Doctoral Colloquium (Music): Chris Paul Harman (Schulich School of Music), Faculty Lecturer


Strathcona Music Building Room C-201, 555 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, QC, H3A 1E3, CA

The Doctoral Colloquium is open to all.

Doctoral students (Music) for whom attendance is required must sign the attendance sheet at the colloquium.


...with silver bells and cockle shells...


...with silver bells and cockle shells... (2018) is a 20-minute song cycle for soprano and orchestra based on nineteen English and American nursery rhyme songs. The central role of diatonic source material brings to bear strong tonal implications for the work's musical language. In this presentation, the composer will discuss the rationale for the ordering or grouping of songs by tonal centre, and ways in which changes to the melodies' underlying scales or harmonies support or subvert tonal music archetypes.



Chris Paul Harman (b. 1970) is a Canadian composer whose works have been commissioned and/or performed by ensembles in Canada and abroad including the Asko Ensemble (NL), Camerata Aberta (BR), CBC Radio Orchestra, Esprit Orchestra, Noordhollands Philharmonisch Orkester (NL), Philharmonia (UK), Seoul Philharmonic (KR), Toronto Symphony and the Tokyo Symphony (JP). Since 2005 he has served as a professor of composition at the Schulich School of Music, and currently serves as Chair of the Department of Music Research.