Lowell Mason in Hotel des Invalides, Paris - early July, 1852

from Musical letters from Abroad, page 156:

The grand military mass now followed, and it consisted of a succession of popular operatic airs, played by the band, with an occasional roll of the small drums, an “order,” or a “present” by the old soldiers, and a pantomime by two or three ministers, bowing, kneeling, crossing, &c., &c., now here and now there. Words or thoughts are not necessary in such a worship as this, which seems to be designed for mere external sensuous impression — yet there were a few words chanted by the drummers, towards the close of the solemnities.

cite as

Lowell Mason, Musical letters from Abroad. In Musical Letters from Abroad (New York, 1854), p. 156. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1448369582981 accessed: 1 December, 2023

location of experience: Hotel des Invalides, Paris


Lowell Mason
Musician, Composer

Listening to

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popular operatic airs

Experience Information

Date/Time early July, 1852
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Originally submitted by acusworth on Tue, 24 Nov 2015 12:53:03 +0000
Approved on Fri, 17 Mar 2017 19:40:39 +0000