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T TARANTELLA at St. James's Hall, on Tuesday Evening, May 9.

M R. EMILE BERGER will Play his popular Solos,

1 "Les ECHOS DE LONDRES,” “VIỄNI VIÊNI,” and “THE WRECK,” at Mrs. Meerest's First Soirée Musicale, April 30.

I'R AWEN, Introductory Chorus ...

(To the Muse). 1. LLWYN ONN ...

(The Ash Grove). 2. CODIAD YR HEDYDD .

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(All through the Night). 4. HOB Y DERI DANNO

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(The Plain of Rhoddlan). 6. DIVYRRWCH Y BRENIN

(The King's Delight). 7. Y FERCH O'R SCER

The Maid of Sker). 8. Y GADLYS ...

(The Camp). 9. TORRIAD Y DYDD

(The Dawn of Day). 10. SERCH HUDOL

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(March of the Men of Harlech). 14. MERCH MEGAN

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(The Blackbird). ... 17. CODIAD YR JHAUL

(The Rising of the Sun). 18. DAFYDD Y GARREG W N

(David of the White Rock). 19. SYR HARRI DDU...

(Black Sir Harry). 20. BUGEILIO'R GWENITH GWYN

Watching the Wheat). 21. DIFYRRWCH ARGLWYDDES OWAIN (Lady Owen's Delight). 22. TROS Y GARREG ...

(Over the Stone). 23. Y 'DERYN PUR

(The Dove).

... (The Inspired Bard).

(The Minstrel's Adieu to his

native Land).

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to break upon the wheel the innocent and expressive meReviews.

lody of Paesiello (“Nel cor più”), and such a heart-felt thing as Mozart's “Die Zufriedenheit.” It is “Nel cor più”

with a vengeance; but “piùwhat, we must leave the *Contre-temps,' caprice-étude," pour piano - E. AURELE

modern Cardanus who prepares the Encomium Kullakii to FAVARGER (Robert Cocks & Co.).

decide. The character of this short study may be understood by a quotation. We append the opening bars:

La Bruyère,” Caprice Suédois, pour piano, par JOSEPH

OʻKELLY; Allegro vivo

Le Départ de l'Helvétie," fantaisie brillante, pour piano,

par ALPHONSE LEDUC; Evening Calm,” Melody, composed for the pianoforte, by

Edwin M. Lott (Robert Cocks & Co.). f risoluto

Three tittlebats. Mr. Joseph O'Kelly's tittlebat is entitled “ Swedish,” or rather, as it is the custom prevalent now among our young Irish composers (O'Kelly?) to intitule their pieces in French-—“ SuédoisWe can apprehend nothing “ Swedish ” in its bearing, but are nevertheless

constrained to admit its liveliness. The “ meno vivo con It proceeds after this fashion -- allowing for a variation abbandonate” (page 4), which may be regarded as its fins, at page 3, in which the task of the right hand is doubled is decidedly its prettiest and most engaging feature; but

the “animato marcato il basso” (page 9), which may be contemplated as its tail, is so little in keeping with the other parts of its body, that we should prefer it without tail (we have seen a tinker tailless, though never a bat,—not even a “tittle”). Why, by the way, “con abbandonate," instead of

con abbandonamento(which is a substantive)?-or, at all to the end, and will hurt nobody's fingers, if it touches no

events, abbandonatamente (which is an adverb)?-or at any body's feelings. Probably a more harmless composer does

rate abbandonevolmente (which is another)? If Mr. O'Kelly not walk, sup, sleep, snore(?), dream, wake, get up, wash, breakfast, read THE MUSICAL WORLD, receive visits, make

thinks to abbarbagliare the English public with such mixed

| gibberish, he will find himself in the wrong box. At the visits, snuff (?), smoke (?), ride (?), lunch, talk, go out, come

best it is but abbaruffamento, and can never become in, dine, drink, doze, go out again, come in again, sup, go to

abbarbicato in this country; and this in anticipation of a bed, sleep-(write letters, get answers, court, marry, dance,

very natural retort on his part, viz, that he knows how to have children, pet them, spoil them, compose music, sell it,

abbiocare his own abbindolazioni (which means to “cluck get paid for it, see it in print, play it, admire it, send it for

his own chicks"), and does not roost in need of our advice. review ]-wake, get up, wash, breakfast, read The Musical

M. Alphonse Leduc's tittlebat (Op.137) is entitled “The WORLD, &c. &c. — than the composer of the above “com

Departure from Helvetia," de F. Massini ”; but if F. Masposite."

sini, why Alphonse Leduc (Op. 137)? What Alphonse “ Lays of the Olden Time--- new series, freely transcribed Leduc (Op. 137) can possibly have to say to the “ Departure

for the pianoforte, by THEODORE KULLAK (Robert Cocks from Switzerland” of F. Massini, and why Leduc should & Co.).

celebrate it in a solo, probably no one except F. Massini or The new series consists of six pieces. No. 1 is a “tran Alphonse Leduc is in a condition readily to explain. The scription" of J. F. (not Alexander) Reichardt's “Lied der tune by which A. Leduc celebrates the exodus of F. Massini Nacht” (Lay of the Night); a melody with which Herr is extremely “ Swissy," and the style of the piece as bucolic Kullak can thoroughly sympathise, being precisely such a as though it had been composed upon a sheep's back or a one as, in a sentimental mood, he might have written him. / shepherd's shoulders, under the influence of the “Ranz des self. It is for this reason, doubtless, thoroughly well | Vaches.” A more bucolic tittlebat was never caught in a arranged, and embedded in kindred flourishes. No. 2, Zum stream hard by a thicket. steeg's “Soldatenspruch” (Military Song”), is also good. Mr. M. Lott's tittlebat, entitled “Evening Calm,” is in E The theme (Zumsteeg was a Bavarian composer, author of fat, and is chiefly remarkable for a sort of even(ing) calmness, an opera called The Phantom Island, or “ Geisterinsel,of and a label attached to its fins with an inscription in bad ordinary capacity) is vigorous, martial, and commonplace ; Italian-"il melodia ben marcato." It is, nevertheless, a and Herr Kullak has dressed it out in a vigorous, martial, bat of some water, if not some fresh water. and — and appropriate manner. Of No.3 we should like to speak as favourably; but we are unable. Mozart's lovely • Veilchen" (of which Mendelssohn was thinking when he NEW MUSIC RECEIVED FOR REVIEW. composed « The first violet") deserved a better fate than to

CRAMER, BEALE & WOOD. be thus ruthlessly tortured by Herr Kullak.-Nor can we be


“My own sweet home " persuaded to tolerate No. 4, in which Weber's noble setting of “Lützow's Wild Jagd” (Lutzow's Wild Hunt) is made

(ditto). to perform a sort of “dance of death.” (Here, by the way, is matter which would delight Mr. William Vipond Barry.) No. 5 and No. 6 " Hope told a flattering tale,and “ Con

FAVANGER (E. Aurele)
KULLAK (Theodor)

" Lays of the olden time" tentment") are equally reprehensible. Only a musical Nero, O'Kelly (Joseph)

(ditto), I one would have thought, could have had the cruelty thus Lott (Edwin)

BROCK (William)

“ Happy days of childhood"


(Vocal). (ditto).

BROCK (Wiliam)

“ I am but a lowly flower "
" Will you come to my mountain home?
" Corydon's doleful knell"
" To thee
“ Contretemps"...

(ditto), (ditto).

(ditto). (Pianoforte).


"La Bruyère"

(ditto). Leduc (Alphonse)

“ Evening calm"

* Le depart"



EWER & co.

immediate future of the theatre, there are only two which possess the DEICHMANN (Carl) "A mournful tale"

... (Vocal).

slightest consistency : according to the one, Herr Rott, and, according MOLIQUE (Caroline) " Mignonnette" ...

... (Pianoforte). O'LEARY (Arthur) " Fleurs et Pleurs"


to the other, Herr Treumann, is to be appointed manager. I do not Ditto. " Scène de chasse"

(ditto). think, however, that either of these gentlemen is fitted for the post, Ditto “ Féte rustique "...


and, if I am not trespassing too much upon your space, I will tell you WOLLENHAUPT (H. A.) “Le meteore"



« Once upon a time,” as we say in the story-books, there was, at the FARMER (John) “ Première valse Brillante " ..

(ditto). Theater an der Wien, not “ a king" or a “queen," but a kind of HELLER (Stephen)

"Fluthenreicher Ebro" (Improvisata) (ditto). PAUER (Ernst) “ Euryanthe"


dictator, and his name was Herr Rott, to English ears not a pleasing

patronymic. Now Herr Rott took advantage of his then position to | J. H. JEWELL.

monopolise every good or great part. Not only would he not have anyHOPE (Owen) ! “ Constancy" ... ... ... ... ... (Vocal).

one over him, but he would not suffer anyone even near him; a pecu. Ditto “Ah! say art thou dreaming?

... (ditto). GRAHAM (George F.) « Huronta " Hurontario" ... ... ... ... ... (Pianoforte).

liarity he shares, I am bound to say, with certain theatrical magnates

in London. Such being the case, Herr Rott cannot justify the hope J. SURMAN. HOPKINS (J. L.) “ When I see thee smile, Mary”

that he would prove a just and impartial manager. Besides this, he ... ... (Vocal).

has become somewhat indolent of late, and I do not think his pecuniary

circumstances are such as would enable him to purchase the theatre, MUSIC AND THEATRES IN VIENNA...

without at once plunging into a hopeless sea of debt, like that in which

Herr Pokorny is now floundering. Herr Treumann, on the other hand, (From our own Correspondent.)

formed his company, created his style, and trained his public in the In the first place, you must know that the Theater an der Wien is in a

Franz-Josef's Kai. Trifles light as air, such as Offenbach's operettas, bad state. The last hour of Herr Pokorny's management seems to have

are not suited for the larger establishment on the Wien. If he gives up arrived. According to the commonly received report, a committee,

his present theatre, he must also give up his present company ; that consisting of Herren Rott, Findeisen, Röhring, Swoboda, and Weichel

would be a pity. If he retains his present theatre, he must give up the berger, notified not long ago to the management, in the name of the

company of the other house ; that would be a greater pity. He cannot entire company, that they would consent to go on playing only on con

keep on both. I greatly fear that, in changing his quarters, he would dition that the current salaries should be paid on the 31st March, and

lose his popularity and good luck, and to speak of what to him is quite that guarantees should be given for all arrears as well as for the future.

as important as aught else, if not more so, whatever inoney he may The manager being unable to comply, it was necessary to close the

have saved. theatre on the 1st April. I have been informed that a short time since

I should deeply regret to see the company at the Theater an der the principal creditors were inclined to give Herr Pokorny another

Wien broken up ; it is, even now, very good, and might, with a little year's grace, in order to avoid the catastrophe which was otherwise un

trouble, be made unusually so. In Herren Rott, Findeisen, Albin avoidable. Now, however, that catastrophe would appear to have

Swoboda, and Röhring, it can boast of artists such as no other of the arrived. Even supposing personal interest, vanity, good nature, and,

faubourg theatres can show. To the above gentlemen I must add Mesabove all else, want, should induce a certain portion of the company to

dames Klimetsch, Raab, Mellin and Rudini. It would be a great misenter upon a fresh arrangement, the latter cannot possibly last. If the

fortune were artists, who, from long habit, work so well together, sudmanagement is at present unable, at the end of the winter, that is to

denly separated. In my opinion, the best thing under the circumstances say, of the good theatrical season, to defray its daily expenses, what

would be for a company of shareholders to purchase the theatre, and can it be expected to do during the summer, when every theatre, even

put a thoroughly experienced and talented professional manager, with a the best, is in the habit of having bad business? If, moreover, it be

good salary and full power, at its head. I am sure it would prove an true that the arrears, which have been accumulating for years, amount

excellent speculation, yielding from eight to ten per cent. on the capital to nearly 20,000 florins, and that the interest on back debts exceeds the

| invested. At any rate, some decision must be arrived at within the next enormous sum of 40,000 florins, every person must at once perceive the

few days; and as it is impossible that the state of things could be worse,

it may safely be affirmed, if there is truth in the old proverb, that it will impossibility of restoring matters to a healthy financial state. With a

soon be considerably better. gold mine like the Theater an der Wien, and with a very good company, like the present one, such is the pass to which Herr Pokorny's

In the way of opera there has been no novelty for some time here, management has brought matters. It is impossible that this state of

and the only important revival is that of La Fille du Régiment, in which things can continue. By its want of anything like order, reliability, and

Mlle. Liebhardt sustained the part of Marie, "the daughter of fifteen steadiness, the management has lost all credit with monied men ; by

hundred fathers," a part for which she is not particularly well qualified, its neglectfulness, laziness, and unskilfulness, it has sacrificed all its

and her impersonation was anything but successful. Had she not popularity with the general public ; and by its injustice, caprice, and

changed the current of feeling among the audience by her execution of incompetence, it has trifled away the confidence of the company. Every

the music allotted to her in the finale of the first act, it is a question attempt to restore the status quo would only result in worse confusion.

whether the opposition party, which was very strong, would have alA new board of directors, and a fresh artistic board of management,

lowed her to continue. She was somewhat better in the second act. might produce a momentary amelioration, but could not afford any

She got through the singing-lesson tolerably, as well as the andante of guarantee for the future. Fight years ago improvement might have

the next air. This saved her. Her acting was not superior to her been possible, but the time has now passed, and a radical change cannot

singing, and I do not think it probable that she will repeat the part be effected unless the theatre passes into other hands.

The rest of the singers were satisfactory, and as much may be said of The contemplation of an unfortunate family is always painful, even

the orchestra, under Herr Dessoff. Among other operas lately given, though the misfortune may have been brought about principally by the

we have had Der Freischütz, Margarethe, Gräfin Egmont, and Maria fault of the sufferers themselves. But a critic must consider facts and

di Rohan. The management certainly require a little stirring up. not persons. Directly he looks at a subject from a purely philanthropic point of view, all impartial judgment ceases. According to this BORDEAUX. - Last Monday evening, in the saloon of the Salle principle, I can acknowledge Herr Pokorny's honourable conduct, I can Franklin, which was too small for the crowd who endeavoured to obtain express my personal regret at the misfortune which has overtaken him admission, we were present at one of those musical soirées, the recol. and his family, but, at the same time, I am bound to represent his pub. lection of which will for ever remain engraved in the artistic annals of lic management of a public institution as what I sincerly believe it was. Bordeaux. The public had, in fact, flocked from all quarters to hear Had Herr Pokorny paid less attention to the sweet flattery of those no less a treat than Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, interpreted by by whom he was surrounded, and lent a readier ear to the bitter truths Vieuxtemps, the king of the violin, and Servais, the king of the vio. told him by his real friends, he would not perhaps now be reduced to loncello, two prodigious artists, in a word, who appear to have stolen, the sad necessity of reproaching himself with having plunged two from the chefs-d'æuvre of the great masters the celestial fire, in order to hundred persons, together with their families, into misery and want. | illuminate with it our hearts. What an unexpected piece of good forA question which will now strike everyone is, What is to be done? tune it was for Bordeaux yesterday to behold these two sublime inter. A continuance of Herr Pokorny's management appears, as I have preters of contemporary art, seated together at the same desk! to see already observed, an impossibility ; should his management be still the two masters, who, by a stroke of their irresistible and powerful allowed to continue, it would be only a tinkered, patched up affair, bow, exhibit to us unexpected views and prospects in every chef. and in another year, or perhaps less, the company would be exactly d'auvre, exalting, charming, and, so to speak, driving us out of our wits where they are now, except that their affairs would be in an even more by the creations of their genius. We must inform our readers that for hopeless state. Among the many reports in circulation concerning the these two men to meet thus in Bordeaux, it needed nothing less than

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