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Sept. 29, 2006

UI Guest Artist Will Play Harpsichord And Organ For Oct. 14 Recital

Larry Palmer, professor of harpsichord and organ at the Meadows School of the Arts of Southern Methodist University, will give a free concert as a guest of the University of Iowa School of Music and the Iowa City Early Keyboard Society at 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, in the Krapf Organ Studio of the UI Voxman Music Building.

While visiting the UI campus, Palmer will teach a master class for organ students in the School of Music, from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Krapf Organ Studio.

Both the master class and the recital are open to the public free of charge. However, seating is extremely limited in the Krapf Organ Studio, and potential audience members are advised to arrive early for both events.

Palmer will play two sets of pieces for harpsichord as bookends to the program, with organ pieces in the middle.

The opening set for harpsichord will feature two pieces by Louis Couperin, the Passacaille in C major and "Tombeau de Mr de Blancrocher," followed by Mozart's Fantasia in D minor, K397, and Fugue, K394 (transposed from C major).

The central portion of the program, performed on organ, will comprise four works: the Offertory from the "Messe pour les Couvents " (Mass for the convents) by Francoise Couperin, known as "le Grand"; four movements from the Partita "Sei gegruesset, Jesu guetig (Hail to thee, O holy Jesus), BWV 768, by J.S. Bach; "Le Bolero du Divin Mozart" (Bolero of the divine Mozart) by Guy Bovet; and "Sarabande for the 12th of any October" by Herbert Howells.

The concluding set, played on harpsichord, will be: Sonata for harpsichord by Bohuslav Martinu; "Hommages," a new piece for harpsichord by Glenn Spring that Palmer premiered earlier this year; and Bach's Toccata in E minor, BWV 914.

Palmer teaches harpsichord and organ and serves as director of graduate studies in Music in the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU, where he has taught since 1970.

A graduate of Oberlin College and the Eastman School of Music, Palmer also studied at the Salzburg Mozarteum, where he made his harpsichord debut in 1958. Summer studies with Gustav Leonhardt in Holland and the lessons learned from a constantly expanding collection of superior instruments have led him to a wide-ranging career as recitalist, teacher and writer.

He has edited the harpsichord features for the Diapason magazine since 1969 and has published two books: "Hugo Distler and his Church Music" in 1967 and "Harpsichord in America: a 20th-Century Revival" in 1989. He is represented both as author and subject in the New Grove Dictionary of American Music. He has recorded four compact discs for Encore Performance Recordings, and two previous recordings were issued by the Musical Heritage Society.

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