- Charles M. Joseph
- and Allison A. Alcorn
(b Warren, OH, Nov 13, 1938). American harpsichordist and organist. He received undergraduate training at the Oberlin College Conservatory and completed his DMA at the Eastman School in 1963. His organ teachers included Fenner Douglass and David Craighead; he studied harpsichord with Isolde Ahlgrimm and Gustav Leonhardt. From 1969 he has been harpsichord editor of The Diapason. Palmer has published English-language editions of Distler’s choral works and written Hugo Distler and His Church Music (St. Louis, 1967); his recordings include organ works of Distler, as well as harpsichord and organ music of the 17th, 18th, and 20th centuries. Palmer’s monograph Harpsichord in America: a Twentieth-Century Revival (Bloomington, IN, 1989/R1993) offers a unique look at the American harpsichord world until the 1960s. Letters from Salzburg: a Music Student in Europe, 1958–1959 (Eau Claire, WI, 2006) chronicles Oberlin’s bold experiment in international education—sending its entire junior music class to study at the Mozarteum. He has performed as a recitalist throughout the USA and Europe and has commissioned and premiered numerous works for harpsichord by such composers as Neely Bruce, Rudy Shackelford, Ross Lee Finney, and Persichetti, In ...