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THE OPERA AT MILAN.
An opera by Petrella, La Morosina, has been chosen by Mad. Lorini (From a Correspondent.)
for her debut, which is to take place early in April. The king is ex
pected in Milan on the 6th, and great preparations are in progress to March 3rd, 1862
celebrate the royal visit. There will probably be a command night at ALTHOUGH the "star" system is avowedly ignored by the management the Scala, which on such occasions presents an appearance magnificent of the Milanese Opera House, no theatre has ever been more dependent to behold, and in every respect worthy the presence of a monarch. upon the efforts of one artist than has the Teatro della Scala during the present season. Without the assistance of Mad. Csillag, whose debut in Verdi's Ballo in Maschera was noticed in a former letter, it is
MUSICAL ODDS AND ENDS FROM BRUSSELS. difficult to imagine what the management would have done to satisfy
(From an occasional Correspondent.) the subscribers and attract the public. With the exception of the Hungarian prima donna, the company is unquestionably inefficient. As the
MY DEAR WORLD, — Two causes have conduced to call forth this season has advanced, the enthusiasm of the supporters of the different
epistle; the first cause is that, having some little leisure on my hands, I artists has calmed down-the applause of the claquers has lost its power,
thought I might as well employ it by jotting down a few notes concernand the singers have been gradually allowed to take position according
ing the musical doings here; the second cause is, that I fancied you to their individual merits. The repertory at the Scala during the
were not, at this period of the year, particularly flush of matter, despite present Carnival has consisted of four operas : Ione, by Petrella, which
your well-known immensity of mental resource and command of the was produced at Christmas, and has since been played on the off nights;
earliest intelligence, and that, consequently, the smallest contributions Verdi's Ballo in Maschera, looked forward to with so much interest by
would be thankfully received; while the third and last of the two causes the Milanese, and so nearly condemned on the first representation ;
aforesaid is that a man likes to see his lucubrations in all the glory of Braga's Mormile, a decided failure ; and L'Uscocco, by Petrocini, given
“long pica,” or “ bourgeois;" such, at least, is the case with an amateur on the 25th February. In two of these, Il Ballo and L’tscocco,
like myself, though I can easily understand that the charm of the thing Mad. Csillag sustained the principal character; and to her having
wears off with the novelty, and that, were I under the necessity of condone so may be attributed the success with which these works have
tinually filling the maws of half-a-dozen gigantic steam presses, as you met. The favourable impression she produced upon her first appear
are, I should not be so anxious to figure in your columns. As yet, ance as Amalia in the Ballo, when the other artists concerned prejudiced
however, I am under no such necessity, and can still exclaim with-not the performance by their extravagant gestures and singing out of tune,
after - Byron: has since been most substantially confirmed. Mad. Csillag has become
" 'Tis pleasant sure to see one's notes in print ; the chief attraction of the theatre- is spoken of as a second Malibran,
For type is type, although there's nothing in't.” and, to the delight of the Impresario Merelli, has carried him through Having thus gracefully commenced my communication, and, by this the Carnival season triumphantly.
preparatory flourish of trumpets, succeeded, I trust, in enlisting your The last novelty at the Scala, Petrocini's opera above mentioned, is a sympathies, if you have more than one, and exciting your curiosity, I work of some pretension. The libretto by Signor Leone Fortis, a dis- will, without more ado, proceed to unfold to your gaze the more or less tinguished littérateur, is founded upon the French novel of L'Uscoque, rich stores of news in my possession. and affords ample scope for the display of dramatic talent on the part To begin, then, with the Italian Opera. Like Herr von Flotow's of the composer. But Signor Petrocini “hat sich noch nicht ausge Marta, which was basely done to death by the felon throats of the drückt,” the Germans would say. He has not yet set aside the habit of company, La Figlia del Reggimiento proved à failure. You will hardly thought peculiar to a student young in the art of composing for the stage. credit this, but it is a fact, and shows how much the composer depends A too rigid observance of the rules of harmony and construction still upon the artists. When such a charming production as the above fetters his imagination. His writings evince great care and more pro masterpiece can be thus burked, after its popularity has been so firmly found study than do those of many of his less thoughtful countrymen ; established, what would have been the chance of the unlucky composer but there is a lack of verve and spontaneity in the opera in question for achieving success, had his work been represented in this style on the which makes it heavy and monotonous, a serious drawback in a dramatic first night of its performance? Music would probably have lost one of work. In the instrumentation, Signor Petrocini has evidently been the brightest gems that glisten in her diadem, for all new operas which desirous to prove his knowledge of the resources of the different instru do not succeed at first are not Fidelios. Who knows how many great ments, and has so far succeeded; but his combinations are not felicitous, operas may have been consigned to oblivion, and how many great although his score is invariably grammatically correct and often too musicians may have passed their lives in one unending round of pro. minutely elaborate. In short, L'Uscocco has all the errors common to fessional drudgery and blighted hopes, simply from the incapacity of the the early works of most musicians. It remains to be seen whether singers! On the occasion to which I am now referring, Mlle. Patti, the Signor Petrocini will hereafter fulfil the expectations which this, one of delightful, the entrancing, sustained the part of Marie, but even her his first operas, notwithstanding its faults, would seem to justify.
brilliancy was obscured by the wretched way in which she was supported, A quartet and the aria d'entrata for the soprano were the morceaux or rather crushed, by those around her. I felt so indignant that I vowed which, on the first representation, met with the most unqualified ap- | I would not enter the theatre again as long as the Italian company was proval of the audience. The opera has not been given more than once, here, and I kept my resolution. They have now left, and so I forgive owing to the illness of Mlle. Acs, the contralto. It is hoped that the them, and I trust that Mlle. Adelina does the same. lady will be sufficiently recovered as to re-appear in the course of this Pianists, violinists, vocalists, et hoc genus omne, are not, as a rule, week.
millionaires. Such being the case, until the abolition of the droit des Signor Braga, a violoncellist of very great excellence, was less for- pauvres, against which the manager of the Théâtre des Galeries, sup. tunate in his venture than Signor Petrocini. Il Mormile was black- l ported by most of the papers, lately appealed, but which is still mainballed, and being unanimously declared totally unsuited to the taste of tained in all its integrity by the Conseil Communal, I should strongly the Milanese, has not since been heard of.' Another candidate for advise ambitious virtuosi to eschew this "petit Paris.” It is well musical distinction is a Signor Boccolini, whose opera, entitled La known that even where the droit des pauvres does not flourish with the Fidanzata di Savoia, was produced on Saturday, at the Carcano. same virulence as in the capital of Belgium — for two or three concerts Judging from the enthusiasm that prevailed on the occasion, a greater which pay, there are thirty or upwards which cost the artists who give success has never been achieved. It is, however, necessary to wait them a tidy sum for the pleasure of figuring before the public. But until the dust thrown into the eyes of the public by the young com- here matters are far worse, as is evident from the following circumposer's friends shall have subsided before deciding whether the result of stance, which took place this winter. A tolerably celebrated young the first night be genuine or not. The music is in the pure Verdi Viennese violinist, attracted, as he said (Heaven forgive him), by the school, and the performance altogether of the usual average at the Car- | musical reputation of Belgium, paid a visit to Brussels. He gave a cano -- noisy and violent rather than refined, and therefore all the more concert. Thanks to the national enthusiasm for music, the receipts appreciated by the habitués of this particular theatre.
amounted to somewhere about the enormous sum of eighty francs, the Mad. Csillag's success, together with the production of the new expenses not being less than three hundred. This latter sum would not operas by Braga, Petrocini, and Boccolini, constitute all that has hap go far in London, it is true, but then the Brussellians have not to pay as pened of any importance in the musical world of Milan for the last much as we have for advertisements and other means of publicity. two months. At the Scala, Donizetti's Don Sebastian is in active re- Thus little posters, for instance, are nothing when compared to the hearsal, and will be given before the end of March, when Mad. Csillag's gigantic announcements which figure on our London walls, and, conengagement terminates. Her successor, it is said, will be Mad. Verd sequently, as their posters are not so large, their bills must be less. Lorini, an artist formerly well known in London, who has for the past After this parenthetical observation, I will resume the thread of my five or six years had a brilliant career in Italy.
story. Out of the eighty francs, above-mentioned, our adventurous violinist was mulcted, in the first place, of some twenty or twenty-five confine myself to stern fact, I may as well inform you that the notice to francs for the privilege of giving his concert, and, in the second, of the which I have just alluded, and which treated more especially of M. Louis tenth part of his receipts, about which, by the way, I have made a Brassin's pianoforte playing at the seventh Gesellschafts-Concert in Comistake. The poor young Viennese, thus laid under contribution, in logne, surprised me considerably. Either M. Louis Brassin must have obedience to the Belgian laws relating to musical matters, was young improved much, very much, since he was in London with the Cologne and inexperienced. He was ignorant of the precautions adopted by his Choir and played at the Hanover Square Rooms, when he failed to prosharper brethren, and he had to pay pretty dearly for his ignorance. duce the slightest impression (of a favourable nature, at least-let me be He had not put any distinctive mark on those tickets which he had clearly understood), or my ideas of excellence differ toto cælo from those given away, so that he was absolutely Icompelled to pay the city of entertained by one of the first critics of Cologne. Here follows the notice Brussels for the pleasure of inviting his friends to come and hear him play. in question, together with a few observations of my own, which I have Let me, however, be just. His whole wealth did not consist in his eighty made so bold as to add thereto:francs. He had a watch. The authorities did not deprive him of it!! “For some years, we have followed with great interest the artistic Still, despite this act of liberality on their part, I would strongly advise career of this eminent" (why “eminent"?) “pianist, and have borne any aspiring young musician who may think of coming to Brussels for witness to the development of his musical genius" ("genius "!) “ which concert-giving purposes, to attend to the following moral : Don't ! has been consolidated” (until it has become very dense, eh?) “ from year
Talking of concerts and concert-givers, reminds me of Herr Laub, | to year, by the most serious study, and that, too, in so prodigious a manwho is, most undoubtedly, a violinist of great merit. Every time he ner” (Oh! Domine Sampson!) *that he now satisfies the highest exappears he affords the most elevated artistic enjoyment to all true pectations which can be formed of a first-class pianist. We have at lovers of music. That which raises him to such a height is his great length enjoyed the opportunity of hearing this excellent artist, whose revariety, which enables bim to attain perfection in every branch of his putation has long been made abroad" (Where? Not in London, at all art. Other virtuosi, of the sort, I mean, we generally hear in this part of events), “and of convincing ourselves that, in this case, it has been legithe world, may possess indisputable dexterity, but they are far too fond timately obtained.” (In what case? The critic is obscure.) of tricks and vagaries. A strong, decided tone is looked upon by these
“ Born at Aix-la-Chapelle, and educated at Leipsic, the Conservatory of which city gentlemen as unbecoming, undiplomatic, and — since they would fain he left full of honours, Brassin has preserved, through all his peregrinations, the value change the heights of Parnassus into a level floor, and the terms of ad
of a truly German artist" (for the sake of truly German artists, I sincerely trust not),
" in the widest acceptation of the word " (very wide, indeed of the mark). * He mission into patent leather boots, white kid gloves, and Ess Bouquet proved this by his ideal conception and masterly interpretation of Schumann's Conthey exhibit alarmingly developed tendencies towards a sweet flautando certo ; he proved it by all his own compositions, especially his Etudes, Op. 2" (which
are simply a specimen of Liszt out-Liszted), "in which the passages introduced for the or flageolet. Herr Laub's mode of proceeding is very different. For
development of mechanical dexterity are ennobled by the profundity and purity of the him, virtuosity - pray excuse the term, it is becoming so general now musical thought on which they are based !!! Besides Schumann's Concerto, Brasthat I must conform to the fashion and adopt it; besides, to confess
sin” (why not M. Brassin ?) " played some Rhapsodies" (Rhapsodies with a ven
geance !) "by Liszt, with fabulous" (of course)" virtuosity; the certainty and lightness the truth, although I hated it at first, as I did “all-round" collars, I which characterised the interpretation" (these same Rhapsodies certainly require in. am beginning to like it, as I eventually liked “ all-rounders " --for him terpretation) " of the most difficult passages, as well as the elegance and finish"
should have preferred the “finish," I frankly own)" of the most delicate touches, ex. virtuosity serves only as a means to achieve really artistic ends. Many
cited the admiration of the audience as much as the fire and impetuosity with which he people are in the habit of affirming that virtuosity destroys grandeur of overcame the most inextricable complications plunged them in astonishment. In tone. The majority of modern virtuosoes appear to confirm this asser
Brassin" (once more, why not “ M." Brassin ? the omission of the “Monsieur ” is
allowable only in the case of indisputably great men, or of indisputably inferior ones. tion, but that it is an unjustifiable one, is constantly proved by Herr I do not think M. Brassin can be justly placed in either class) “we behold Liszt Laub in the most striking manner. Indeed, it would be a difficult task once more in his palmiest days” (will Dr. Liszt take this as a compliment, we non
der!). " What raises” (M.)" Brassin's playing above that of other pianists is that to say what quality is most to be admired in him; conception, fullness
calm, that tranquillity, free from ought like charlatanism, which proclaims the mas. and purity of tone, brilliant bravura, or — extraordinary power of sup ter. His success was colossal." porting fatigue. He possesses all these excellences in an equal degree, So, I should say, must have been the good nature, orwell, no matand in equal perfection. After the concertos of Beethoven and Jog- ter, of the audience-even when “ Doctors disagree, who shall decide?" chim *, which I may consider sufficiently well-known or discussed, the What do you say? What I say amounts to this: Either the Cologne crielasticity of his playing the other day was proved at the close of the tic or your humble servant must be — (leave a space for the expletive, as evening, in a Polonaise of his own composition, to be as fresh as it was it is a strong one) wrong! I may add that, if you decide in my favour, at the commencement of the concert. Herr Laub was supported by Mad.
which you must do, if you possess one spark of justice and discernment Eliza Cush, Herren Leo Lion and Seyffart. I will restrict myself in your whole composition, for there is not the faintest doubt that I am to saying that the programme was altogether an admirable one, and that right, you shall have another letter shortly. If you pronounce against as far as the solo performers, vocal and instrumental, were concerned, me, I will never forward another line to your paper. everything was well received, though, as a matter of course, the concert
Yours, truly and expectantly, giver obtained the greatest amount of laurels. I have, on the other
WAHRHEIT. hand, a bone to pick with certain members of the orchestra, whose playing, in the well-known air from Beethoven's Fidelio, was most extraordinary. The oboes deserve the greatest amount of blame. Must they
“COMING TOWARDS HOME.” always play out of tune, besides having a tendency to play too low ? In
The dew is frozen white future, gentlemen, indulge in a somewhat greater tendency upwards;
On the beaten ground; endeavour, also, to ennoble your tone a trifle, and to get rid of its insup
It is a wintry sight, portable sharpness. As for the bassoonists, they do not seem to think
All the country round. that the scales of B major and E major belong to the A, B, C of their
Though far I've come to-day, art. And then the hornplayers ! There is an old German proverb which
Through many a weary throng, says : “ Gebrustet ist nicht geblasen!” After all, Beethoven does not
Yet to myself I say require so very much in this air from the performers ; but even what he
“Take courage! be thou strong : does require he does not always get, as you may gather from what I
For thou art come to see have said.
Thy childhood's home so dear, Who shall ever pretend to explain the course pursued by human
And friends who wish for thee thought! Will any philosopher undertake to inform me by what mental
To be ever near.” operation my ideas suddenly fly away from Herr Laub and wing their flight to M. Louis Brassin ? Perhaps, the most satisfactory explanation
See now the stars away would be that I have lately been reading a notice on the latter gentle
Fade from out the sky; man. Mark! I say only "perhaps ”_life itself, as the Frenchman tells
It is the break of day, us is only “un grand peut-être." However, to leave speculation and
Soon I shall be nigh.
The homestead now I see; * What concertos -- which concertos of Beethoven and Joachim ?
List! all around is still: Our esteemed correspondent bas forgotten to inform us of what concert
They expect not me! he is speaking — though we presume, from the context, that he is allu
Before the rising sun, ding to one given by Herr Laub. He says he is an amateur, and we
The moon still on the wane, should fancy no one would for a moment doubt him. However, as the
Dear friends, I to ye come, London Journal might observe, perhaps, “Wahrheit shows signs of pro
Ne'er to part again. mise. He may write again." (Ed. M. W.]
SOCIETY FOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF THE FINE ARTS. lecture. In the third year of the Society's existence another and more (From the Art-World.*)
difficult matter was carried into effect, namely, the giving of prizes in
the several departments of Art for works exhibited or published during This Society was founded in 1858 for the purpose of promoting the
the current season. In preparing to enter upon the delicate task imcultivation of the Fine Arts, not as taking the initiative in such move
posed on them, the Committee of Selection agreed to a resolution to the ments, but as seconding and directing a tendency already conspicuously
effect " that in the award of prizes it was not necessarily intended by manifested amongst all classes of the community. A very essential
them to assume to determine the best works of the season in the various distinguishing feature in the scheme of the promoters of the Society
branches of Art, the Committee having the power, with a view of was, that going back to first principles, and to the source from which
encouraging young and rising talent, to recommend the award of prizes all the Fine Arts derive their essential conditions, namely, the essence
for works of great merit, irrespective of their relative merit compared of the beautiful, it was resolved to treat all those Arts as a family, and
with others," a judicious reservation, and more especially applicable in to promote intimate and friendly relations between them and between
the case of young and promising talent, which might thus be justly and their professors in common. But more important still,—the public, who
appropriately encouraged by an honourable testimonial, which the man for some years past have learned to appreciate and cultivate Art in its
of established fame might probably not be disposed to consider with various forms and modes of presentation,- Design, Poetry, Music, &c.,
equal appreciation. were invited to take part in the Association, and have responded to it
On Wednesday evening the first conversazione of the season took with alacrity, and in daily increasing numbers; and the consequence is
place in the rooms of the Winter Exhibition, 120 Pall Mall, kindly lent the organisation of an institution combining numerous intellectual pur
for the purpose by Mr. Wallis; when the walls, covered with a choice of suits and interests, to a certain extent between themselves distinct in
works of native Art, and brilliantly lighted up with gas, presented a purpose, yet of cognate origin, in one compact confederacy. Of course,
most agreeable and striking coup d'æil. This re-union, which was a at starting, there were many difficulties to overcome, and then some
most numerous one, the apartments on the basement and first-floor most friendly disposed to the project had misgivings as to its supposed
being crowded almost to the point of inconvenience, was attended by realisation. All doubts upon this score, however, owing to the indefatigable exertions and prudent conduct of the Council, may now be said
circumstances of peculiar interest, the prize medals awarded during the
last session being appointed to be delivered on this occasion. The chair to be at an end, and the Society for the Encouragement of the Fine
having been taken by Mr. W. C. Dutton, Mr. H. Ottley, the Hon. SeArts may be considered to be firmly established, with a career of useful.
cretary, read the brief report of the Prize Committee, sanctioned and ness and interest before it which will entitle it to take distinguished
confirmed by the Council, of which the substance was as follows: – rank amongst the scientific and learned institutions of the country.
“ The Committee of Selection and the Council have the satisfaction to The Society, on its inanguration, had the advantage of appearing under
believe that the awards made by the Society last year (1860) have met the presidency of the Earl of Cariisle, than whom a more zealous and
with general approval from those best qualified to offer an opinion on judicious promoter of intellectual progress does not exist; and upon his
the subject. They are happy also in knowing that the prize medals Lordship's removal to the scat of Government in Ireland, his place was
have been accepted by their recipients in the spirit in wbich they were taken by that distinguished patron of art, the Earl of Ellesmere, the Earl of Carlisle retaining his connection with the Society as one of its
given, as tributes from an independent Art-loving Society, in recogni
tion of distinguished rising talent.” The prize medals awarded this vice-presidents. The other vice-presidents are the Earl of Dudley,
year were as follows:Lord Feversham, his Excellency the Marquis d'Azeglio, Viscount
In Historical Painting, to Mr. Marcus Stone, for his “ Claudio and Ranelagh, the Rev. Sir F. A. Gore Ousely, The Lord Mayor (Cubitt),
Hero,” in the Royal Academy. In Landscape, to Mr. McCallum, for his and W. Tite, Esq., M.P. and president of the Royal Institute of British
“ Spring-Burnham Wood.”-Royal Academy. In Genre, to Mr. Architects. The Council includes the names of active workers in
Calderon, “ La Demande en Marriage.”—Royal Academy. In Water every branch of the Fine Arts.
Colours (Two Prizes), to Mr. S. Read, for his "Interior of St. Augustin's, The scheme of operations of the Society, as propounded in the
at Antwerp,” Old Water Colour Society; and to Mr. E. G. Warren, for prospectus first issued, was a pretty extensive one; it being, however,
his “ Rest in the cool and shady Wood.”-New Water Colour Society. at the time avowed that it was only in contemplation to realise it in its
In Sculpture, to Mr. G. Halse, for “ The Tarpeian Rock.” Sculpture in several parts gradually, and from time to time, as circumstances would
bronze.—Royal Academy. In Architecture, to Mr. A. W. Blomfield, permit. In the first season the transactions of the Society were limited
for his design for “ Mission House, in Bedfordbury, Westminster," in the to the holding of conversaziones; and it is a noticeable fact that such was
Architectural Exhibition. the sympathy already awakened for it amongst the members of the
There bad been no awards in Poetry, Engraving, or Music. In respect exhibiting Art Societies, that many of them, the the Society of British
to the musical prize, “difficulties had presented themselves at the outset Artists, the Institution of Fine Arts, the Architectural Association, the
in defining the principle upon which it should be awarded ; but the proprietor of the French Gallery, and others, freely lent their galleries
Council hoped that these difficulties might be overcome, and some definite during the exhibition season for the purposes of these conversaziones ;
course of action agreed upon in the mitter in the course of the present in addition to which, in subsequent seasons, the noble president has
session." The Council had also to announce “ that several distinguished thrown open the magnificent Bridgewater Gallery, and the Lord Mayor,
members of the musical profession, who had kindly lent their valuable as vice-president, the Egyptian Hall at the Mansion House, for similar
services at the conversaziones, had been elected honorary members of reunions, which have all been most numerously attended. On these
the Society, and that silver medals, in testimony thereof, would be preoccasions a paper on some branch of Art has been read, which has
sented to them, viz., Mlle. Parepa, Signor Gardoni, Herr Formes, Mr. been followed by a concert, vocal and instrumental, in which — co.
Santley, and M. Ole Bull. The Society would also have the pleasure operating in the general expression of recognition and goodwill - pro
of presenting a medal to Mr. S. Rosenthal, with a suitable inscription, fessional artists of eminence have, in the handsomest manner, given
as a slight acknowledgment of his great kindness, and the eminent their services gratuitously. When we mention amongst these the
talent displayed in the preparation of the design for the same.” (Cheers.) names of Mlle. Parepa, Mille. Csillag, Mad. Enderssohn, Mad. A. Gil
A performance of music, conducted by Mr. Alfred Gilbert, followed and bert, Miss Palmer, Signor Gardoni, Herr Formes, Mr. Santley, M. Ole
wound up a most agreeable evening. Amongst the artists who gave Bull, &c., and add that the musical arrangements have been conducted
•their services on this occasion, were Miss Emma Boden, Miss Bellingham, by Mr. Benedict and Mr. Alfred Gilbert, the reader may judge of the
Mad. Fürst, Herr Reichardt, Mr. Lawler, Mr. Edward Southwell ; satisfactory character of the entertainments thus produced.
Mad. de Vaucheron (pianoforte), Herr Wilhelm Ganz (ditto), and In the second year of the Society's existence the Council carried out
M. Ole Bull (violin). another feature in its announced programme of operations - a course of lectures on all the various branches of the Fine Arts, Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, Music, Poetry, &c., was organised for the Thursday BREMEN. — Herr C. Rheinthaler's recently completed Symphony (in meetings during the season's duration from November to July. This D major) was played, a short time since, at a private concert. Concourse, which at starting was but thinly attended, now attracts a full sidering the interest existing in musical circles here as to this first essay meeting of members and their friends, the interest of the evening being
in symphonic writing by the composer of Die Tochter Jephta's, we enhanced by the discussion which follows on the conclusion of the
may shortly state that the work was well received throughout. Al
the movements - Allegro, D major; Andante, G minor; Scherzo (with * The Art - World and International Exhibition (edited by Mr. Henry trio), D minor ; and Finale, D major, were warmly applauded, esOttley), a new weekly journal of Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, | pecially the Andante and the concluding movement. - Die Weser Ornamental Art, Manufactures, Engraving, Photography, Poetry, Music
Zeitung and the Drama, the first number of which appeared on Saturday last with prospects of brilliant and permanent success.