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footlights. My sister (Miss Van Noorden), who was in a stage-box, had nearly run on the stage with a shawl in her hands ready to en. velope me.
*“ Florence, March 7th, 1862.” THE MUSICAL CHURCH SERVICE.
P. E. VAN NOORDEN. SIR,—The animadversions set forth in a letter signed “ Musicus," which appeared in your last week's impression, are so pertinent, that I cannot forbear offering my experience as to the truth of such censures.
COLOGNE.-The eighth Gesellschafts Concert, under the direcFor the last seven years (having but very lately seceded, I am sorry I ti,
en | tion of Herr Ferdinand Sheller, took place on the 25th ult., when to say, with disgust) I have given my constant and gratuitous assistance in a church once celebrated for its choral service. At the time I
the following was the programme : entered, the organist was a gentleman well known for his musical Part I. 1. Symphony in D major, Haydn ; 2. Elegischer Oesang, abilities and exquisite taste. The devotional manner in which the service for chorus and stringed quartet, Beethoven ; 3. Violin Concerto, in the was then performed elicited the admiration of the whole congregation. Hungarian manner, composed and played by Herr J. Joachim.An equal number of singers only were permitted, the tone being judi. Part II. 4. Cantata, J. S. Bach, “Gottes Zeit ist die allerliebste ciously balanced. One alto, tenor and bass for Cantaris, and the Zeit;" 5. Adagio, for violin, Spohr; “ Abendlied,” Schumann, arsame for Decani, were then considered quite powerful enough for a ranged for violin and orchestra, by J. Joachim ; 6. Overture to Der small church less than a quarter the size of Westminster Abbey or St. | Freischütz, von Weber. Paul's, where two of each part on either side only are employed. The
Haydn's Symphony proved that the society's orchestra is as anjateurs (only three) who were admitted, were deemed efficient by ex
much at home in the performance of this master's symphonies as amination, and were enabled to sing their respective parts independent
the Kammermusik-Verein is in that of his quartets. The andante of professional assistance, the funds of the church allowing but three
and the whole of the conclusion were vigorously applauded. We paid professional gentlemen. This organist, having received a higher appointment, was succeeded
have already noticed at length, in No. 26 of this Journal, for June by another, who endeavoured, and with the same success, to carry out
1860, Joachim's Hungarian Concerto, as far as regards its comthat refinement of performance which had hitherto distinguished the
position and performance. To what we then said we must now service. This gentleman is now organist of one of the cathedrals.
add that the length of the Finale struck us still more on the preUp to this period the “tavern element,” so justly complained of by sent occasion than at the musical festival in Dusseldorf. The au“ Musicus,” had not permeated the choir. Would that I could say as dience admired and applauded more especially the masterly exemuch under its present management! The principle really now seems cution, as the concerto most certainly, from beginning to end, “ the more noise the more music;" and it is no uncommon occurrence to affords the performer an opportunity of displaying his virtuosity, see, for you can scarcely call it hearing, one alto straining himself to sing
and his totally different styles, in the most brilliant and unmisagainst five tenors and five basses (two of the latter powerful profes
takeable manner ; but the deeper purport of the first movement sionals), most of them amateurs, admitted into the choir without the
and of the Romance escapes, more or less, at first, the grasp of the least examination, and even ignorant, some of them, of the key they are
hearer's mind. The performance of Spohr's Adagio was received singing in. The efforts, indeed, of the professional gentlemen are greatly impeded in consequence.
with repeated rounds of applause, as was also the “ Abendlied," With such inequality of tone, and so much ineffectiveness, I only ask |
which Joachim had arranged, from a pianoforte piece for four the simple question—is it to be wondered at that the service should be
| hands by Schumann, for solo-violin and orchestra, a form to which performed other than in a blundering manner? and can a choir-master it is well adapted. The performance of Bach's Cantata may be pretend to anything like taste, who, Sunday after Sunday, permits the said to have been, on the whole, a good one, though very much beautiful service of the church to be rendered in a manner thus coarse was wanting to render it perfectly satisfactory. Whether the auand unintelligible?
dience were or were not capable of appreciating the profundity of DECANI. thought and the wonderfully beautiful form of this eminently
serious vocal composition, is a fact which it would be difficult to
decide from their demeanour. It cannot, at any rate, be denied SIR,—In your publication of Saturday last, I noticed your review of
that a Cantata by Bach, with its old pious and grave text, with a work by George Hogarth, entitled “The Philharmonic Society of London, from 1813 to the present Time." Could you favour me with
its severe forms and deeply moving sacred strains, is not well the price of the work? Can you inform me who is likely to sing the
| placed in the midst of the productions of modern romanticism, and soprano songs in those works of Handel which are to be performed
cannot produce such an impression as, for instance, the Passionsat the Crystal Palace next sümmer? Is there any probability of Clara
musik, which keeps us in the same frame of mind for an entire Novello's singing them again?
evening. If Bach's compositions are performed, as it is highly
MUSICUS. desirable they should be, they must fill up at least one part of the Trowbridge, Wilts, March 11, 1862.
concert, the first part being preferable. If, in the second part, [The price of Mr. Hogarth's work may be learned at the publishers
there is a symphony, it would be more suitable than solo or vocal -Messrs. Bradbury and Evans, London. The other two questions
| pieces by modern composers. we are unable to answer.-E.]
WANDERING MINSTRELS.- Under this title there has existed for some FIRE! FIRE! FIRE!
time past a society comprising among its members nearly all the most
talented and accomplished amateur musicians belonging to the higher SIR, - I cannot refrain from sending you an account (which I
ranks of society. These are all highly trained and efficient performers, have just received) of a fortunate and narrow escape from fire,
and are under the leadership of their President, the Honourable Seywhich my sister, Miss Louisa Van Noorden has lately experienced.
mour Egerton. The society, with that practical benevolence which disIt will be a caution to young artists not to approach too near the tinguishes the English character, have most laudably desired to make foot-lights. I will give you her own words :
their exertions subservient to the cause of charity. They had first re“I have to inform you I sang last night again at the Campanello;
solved to apply the proceeds of a concert to the Hartley Colliery Fund, and just as I had gone half through my 'aria,' I heard a murmuring
but sufficient money having been subscribed for that purpose, as insound in the theatre, as though my performance was not admired; but
timated to them by the committee at Newcastle, they selected the I took no notice of it for the moment, until all at once I felt my chin
Hospital for Consumption and Diseases of the Chest, at Brompton, as a little hot, and on looking at myself I found my dress had caught fire.
a charity well entitled to public sympathy and support. A list of ladies I immediately gathered my dress from the back, and smothered the
patronesses comprising the leading members of the nobility, attests the flames with my own hands.' Had I not have been cool, and attempted / approval of the objects for which the “ Minstrels” bave proffered their to have left the stave. the draucht would have immediately fanned the services. The concert took place on Tuesday, at St. James's Hall; and flames beyond my power of subduing. The audience gave me such a
it is confidently anticipated by the committee of the hospital, as well round of applause, so I finished my song, and all passed off well —
as by the committee of management of the concert, that a very large although it will be a caution for me never to approach too near the
ar the sum will have been realised. (See another column.)
THE ORGAN IN THE TOWN HALL, GREENOCK. Provincial.
This organ is built in the classic style, and is of the following dimensions : width, 30 feet; height, 30 feet; depth, 16 feet. It weighs up
wards of 10 tons, and contains 44 registers and 2448 pipes. The front A correspondent from Reigate (Surrey) writes as follows:
pipes, which are 20 feet long, and over 9 inches in diameter, are painted • The opening concert of the Reigate Choral Society, at the New on a light ground, with scroll ornaments in gold, picked out with blue Public Hall, on Tuesday, the 4th inst., was conducted by Mr. Edward and pink, and lined with chocolate colour. On the mouth of each pipe Thurnam, of Reigate, and the programme included the following is a leaf in gold, relieved with chocolate and white, and each terminates pieces :- Return, O God of Hosts,' by Miss Palmer, who afterwards in a coronet composed of gold and colours. At the ends of the organ gave “The evening prayer,' from Eli. with a pathos worthy of one of stand large pedal open diapasons, formed of wood, coloured Indian red, the first contralto singers of the day ; Mozart's Andante from the Jupi and having a wreath of ornament round the tops. The line of beauty ter Symphony, finely played by the band, led by Mr. Henry Blagrove ; is nowhere lost sight of, and the whole effect of the colour and ornamenMozart's Gloria' (Mass 2), sung by the members, and accompanied tation is light and pleasing, while harmonising with the colouring and by the full orchestra, bringing the first part of the programme to a decoration of the hall. The interior consists of a mass of inclose ; Rossini's overture to La Gazza Ladra ; Ernst's jantasia (Otello), tricate machinery for the purpose of liberating the wind from its chamby Mr. Henry Blagrove ; fantasia on Wallace's Lurline (concertina) ber into the forest of pipes. Competent persons have expressed their by Mr. Richard Blagrove (encored). Mr. Thurnam also delighted the admiration of the manner in which its complicated and delicate work audience with his last composition for the pianoforte-a Capriccio. Miss has been so planned as to leave ample room for reaching any portion of Palmer gained an encore in the ballad, .When I was young.' Madri the instrument, without risk of injury to the machinery, in addition to gals, &c., were sung by the members; and the concert ended with the a large space with a view to future enlargement if this should be desired. overture to Il Barbiere. The New Hall, admirably adapted for musical The organ has been designed expressly for concert purposes, and repreentertainments, was crowded in every part.”
sents most of the instruments used in modern bands. It consists of An Arundel journal informs us that the 9th Sussex Rifle
four distinct organs, viz.: swell organ, great or chorus organ, solo organ, Volunteers gave a concert at the Town Hall last week, the pro
and pedal organ. The three former are of the usual compass, CČ to
A in alt., and the pedal CCC to F. The contents are as follows:ceeds of which were to be applied to the band of the corps. This mode of procuring money for the regimental musicians, it would
Trumpet (large scale) metal 8 st 58 Pipes. Clarion
metal 4 ft 58 seem, is not confined to the Metropolis. A more harmless means Bourdon
wood 16 ft 58
1044 certainly could not be devised. Our cotemporary thus alludes to
wood 8 ft 58
SOLO ORGAN. the performance:
Principal . . . metal 4 ft 58
Pipes. Piccolo metal 2 ft 53 Stopt diapason .
wood 8 ft 58 “The arrangements were undertaken by Private J. Parry Cole (9th
metal 8 ft 58 Sussex), who displayed a tact in conducting worthy his professional Mixture 4 ranks, metal (various) 232 Spitz Aute
metal 4 ft 58 reputation. The great attraction of the evening was Miss Susanna
Horn, large scale , metal 8 st 58 Harmonic flute
metal 8 ft 46 Oboe . . .
metal 8 st 46 .
Harmonic flute Cole. This lady is no stranger in Arundel, and the oftener she appears 1 Clarion
metal 4 st 11 metal 4 st 58 Piccolo
wood 2 st 58 the more we appreciate her singing. Naturally gifted with a charming
metal 8 st 39 Bassoon
metal 8 ft 19 voice, she adds to it the most genuine feeling and expression. She wore
742 Tuba Mirabilis
metal 8 st 58 a wreath of roses' and I'm alone' (Lily of Killarney) were perfect
Tremulant specimens of ballad-singing. Private Hollis, a tenor, was encored in
Pipes. the Village Blacksmith' (which is not a tenor song!). Four gentle
Double open diapason metal 16 ft 58
PEDAL ORGAN. men from the 10th Sussex (Chichester) Corps — Messrs. A. J. Wright, | Gamba,
metal 8 ft 58 Open diapason . ,
metal 16 st 30 Greenfield, Dean and Bishop-acquitted themselves well. Mr. Wright | Stopt diapason . wood 8 ft 58 Stopt diapason
wood 16 ft 30 gave two ballads ; Mr. Dean, Balfe's "Good night,' with much ap..
metal 4 ft 59 Principal Flute (open)
wood 4 st 58 Fifteenth . . . metal 4 st 30 plause; and Bugle-Major Bishop, two songs. The last was of great Twelfth
metal 3 ft 59 Posaune
metal 16 ft 30 assistance in the part-songs. The band of the 9th Sussex played with
metal 2 1t 58 Pedal
Se quialtera, 5 ranks metal (various) 290 great brilliancy the overture to Tancredi and other pieces."
Mixture 3 ranks metal (various) 174
210 An Edinburgh paper writes as follows of the new pianist, Mlle. In addition to the above, there are five coupling movements, viz. :Falk, who some weeks since made so successful a début :
Great organ to pedal organ; swell organ to pedal organ; solo organ to “This clever and accomplished pianiste gave a performance in the
el pedals; solo organ to great organ; and swell organ to great organ. Masonic Hall on Saturday, before a numerous audience. Miss Falk
By these means the pipes of the different organs can be concentrated to played, from memory, two of Beethoven's sonatas, eighteen of Mendels
ale | one set of keys and the pedal organ. The numerous stops are not sohn's 'Songs without words, and a fantasia, in MS., by Rossini, the
necessarily moved by the hands of the organist, there being a number entire performance extending over two hours. Unless under rare and
of composition pedals to draw them out and take them in in groups. exceptional circumstances, it is hardly to be expected that any single per
In addition to these, there is a patent combination pedal also acting on former can hope to fix the undivided attention of an audience for so
the stops of the different organs collectively, and from the one pedal no long a time, and the experiment is always a hazardous one. That Miss
less than eight different changes may be produced at pleasure. This, Falk succeeded so well is good evidence of her abilities. Her per
one of the most recent improvements in organs, has been patented by formance throughout exhibited a brilliant and articulate execution — a
Messrs. Forster & Andrews. There is also a sforzando pedal. On the firm as well as elastic touch, and a thorough sympathy with her author.
organist pressing down the swell pedal to increase the tone from soft to This lady enjoys a high reputation on the continent, which, judging
loud, his foot comes in contact with the sforzando, and continuing to from the exhibition she made on this occasion, is well merited."
press, takes it down with the last of the swell pedal, bringing into play the whole of the pipes of the great organ as a part of the swell. The pneumatic movement being applied, and also acting on the manual
couplets, produces a light and elastic touch, causing the instrument to MRS. JOHN HOLMAN ANDREWS gave a Soirée Musicale at her / be easily played on as a pianoforte, the touch remaining the same even residence, 50 Bedford Square, on the 4th instant, which was attended although the couplets are attached. The large bellows are placed in a by a brilliant and crowded audience. Her pupils (besides other con- room prepared for the purpose, ten feet below the organ. They have a certed music, extremely well executed) sang Mendelssohn's 42nd surface of about 100 feet, and are blown with a fly wheel, the wind Psalm in an admirable manner. The steadiness and precision with being conveyed up to the organ by a wooden tube. In the organ there which it was given was mainly owing to the perfect way in which the is another bellows of high pressure wind to supply the reed stop (tuba Psalm was accompanied by Mrs. Holman Andrews, who is evidently a mirabilis), and the pneumatic movements. The wind after leaving the thorough musician. We must not pass unnoticed the singing of Mrs. | bellows has to pass through wind magazines to reduce its pressure beAndrews, Miss Andrews, and Mr. Cobham, in Curschmann's trio, “Ti fore reaching the pipes, and by this means a more even and particularly prego”-a proof of the evidently careful training of the younger lady. steady pressure of wind is at command. This is also a recent adoption. The trio was encored, as well the quartet from Rigoletto, “ Un di si Another improvement is the placing of the registers, which, instead of ben,” by Mrs. Andrews, Miss Webb, Mr. Cobham, and Mr. Frank being in a line on the front of the organ so as to cause the organist to Bodda. The accompanyists were Mr. Field, Mr. Haydn Harrison, and move from his position to read the names of the stops, are placed at an Mr. Andrews. The soirée afforded the highest satisfaction to Mrs. angle of 45 deg. to the centre. This brings all the stops continually Andrews's fashionable patrons,
before the organist, who can read them at a glance.
metal 8 ft
ST. JAMES'S HALL,
Regent Street and Piccadilly.
The Musical World. LONDON: SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 186 2.
MONDAY POPULAR CONCERTS,
SEVENTY - NINTH CONCERT, on MONDAY
LER MAJESTY'S THEATRE will open on the 26th of D EVENING, March 17th, 1862, Third Appearance of
1 April, under the management of Mr. J. H. Mapleson.
The noble proprietor has been in some respects induced to HERR JOACHIM.
submit the direction of the theatre to that gentleman in PROGRAMME.
consequence, it is said, of the complete and efficient manner PART 1.-Quartet, in E fat, Op. 44, No. 3, for two Violins, Viola and Violoncello. MM. JOACHIM, L. Ries, H. WEBB and PIATTI (Mendelssohn). Song, "I dream in which operas had been produced at the Lyceum last year of thee." Miss MARTIN (Andenken) (Beethoven). Song, “Star of the Valley," Mr. Weiss (Henry Smart). Sonata, “ Plus ultra," for Pianoforte solo (dedicated to
under his administration Of course we may look upon the WoelA's "Ne Plus Ultra"), Miss ARABELLA GODDARD (Dussek).
more material consideration of money as satisfactorily settled. PART. II.- Quartet, in A minor, Op. 130, for two Violins, Viola and Violoncello. MM. JOACHIM, L. RIES, H. WEBB and PIATTI (Beethoven). Song, "Suleika," Miss
Arrangements have been made up to the present moment with MARTIN (Mendelssohn). Song, "The Wanderer ” (by desire), Mr. Weiss (Schubert). Mile. Titiens, Signors Giuglini, Vialetti, Graziani, Ciampi, Sonata. in A major, for Pianoforte and Violin (first time at the Monday Popular Concerts), Miss ARABELLA GODDARD and Herr JOACHIM (Mozart).
M. Gassier, Mlle. Kellog, Mlle. Trebelli, &c. The names of Conductor, MR. BENEDICT. To commence at eight o'clock precisely. the first six artists speak for themselves. Mlle. Kellog NOTICE.It is respectfully suggested that such persons as are not desirous of remain comes from America,—of her antecedents we know nothing. ing 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
We are told she is extremely handsome, talented and nineto hear the whole may do so without interruption.
teen. She is reported to be a singer of the Patti class. . Between the last vocal piece and the Sonata for Pianoforte and Violin, an interval of Five Minutes will be allowed. The Concert will finish before half-past
If she can only approximate in talent and accomplishments ten o'clock.
to that popular and delightful artist, the subscribers and the N.B. The Programme of every Concert will henceforward include a detailed analy. sis, with Ilustrations in musical type, of the Sonata for Pianoforte alone, at the end of public will have no reason to be dissatisfied. Mlle. Trebelli Part I. Stalls, 58.; Balcony, 38.; Admission, Is.
has a high continental reputation as a contralto singer. It has Tickets to be had of MR. AUSTIN, at the Hall, 28 Piccadilly ; CHAPPELL & Co., 50 been whispered to us--so delicately indeed that we are scarcely New Bond Street, and of the principal Musicsellers.
authorised in giving it breath — that Mr. Sims Reeves has
been offered an engagement, with the view of his appearing TO CORRESPONDENTS.
in Oberon with Mlle. Titiens and Signor Giuglini, our great AMATEUR. — “ The Monday Popular Concerts are models of instru tenor, as a matter of course, taking the part of Sir Huon. mental performances. Can we not have something equally satisfac This would be a cast indeed in the three principal parts that tory in the vocal way?” Enquire of Mr. S. Arthur Chappell.
could not fail to double the attraction achieved by Weber's X. All right. MR. S--Y B--S. — Qui sait ?
grand work, when brought out at Her Majesty's Theatre Mr. Shirley B-8. — Yes, Long pause (not "paws"). - Page 3,
two years since, with full splendour and completeness, under line 2, bar 5:
Mr. E. T. Smith's management. If Mr. Mapleson can secure the services of Mr. Sims Reeves, we may without hesitation predict the greatest success of the season for Oberon. What other movements are projected, what other singers are engaged, to make the troupe complete, we shall know in due
time. No pause in bar 7-same line:-
Most undoubtedly that which will afford the greatest satisfaction to the Opera-loving public in the new constitution of affairs at Her Majesty's Theatre, is the fact, that the orchestra will be first-rate in every department, as will at once be admitted, when known that it will include nearly all the members of the band of the Philharmonic Society.
Could a more emphatic guarantee for the spirit and energy Here TEMPO GIUSTO. Opening Maestoso —“GRAND." Third varia of the direction be given? Signor Arditi and Mr. Benedict, tion playful. Oui.
we are informed, are to be joint conductors. But why two
conductors? The system of alternating the direction of the NOTICES.
orchestra between two gentlemen is only advisable - if To ADVERTISERS.-Advertisers are informed, that for the future | indeed then -- when performances are given every night,
the Advertising Agency of THE MUSICAL WORLD is established which, of course, we cannot suppose will be the case at Her at the Magazine of MESSRS. DUNCAN DAVISON & Co., 244
Majesty's Theatre. Mr. Benedict and Signor Arditi are Regent Street, corner of Little Argyll Street (First Floor). Advertisements can be received as late as Three o'Clock P.M., on
both thoroughly experienced wielders of the bâton; but Fridays—but not later. Payment on delivery.
assuredly either is preferable to both, for many ostensible Two lines and under
reasons. Let us trust that this part of our information is
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not correct, and that Mr. Mapleson will take a hint from the To PUBLISHERS AND COMPOSERS.- AU Music for Review in THE
doubtful results which followed the engagement of two MUSICAL WORLD must henceforward be forwarded to the Editor,
musical directors in 1860. care of MESSRS. DUNCAN DAVISON & Co., 244 Regent Street.
Mr. Frederick Gye has announced the opening of the A List of every Piece sent for Review will appear on the Satur Royal Italian Opera for Tuesday, April 8th. The prospectus day following in THE MUSICAL WORLD.
will be issued on Monday, the 24th instant. This is all the To CONCERT GIVERS.-No Benefit-Concert, or Musical Perform public are as yet permitted to know. There is much anxiety ance, except of general interest, unless previously Advertised, can afloat as to who is destined to fill Mad. Grisi's place.
afloat as to who is destined to bil Mad. Gri
Perbe reported in THE MUSICAL WORLD.
haps the director may be induced to dispense for awhile with
the grand tragic repertory; and indeed we have a notion written by Mendelssohn,* for the performance in 1835, which that the Opera could survive a year or two without any was also held in Cologne. exhibition of Norma, Lucrezia Borgia, the Favorita, the On the second day: Overture and Scenes from Gluck's Trovatore, or one or two other works, which for too long a Iphigenie in Aulis ; “Sanctus” and “Hosanna,” from John period bave exercised so powerful a monopoly. We would Sebastian Bach's Mass in B minor ; Beethoven's Ninth willingly put up with the withdrawal for a space of these Symphony, with Chorus. lyric tragedies for the revival of some of Rossini's operas, On the third day: Symphony, by Haydn; “Hymne an and see no reason, with Mlle. Patti in the theatre, why the die Nacht,” for solos, chorus and orchestra, by Ferdinand Conte Ory and Matilda di Shabran should not be repro- Hiller; Mendelssohn's overture to Ruy Blas. — Several duced, to say nothing of the Donna del Lago with Signors vocal pieces. Mario and Tamberlik, and the Nozze di Figaro and Cosi The solo parts will be sustained by Mad. Louise DustFan tutti, cast, as they might be at the Royal Italian Opera, mann-Meyer, from Vienna (soprano); Mlle. Francisca to perfection. But patience is better than speculation, and Schreck, from Bonn (contralto); Herr Schnorr von Karolswe shall therefore think nothing more and urge nothing feld, from Dresden (tenor); and Herr Becker from Darmmore until Monday week, when the intentions of the manage- stadt (bass). ment will be laid before us, and will enable us to discourse Director of the Festival Peformances, Herr Ferdinand freely about the prospects of the approaching season. Hiller. Leaders of the orchestra, Herr J. Grunwald, and o
von Königslöw. To the Editor of the MusiCAL WORLD. SIR, – An unknown Violin-quartet, by Franz Schubert,
MENDELSSOHN AND HIS ELIJAH. was performed at the third “Quartet-Circle” of Herr [The following correspondence, which led to the first performances of Hellmesberger and his colleagues, at Vienna. The quartet Elijah by the Sacred Harmonic Society, in 1847, will be read with was given, many years ago, into the hands of Herr Hellmes
interest. It is now for the first time published, by the kind permission
| of Mr. Brewer, Honorary Secretary.] berger, by Herr Spina, in whose possession it is. How the
(No. 1.) former could possibly keep it locked up in his desk till now
“Exeter Hall, London, 24th Sept., 1846. is difficult to understand. It can scarcely be supposed that he never troubled his head about it; yet, had it been
“DEAR SIR,—The production of your new Oratorio at played only once by him and his associates, no one could
the recent Musical Festival at Birmingham was an event have entertained the slightest doubt as to its worth, though
which, in common with the multitudes in this country some doubts must really have existed, its public performance
who derive pleasure from the study and practice of your having been delayed thus long. This, it is true, presupposes
works, was felt by the members of the Sacred Harmonic a strange taste in matters of art, particularly when we re
Society to be an occasion of peculiar interest and impormember so many novelties, which have thus practically been
tance; and, rejoicing as they do to find that the work has preferred to Schubert's MS., a work so charming, melodious,
earned the highest praise in all quarters, they take the and in every movement so animated, while, at the same time,
liberty to offer you the expression of their sincere congratuconceived with such musical strictness, nay, even with such
lations on the marked success which has accompanied this unusual brevity, that connoisseurs (and the public no less)
| fresh product of your genius. were agreeably surprised. The unburied quartet does not
“The very general attention which has been drawn to the by any means belong to those deeper productions, which
production of the work and to its great merits, has induced manifest the genius of Schubert in so unusual and marked
an equally general desire to have it performed in London at a manner; but it would have been cruel to lose it. In
as early an opportunity as practicable, in order that the luxuriance of imagination it is far superior to many better
inhabitants of the metropolis may taste of the delights known works of this inexhaustible master. It was received
which have been afforded to the good people of Birmingenthusiastically, and will, in all likelihood, soon be given to
ham. The Sacred Harmonic Society (who, as you are the world in a becoming form.
aware, accustom themselves chiefly to the performance of Die Deutsche Musik-Zeitung expresses itself on the sub
works of the same class as Elijah) are anxious to have ject thus:
the honour and gratification, which some years ago they “A hitherto unknown and unpublished stringed quartet in B flat, by
had in the case of the oratorio St. Paul, of undertaking it Schubert, was performed, and immediately achieved the most decided rirst performance beror
first performance before a London audience. With this success. What especially denghted us was the adagio in G minor, as | view, the committee of the society have desired me respectalso the highly original and animated finale. The scherzo, too, which, fully to enquire whether you will permit the society to however, formed part of some other work, and has been substituted for
undertake the first performance of Elijah in this country the original minuet, which, as we have been told, was rather too
after the alterations, which they are informed you contemmuch in the Ländler style, is a highly effective piece, and had to be repeated.”
plate making in the work, shall be completed
“In the event of your kindly acceding to this request, the As this quartet is to be engraved, you may hope to hear it at the Monday Popular Concerts.
committee would be glad if they could be informed whether
there is any probability of your being in London during the Vienna, March 10th.
next season, so that, if possible, they might have the advan
tage of producing the work under your personal superintenTHE Committee of the 'Grand Musical Festival of the dence ? I Lower Rhine, which will take place in Whitsun week, “And in order to secure the opportunity of previously at Cologne, have selected for performance the following acquiring a due knowledge of the work, the committee are works :
further anxious to ascertain whether you would have any On the first day : Handel's oratorio of Solomon, according to the original score, and with the organ accompaniment
* See Mendelssohn's Letters from Rome,
objection to such portions of the oratorio as you do not | Mad. SCHUMANN has accepted the invitation to give concerts in intend to revise, being rehearsed by the society in the mean- | Paris, and has already set out for that city. Erard's house have time ?
undertaken the arrangements. Every place is already taken for
four concerts. “ Trusting that you will excuse the intrusion of these in
VOCAL ASSOCIATION.-Miss Arabella Goddard, Mad. Florence quiries upon your notice, and hoping to be favoured with
Lancia, Mad. Laura Baxter, and Mr. Swift, will take part in the your reply at as early an opportunity as convenient,
first subscription concerts of the Vocal Association, St. James's “I remain, dear Sir, with much respect and esteem, your | Hall, on Wednesday next, March 19th. Mr. Aptommas and Miss very faithful and obedient servant,
Arabella Goddard will perform a duet for pianoforte and harp on
"T. BREWER, Hon. Sec. themes from Linda di Chamouni, and Mr. Jno. Thomas and Mr. “Dr. Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy,
Aptommas a duet on two harps. The choir of 200 voices will Leipsic."
introduce some new and important features in the concert, the (No. 2.)
whole being, as usual, under the direction of Mr. Benedict. "DEAR SIR,--I BEG to express my best thanks for the letter
MONDAY POPULAR CONCERTS. - So invariable is the excellence of dated Sept. 24th, and it gives me much pleasure that the
o these entertainments, that the critic's office is well nigh a sinecure, and Sacred Harmonic Society will undertake the first perform- | his duty confined to little else than a weekly record of success followance of my Elijah before a London audience. I beg to ing success. But the same enterprise which originated the series, and thank the committee most sincerely for their flattering in boldly struck out a new path in music (as far as the general public was tention, and of course should be most happy to conduct the
concerned) has not been content to rest upon its oars, satisfied with
having elevated the taste, and improved the judgment of what is now work myself on such an occasion, if I can come to London in
one of the most discriminating and appreciative audiences in England, April next; I hope and trust I may have that pleasure, and
perhaps in Europe; fresh attractions are added, and no sooner does one that nothing may prevent me from doing so. But I am artist of eminence terminate his engagement, than another supplies his still doubtful, and cannot give a positive promise as far as re- | place, the interest being further maintained by the introduction at each gards my coming over; and as for the parts which you wish
concert of one, if not two, pieces hitherto unheard. The programme to have as soon as possible, I shall speak to the editor of
of Monday comprised Beethoven's quartet in F minor (No. 11);
Weber's sonata in D minor (first time), Boccherini's in A (violoncello); them, Mr. Buxton, who I hear is expected shortly in Leipsic,
repeated by general desire, and Beethoven's in G. (op. 96), for piano and will ask him to let you have them as soon as they can and violin. Herr Joachim led the quartet, in which he had the cobe ready. With many thanks to yourself and the society, operation of Messrs. Ries, Webb and Piatti, and we need hardly say it was believe me, dear Sir,
played to perfection. Its thorough enjoyment, however, was considerably Your very obedient servant,
marred by the late arrivals of a few who forget that the essentially
English virtue -- punctuality - is rigidly enforced at the Monday FELIX MENDELSSOHN BARTHOLDY.
Populars, and as the concerts always finish before half-past ten, they have Leipsic, the 7th Oct, 1846.
| no excuse for their tardiness. If the D minor sonata of Weber is the least generally known to amateurs, it is unlikely to remain so long.
The andante and the rondo finale drew forth the loudest plaudits, and ROYAL ENGLISH OPERA. – Mr. Harrison's benefit is announced | Mr. Charles Hallé was enthusiastically recalled at the end, - a wellto take place this evening, when Mr. Balfe's opera, The Rose of earned tribute to his remarkably fine execution of a very difficult Castille, will be performed, with Miss Louisa Pyne and Mr. Har- | work. Signor Piatti created the same lively impression as before in rison in their popular parts of Manuel and Elvira, and other en. Boccherini's quaint sonata. The last movement was unanimously entertainments. Mr. Frederick Clay's new operetta, Court and cored. The “climax, ” in a strict sense, however, was the last sonata Cottage, which was announced to succeed the opera, bas been with
for pianoforte and violin, which brought to a triumphant conclusion one drawn at the last moment, owing to some difficulties connected with
of the best concerts of the year. There is a breadth and dignity, comthe gentleman to whom was assigned the principal part, and from
bined with the utmost intellectuality, tenderness and refinement, which whom, our readers we think will agree with us, some sort of ex
emphatically stamp Herr Joachim a master, and the impression created planation is due to the patrons of the theatre.
by him and his admirable colleague, Mr. Hallé, was not to be readily
forgotten. Miss Poole again sang Mr. J. W. Davison's setting of HERR MOLIQUE's “ABRAHAM.”—This great work will be shortly
Keats's words, “ In a drear-nighted December," and Mr. Wallace's new performed at one of the Concerts of the Liverpool Philharmonic
song, “The lady's wish,” in her best manner ; Mr. Tennant's chaste Society, under the direction of its eminent composer.
and artistic method being favourably manifested in Schubert's “Praise of MR. HENRY LINCOLN delivered the first of his two lectures on tears," and Mendelssohn's “Garland.” More than a passing word of the operatic overture on Thursday night at the Marylebone in- | recognition is due to Mr. Benedict for his masterly performance of the stitution. A report of it is in type, and will appear next week. pianoforte part in the violoncello sonata. At the next concert Dussek's
PHILHARMONIC Society.—The first concert of the 50th (the | Plus Ultra will be given by Miss Arabella Goddard, and Herr Joachim “Jubilee ") season took place on Monday evening, in the Hanover will play Mendelssohn's quartet in E flat (op. 44), Beethoven's in A Square Rooms. The attendance was crowded and brilliant. | minor (No. 15), and Mozart's Sonata in A major, with Miss Goddard. The symphony (only one on this occasion) was Beethoven's
CRYSTAL PALACE CONCERTS. - Herr Auguste Manns, the untiring Eroica. The overtures were Weber's Jubilee, Schumann's conductor and director of the Crystal Palace Saturday Concerts, is Genoveva, and Cherubini's Faniska. Herr Joachim played again in the field, upholding with his accustomed intelligence and Viotti's concerto in A minor, and a sarabande and bourrée (with spirit the cause of good music. Already three performances have been “ doubles ") of J. S. Bach. Mlle. Guerabella and Miss Lascelles given, at which three grand symphonies and three dramatic overtures were the singers. Professor Sterndale Bennett conducted. The nobly represented the orchestra, while vocal and instrumental solos band was admirable. Full particulars in our next.
variously enriched the programmes. At the first the symphony was MUSICAL SOCIETY OF LONDON.— The first concert of this young
Beethoven's Pastoral; the overture, Schumann's Brides of Messina ; at and already illustrious society was held on Wednesday evening
the second the symphony was Mendelssohn's in A minor (the Scotch in St. James's Hall, wbich was thronged to the door. The sym
Symphony); the overture, Cherubini's to the opera of Les Abencerrages; phony was Mendelssohn's in A major (the “Italian "); the con
at the third the symphony was Méhul's in G minor; the overture, certo (violin) Herr Joachim's in D minor, " in the Hungarian
Rossini's to Le Siège de Corinth. The instrumental “soloist” at the
first concert was M. Sainton, “le roi des violons de France, as he has manner," the composer himself being also the performer. The overtures were Mozart's Die Zauberflöte, Beethoven's Leonora
been justly styled; at the second, a young, talented, and highly promis
ing pianist — Miss Fanny H well (daughter of our oldest and most (No. 1), and Berlioz's Carnaval Romain. Mad. Sainton-Dolby eminent professor of the double-bass). At the first concert the vocal and Mlle. Guerabella were the singers. Mr. Alfred Mellon con music was intrusted to Mad. Sainton-Dolby - whose name would alone ducted. The concert was altogether magnificent, as we shall next have sufficed to give éclat to the programme - and a somewhat timid week endeavour to show in detail,
though clever beginner, Miss Emma Charlier; at the second to the ac