious music, including masses and cantatas.
Death and legacy
- Daniel before the King, dramatic cantata, 1884
- Torquil, lyric opera, 1894
- Festival Mass, 1901
- Coronation Mass for Edward VII, 1903
- Pan, choric idyll, 1904
- The Sands of Dee, ballad, 1904
- The Crowning of the King, ode, 1911
- The Admiral, comic opera, 1902
- Canadian Fantasie, 1904
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