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the theory of your witty and clever collaborateur, H. Sutherland Walsh and Catherine Thomson. Regarded from the point of view of Edwards, who affirn:ed that the worst "copy" was always set up the musical excellence it was beneath criticism. The first part, however, most correctly, because it was given to the most skilful compositors, ended triumphantly with two eight-part anthems, composed by Mendelswhile legible manuscript, like reprint, was invariably confided to the sohn expressly for the famous Cathedral choir at Berlin-one for apprentices. Alas! H. Sutherland Edwards, you are the victim of a ! " Christmas," the other for “New Year's Day," both masterpieces of fearful error-or, stay! is it possible my handwriting is too legible ? | choral writing, and both delivered with a clearness, a steady intonation, That is a point requiring deep consideration.
and pointed emphasis, reflecting the highest possible credit on Mr. VALE. Leslie and the singers who so zealously and with such sterling talent
work under his direction. In these anthems, and in a still more trying MR. HENRY LESLIE'S CHOIR.
task-No. 3 of John Sebastian Bach's six grand motcts for double
choir (“ Ich lasse dich nicht du segnest mich denn") to the English The performances of the excellent company of singers which goes under version of Mr. Bartholomcw-the members of the choir distinguished the name of " Mr. Henry Leslic's Choir," and could not be more appro
themselves most honourably, and if, at intervals, some slight discrepancy priately denominated, the circumstances of its origin and progress con
might be detected in the Bach.music, regarded as a whole the sidered, are now annually looked forward to with interest by amateurs
execution must rank as a really memorable achievement. While the of vocal part-music in this harmony-loving capital. On Wednesday
motet everywhere soars to the loftest realm of harmony, in certain places night a new series, of five concerts, was begun, with well-descrvcd suc
it joins to the invariable grande ur of Ba h the wonderfully felicitous cess. The rooms in Hanover Square — entirely renovated, and present expression by which Handel more frequently intensifies the inner signiing an unusually bright and cheerful appearance - were filled by an au
fication of words. The opening slow movement is throughout as melodience as attentive as it was numerous. Mr. Henry Leslie was heartily
dious as it is pathetic, and the sequel, where the corale, “ Weil du mein welcomed on entering the orchestra, and the entertair ment commenced Gott und Vater bist,” is given in unison by the sopranos, the reiteration with the customary loyal tribute in the shape of the National Anthem of the words, “ Ich lasec dich," &c. (already quoted), in elaborate (Mr. Leslie's own arrangement), with the subjoined additional verses by divisions, by the other voices, is even a more special and striking case Mr. W. H. Bellamy, written, it may be presumed, for the occasion :- in point. The sccond corale, “ Dir Jesui, Gotics Sohn, scy Preis,” in
« Oh, Thon, whose chast'ming hand, "Should wai's fell blast once more four-part harmony, for the two choirs in unison, one of the most solemn Now lies on throne and land,
Echo on England's shore,
of thosc impressive hymn-tunes by his fervid and religious treatment of Oh, spare our Queen!
God guard our Queen. Here Thou her people's pray'r,
O'er her anointed head
which Bach may be said to have invented a musical language for the Dry thou her ev'ry tear,
Thy shield and buckler spread, inculcation of ihc Lutheran faith, brings the motet to a termination Guide her through ev'ry care,
Our heart's best blood we'll shed:
with unsurpassed subliniiy.
God save the Queen." God save the Queen.
Tlie third of the six motets is perhaps
the easiest of the scrics ; but it is enormcusly difficult, nevertheless, ind The programme was varied in character, including several picces of when it is stated that indisposition kept away a considerable number of the highest merit, two or three agreeable bagatelles, and others of less
singers (seven or eight tenors among the resi) upon whoin Mr Leslio apparent value. The well-known glee, “ Here in cool grot and mossy
naturally depended, such a performance as that of Wednesday may be dell,” for example, pretty enough when intrusted, as its composer (tlie
praised without reserve. Never were laurels more magnanimously Earl of Mornington) intended, to solo voices, sounds rather empty than
earned. The cause of Bach is the cause of music ; for no musician ever otherwise when delivered, as on Wednesday, by a chorus some 70 strong. devoted his heart to higher, purer, and less selfish ends than the revered The system of turning glees into choruses is as questionable as that of
Cantor of St. Thomas's - tho " giant of Thuringia.” All that he has turning sonatas or quartets into symphonies. We cannot but think that
written should, therefore, Le heard, whatever the difficulties involved ; the safest principle is to allow composcrs to speak for themselves, and they who, like Mr. Leslie and his choir, cheerfully and zealously after their own manner, and in the precise form in which they have
undertake the task of making Bach familiar to the crowd of amateurs bequeathed their works. The glee (the first piece of the cvening)
are well entitled to the respect which they can hardly fail to elicit. was followed by a madrigal, “Why with toil thy life consuming," from
Thus the second part of the concert began as nobly as the first part a pen more facile than ingenious -- that of R. 1. Pearsall. This is I ended. The piece that followed Bach's motet, a “coronach” (for of the calibre of “Oh, who will o'er the downs so frec," though hardly women's voices) to Walter Scott's words, from The Lord of the Isles :so tuneful, and distinguished, besides, by a mixture of styles (as at the
“He is gone on the mountain, passage, “Come with me," where a diatonic progression is immediately
He is lost to the forest, followed by some modern French harmony), which amounts to no style
Like a summer dried fountain, at all. Next came Mendelssohn's “First day of spring," a part-song
When our need was the sorest," &c. in three divisions, of a wholly different order. Here we have fresh and
with music by Schubert, was felt (though, notwithstanding the black beautiful ideas, agreeably and concisely set forth, harmonised richly border with which that particular page in the programme was distinthough unobtrusively, and marked throughout by a style as original as guished, not expressly stated to be so) as an indirect tribute to the it is well sustained. After the compositions that preceded it, the “First memory of an illustrious personage, and, as such, listened to with pecu. day of spring” was a real treat-a genuine poetical effusion compared liar interest. Another popular melody (far superior to the first) with an exhibition of stump oratory. To this succeeded a once familiar "Believe me, if all those endearing young charms,” arranged as a fourballad-delight of our grandmothers!—"The lass of Richmond IIill,” part chorus by Mr. Leslie ; Kücken's vigorous but somewhat commonarranged as a four-part chorus by Mr. Henry Leslie, whose experienced place part-song for men's voices—“The Northmen's song of freedom ;" musicianship, we cannot but think, might Lave been more profitably one by Mendelssohn, “ The deep repose of night is ending,” in which employed. James Hook, “the Norwich Apollo," father of the Win the spirit of devotion finds a musical utterance that is incomparable ; chester prebendary and of Thcodore “the wit," at one time enjoyed a and an admirably written carol_“ Be present, ye faithful”- the comcertain measure of popularity, emulating Kotzwara in “ Battle-pieces" position of Mr. Henry Leslic (who should have given us more of his own for the pianoforte, chiefly noticeable for their inferiority to the Battle original work, and less of his mere “arrangements”), completed the of Prague," and giving out an indefinite number of ballads, of which programme. The concert afforded unequivocal satisfaction, every picce · The lass of Richmond Hill,” though by no means a masterpiece, is by being attentively heard and warmıly applauded, while three provoking no means the worst. Hook was for a long period composer to Vauxhall “encores” unprofitably lengthened the entertainment, which, nevertheless, Gardens, which being now a defunct institution, it is to be feared
terminated at a reasonable hour, unless Mr. E. T. Smith devotes “Cremorne" to their revival - that his The next subscription concert takes place on Wednesday, February, numerous works, vocal and instrumental, must continue to repose in
the 12th. oblivion for want of a fitting arena. Another composer of even less distinction-W. Knyvett-was next represented by a glee, “ () my love's CASSEL.Some few weeks ago a new Gesangverein was established like the red, red rose,” the words of which are worthy of music of a more consisting of ladies and gentlemen, and called after its founder, Herr refined description. The irreproachable style in which this glee was | Heiurich Weidt, formerly music director at court, the Weidt'scher sung by Miss Annic Cox, Mrs. Dixon, Messrs. A. Matthison and Gesangvercin. It has already given a most successful and most Hodson, made it still more regrettable that a finer specimen of the numerously attended concert, and, although the admission was gratuEnglish national part-song should not have been selected. The itous, a very respectable amount was collected in voluntary contributions instrumental display that followed-a duet for two pianofortes “ on airs
at the doors, and handed over to the poor. In adưition to Mozart's from Euryanthe” (we always thought "the Mermaid's song” was in
Davide penitente, the programme included two quartets by thc lamented Oberon), the composition, or rather concoction, of M. Ravina--was Dr. Spohr, and several solo pieces. The choruses went with great prewelcome solely on account of the spirited and brilliant manner in cision and pureness of intonation, and it was evident they had been which it was cxccuted by two young ladies of tlie choir, Misscs V. A. rehearsed with extreme care.
learn what patient devotion can succeed in accomplishing. The first piece selected last evening was the duo from Semiramide, 'Ebben' a
te, ferisci!' given with a brilliancy of execution, a richness of tone, a From London the Sisters Marchisio proceeded to Liverpool and
light and shade, and truth of expression, only to be grasped by artists
of the highest natural gifts. A 'Bolero,' by Rossini, written as if the Manchester, in both of which towns they appear to have created
great composer was desirous of trying what the human voice could posno less profound a sensation than in the metropolis. The critic of sibly reach, went off with an abandon there is no describing. We may the Daily Post of the former city, writing about the concert of say the same of that duet from Matilde di Shabran, and · Le Zingare.' the Phiharmonic Society, at which they appeared on Tuesday | The reception, even from a proverbially cold audience, could not be evening last, thus eloquently and fervidly apostrophises the fair otherwise than flattering ; and we venture to think that their acknowartists :
ledged success in Paris, Berlin, Vienna and London, will follow the “ The Sisters Marchisio, fresh from their London triumphs, which
sisters equally through the English provinces. The next novelty was fully endorsed their creat continental reputation presented themselves Arthur Napoleon-who played Liszt's pianoforto fantasia on airs from for the verdict of the Liverpool musical public. Their reception, as
Norma, and gained a decided success. M. Lamoury also found appreusual at these concerts, was somewhat chilly; but their splendid gifts
ciation as a violoncellist; and our old favourite Vieuxtemps played a and brilliant execution soon thawed all reserve, and all their pieces
solo of his own, in his own masterly style. The male vocalists were were applauded to the echo. As the sisters confine themselves almost
Mr. Walter Bolton, Signors Cosselli and Ciampi.” entirely to the music of Rossini, and as they sing wonderfully his most 1 A letter from Romford gives the subjoined information :difficult dual morceaux, they subject their talents to a most crucial test.
“ We are coming out at Romford in the musical line, thanks to the But they come triumphantly out of the ordeal ; and certainly no
Volunteers, who seem just now to be active agents in giving life and singers can be more adapted by nature and accomplished by art to
animation to the Concert Rooms. The Romford (First Essex) Volun. popularise the music to which they devote their powers.
teer Rifle Corps, stimulated by the artistic exertions of other corps, is The Sisters first appeared in the duet, “Ebben'a te, ferisci,' and
metropolitan and provincial, gave an excellent performance of vocal no thing could have been better chosen to exemplify the joint and seve
and instrumental music on the 19th ult., at the New Corn Exchange, in ral qualities of the gront singers. The solo which each has to sing re
aid of the Band Fund of the Regiment. There was a full attendance, vealed to us that the two voices are perfectly distinct, the one being a
and a large muster of the green and gray-coated gentry. The list of full round contralto, the other a brilliant and mellow inezzo-soprano,
vocalists comprised Mlle. Florence Lancia, Mad. Laura Baxter, and possessing in its own special compass a trenchancy and flashing power
Signor Nappi ; that of the instrumentalists, Herr Schulthez and Mr. A. peculiarly its own. The “Giorno d'orrore' united the two in one of
Sullivan (pianists), Herr Louis Ries (violin), and Herr Daubert (violonRossini's most splendid torrents of melody ; and the light and shade,
cello), Mr. Frank Mori and Mr. A. Sullivan conducted. That the the precision, the oneness with which the beauties of the duct were
Romford public are not supposed to be disinclined towards classical music brought out, were equally astonishing and delightful. The same characteristics were exhibited in that other magnificent duet of Rossini,
may be gathered from the fact that Mendelssohn's trio in C minor, for • No, Matilde, non morrai.' The • Vanne o caro' was given with mar
pianoforte, violin and violoncello, heralded the first part, and that
Haydn's trio A l'Ongarese,' for the same instruments, commenced the vellous spontaneity and exactness; and the concluding stanza, • Ah se
second. Mendelssohn's piece was performed by Mr. Sullivan, Herr m'ama, il caro bene,' was one of the most exquisite gushes of expressive
Ries and Herr Daubert, and Haydn's by the same violinist and violonmelody we ever heard.”
cellist, with IIerr Schulthes at the piano. Both trios were extremely A correspondent writes from the same places :
well played. One of Do Beriot's Concertos for the violin, by Herr Rics, “At St. George's Hall, two very interesting concerts were given on pianoforte solos by Herr Schulthes, a solo on the violoncello by Herr Friday evening and Saturday morning. The programme consisted of Daubert, and a pianoforte duet by Mr. Sullivan and Herr Schulthcss, Welsh music. The songs were sung chiefly in the Welsh language by were the other instrumental performances. The vocal music was highly the following Welsh vocalists:— Miss Sarah Edith Wynne, Miss Kate attractive. Mle. Lancia created a great sensation by her beautiful Wynne, Mr. Lewis Thomas and Mr. John Owen, Mr. John Thomas voice and brilliant style. She sang Mr. Frank Mori's new song "A was the harpist; Mr. H. V. Lewis accompanied at the pianoforte. • Tal- | thousand miles from thee,' and the “Shadow song' from Dinorah, in the haiarn' recited two favourite pieces; and though last not least, Mr. last of which she obtained an enthusiastic encore. Mlle. Larcia also Brinley Richards, the Welsh pianist par excellence, gave his two fantasias joined Mr. Plater (I have no knowledge of this artist) in Mendelssohn's on Welsh airs, introduced by him at the Great National Festival held | duet • Zuleika and Hassan,' and won yet another encore. Mad. Laura at Denbigh (North Wales), and Aberdare (South Wales). We need | Baxter sang the canzonetta, « Fanclulle che il core,' from Dinorah, and hardly state that Mr. Richards played them con amore, and that he was Mr. Benedict's bailad, By the sad sea waves,' her beautiful voive exencored and compelled to return to the pianoforte after each perform torting an encore in Meyerbeer's song. Not less gratifying to the ance. There were several other encores, including the National Chorus; company than the solos were the quartet from Rigoletto • Un di se ben,' • Hail to thee, Cambria;' the duet Hên Forgan a'i Wraig,'sung by Miss sung by Mlle. Lancia, Mad. Laura Baxter, Mr. Plater and Signor S. Wynne and Mr. Owen;-the ballads, “Y'Deryn pur' and · Merch y | Nappi; and Bishop's quintet · Blow, gentle gales,' by the above, with Melinydd,' sung by Miss S. G. Wynne-who by the way became' her the addition of Mr. Kellcher. To conclude, the concert was a great Welsh costume à ravir - Mr. Brinley Richards' own popular ballad, “The success, and the Band Fund, no doubt, will be benefited.” Ilarp of Wales, and the national song of. The march of the men of
A correspondent from Peterborough writes as below :-Harlech,' both capitally given by Mr. Lewis Thomas. The part song of Mr. Brinley Richards The Vale' (Ar hyd y nos), was greatly ad.
“ Mír. Thacker, organist of Thorney Abbey, has been giving a series mired and much applauded, and the same approbation was extended to
of concerts at Peterborough, Thorney and Whittlesey. The singers were Miss Kate Wynne in the song from Miss William's collection, 'Y Bore
Miss Clara Wight, a young lady of promise, who possesses a charming Glas.' Miss Kate eke • became' the Cambrian equipment à ravir, and | mezzo soprano voice, and the choirs of Peterborough Cathedral and we should not be surprised at the Liverpool ladies adopting the fashion
Thorney Abbey. The instrumentalist were the brothers Booth, two * for a space. The programme of the morning concert was identical
violinists and a violoncellist, who in conjunction with Mr. Thacker (piano) with that of the evening, except the pianoforte solos of Mr. Brinley
performed several trios, duets and solos, all of which gave great satisRichards were a capriccio by Handel (1720), his own popular romance,
faction to crowded audiences. These young gentlemen are unquestiondedicated to Miss Arabella Goddard, known as “Ethel,' and his own
ably artists of great promise, and their playing is excellent. The trio admirable and spirited Tarantelle dedicated to Mr. Charles Hallé. The
| D minor of Mozart, and the solos on the violoncello (by Master Ferdi. concerts were under the management of Mr. John Owen (Owain Alaw,
nand), and on the violin (by his brothers, Albert and Otto,) were loudly Pencerd), director of the National Festivals held at Llangollen, &c."
applauded.” The Manchester Examiner and Times gives a flattering account
From Southsea a correspondent writes :of the first appearance of the Marchisios in Manchester, from which
“ Mr. F. Chatterton, assisted by Mrs. Helen Percy as vocalist, gave we extract the following:
his entertainment at the New Portland Hall, on the 31th ult., to a “The Sisters Carlotta and Barbara Marchisio made their first ap.
fashionable audience. The illustrations, vocal and instrumental, were
all most favourably received. Mr. Chatterton was encored in the Welsh pearance last evening in our Concert Hall. Oh! you fair ones, who sing so charmingly those pretty school pieces in the drawing-room to
Bardic Illustration,' and Mrs. Percy in • The Fairies' Invitation,' and
1. The last rose of summer.'” admiring papas and mammas, listen to these sisters, and learn from them a lesson relating, not alone to music, but to all other duties of life, 1 The following is from Gosport:
“Mr. Fred. Chatterton and Mrs. Helen Percy gave an entertainment The fact that the small circumference of the instrument compels on 'ancient minstrelsy and modern harp music' at the assembly rooms the drummer to concentrate blows, will be apparent from the on the 1st January. There was a large and appreciative audience, and following: the various vocal and instrumental illustrations were very warmly received. Mrs. Percy was encored in two of her songs, and Mr. Chatter
“DIRECTIONS HOW TO USE THE SILENT DRUM. - Strap it on the ton in a march of his own composition."
left leg, a little above the knee, the iron tongue resting against the
inside of the same ; when standing, the left leg must rest on some The Cork Herald announces a Musical Festival to take place slight elevation ; when sitting, the left leg to be bent under, and the the latter end of the month, and supplies the following particu- right one stretched out, with the right side of the drum resting on it.”. lars :
When sitting, at least, the drummer, if he missed the drum, “As the period approaches when this great musical event is to take would very likely hit the leg against which it would rest, and give place, it may not be uninteresting to mention briefly the origin of the himself an unpleasant wback on the knee, which would forcibly County and City of Cork Choral Society. In June last a number of remind him of the necessity of concentration in aiming his drumgentlemen connected with this city resolved to organise a great musical stick at its mark. performance in Cork on the plan of the Birmingham festivals, each
Mr. Thomas Carlyle, in many of his humorous writings, takes promising to use every exertion to carry out that object. During the
| frequent occasion to impress upon his readers the great value of six months which have since elapsed, these gentlemen have worked hard to accomplish their intention, and with considerable success. The festi
the Silences. Among the Silences there are few more valuable, val is fixed for the 28th, 29th, and 30th of January, and will be the
especially for purposes of practice, than the Silent Drum. M. first musical gathering of the kind ever held in this city. A chorus
Azémar would confer a great boon upon society, and particularly comprising two hundred and twenty male and female singers has been
the studious part of it, if he could contrive to invent some other organised, and some idea of the interest felt by the entire country in this Silences of the musical kind. A silent piano in the next house festival may be formed from the fact that twenty of these come from would be a real blessing to many a person whose auditory nerves Youghal, twenty from Bandon, thirty from Limerick, fiftec: from are sensitive ; so would a silent flute, a silent fiddle, or a silent Armagh and Belfast, and twenty from Dublin. We understand that cornopeon. Let M. Azémar consult Mr. Babbage, who made the ihe whole effective strength of the festival will consist of 300 perfor calculating machine, and abhors street-music; let them lay their mers, including the instrumentalists, among whom will be the cele- heads together, and try if, between them, they cannot invent a brated organist, Mr. Handel Rogers. The solo parts will be sustained silent grinding-organ, a silent brass band, and a silent bagpipe; by Mad. Rudersdorff, Miss Elton, Mr. Weiss, Mr. Topham, Mr. to the use of which itinerant Italians, Germans, pseudo-ScotchLavey, Herr Elsner, &c. At a full rehearsal of the society which took
men, and other creators of public discord, should be restricted by place, last Wednesday evening, the entire of Judas Maccabeus was !
Act of Parliament. rendered with admirable precision, power, and expression. The words selected are-Judus Maccabeus, a selection from Des Freischulz, succeeded by a miscellaneous concert, and the Messiah. We may state that it is the intention of the society to devote any surplus which may
GEORGE CANNING AND HIS MOTHER." It is not a little curious remain after paying the expenses, to the relief of the poor of the city that the · Peerages' make no mention of this lady by name, the and county. Moreover the success of the present enterprise would editors contenting themselves with the remark that the future stimulate its promoters to hold similar festivals frequently in Cork.” Premier's father, by an imprudent marriage, incurred the dis.
pleasure of his parents, and the penalty of disinheritance. The
name of the lady in question was Costello. After the marriage MUSIC WITHOUT NOISE.
her husband entered as a student at the Temple; but borne down (From " Punch.")
by the neglect and oppression of his family-who boasted to have A Great Musician, as every body knows, composed certain
been settled at Foxcote, in Worcestershire, from a fabulously re“ Songs without Words," but Mendelssobn, in producing those
mote period — he soon died in almost destitute circumstances. apparently impossible works, accomplished a difficulty less arduous
After bis death his widow married Mr. Reddish, of Covent Garden tban that which has been surmounted by the inventor of an
Theatre, and being again left a widow took as her third husband instrument advertised by Mr. Chappell of Regent Street, as :
Mr. Hun, by whom she had two daughters. It is most honourable
to the memory of that great statesman that when, on retiring from “ AZÉMAR'S SILENT PRACTICE DRUM.”
office, he became entitled to a pension, he settled it on his poor The handbill, headed as above, informs us that:
relations instead of pocketing it himself. It is still more creditable “For the purposes of practice, the Silent Drum possesses all the
to him that, amidst all his struggles for political advancement and advantages of a real one; it offers the same resistance and rebound to
the warfare of party strife, he never forgot his duty to his mother. the sticks, and admits of an equal degree of force and action in
le duly corresponded with her to the last, never omitting to beating, unaccompanied, however, by the excessive noise with precludes
write to her on a Sunday, which day be always made it a rule to the possibility of a drum being practised in-doors.”
set aside for that purpose. So invariably punctual was he in this We would say that not only does the Silent Drum possess all
respect that even during his special mission to Portugal, though the advantages of a real one for purposes of practice, but is also
not able to forward his letters regularly, he still continued to write free from all the disadvantages of a drum wbich, when beaten,
| every Sunday, and sent sometimes two and even three letters by makes a noise. A solo on the drum is a musical performance to
the same packet from Lisbon."-Once a Week. which few persons would like to listen under any circumstances; but when executed as a piece of practice, especially in-doors, it must be extremely far from agreeable to anybody within MEINIGEN.-On the 13th ult, the Salzunger Kirchenchor, which is hearing,
under the especial patronage of the heir apparent, gave a concert in the Well, but some one will say, what is the use of a Silent Drum ? church. The programme comprised compositions by Bach, Allegri, Might not the drummer, for purposes of practice, as well beat the Palestrina, Orlando di Lasso, Prätorius, Jomelli, Mendelssohn and air ? This question is provided with an answer in the subioined | Hauptmann, the whole under the direction of the Cantor, Herr Müller. statement:
Mad. Förster sang an air by Handel, and a “ Sanctus" by Cherubini. “ The degree of correctness in the beating is accurately ascertained
LEMBERG — The great musical event of the season has been the tri. by a slight sound, as well as by the vibration on the lec, to which the umphant production of Meyerbeer's Dinorah. Silent Drum is strapped ; this position of the drum on the leg also DARMSTADT.-- Schindelmeisser's new opera, Melusine, is in rehearsal. corrects the fault, common to beginners, of allowing the sticks to The members of the Grand Ducal Chapel have commenced their annual drop towards the right. The small circumference of this instrument series of Subscription Concerts. At the opening concert, Beethoven's com pels the drummer to concentrate the blows, and its rim ensures the Pastoral Symphony and Weber's Jubilee Overture were performed with sticks being kept at the proper height. The Silent Drum is very the precision and spirit for which the Grand Ducal Chapel is celebrated. portable, six of them occupying less space than one ordinary side A young pianist, Herr Martin Wallenstein, from Frankfort, made a drum.”
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VHO is to have Her Majesty's Theatre this year? The
and the opulent banker are still deterred by the stringent entitled Harlequin and the House that Jack Built;
stipulations of the proprietor with reference to caution money. OR, OLD MOTHER HUBBARD AND HER WONDERFUL DOG.
The immediate disbursement of six or seven thousand "If a man do build a dwelling on common land from sunset to sunrise, and enclose pounds is no inconsiderable adventure, more especially where a piece of ground, wherein there shall be a trec, a beast feeding, a fire kindled, a chimney smoking, and provision in the pot, such dwelling shall be freely held by the builder,
other interests beside those of art are contemplated. M. anything herein to the contrary nevertheless notwithstanding."--Old Furest Charter. Bagier is wealthy, but what possible experience can thie
The novel effects and splenud scenery by William Beverley, assisted by Messrs. C. Pitt, Craven, Brew, dic. Masks, symbolic devices, personal appointments, and designs dilettante speculator from Madrid have in managing the for the costumes by the celebrated Dykir ynkyn. The overtuire and music composed and arranged by Mr. J. H. Tully. The machinery by Mr. Tucker and assistants. The
fortunes of so vast and complicated an establishment? Surely tricks, properties, changes, and transformations by Mr. Needhanr, assisted by Messrs. the Earl of Dudley would do well to ponder before consignGlindon, H. Adams, H. Langham, &c. The Costumes by Miss Dickinson, Mr. Lauri, and Mr. Palmer. The Gas Appointments by Mr. Hinckley. The Choregraphic Ar. ing the theatre into such hands. Earls, we have been asrangements by Mr. Cormack. The Ilarlequinade and Comic Scenes by Messrs. Cormack and B. Jones. The Perfume of the Flowers supplied by Rimmel's process. The
sured, love money like inferior mortals, and M. Bagier would, Grotesque Burlesque Opening invented and written by E. L. Blanchard. And the
beyond all suspicion, prove a solvent tenant; but his Earlwhole arranged and produced under the immediate superintendeuce of Mr. Robert Roxby.
ship loves something else besides lucre, and has more than Harlequins, Messrs. Cormack and St. Maine; Columbines, the Misses Gunniss; Pantaloons, Messrs. G. Tanner and Morley ; Clowns, Messrs. Forrest and Huline Gro
once proved himself a strenuous advocate in the cause of tesque, Signor Lorenzo ; 1861-63, Mr. Stilt. Sprites, by the Ridgways and Suwell music. To secure liis rent is one of the primary objects Family.
of a landlord ; but when the landlord is rich, noble, talented, Doors open at half past 6, to commence at 7 o'clock. Tickets for boxes, pit, and galleries may be had at the box-office before the opening consequential in the public eye, and the owner of one of the
greatest musical establislıments in the country, some latitude ST. JAMES'S HALL,
in speculation, some freedom of commercial enterprise, might Regent Street and Piccadilly.
be expected, without even intruding on the domains of liber
ality. That Her Majesty's Theatre should be closed this MONDAY POPULAR CONCERTS,
year, of all years, would seem to proceed from no less a determination than to ensure its downfall. If managerial
speculators, in the Great Exhibition year, would shrink THE Sixth Concert of the Fourth Season (70th Concert | from paying the enormous rent asked, what chance is there
in St. James's Hall) will take place on Monday Evening. January 13, 1862, on which occasion Signor Piatti, Mons. Sainton, and Madame Sainton-Dolby will make
that any individual who is tolerably acquainted with the their first appearances.
arithmetical process of addition and subtraction, and could PROGRAMME.
tell a straight line from a crooked, would embark at any Part 1.- Quartet, in E minor, Op. 45, for Two Violins, Viola, and Violoncello (Spohr), MM. Sainton, L. Ries, H. Webb, and Piatti. Song, "Nametbe glad da: " future period in such a perilous venture as becoming lessee Dussck). Miss Banks. Song. "Divinities du Styx" (Alceste) (Glück), Madaine
of the theatre? The idea is simply absurd. If Her Majesty's Sainton-Dolby. Sonata Caracteristique, in E. Dat, Op. 81 (Beethoven), Mr. Charles Hallé (first time at the Monday Popular Concerts).
Theatre is not opened this season, the star of its fortunes lias, Pari 11.-Sonata, in F major,'for Pianoforte and Violoncello (Beethoven), Mr. Charles Hallé and Signor Piatti. Song, “Never forget” (G. A. Macfarren), Miss too probably, set for ever. . Banks. Song, “In a drear-nighted December" (J. W. Davison), Madame Sainton. Dolby Trio, in G major, for Pianoforte, Violin, avd Violoncello (Haydn), MM.
If we were worth one hundred thousand pounds sterling, Hallé, Sainton, and Piatti. Conductor, Mr. Benedict. To commence at eight o'clock we should hasten to the noble proprietor without delay, and, precisely. NOTICE.-It is respectfully suggested that such persons as are not desirous of remain
with the utmost zeal and disinterestedness, advise him to ening till the end of the performance can leave cither before the coinmencement of the trust the fortunes of the Old House once more to the keeping last instrumental piece, or between any two of the movement, so that those who wish to hear the whole may do so without interruption).
of Mr. Lumley. This indeed is the only hope for Her Majesty's *** Between the last vocal piece and the Quartet, an interval of Five Minutes
Theatre. Mr. Lumley, of all living managers, is best conwill be allowed. The Concert will tinish not later than half past ten o'clock. Stalls, 5s.; Balcony, 3s.; Admission, Is.
stituted to preside over its destinies and to direct its course. Tickets to be had of Mr. Austin, at the Hall, 28 Piccadilly ; CHAPPELL and Co., 50 New Bond Street, and of the principal Musicsellers.
He has vast experience, infinite intelligence, unlimited means
aven, Brew, dice celebrated Dykwynkyurebs Mr. Tucker and : for the costumes vir J. H. Tully: sformations by Mr
of obtaining information, and -as befits the lead of one of upon each occasion a fixed subscription was paid, and in turn the most fashionable and important lyric theatres in Europe | every member was presented with a testimonial, or, to quote - the most courtly manners and the most conciliating ad- the words of the prospectus, “a token of respect, varying dress. After all, what is the difference between the noble from a small snuff-box to an equestrian statue, according to proprietor and Mr. Lumley, but the disagreement about My , the price such member might choose to pay for it; it being astern Aunt Dinah's affair in Tristram Shandy? And, indeed, and independent axiom of the association that each pays for might not Mr. Lumley, acting the part of the elder Shandy, the presentation offered to himself, and thus is a party to the in the strict obligation he owes to truth, thus essay to liberate reward bestowed upon those merits of which no person is so bimself from all blame with the Earl of Dudley, representing good a judge as himself.” Thus any inember had the power My Uncle Toby? He might, like “my Father,” urge in to increase the joint subscription to any extent by contribuextenuation-"Amicus Plato” – that is, Payment was my tions from his own (or his friends') pockets, so that if diss Itisbond :-"sed, magis, Amica Veritas" - but Repudiation fied with the orthodox silver snuti-box (one eccentric member was my Necessity. If this would not lead to a satisfactory | presented himself with a silver coffin-plate), he could, by payarrangement, in reality we know not wbat would.
ing the difference, have an equestrian statuc. Members bad Let us hope for brighter days for the “ Old House at, tlie privilege of designing the inscription on their own testiHome,” in the Haymarket. With that time-lionoured es- monials, and of introducing a friend as honorary member, who tablishment are connected very many of our most vivid and was mulcted of a subscription, and kindly permitted to dine delightful recollections of Italian Opera. It was there — not annually with the members — at his own expense. The to go too far back --- we first saw and heard Pasta, Sontag, society may have become defunct, but its objects do not appear Malibran, Grisi, Persiani, Cruvelli, Pisaroni, Brambilla, to be lost sight of — a striking instance of its existence having Rubini, Donzelli, Mario, Tamburini, Zuchelli, Lablache, and recently come to light. The following is a verbatim copy of a host of other celebrities. It was there we first listened to a circular dated from one of the modern mis-called “Music the best operas of Mozart and Rossini, with casts that never Halls,” arrogating to itself the designation of our oldest and bave been surpassed. It was there we heard, and beard only, most venerated musical institution:that glorious quartet of vocalists — the wonder and admira “The enterprise of Messrs. -- &— , in having established the tion of the world, try their united strength in the Barbiere,
--- Music Hall, with its accessories, has been thought by many of their Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, La Gazza Ladra,
friends to be worthy of soine mark of cstecm and respect for their Cenerentola, Puritani, Marino Faliero, Otello, and other
spirited conduct; a few gentlemen have, therefore, formed theinselves
into a committee for the purpose of carrying out the above object, by operas which have escaped our memory, not forgetting Mr. presenting them with a suitable testimonial. Some of the members of Balfe's Falstaff-to say nothing of Mr. Costa's Malak Adel the committee will do themselves the honour of waiting upon you on and Don Carlos — written for them four.” It was there we | the — inst.--I am, yours, respectfully, saw another quartet only less immortalised in fame - inas
- Hon. Sec. and Treasurer.” much as the ballet is inferior to the opera — the inimitable This document is headed with the name of the hall in Taglioni, Queen of the Graces ; the gazelle-like, fascinating question, and dates from the “ committec-room,” held in the and enchanting Carlotta Grisi ; the bounding and inexhaus- building, the envelope bearing a stamp with the names of tible Fanny Cerito ; the agile and swan-fashioned Lucile the proprietors to whom the testimonial is to be presented ! Gralın. Do they not seem now to figure before us on the | About the exquisite taste of the whole proceeding, not a never-to-be-forgotten stage, and each throw the golden light word need be said ; but still there is something inexpressibly of her ethereal witcheries over the spell-bound audience ? | funny in the notion of a subscription to recognise the spirited Alas, both quartets have vanished into the ingurgitating conduct of two individuals opening a public-house, with a misty Past, and Silence and Darkness now hold their bridal, singing-room and “accessories,” for their own especial where once Pleasure and Fashion reigned supreme. Here, benefit, and the degradation of art. Let any one who wishes too, the dark-browed queen of tragedy, Rachel, with down. to learn their influence make the tour of these “halls," and cast eyes and step that told the history of a heart, moved. observe what produces the strongest impression, elicits the the incarnation of some terrible passion, before our gaze, most frantic applause, with double and triple encores; not choking our utterance. Here, too — but why recall wliat the operatic selections, the only decent things of the crening, has been, as if merely to show the impossibility of what may even if performed with what was advertised as a “full” be? If we cannot redeem bygone glories, we may, at least, band by the gentlemen whose enterprise is to command a realise a hope for the future. Her Majesty's Theatre again testimonial, and which full band (if our memory serves us opened and the directing power once more vigorous and rightly), consisted of a piano and harmonium, cornet, saxenergetic may rise from its ashes, and assert its ancient horn, and drum! Not these, even with the aid of Signora supremacy and grandeur. Let us anticipate the best, and Squallini “ from La Scala,” no, but the comic (Heaven save trust that the doors of the great operatic templo may be the mark !)-the comic song, the broader the buffoonery and soon unclosed, and its administration delegated to proper more highly spiced with double entendre the better. And hands. There is no reason why, though neglected and for: | for the establishment of rooms for the encouragement of this saken, it should not yet be restored to the proud position it class of entertainment, which fills the musicsellers' windows once occupied, of the first and most 'magnificent lyric with portraits wliose vulgarity is only equalled by their stutheatre in Europe.
pidity, vide “ The Young Man from the Country," “ Doing the Grand,” “ The Nerves,” &c., the individuals represented
looking, in one instance, something between a flash horseCOME years since there was instituted an association named dealer and a pickpocket, and in the other a compound of D «The Mutual Presentation Plate Society," the purport of prig and mountebank; the third, apparently, typifying two which was sufficiently indicated by the title. After the man- hopeless idiots, the character of the songs being on a par ner of our Royal Academy and the Academy of France, the with the embellishments. It is gratifying to find one or two number of members was strictly limited to forty. The meet journals earnestly protesting against this growing nuisance, ings were held regularly in the neighbourhood of Bedlam, which, however, must in time work its own cure~not in the