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The fatal wedding
Additional title: The wedding bells were ringing on a moonlight winter's night. [first line]
Additional title: While the wedding bells were ringing, while the bride and groom were there. [first line of chorus]
Windom, Wm. H. (Lyricist)
Davis, Gussie L. (1863-1899) (Composer)
Utica Tribune (Dedicatee)
Bradley, James (Singer)

American popular songs.

Sheet music, 1893

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1893
Date Issued: 1893
Place Term: Philadelphia
Publisher: M.D. Swisher
Library locations
Music Division
Sheet music
Content : Note under caption title: Descriptive waltz song.

Content : Introduction begins with a musical quotation from Mendelssohn's wedding march.

Content : On cover: Dedicated to The Utica Tribune.

Content : Summary: Hearing wedding bells at a church, a mother with her child asks for entrance. She's told the wedding is only for the rich but is eventually admitted. She then interrupts the ceremony saying that she is the true wife of the bridgegroom, and that her baby has just died. The bride-to-be's parents thank her for saving their daughter and promise to take care of her for the rest of her life. The bridgegroom kills himself and is buried next to his child.

Content : On cover: Sung by James Bradley. Cover includes a photograph of James Bradley.

Content : Publisher's device on cover partially covered with stamp of Edward B. Marks.

Statement of Responsibility: Words by Wm. H. Windom ; music by Gussie L. Davis.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 score (6 p.) ; 34 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
UUID: 6c95f160-c58e-012f-f252-58d385a7bc34
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Item timeline of events

  • 1893: Issued
  • 2015: Digitized
  • 2015: Found by you!
  • 2016

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The fatal wedding