Addie Van Buren Wedding

Event Information

St. Stephen's Catholic Church

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Record Information


Last Updated:
1 December 2015

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

20 Feb 1867, Afternoon


: Strong, George Templeton. New-York Historical Society. The Diaries of George Templeton Strong, 1863-1869: Musical Excerpts from the MSs, transcribed by Mary Simonson. ed. by Christopher Bruhn., 20 February 1867.

“The silent pantomime at the altar was accompanied without interruption by a series of solos from the organ loft--soprano, contralto, basso and tenor.  I could not identify a word that was sung, tho I am tolerably familiar with the text of the Mass.  These solos were indecent: Purest (or foulest) Verdi—allegro—fortissimus--bestialissimo!  The archbishop elevated the Host under a fire of Verdiesque jig tunes with a marked buffo flavor. Disgraceful for any branch of the church catholic.  While the archbp was delivering his preachment to the young couple I had to stare at the [bedizened ?] alter with its artificial flowers and tawdry cheap gilt statuettes, to satisfy myself I was not in a Presbyterian Meeting House.  While this shallow beastly music was playing I felt as if I must be in the Acad. of Music.”