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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]
Bradley, James (Singer)
Windom, Wm. H. (Lyricist)
Davis, Gussie L., 1863-1899 (Composer)
Utica Tribune (Dedicatee)

American popular songs

Sheet music, 1893

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1893
Place: New York ; London
Publisher: T.B. Harms & Co. ; Francis, Day & Hunter
Library locations
Music Division
Content: Below caption title: Descriptive waltz song.
Content: On cover: Dedicated to The Utica Tribune.
Content: On cover: Sung by James Bradley. Cover includes a photograph of James Bradley.
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.
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
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b10826013
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 6e933240-c58e-012f-8000-58d385a7bc34
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1893: Issued
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2023: Found by you!
  • 2024

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Music Division, The New York Public Library. "The fatal wedding" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1893.

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The fatal wedding