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Fifth Avenue FamousThe Extraordinary Story of Music at St. Patrick's Cathedral$
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Salvatore Basile

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780823231874

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823231874.001.0001

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The More Things Change (1943–70)

The More Things Change (1943–70)

(p.141) Chapter 5 The More Things Change (1943–70)
Fifth Avenue Famous

Salvatore Basile

Fordham University Press

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

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