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.
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
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|popular operatic airs|
|Date/Time||early July, 1852|
|Listening Environment||in the company of others, indoors, in public|