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Pietro Alessandro Yon
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Birth: Aug. 8, 1886
Turin
Città Metropolitana di Torino
Piemonte, Italy
Death: Nov. 22, 1943
Huntington
Suffolk County
New York, USA

Organist. Pietro Yon was organist and director of music at St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York City, from 1927-1943. He was regarded as one of the world's foremost organists and had written more than 70 compositions. He began his study of the organ at age 6 and won honors at the conservatories of Milan, Turin and Rome. He arrived in the U.S. in 1907 and at age 40 attained the post at the cathedral. Prior to this he had been organist at St. Francis Xavier Church in Manhattan from 1907-1926. The pastor at that church was in Rome on church business and heard Yon playing and offered him the position in the U.S. In 1922, Yon was appointed 'Titular Organist of the Vatican', a singular and unprecedented honor. His funeral was attended by 1300 people. (Bio by Bernard Johnson)
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Rites for Pietro Yon
New York (AP) - Funeral services for Pietro Yon, internationally known composer and organist of St. Patrick's cathedral, were held at the cathedral today. Officiating at the solemn mass of requiem were Msgr. Joseph F. Flannelly, cathedral administrator, the Rev. Robert E. Woods and the Rev. Thomas L. graham, both of the cathedral staff and the Rev. John Berchmans Choumard OFM, of St. Bonaventures monastery, Patterson, N. J. Following the services, which were attended by more than 600 persons, burial took place at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Mount Pleasant. Yon died Monday after a long illness.
~The Times Record (Troy, N.Y.), Fri. Evening, 26 Nov 1943 
 
Inscription:
YON
Pietro
August 8, 1886 – November 22, 1943
Lina
November 16, 1882 – April 9, 1943
“The Heavens Heard Him”
 
Burial:
Gate of Heaven Cemetery
Hawthorne
Westchester County
New York, USA
 
Created by: Linda Applegate Brown
Record added: Jul 02, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 72506360
Pietro Alessandro Yon
Added by: Linda Applegate Brown
 
Pietro Alessandro Yon
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Pietro Alessandro Yon
Added by: Bernard Johnson
 
 
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- Linda Applegate Brown
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