The More Things Change (1943–70)

Salvatore Basile

in Fifth Avenue Famous

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780823231874
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823234929 | DOI:
The More Things Change             (1943–70)

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For the leadership of its music, St. Patrick's Cathedral had traveled a circuitous path from the days of the modest William F. Pecher to the reclusive James Ungerer to the ebullient Pietro Yon. Now, it would encounter the more complicated personality of Charles Courboin. In a way, Courboin was a perfect successor to Yon because they shared not only similar traits but similar histories. And while some other organists may have had Yon's talent, few of them had the same happily productive relationship with the media. This kind of publicity prompted a number of people, primarily those who did not work at St. Patrick's, to think of Courboin as a duplicate Yon. Certainly, Yon and Courboin handled the matter of publicity in very different ways once they were installed at St. Patrick's.

Keywords: music; St. Patrick's Cathedral; William F. Pecher; James Ungerer; Pietro Yon; Charles Courbon; organists; publicity

Chapter.  19663 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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