Fifth Avenue Famous: The Extraordinary Story of Music at St. Patrick's Cathedral by Salvatore BasileFifth Avenue Famous: The Extraordinary Story of Music at St. Patrick's Cathedral by Salvatore Basile

Fifth Avenue Famous: The Extraordinary Story of Music at St. Patrick's Cathedral

bySalvatore Basile

Paperback | April 12, 2012

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Since its inception more than 125 years ago, the St. Patrick's Cathedral Choir has been considered the gold standard of liturgical music - an example of artistic excellence that has garnered worldwide renown. Yet behind this stately facade lies an intriguing mix of New York history, starsecrets, and high-level office politics that has made the choir not only a source of prime musical entertainment but also fodder for tabloids and periodicals across the nation. In this unique and engaging book, readers are treated to a treasure trove of vibrant characters, from opera stars fromaround the world to the thousands of volunteer singers who brought their own hopes and dreams - and widely varying musical abilities - to the fabled choir. Entwined with the history of New York, Salvatore Basile's pitch-perfect exploration shows the choir as a microcosm for the larger trends, upheavals, and events that have made up the history of the city, the nation, and even the world.
Salvatore Basile is Cathedral Music Historian as well as a soloist and Senior Cantor of the Cathedral Choir at St. Patrick's Cathedral.
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Title:Fifth Avenue Famous: The Extraordinary Story of Music at St. Patrick's CathedralFormat:PaperbackDimensions:366 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.11 inPublished:April 12, 2012Publisher:Fordham University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0823231887

ISBN - 13:9780823231881

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"Basile's writing style and effortless wit projects New York City's civic, musical and ecclesiastical spirit as only a New Yorker would view it."