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THE HANDEL TRIENNIAL FESTIVAL.- (Communicated.)—The sale of shaw, Messrs. Wilbye Cooper, Allan Irving, W. Smith and Mattacks ; reserved seat tickets commenced on Monday morning at the Crystal and as instrumental performers, Miss Fanny Howell (pianoforte), Mr. Palace and Exeter Hall. A large number of applicants were in waiting R. S. Pratten (flute), Mr. W. Watson (violin) and Mr. Aylward at the time of opening the doors of the offices, and at some parts of the (violoncello). Miss Martin sang Bishop's “Lo! here the gentle lark,” day from 50 to 100 persons were waiting their turn. As, however, each displaying her facile, clear voice to eminent advantage, and bringing an person received a number on entering the ante-room, no personal incon undeniable encore; as also a new song, by Mrs. Mounsey Bartholomew, venience resulted. The result of the first day's sale exceeded the most which she gave with commendable expression and taste. The names sanguine expectations of the Festival Committee, who bave been still of the other artists must speak their own praises on this occasion. It is further pleased by the receipts of the following days, the entire purchases enough to say that the concert was a thoroughly good one, and that the ap to Thursday being estimated at 9,000l. In 1857 it was the 19th of audience were pleased throughout. May ere this amount was reached; in 1859 it was the last day of March; and as at the latter festival over 1,4501. of this amount was for halfguinea tickets (the issue of which has not yet commenced), it is obvious
Letter to the Editor. that the coming festival has already met with a financial success beyond
THE TRIENNIAL HANDEL FESTIVAL, 1862. that of its precursors. A noticeable feature has been the number of SIR,- Will you favour me with space in your journal that I may clergymen from all parts of the country who have secured tickets. The broach a subject in connection with the forthcoming Festival. It is ono nobility and resident country gentry have also been more prompt in in which most of the ladies and gentlemen who are to take part on that their applications. This is, doubtless, to be attributed to the International occasion are greatly interested. Exhibition; visitors from the country making the time suitable to avail The published accounts of the Festival of 1859 very positively prove themselves of attending the Exhibition as well as the Festival. As the that it was a complete success in every respect. As a musical festival, Festival is also held about the time of the Agricultural Show in it elicited the warmest praise, as being of a most unprecedented character, Battersea Park, the last ten days in June, an additional inducement is both as regards the vastness of the undertaking, and also the grandeur held out to all classes to visit London ; as also within the last few days of the performance ; and as a commercial speculation, the Crystal the leading railway companies have issued notices that their excursion Palace Company and the Sacred Harmonic Society can vouch for its rates begin on the 15th of June, it is anticipated that the last week having been in the highest degree satisfactory. The former netted about in June will see a congregation of foreigners and country visitors in 12,0001., and the latter 6,0001., and this, too, after all expenses had been the Metropolis exceeding that of any former period. To avoid disap- settled for,- including organ, music, &c. This year, — partly on acpointment and delay the committee have issued notices requesting that count of the expected influx of visitors into London to see the Intercountry orders may leave the selection of tickets to the committee, who national Exhibition, and partly in consequence of the greater attractivepledge themselves to the distribution of tickets in the order in whichness of the next festival — the proceeds may safely be calculated upon the applications are received. The roofing of the orchestra at the to amount to a very much larger sum than was realised in 1859. It is Crystal Palace is proceeding rapidly. Competent judges predict that true that the managers have undertaken a very expensive work, in enwhen this enormous cover is placed over the performers, the effect of closing the roof and sides of the transept, in order to obtain a better the music particularly in the more distant seats—will be enhanced acoustic effect ; but notwithstanding this great expenditure, it is more threefold ; while the span of the great arch, 216 feet wide (or double the than probable-taking into consideration that many of the orchestral diameter of the dome of St. Paul's cathedral), will have a most im- requirements are already provided-that the profits of this Festival will posing effect.
exceed those of the Festival of 1859. MR. RANSFORD'S CONCERT. - Mr. Ransford's annual invitation to My object in writing is this:-(1.) It is my opinion, as I know it is bis friends to pay him a visit in his public capacity was, on Thurs. also that of a large portion of the Handel Festival Choir, that the amaday evening, responded to by a large concourse gathered in St. James's teurs who rendered their invaluable assistance on the last occasion did Hall, as has invariably been the case, for the last — we wont say how not receive a sufficient acknowledgment for their services; and (2.) that many years. The public do not lose sight of old favourites, and when the same want of liberality is likely to be exhibited at the forthcoming the once popular basso comes again to remind them of past times, Festival. What the amateur assistants did receive in 1859 was a friend's - the times of “I am the Gipsy King, ha! ha !”— they assemble in admission ticket for the full rehearsal, and a bronze medal; what they crowds to give him a "chevey.” Though a veteran, however, Mr. are to receive for 1862 can be, of course, but mere conjecture. Now, Ransford does not yet deem it time to cry " Peccavi" as a singer; and to Sir, when it is considered that the performers are put to a great exprove that his lungs and his science are still capable of being turned to 1 pense so as to make an appearance befitting the occasion, in addition to good account, sang a new song on Thursday, written for him by Mr. the immense inconvenience to which many must be subject, in order to Ś Nelson, called “ Try again," with a vigour and expression that | leave their homes and business for four days out of what may be called a astonished and gratified the audience, who roared applause in chorus. week, it certainly is not too much to say, that the managers on the last Miss Ransford, like her father, was content with a single solo, but that occasion did not act with much liberality or fairness to the amateurs, was as good as two or more. It was a new “Valse," entitled who were in no small degree instrumental in conducing to such a tri"Ti Sovvien," composed expressly for the occasion by Mr. Francesco umphant termination of the undertaking. It is therefore to be hoped, Berger, a very difficult bravura and long, after the manner of that at the next festival their services may be better appreciated, by " Il Bacio." The fair artist sang it with great brilliancy, in the most being more suitably rewarded. exacting and rapid passages always showing the even and charming The managers may ask what is it that is expected of them. It would quality of her voice. The other lady vocalists who created the greatest | be absurd to expect that all in the orchestra should be paid; but I do sensation were Mlle. Parepa (encored in “Il Bacio"), Mad. think, and would suggest, that each unpaid assistant should have at least Guerrabella (encored in “Kathleen Mavourneen," singing, moreover, for each day's performance a free admission for a friend. This may seem another English ballad and “ Qui la voce," from Puritani), and Miss an unreasonable demand; but I believe that such a liberal distribution Lascelles, who gave a vigorous reading of “Di tanti Palpiti.” Miss of free tickets would cost but little. There is ample room in the building Poole, Miss Eyles, Miss Hughes and Mad. Nita Norrie also sang. | to accommodate all who are likely to go, while of those who might be Mr. Weiss among the gentlemen carried off the lion's share of applause, there by means of the free admission very few probably would go had being encored in two of his own songs. Mr. George Perren, Mr. Winn, they to pay for their tickets: so that I contend the building would be Mr. Melchor Winter, Mr. Wallworth, &c., lent their efficient services. only a little more crowded without much loss to the funds. More than
The instrumentalists were Miss Arabella Goddard, Mr. Richard this it would not be reasonable to ask, but at least this the assistants Blagrove and M. Paque. The fair pianist played Liszt's fantasia on have a right do demand. Rigolet!o and Mr. Benedict's new fantasia on - Cherry Ripe,” with so Should, however, the managers be unwilling to concede what I have much brilliancy and such unerring precision as to raise the audience to suggested, or an equivalent to it, I believe that all who are to be conthe highest enthusiasm. Miss Goddard was recalled to the platform as a nected with the next Festival are so interested in it that they would matter of course after each performance. The conductors were Mr. sacrifice their feelings on this subject of remuneration rather than not Lindsay Sloper, Mr. Francesco Berger and Herr Wilhelm Ganz
be present and take part in this grandest of musical events. I hope Miss MARTIN'S EVENING CONCERT came off at St. James's Hall on such would be the case. But though there are those who are ever Tuesday last. The attendance, if not numerous, was elegant ; and the ready to render their best services in an undertaking like this, it is yet programme, if not classical and grand, was pleasing and well varied. manifestly unjust for two large companies to trade on the good nature Miss Martin, if we remember aright, was a pupil of Mr. Hullah's, and of ladies and gentlemen without offering something adequate in return. was introduced by him to the public some few years back, at the Hall I trust the managers will take into their consideration the suggestion in Long Acre, which bore her name. With the concert-giver on
which I think I have not unreasonably made.-Yours, &c. Tuesday night were associated, as singers, Miss Banks, Miss M. Brad Feb, 22nd, 1862.
· ST. JA ME S’S HALL,
The allowance presented to Phil by His Most Gracious Regent Street and Piccadilly.
Majesty, notwithstanding its extreme liberality, proved un
equal to satisfy his luxurious desires for meat, drink and MONDAY POPULAR CONCERTS,
tobacco, and the Corporal was compelled to look out for a situation. He became valet to a shooting Major. It was
about partridge time, when one day Phil received orders to SEVENTY - EIGHTH CONCERT, on MONDAY call his master next morning before sunrise. The instrucEVENING, March 10th, 1862, Second Appearance of
tions were positive — before sunrise. Phil was the very HERR JOACHIM.
soul of obedience, and carried out his commands to the PROGRAMME.
letter. As it was difficult to call himself so early, he dePart 1.- Quartet, in F minor, No. 11, for two Violins, Viola and Violoncello, MM. JOACAIM, L, Ries, H. WEBB and PIATTI (Beethoven). Song, "In a drear-nighted termined not to go to bed at all. He was not the first IrishDecember, Miss Poole (J. W. Davison). Song, “ L'Eloge des larmes," Mr. TEN.
man who staid up all night to get up early in the morning. NANT (Schubert). Sonata, in D minor, for Pianoforte alone (first time at the Monday Popular Concerts), Mr. CHARLES HALLE (C. M. von Weber).
Phil took his pipe and his mug, and passed the dark hours PART. II.-Sonata, in A, for Violoncello, with Pianoforte Accompaniment (repeated by general desire), Signor PIATTI (Boccherini). “Song, “The Lady's Wish," Miss by the kitchen fire, sipping, smoking and drawing pleasant Poole (W. V. Wallace). Song, “The Garland," Mr. TENNANT (Mendelssohn).
pictures in the turf fire. He watched and listened, but Sonata, in G, Op. 96, for Pianoforte and Violin (first time this season), Mr. CHARLES HALLE and Herr JOACHIM (Beethoven).
never closed his eyes. He was on duty. When Phil thought Conductor, MR. BENEDICT. To commence at eight o'clock precisels. it was time for the sun to be stirring, he got up, snuffed the NOTICE,- It is respectfully suggested that such persons as are not desirous or remain candle, took it in his hand, and walked out into the backing till the end of the performance can leave either before the commencement of the last instrumental piece, or between any two of the movements, so that those who wish yard to watch for the first glimmering of the dawn, Phil to hear the whole may do so without interruption.
was no philosopher, or it might have occurred to him that the *. Between the last vocal piece and the Sonata for Pianoforte and Violin, an interval of Five Minntes will be allowed. The Concert will finish before half past
candle, instead of aiding, prevented him from seeing the day · ten o'clock.
break. Let us not be too satirical on Phil, and let us bear Stalls, 5s.; Balcony, 38.; Admission, Is. · Tickets to be had of Mr. AUSTIN, at the Hall, 28 Piccadilly ; CHAPPELL & Co. 50
in mind that he was an Irishman, was born in Monastereven, New Bond Street, and of the principal Musicsellers.
and had left a piece of his head with the enemy. N.B. The Programme of every Concert will henceforward include a detailed analysis, with Illustrations in musical type, of the Sonata for Pianoforte alone, at the end of
Phil Purcell, with the candle in his hand, looking out for Part I.
the morning, may be termed analogous to our own position as
shown in our leading article last week, when seeking for TO CORRESPONDENTS.
some indication of the approaching season we were unable Miss JESSICA RANKIN (Clopée).-Mr. Wallace's setting of “When thou
to espy any. Our anxiety, like Phil's light, prevented us and I last parted” is published by Duncan Davison and Co., Regent
from distinguishing the faintest streak of day in the musiStreet.
cal horizon. Had we not been over-desirous in the look.
out, several luminous flashes, unerring denotements of the NOTICES.
season at hand, could not have escaped our investigation. To ADVERTISERS.--Advertisers are informed, that for the future
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| the season are clear and distinct. We are now entered in To PUBLISHERS AND COMPOSERS. - All Music for Review in TNE reality upon the musical year of 1862, and, if all its prosMUSICAL WORLD must henceforward be forwarded to the Editor,
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and splendour. The programme of the Great Handel FesA List of every Piece sent for Review will appear on the Saturday following in THE MUSICAL WORLD.
tival has been issued, and in a few days we may expect to To CONCERT GIVERS.—No Benefit-Concert, or Musical Perform
scan the prospectus of the International Exhibition. Furance, except of general interest, unless previously Advertised, can
| thermore, we can state upon authority that Drury Lane be reported in THE MUSICAL WORLD.
Theatre has been let for the summer months to the directors of the Royal English Opera, and that it will open with Mr. Vincent Wallace's new opera, which, our readers are aware, was to have been brought out at Covent Garden.* The
Italian operas alone tell us nothing. The reports about Her LONDON: SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 1862.
Majesty's Theatre are vague and contradictory. An attempt is being made, as we hear, to form a commonwealth,
by whom, or which, the management may be carried on, or, CORPORAL PHIL PURCELL was as gallant a horse at least, the responsibility undertaken. Of this commonU soldier as ever Aourished sabre, and as downright anwealth Mlle. Titiens, Signors Giuglini, Belletti and Ciampi Irishman as ever committed blunder. Peace to his manes ! | are said to form the nucleus. But how about the payment he was a Monastereven man! Phil went through the whole of the exorbitant seven thousand pounds the noble proof the Peninsular campaign, and, having lost an eye, three prietor demands to be paid “down on the nail?” Will fingers and a small portion of his cranium, retired with his lordship be more merciful to artists than stage man. distinguished laurels from the service on sixpence a day, a agers, and lower his terms? - or, sooner than allow the beacon of honour and renown, and a shining example of theatre to be closed during the carnival, will he, as a matter his country's care and munificence. But military campaigns superinduce freedom of expenditure, and the cavalry as a * Since writing the above, this report has been contradicted. (Vide matter of course are more extravagant than foot soldiers. / another page.)
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of speculation, grant leave to the singers to carry on the an ordinary ear to understand them; and where there is a government on their own account? The public are deeply solo anthem, it is bellowed out in a coarse, harsb, throaty, interested in the future prospects of the old Opera House ; unsympathetic tone; and the manner, instead of being but we fear there is little hope for it while its fortunes lang worthy the sacredness of the building, is, to avoid stronger upon the fitful mood of one who is too wealthy and too re- expressions, careless and indifferent. The result of all this gardless of art ever to concern himself greatly about its is, the sacred edifice is degraded, and, in lieu of the feelings prosperity. Mr. Gye is still silent, but we hear is busy of the congregation being raised, sentiments of an unhal. making preparations for the new season. A few restora- lowed nature, such as anger and indignation, are aroused. tions of great magnificence are talked about, one more Singing of this kind, or rather shouting such as this, especially, of Meyerbeer's Robert le Diable, which is an-may suit “Music Halls," where “devilled kidneys ” and ticipated to realise as grand a success as Guillaume Tell. similar condiments are paramount, but it is altogether un
Thus, it will be seen, our news is less gloomy than last becoming in the churches of the land. Far be it from me to week; and, on the whole, despite what casuists and the say that the very same vocalists who thus use their lungs six lovers of apposition assert, we are inclined to think the ap- days in the week are engaged on the seventh where this proaching season will be eminently brilliant. Let us, at irreverent and improper style is adopted. Those having the least, anticipate as much, and enjoy beforehand the pleasur- management of these choirs are best able to speak on that able emotions to be derived from bright expectations. point.
Singing has been termed by the Rev. W. W. Cazalet
“ Musical Oratory." I accept the definition ; but the singing To the Editor of the Musical WORLD.
I allude to bears to “Musical Oratory” the same relation SIR, -I desire to draw public attention to a subject of as subsists between “Pot-house” declamation, and the glow
great importance; and, when I state it has reference to ing eloquence of a Derby, a Disraeli, or a Gladstone, which a part of the service of the Sanctuary, its importance will touches our hearts, and makes us feel as do the speakers be at once admitted. Of late years choral service has be- | themselves. come very general in our Churches. Now, for what pur Now where the professional singing in our churches does pose was it originally introduced? Without question, it not accomplish this, it fails in its object; and where, on the was to aid in the worship of God; and when we bear in contrary, it excites feelings which ought not to be aroused mind how prone our thoughts are to wander, it must be unless something of a higher order can be introduced—the owned that any thing in any way calculated to help us to sooner it is abolished the better. concentrate them, and to inspire us with becoming feelings
I am, &c., - anything, in short, tending to elevate our hearts, is wor- March 3rd, 1862.
MUSICUS. thy of general acceptance.
The end aimed at, and the means for securing it, being thus apparent, what ought the singing to be where there
SCHUBERT'S MUSICAL REMAINS.* are professed choristers?
| ALTHOUGH perfectly well aware that it is but a waste of I answer: Devout, solemn, reverent; singing that influ- time-even in the best of times-for me to give a notice in ences the listeners. It should be felt as well as understood, the Journal of Music of any fine collection of rare books or that it may reach the hearts of the congregation. All the manuscripts on sale, even for less than auction pricesappliances of Art should be brought to bear : the voice knowing well that not a reader, even when no rebellion is should be sympathetic; the taste unquestionable; the ex. I drawing upon his resources, will pay the slightest attention pression real; the articulation distinct; the vocalisation to such an announcement as that which I am going to make good ; the phrasing even ; and the general tone subdued. 1-still I will make it, on the principle that one should not Then, the thoughts, feelings, and affections of the congrega- | weary in well doing, Moreover, I will wait a few weeks tion are raised and sublimated; and in proportion as they before making the announcement in England and Paris, so are so, are the people the more likely to be true worshippers. that Boston, New York, &c., may have the first chance. These remarks have more especial reference to solo singing : | When Ferdinand Schubert died, two or three years since, he, the same, however, holds good to a great extent with respect like all teachers in Austria, necessarily left his family in very to choral singing.
straightened circumstances. A mass of MSS. bas been put It will be generally, if not universally admitted, that. into my hands to dispose of for that family's benefit, among such singing is likely to secure the end sought after. which are several autographs of Franz Schubert. The
Now for the question: Is the singing in our churches of most important of these are:tbis description? I unhesitatingly answer-No. I have The complete orchestral Score of “Alphonso and Estrella," made it my business to .go into several where choral service an opera in three acts, begun Oct. 21, 1821, and ended Feb. is performed, and probably in your editorial capacity you 27, 1822. may have been induced to do the same. I think, therefore, Mass in G, in score, for four voices, small orchestra that you can corroborate my statement. There are some and organ, with additional instruments by his brother churches in London which have stood in high repute on | Ferdinand. account of the efficient manner in which their choral ser- An operatic chorus and air, scored for full orchestra. vices were performed. Such repute was not without Half a dozen songs. reason. But of late, it would appear, a great change has There is much other music, instrumental and vocal, in the taken place, and where there may have been at one time collection by him, but I cannot as yet decide whether it is singing, there is now nothing but shouting. Each man in written out by him, his brother, or a copyist. these choirs, it seems, tries to outdo his neighbour by the Any reasonable offer for the Opera, the Mass, or the strength of his lungs. Of what I have stated to be the essentials of church singing, there is not one. The very words are disregarded, for it is quite beyond the capacity of * Addressed to Dwight's Boston Journal of Music, ..
Chorus and Air, would be accepted-no price is fixed. It is seldom we hear two such artists, foreign and English, My own choice would be to have them go together in some in a duet; and still more rarely do we find the native singer permanent public library.
upholding so successfully the honour of the national school.
| Mrs. Netherclift (late Miss Fanny Rowland), who was second Vienna.
A. W. THAYER.
treble in “I waited for the Lord” (Lobgesang), sang her
part in a truly excellent manner : perfectly correct in time Royal ENGLISH OPERA.—The success of Mr. Benedict's new
and tune and with real feeling for the beauty of the music. opera, The Lily of Killarney, goes on increasing, rather than di. Mr. Wilbye Cooper undertook the tenor part at a very short minisbing. Miss Louisa Pyne, replaced, on two occasions last
notice, and added to his reputation for careful and tasteful singing. week, in the part of Eily O'Connor, by the clever and obliging
Signor Belletti won unanimous good opinion in the “ Pro pecMiss Thirlwall — who, with the true spirit of an artist, “under
catis," and the other bass music of the “ Stabat Mater.” studies ” the repertory of her superior, so as always to be ready
The chorus singing was generally first-rate ; but the passage in on an emergency-has now definitely resumed the character. Å
the Lobgesang, commencing “ Therefore let us cast off the works short repose has been of real benefit to the gifted English “prima
of darkness," is, we fear, never to go well; nor the “ Amen" of donna," the pride of our lyric stage, and on Saturday night her
the “ Stabat Mater,” one of the very rare fugues with which Rosvoice was as fresh and vigorous as her singing was exquisite.
sini has favoured us. The band played the three orchestral moveThe operá has now been represented twenty-three times. It will
ments of Mendelssohn's work irreproachably. The intense melody run to the end of the season. We believe that nothing has been
of the second movement in G minor) created a sensation, while settled with respect to the contemplated removal, during the forth the occasional purity of the Adagio (so marked religioso) was coming summer season, of the Royal English Opera to Drury | appropriately a unique specimen of instrumental performance. Lane Theatre. It is now said that Mr. Wallace's new work will | The programme was repeated yesterday evening, the principal be brought out at the beginning of next season.
soprano music being sung by Miss Parepa. It was a genuine PROMENADE CONCERTS.—The announcement of an intended
triumph for her. Her reading of the music of the Lobgesang was series of Promenade concerts, under the name of Jullien, will
very spirited and pointed. The “Inflammatus” (Stabat Mater) take the metropolitan public somewhat by surprise. The explana
was another success. The duet “Quis est homo ?" was again ention is, that a son of the late much-respected maestro contemplates
cored. Mr. Wilbye Cooper enhanced the impression he created a à renewal of the popular musical performances, he having, it is
| week since in the “Cujus Animam.”. said, at his command all the resources of a first-rate orchestra. The project for many reasons deserves encouragement and sup
MONDAY POPULAR CONCERTS. port, which it will doubtless obtain.
Ar the concert on Monday night (the 77th) Herr Joseph Joachim MR. MARK LEMON ABOUT LONDON.—The interesting course
made his first appearance since 1859. When the Monday Popular of readings by Mr. Mark Lemon at the Gallery of Illustration
Concerts were originated (in the spring of that year) the quartethaving reached its close, the entertainment will be carried by him
playing of this distinguished violinist was a never-failing attracinto different parts of the country. A round of provincial en
tion. If at that time it was pronounced, and justly so, “unrigagements will, we understand, occupy Mr. Leinon until the 21st valled." it is difficult to find terms for it now. Herr Joachim is of April, when he will again revisit the first scene of his recreative
one of those earnest and conscientious artists who, uniting enthuand informing labours.
siasm with the severest judgment, never know what it is to stand ROYAL GENERAL THEATRICAL FUND.-Mr. Alfred Wigan will
still, but, aiming at an ideal standard, are continually approaching occupy the chair at the next Anniversary Festival of this institu
nearer and nearer to perfection. That he is beyond comparison, tion, which is fixed to take place on Monday, the 14th April. Miss WYNDHAM.—This well-known actress was, on Saturday
in every sense, the most admirable performer on his instrument to
whom that country has given birth which reckons the greatest of week, married at Kensington Church to Captain Henry Baring, son of Henry Baring, Esq., M.P. for Marlborough.
great masters among her children, must be unanimously ailmitted.
A musical prodigy as a boy,—which those in England who heard MLLE. TITIENS is fulfilling a month's engagement at Barcelona.
a month's engagement at Barcelona. him play Beethoven's violin concerto at the Philharmonic Concerts Tue SISTERS MARCHISIO are at Turin, where they are en
when only thirteen years of age (in 1844) can attest, -he has gaged at the Opera for two months. They return in May.
made such excellent use of his natural gifts, has looked at bis árt from a point of view so serious, and with so fixed a conviction
that it is a thing to be revered, and never for any consideration to SACRED HARMONIC SOCIETY.
be trifled with, that now, as a man, though still young, he holds, The first appearance of Mlle. Titiens at the concerts of this insti- by general consent, the very bigbest place his ambition could, tution, with the conjunction of the Lobgesang of Mendelssohn under any circumstances, have urged him to covet. Comparisons and Rossini's Stabat Mater in the programme, crowded Exeter may be instituted between other eminent artists, one excelling in Hall to a degree almost unknown. The two styles exhibited in this, one in that particular; but Herr Joachim stands apart from these very dissimilar works are fully appreciated by the Teutonic the rest, and the advocates, however warm, of his contemporaries songstress; but Rossini is evidently more familiar to her than would never for an instant think of questioning his supremacy. A Mendelssohn. The success, however, of her début on the time | thorough proficient in every style, it is, however, as an interhonoured platform will, no doubt, induce her to give further atten preter of Beethoven that he especially excels-indeed, sets competion to the works of Handel and Mendelssohn, wherein she may tition at defiance. Nobody in our time has played Beethoven's be assured a solid reputation is to be attained. The facile delivery music like him; and as the two great schools of Paganini and of the higher phrases in “ Praise thou the Lord" (Lobgesang) Spobr-the characteristics of which, though the antipodes of each brought Mlle. Titiens at once prominently before the audience, other, are happily and advantageously combined in modern artand throughout the work there was no diminution in the strength have created a class of players equal to the achievement of what of voice and clearness of tone, which have been her attributes for before these schools existed would have been deemed impracticable, some time past. The passage on the words “ The night is de it is more than probable that no one at any period has expressed parting" may be cited as an especial instance of grand and effec Beethoven's thoughts with such irreproachable mastery and skill, tive delivery, though certainly inferior to that of Mad. Novello. That he should, therefore, come forward, after three years' abIn the Stabat Mater, the “Inflammatus” (the high C in which sence, with one of the quartets of “the immeasurably rich musirang out with wonderful power and brightness) was the noteworthy cian,” was natural and to be expected. To his honour, also be it feature as a solo; but the best singing of the evening was in the said, Herr Joachim accepted for the occasion one of those later duet, Quis est homo ?" in wbich Mad. Sainton was second soprano. compositions which, owing to their profound and recondite chaSince she first appeared in public as Miss Dolby, we never re racter, are, even in the present day, least understood, and in member the last-named lady singing with more vigour of style consequence, by the majority, least appreciated the fifteenth and finished delicacy of expression than on this occasion. quartet (Op. 132), in C sharp minor. He must, at the same time, have had no little confidence, German as he is, in and able direction of Mr. Augustus Manns. Mr. Manns sees that the English public before whom he was about to appear, and to there are other elements of attraction besides excellence — novelty, whose gratification he was about to administer. He possibly re to wit, which he endeavours to turn to the best account. The membered that this much under-estimated public had invariably programmes in general contain some one work which is either inappreciated his own talent, and that, years gone by, even the violin troduced for the first time at the Crystal Palace Concerts, or has fugues of John Sebastian Bach, under bis surprisingly dexterous been played once or twice previously, and is little known elsemanipulation, had created an impression not easily forgotten. where. On Saturday week Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony, and Whatever the influence, however, his performance last night sur Schumann's Overture to the Brides of Messina, were given. The passed everything we have listened to in the shape of quartet band also accompanied M. Sainton in his own violin concerto, a playing at the Monday Popular Concerts or elsewhere. It was in- work not only indicating a thorough master of the resources of tellectual, vigorous, subtle, brilliant, graceful, and instinct with the instrument, but an intelligent musician to boot. M. Sainton varied and poetical expression. Even the grave fugue with which played splendidly, and was loudly and unanimously applauded. the quartet begins seemed tuneful and capable of the warmest The eminent French violinist also gave his own Scotch fantasia, a sentiment. The deliciously melodious and playful allegro that brilliant affair brilliantly executed and warmly appreciated, and follows was of course at once appreciated; the andante, perhaps all the more interesting from being accompanied on the pianoforte the noblest example in music of the variation form, long and | by his accomplished lady. The vocalists were Mad. Saintonelaborate as it is, and so entirely original as to resemble in no single Dolby and Miss Emma Charlier. It was the first appearance of instance any preceding model, was heard from end to end with the last-named young lady, who sang the ballad, “ The Forsaken," breathless interest; the presto, a movement in the “scherzo" and Mr. Wallace's "Sweet Spirit, hear my prayer,” but so nerv. fashion, capricious, wild, and wayward, yet sparkling and piquant ously as to preclude us passing an opinion. That the voice is of -such, indeed, as one composer only could have imagined, more good quality is all we can at present say. Mad. Sainton-Dolby and more moved the audience; while the finale-ushered in so gave the “ Evening Prayer" from Mr. Costa's Eli, with quiet and mysteriously by the short adagio, every note of which breathes the devotional fervour, and by her excellent performance pleased spirit of Beethoven-was given throughout with the fire and im- universally. In Mr. Henry Smart's ballad, “The Lady of the petuosity indispensable to its appropriate and effective rendering, | Lea,” she obtained an irresistible encore. and roused every hearer to enthusiasm. The applause at the ter Notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather, which commination of the quartet was so unanimous, hearty, and prolonged bined the nipping cold of winter with the rude blasts of the March that Herr Joachim and his associates were compelled to return to wind, the music-room was well filled at the second concert, on the orchestra. The truth is, that the audience would willingly | Saturday last, and the performances went off with considerable bave listened to the last and most energetic movement of this very spirit. The symphony was Mendelssohn's in A minor, and its abstruse and very wonderful work again, but that the length of execution was literally everything that could be desired. The the programme rendered it impossible. No praise can be too high adagio was perfectly played, the passages for the wind instruments for Herr L. Ries, Mr. H. Webb, and Signor Piatti (never more being as harmoniously blended as though the sounds were proemphatically the “Emperor” of his instrument), who, as second duced by one performer on an instrument capable of representing violin, viola, and violoncello, took part with Herr Joachim in this the combination. This is the result of the constant playing of the singularly fine performance-a performance which made as clear same executants under the same conductor. The only overture as daylight what has been persistently set down as rugged and was Cherubini's Les Abencerrages, which concluded the concert. obscure, and which, in short, did honour to Beethoven.
Moscheles' fantasia, Recollections of Ireland, was so well played After such a quartet, by the side of which no work of similar by Miss Fanny Howell, a pianist of great promise, who made her character could stand a chance, the solo pianoforte sonata of the début at one of Mr. Hullah's concerts at St. Martin's Hall, three evening (Woelil's Ne Plus Ultra-repeated in consequence of its or four years ago, that the young lady was recalled to the platremarkable success at the previous concert) came in as a charming form and applauded very heartily. The vocalists were : — Mad. and grateful relief. Miss Arabella Goddard, who played it even Guerrabella and Mlle. Georgi. Mad. Guerrabella gave a brilliant better than before, was frequently interrupted by applause in the version of “ Ernani, involami," and was encored, though she decourse of her performance, and at the conclusion of the “Varia clined the repetition of the caballettu. She also gave much satistions," which created an extraordinary sensation, was enthusiastic- | faction in the well-known ballad “ Kathleen Mavourneen.” Mlle. ally summoned forward. The same success awaited Dussek's Georgi was favourably received in “ ( mio Fernando," and Horn's brilliant and spirited Sonata in B flat for pianoforte and violin “ The deep, deep sea.” one of the most interesting “revivals” at the Monday Popular Con At the next concert (this day) Miss Arabella Goddard will percerts. The final Rondo (which alone would stamp its composer a form. “According to the way the announcement of this fact is musician not less genial than gifted) as usual raised a “furore,” | printed," says the Morning Chronicle, “it would appear that she is and both performers (Miss Goddard and Herr Joachim) were un- | to play Méhul's symphony in G minor, for the first time in Enganimously recalled. The last instrumental piece-Hummel's trio land." It would assuredly be the first time that Miss Goddard in E flat, Op. 93, for pianoforte, violin, and violoncello (Miss God. has played it in this or any other country. We take it that Miss dard, Herr Joachim, and Signor Piatti)—was no less favourably Goddard is to perform (piece not specified), and that Méhul's received than the one in E which Mr. Hallé introduced with such symphony is to be done by the band. genuine success some weeks since. Hummel's music is liked better
-- oO and better at St. James's Hall; and nothing could be found to
Malta.- On Saturday Mlle. Anna Bazzuri took her benefit, which, wind up a concert more cheerfully and pleasantly than one of his
perhaps, owing to the unfavourable weather, was not quite so gay as the admirably written pieces.
benefit of a prima donna generally is in our theatre. Of the first part The vocalist was Miss Poole, an expressive ballad singer, as all
of the entertainment, the first act of the Trovatore, we need make no the world knows, whose pure and unaffected style was agreeably
mention; the second piece, the song of Don Checco, by Sig. Conti, was manifested in a new song by Mr. Vincent Wallace (" The Lady's
encored: the third, a waltz without words, was very tastefully sung by Wish"), and a setting (by Mr. J. W. Davison) of the beautiful
Mlle. Bazzuri, and loudly encored, and both she and the composer, Sig. Ferses of Keats, beginning “In a drear-nighted December,” Mr. Genesio Monreal, were called before the curtain to receive the felicitaBenedict was, as usual, the accompanist.
tions of the audience. The third act of the Traviata, which followed, At the next concert Herr Joachim is to lead Beethoven's 11th was most expressively sung and acted by the prima donna, and at its quartet (in F minor), and play, with Mr. Hallé, one of the same
conclusion, she and Sigs. Gambetti and Sterbini were called before the composer's sonatas for pianoforte and violin.
curtain and enthusiastically applauded. A trio, also composed by Sig.
Monreal, concluded the entertainment, and the artists who executed it, CRYSTAL PALACE.
were, with the composer, once more called out to receive the applause of
the public. We have not heard the results of the performance, as reThe Saturday Concerts have now commenced in earnest, and gards the advantage of Mlle. Bazzuri, but we fear that they were not we carried on with even more than usual spirit under the active equal to her merits.-Malta Times, Feb. 20.