June and August meetings are directed by chapter members here at SFRS. Any member is welcome to try their hand at it, we would love to have you bring your favorite selections to conduct. Contact Greta to volunteer!
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Fred Palmer will conduct the SFRS chapter meeting on September 11, 2019
Frederic Palmer has an M.A. in Early Music from Stanford University and has studied with Bernard Krainis, George Houle, and Michel Piguet. He has directed recorder workshops throughout the United States and was on the staff of the Department of Music at California State University, East Bay from 1971 until his retirement in 2008. In addition to performing both early and contemporary music, he is a published editor, arranger and composer, has had his reviews, articles, and interviews appear in U.S., Canadian and British journals and was awarded first prize in the American Recorder Society's Erich Katz Memorial Fund Composition Contest for an original composition for recorder ensemble.
About the Program
Music of Handel and Boyce
William Boyce had the misfortune of working under the shadow of Handel for most of his career, and to the modern listener his music can easily sound like warmed-over Handel. To be sure, Handel’s music had a significant influence on Boyce as it did on most English composers of the period. However, the 18th-century English music historian, Charles Burney, wrote the following in 1789:
“Dr. Boyce, with all due reverence for the abilities of Handel, was one of the few of our church composers who neither pillaged nor severely imitated him. There is an original and sterling merit in his productions, founded as much on the study of our own (English) masters, as on the best models of other countries, that gives to all his works a peculiar stamp of his own, for strength, clearness, and facility, without any mixture of styles, or extraneous and heterogeneous ornaments.”
So, was Boyce a mere carbon copy of Handel as many might believe today or a truly original English composer according to the 18th century perspective of Burney? At the San Francisco Recorder Society meeting on September 18 we will play and compare some works by Handel and Boyce and see if we can find an answer to this question. I look forward to working on this music with you then.
~ Frederic Palmer
Pied Piper illustration - the top of an old model Mollenhauer recorder box
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