J. (fantasticheria) wrote in little_details,

Catholic Funeral / Working as a Pianist in Mid-19th Century

I'm writing a story which is set in Austria and England in mid-19th century. I have two questions for which I haven't been able to find the answers elsewhere. I've googled 'catholic burial + flowers', 'catholic funeral + guests' etc. for the first question, but without luck. For the second one I'm not even sure how to start searching, so I'm asking for your help.

1. The first question is about the funeral of a catholic priest. The funeral takes place in Austria, and the priest in question was an abbot of a monastery (the order isn't significant for the story). I have the basic information on the rite itself, but there are two things I'd like to know. Would the guests have brought flowers to the church, and if the would, would they have put them on the coffin? Would there have been some kind of a reception after the burial? (I've only attended Lutheran funerals myself.)

2. One of the characters in the story is a man in his early thirties. He is from a wealthy English family but not necessarily a member of nobility. I'd like to make him both an officer of the army during the Crimean War and a pianist. Is the idea realistic at all? What was the social status of a concert pianist like back then? I know the most famous ones were quite admired, but how about the others? Could he have been a pianist first but then joined the army because of social pressure or something like that?

Thank you a lot in advance!
Tags: ~funerals, ~music, ~religion: christianity: catholicism
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