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PALMER, Horatio Richmond, musician, b In Sherburne, Chenango County, New York, 26 April, 1834. He studied music with his father, and subsequently pursued his studies in languages, music, recta-physics, and other branches under various masters in New York, Berlin, Germany, and Florence, Italy. Mr. Palmer is known chiefly as a conductor of musical societies and a writer of musical text-books, and is rather a musical theorist than a composer. He has done much to popularize music. He is the author of "Rudimental Class-Teaching" and "Elements of Musical Composition" (1867) ; "Theory of Music" (1875); "Musical Catechism" (1880); " Vocal Modulator" (1883) and "Brief Statements of Musical Notation" (1883); and " Pronouncing Pocket Dictionary" and "Piano Primer" (1885) ; and he has also edited collections of music, notably "The Song Queen " (1867) and "The Song King" (1871), and is known as the author of numerous anthems and other musical compositions.
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