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date: 13 November 2019

Palmer, Horatio R(ichmond)locked

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(b Sherburne, NY, April 26, 1834; d Yonkers, NY, Nov 15, 1907). American music educator and composer. He was educated by his father and at Rushford Academy, New York, where he taught from 1855 to 1865 as well as giving singing classes in the surrounding area. After the Civil War he moved to Chicago, where he directed the music in the Second Baptist Church, published the monthly magazine Concordia, and taught at assemblies throughout the Midwest and Canada. The success of his compilation The Song Queen (1867) encouraged Palmer to issue other collections, including The Song Monarch (1874) and The Choral Union (1884), and pedagogical works, such as Palmer’s Theory of Music (1876) and The Common Sense Music Reader (1883). In the 1870s and 1880s his publications were among the most popular of their type in the United States. In ...

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Dictionary of American Biography (New York, 1928-37, suppls., 1944-)