Tales of Our Kinsfolk, Past and Present; The Story of Our Butler Ancestors from 1602 to 1919
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ...of them could sing unusually well: several had trained voices, and their choruses were rendered with expression and great harmony. There was a double quartette. The sopranos were Mrs. J. Holmes Butler, Sr., who possessed a clear soprano voice of high, sweet tone, and was the prima donna of the family; Mrs. Alice Butler Parmele, who always fitted in as a second soprano; Mrs. Mary Butler Alburger and her mother sang contralto well, while their brothers, Sam and Holmes Butler (or Harry, if at home), sang tenor. Holmes was long a member of the Mendelssohn Glee Club of New York, with many years' experience and practice in church quartette singing. Charles R. Parmele, Sr., husband of Mrs. Alice Butler Parmele, had a rich baritone voice of excellent quality, and Albert sang bass, which completed the component factors for quartette or chorus work; the others present joined in making the ensemble complete. Mary Butler was always the accompanist. She was an undisputed artiste; her marriage and removal to Germantown, Pa., was a real loss to the musical circle at the old homestead. Harry also played the flute very well; so did his father; sometimes they played duets. When Harry was away traveling the elder Mr. Butler played the flute, accompanied at the piano by his wife. His flute was stolen by robbers who broke into the house one night. There was a Vocal Society of considerable merit and reputation organized on Staten Island, and the entire family joined. There were about forty members in all. A series of concerts were given, which were exceedingly well rendered and well attended. It required two carriages to take the Butler members of the Vocal Society to its rehearsals and concerts. They brought their music home from the Society meetings and practiced it...
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