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The National Music of America. 279
Haydn's " Creation." New York was several years behind Boston in this field, the " Sacred Music Society" giving the first entire ora­torio in that city—"The Messiah" — Nov. 18, 1831. The Handel and Haydn Society soon left the Stone Chapel, and its con­certs took place at Boylston Hall (corner of Boylston and Washington Streets), then at the Melodeon (on Washington Street, between West and Avery Streets), and finally at Music Hall. Until 1847 tne president of the society was also its conductor, and in the old list we find the names of Thos. S. Webb and Lowell Mason, followed by Zeuner, Charles C. Perkins, Carl Bergmann, and cul­minating in the directorship of Carl Zerrahn, extending over forty years. Like Mason in sacred music, or Dwight in criticism, Carl Zerrahn was the bridge by which New Eng­land, and afterward the rest of the United States, travelled to its modern goal in classi­cal music.
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