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STEPHEN HELLER'S PIANOFORTE WORKS.

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Op. 7. Declaration. Morceau earacteriatique 3 0

qp. 7. Adieu. Ditto 3 0

Op. 7. Amour isni Dept. Ditto * 0

Op. 16. The Art s Phrasing. ct 3 books, each ... 6 0

Op. 24. Romance de ('Optra, " I.a Cliaite Suianne * 3 0

Op. 2ft. La Crysta l Neerlandaite... M 2 6

Op. 29. La Chllif - ... - 3 0

Op. 30. Lu Uaoti D'amitu. Dix Pensces fugitives (d'aprci Ernst et
Heller):—

1. Pase. Dedicated to Dr. Roth x C

•l. .Souvenir. Dedicated to Mad. Mnntgolfler ... 16

». Romance. Dedicated to Mad. C. Malic 16

4. Lied. Dedicated to Mr. Rakemann 1 6

8. Agitato. Dedicated to Mile. Moscheles 1 6

6. Adieu. Dedicated to Mr. C. Halle 1 6

7. Reverie. Dedicated to Mr. Moichelei 1 6

5. Caprice. Dedicated to Mile. Smith 1 6

9. Inquietude. Dedicated to Mile. Raupp 2 6

10. Intermezzo. Dedicated to Mad. Moschelet 2 6

Op. 31. La Juive. Fantalile sur r opera de Halevy 4 0

Op. 33. LaTniKe. Brilliant caprice on the «song of Schubert 3 0

Op. 34. Schubert's Erl-king 4 0

Op. 8ft. Schubert'i Eloge det Larmei. Morce.ni de talon 3 0

Op. 36. Schubert'i LaPoite. Improvliata ... 3 0

Op. 37. Fantalile sur I'Opera de a " Charles VI." 4 0

Op. 38. Caprice brillant sur la Romance, "Avec U douce chansonnette," de

ropera At_' VI.de Halevy 4 0

Op. 41. Le Deierteur. Caprice 3 0

Op. 42. Valie elegante in K flat 3 6

Op. 43. Valie lentlmenUle In E M 3 6

Op. 44. Valie villageoise In F 3 6

Op. 4ft. Studiei. Introduction to the Art of Phraaing. 2 books, each ... 6 0

Op. 41. 30 Studies. Melodiquei et progreisivei. 3 book*, each 6 0

Op. 47. 2ft Etuilei pour former an sentiment du Rhythme et a I'expreiitou

3 book*, each .' 6 0

Op. S3. Tarentelle, in E » 0

Op. 9ft. La Funtaine de F. Schubert. Caprice brillant s 0

Op. ft6. Serenade, in C sharp minor ... ... 4 0

Op. Mi. Valtc bnllante, in ditto _ 4 0

Op. 60. Canzonetta. 4 0

Op. 61. Deuxiiine Tarentelle, In E flat minor 6 0

Op. 62. No. I. Valie, in D flat r 3 0

No, 2. Ditto A flat 3 0

Op. 63. Caprlcclo. In C ... .. ... — ... 4 0

Op. 66. Troitieine Tarentelle, In F minor ..................4 0

Op. 67. Auf Flogi-ln des Geiangci. "On tong'l bright pinions." Impro

viaata on Mendeliiohu'i melody M ... 4 0

Op. 63. Hark I the lark. Serenade by Schubert. Caprice brillant ... 4 0

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I. Vivace, in C

Impetuoso, in A minor ". *"

Lento con tcneresxa, In O „. '** *"

Molto animato. In E minor /" "*

Andante quasi Allegretto, in D *" J,"

Allegro deciso, in IS minor i

Pin. Lento, in A ... ~

Allegro appasilonato, in F sharp minor" '." '." *"*

Allegretto con grasia, in E

Allegro caratterlstico. In C sharp minor ... "'.

Andante con moto, in O flat ...

Molto agitato, in B flat minor

13. Allegretto graxioio, lu D flat TM"

II. Pitt modernto e plintiro, in F minor ... *." "* *"

15. Andante placido. In F

16. Allegro riioluto. In D minor ~ ***

17. Allegretto pastorale, in B flat TM *." ..

18. Allegro non troppo, in G minor *"*

No. I. Tarentelle in A minor

No. 2. Tarentelle in A flat

In Wald und Flur. Trolsieme slide de Promenades d'un Solitaire.'

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Op. 90. 24 Nourelles Etudes. 4 books

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IN THE PRESS.

A New Edition of the STUDIES, thoroughly revised and partly re-written, published under the immediate

superintendence of the Composer. Fifteen Books, each 6s.

LONDON: ASHDOWN & PARRY, 18 HANOVER SQUARE,

Printed by Gaoaoa Akd.sw Sfottibwoodi, of No. 12 James Street, Buckingham Gate, In the Parish of St. Margaret, in the City of Westminster, at No. ft New-street Square, In the Parish of St. Bride, la the City of London. Publllhedhy Joan Boout, at the Office of Booist ei Sons, 28 Houses Stres*.—S*l*rday, May 11,1862.

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'The woara Of Aet Appears Most Eminent In Music, Since It Requires No Material, No Subject-matter, Whose Effect

MUST BE DEDUCTED: IT IS WHOLLI FOBM AND POWER, AND IT BAISES AND ENNOBLES WHATEVER IT EXPRESSES"—GBthc,

SUBSCBIPTION—Stamped for Postage—20s. PEE ANNUM Payable in advance by Cash or Post-Offlce Order to B00SEY & SONS, 28 Holies Street, Cavendish Square, London, W.

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MEYERBEER'S GRAND EXHIBITION OVERTURE will be Performed at the GRAND EXHIBITION CONCERT, Exeter Hall, June 0.

AT EYERBEER'S GRAND EXHIBITION OVER

JJX TURK will be Performed at Mr. BENEDICT'S MORNING CONCERT, St. James's Hall, June 30.

AUBER'S GRAND EXHIBITION MARCH will be Performed at the GRAND EXHIBITION CONCERT, Exeter Hall, June 9.

MISS LOUISA VAN NOORDEN will make her First Appearance in nubile lince her return from Italy, the latter end of this month (June), at a MATINEE MUSICALE. Particular wUl be duly announced. Conductor: Mr. M. W. Balfp. »

MISS FOSBROKE has the honour to announce that her FIRST CONCERT will take place on Saturday Evening next, June H, at Hanorer Square Rooms.

Stalls, as.; Reserved Seats, 2s. Gd.; Back Seats, Is. Tickets at Miss Fosbroke's, 242 Maida Vale, W.; and at all the principal Musicsellers'.

GRAND EXHIBITION CONCERT AT EXETER HALL.

ON MONDAY, JUNE 9, will be given a GRAND EVENING CONCERT at Exeter Hall, when the whole of the Music performed at the Opening of the International Exhibition will be reproduced on a scale of great

magnlficeucc, under the direction of Mr. BENEDICT.

The Orchestra and Chorus will comprise 400 Performers, selected from the Band of the Royal Italian Opera and the Members of the Vocal Association.

The Programme will Include Meyerbeer's "Grand Exhibition Overture," Auber's "Grand Triumphal Match," und Professor Sterndale Bennett's " Inauguration Ode" (the Poetry by Alfred Tennyson), In addition to a Miscellaneous Concert of a very attractive character. In which Mail. Li.mmf.ns-siii r.niM-.rus, Mr. Sims Rebvu, and Mr. Asc-UER will appear.

Further particulars will be duly s

Stalls, 5s.; Rescived Seats, 3s. Gd.; Tickets, it. and Is.
To be had of Bookry & Sons, Holies Street, and the principal Muslcsellers.

U ERR REICHARDT will Sing his Popular

"CRADLE SONG"
(Good Night),

AT

MISS STATON'S CONCERT, Myddriton Hall;
MISS LIZZIE WILSON'S CONCERT, Hanover Square Rooms;
HERB KUHE'S GRAND CONCERT, St. James's Hall,
Attn

IIERR GANZ"S CONCERT, Hanover Squarb Rooms. ,

NOTICE.

MR. SIMS REEVES will sing his New Song,

"SHE MAY SMILE ON MANY, SHE WILL LOVE BUT ONE.' Composed expressly for him by Mr. Howard Glover, at l-xcter Hall, June 0; Her Majesty*.. Theatre, June 2*\

No. 23

Now Ready, in Two Vols., with Portraits, 21s.

THIRTY YEARS' MUSICAL RECOLLECTIONS. By Henry F. Chobley. "Every page of theie volumes furnishes evidence of Mr. Chorley's reverence for music;and just appreciation of the art, and every page offers pleasant reminiscences to the opera-goer of some thirty years' experience. No one singer of merit, or pretension to it, no distinguished composer of the period, is without his or her portrait. The faithfulness of the latter is creditable to the limner. Whether as a conscientious history, a graceful series of portraits, or an anecdotical record, the author must be congratulated on the work lie has accomplished."—Atheneeum.

Hurst & Blackett, Publishers, 13 Great Marlborough Street.

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THALBERG'S NEW COMPOSITIONS.— Boosey

& Sons beg to announce thit they have purchased the copyright of M. Thaiberg's new series of the Art of Singing, applied to the Pianoforte, consisting of Six Pieces arranged from melodies by louir, Rossini, Donizetti, &c, price St. each. Theso pieces will be introduced at M. Thalberg'* approaching concerts. Also an original composition, entitled '* Ballade pour Piano," which has been performed by the Author with extraordinary success at his Matinees In Paris. This piece has excited the admiration of every one who has heard it, and promises to become the most popular of all M. Thalberg's works.—28 Holies Street.

THE GREAT EXHIBITION MUSIC-BOOK FOR PIANOFORTE, published this day. price 7$. Gd., very beautifully bound, gilt edges, containing the National and Patriotic Airs of the following countries, arranged as pieces for the Pianoforte, viz. England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Russia, Austria, Prussia, Spain, Italy, Sardinia, Nnples, Portugal, Sweden, Norway, Holland, Denmark, Switxerland, Hungary. Belgium, Poland, Greece, Turkey, Bohemia, Egypt. America, Persia, Arabia, India, Japan, and China.

The Exhibition Music-Book contafnsalso a complete Guide to the International Exhibition, and a View of the Building, forming a most interesting souvenir of the universal gathering of 18G2.

Boosey & Sons, Holies Street.

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CRYSTAL PALACE.

HANDEL A FESTIVAL.

Monday, Jane 23 MESSIAH.

Wednesday, June 25 SELECTION.

Friday, June 27 ISRAEL IN EGYPT.

Commencing'each day at One o'clock. The Orchestra has been entirely roofed over, and will contain nearly Four Thousand Perfonneri. ...

The Performers have been carefully selected from the Orchestral, Musical Institutions, and Cathedral Choirs throughout the country, as well as from various parts of the Continent, and comprise all the principal Professors and Amateurs; and it is confidently affirmed, that this Festival will be by far the most complete and MAGNIFICENT DISPLAY EVER WITNESSED.

The entire musical arrangements are under the direction of the Sacred Harmonic Society.

Conductor: Mr. Costa.

Principal Vocalists: Mile. Titiens, Mad. Ruoersdorff, Mad. Lemmbns-sherringTon and Miss Parepa, Mad. Sainton-Dolby; Mr. Sims Reeves, Mr. Weiss, Mr. Santley and Signor Belletti.

Organist: Mr. Brownsmith.

Tickets in sets for the Three Days, for numbered Stalls, Five Guineas, and Two and a half Guineas. Single Day Stall, Two Guineas, and One Guinea. Tickets in sets for the Three Days (not numbered but in blocks), Thirty Shillings. Single Day Ticket (not numbered), Haifa Guinea. Tickets for the North and South Naves, each (if bought before each day), Five Shillings.

The Grand Full Rehearsal will take place Saturday, June 21, commencing at Eleven o'clock; Admission on the Rehearsal Day, Half a Guinea, or, by Tickets bought two days previous, Seven Shillings and Sixpence. Reserved Seats in the Galleries only, Half a Crown each.

Tickets are issued according to priority of application, and may be had on remittance of the required amount to the Secretary of the Crystal Palace Company, Sydenham, or to the Secretary of the Sacred Harmonic Society, 2 Exeter Hall. All orders payable to George Grove.

A pamphlet with full details of the Handel Festival and plans of Reserved Seats, and comparative plans of buildings used for Mustc.il Festivals, may be had by application, personally or by letter, at the Crystal Palace and at Exeter Hall.

HANDEL FESTIVAL.—REHEARSAL Admission and Referred Tickets, and Fire Shilling Festival Admission Tickets, should be at once applied for.

CRYSTAL PALACE.—SEASON TICKETS, available till April 30,1863, One Guinea each, at the Crystal Palace, at Exeter Hall, or of the usual agents.

HANOVER SQUARE ROOMS.—Herr MOLIQUE'S MORNING CONCERT will take place on Friday, June 13. To commence at Three o'clock.

Artists: Mile. Parepa, Miss Palmer, and Mt Anna Molique; Messrs. Wilbyb Cooper and Lewis Thomas, Herr Joachim, M. Paque, Sig. Randegger, and Herr Molique.

Reserved Seats, 10s. Q Unreserved A 7s. Cd. To be had at the principal Musicsellers, and of Herr Molique, 30 Harrington Square.

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T. JAMES'S HALL, PICCADILLY—Mad. LIND

_ GOLDSCHMIDT, Mile. TITIENS, Mad. LOUISE MICHAL, and Mr. SIMS REEVES, have kindly consented to give their valuable services at a GRAND MORNING CONCERT, which will be given at St. James's Hall Piccadilly, on Wednesday, June 18, by the undermentioned Italian Artists now in London, for the Establishment of Schools in Southern Italy, In answer to Garibaldi's Appeal to the "Women of Italy :—

The Sisters Marchisio, Signor Giuglini, Signor GiRALnoNi, Signor Armandi, Signor Belletti, Signor Ftnsuti, Signor Ciabatta, Signor Campana, Signor Li Calsi, Signor Arditi, Signor Piatti.

Acting Com roil tee; President, His Excellency the Marquis D'azbglio; Vice-President, Consumer Heath; Baron Marochhtti, Signor Vekoi, Signor Mario, Manor Piatti, Signor Belletti.

The Programme of the Concert will comprise a Duet by Mad. Goldschmidt and Mr. Sims Reeves; a Duo by Mud. Goldschmidt and Mad. Louise Michal: a Grand Trio by Mad. Goldscfmidt, Mile. Titiens, and Mr. Sim* Reeves; and a Duet, Pianoforte and Violoncello, by Mr. Otto Goldschmidt and Signor Piatti.

Prices of Admission: Re.*ervrd and Numbered Seats, One Guinea; Unreserved Seats (Area and Balcony), Haifa Guinea; Back Seats in the Area and Gallery, Seven Shillings. Tickets may be secured at Mr. Mitchell's Royal Library, 33 Old Bond Street, W.

CHARLES SALAMAN'S EVENING CONCERT,
Hanover Square Rooms, June 17, at Eight o'clock.
Voralistt: Mad. Lemmens-sherrington and Mile. Parepa, Mad. Guehraiiella;
Herren Theodor Formes and Rbichardt, Mr. Santlfy.
Violin: Herr Laub and Messrs. Alfred and Henry Holmes.

Violoncello: Herr Ltdel. Piano: Mr. Charles Salaman and his Pupil, Miss Emma Llwis. Accompany I ts: Messrs. Benedict and Francesco Burger. Family Tickets, for Three Reserved Stalls, One Guinea; for Four persons, to Unreserved Seats, One Guinea; Stalls, 10s. 6d.: Tickets, 7s. and 5s. Of Mr. Salaman, 36 Baker Street, \V.; and Messrs. Cramer and Co., 201 Regent Street.

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STHALBERG'S MATINEE, Hanover Square Rooms. • 8. THALBERG hasthe honour to announce that hit MATINEE will take place at the above Rooms on Monday, June 9.

The only other occasions on which S. Thalberg can possibly appear in London this Season are .Monday, June 16; Saturday, June 28; and Monday, July 7.

Each Matinee to commence at Half-pait Two o'clock. Stall Subscription for the Series, 3/. 3s.; Stall Tickets, 21s.; Unreserved Tickets, 10s. 6d. To be hod at Mitchell's, 01livier*s, Chappell's, Coek & Hutchingi, Bond Street; Cramer & Co., Regent Street; Keith & Prowse, Cheapslde; and of S. Thai berg's Secretary, Hanover Square Rooms.

MISS STEELE has the honour to announce that her EVENING CONCERT will take place at the Queen's Concert Rooms. Hanover Square, on Friday, June 13, 1862, at eight o'clock.

Vocalists: Mad, Lemmens-sherrington, Miss Steele, Miss Martin, Mrs. Mebf.st, Mr. Tbnmant, Mr. Trelawny Couham, and Mr. Santlry.

Pianoforte: Mr. Kxhb. Violin: Herr Joachim. Clarionet: Mr. Lazarus. Violoncello: Herr Li Del. Conductors: Mr. Kuhb and Mr. Henry Baumeh. Stalls, Haifa Guinea; Tickets,7b. To be obtained of all the Musicsellers ; and of Miss Steele, 28 Upper Gloucester Place, Dorset Square, N.W.

MRS. JOHN HOLMAN ANDREW'S MATINEE of CLASSICAL CHAMBER MUSIC will take place on Friday, June 20lh, at her Residence, 50 Bedford Square.

Instrumentalists: MM. Blagrovb, Clementi, R. Bun Rove, Daibert, and KlindWorth.

Vocalists .- Miss Louisa Pynb and Misg Susan Pynb.
Accompanjist: Mr. Aguilar.

MRS. ANDREW'S SOIREE MUSICALE on Wednesday, July 2nd.
Tickets, 10s. Cd. each, may be obtained, at the Music Warehouses, and of Mrs.
Holman o

MRS. MEREST (late Miss Maria B. Hawes.) has the honour to announce that the will giro a GRAND MORNING CONCERT, on Tuesday, June U, 1862, at Dudley House, Park Lane, the Earl of Dudley hariug in the kindest manner offered her his Picture Gallery for the occasion.

The Concert will be under the immediate patronage of H. R. H. the Duchess of Cambridge, H. R. H. the Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg StreliU, and H. R. U. the. Princess Mary Adelaide. Tickets, One Guinea each. To be had of Mrs. Merest, 7 Adelphi Terrace, Strand.

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R. APTOMMAS'S HARP RECITALS on the follow

Ing Tuesdays, June 10, 24, and July 8. The following eminent Artists will assist:—

Vocalists: Mile. Parepa, Mad. Florence Lancia. Mad. Laura Baxte*, Mis* Messent, Miss Banspord; Mr. Swift, Sig. Fortuna, Mr. Allan Irving, Mr. Leonard Walker.

Piano: Herr Runs, Mr. Charles Salaman. Mr. G.A. Osborne, Mr. Arthur Napoleon; Organ, Herr Engel; Violoncello. Mr. George Collins; Violin, Mr. H. Wbist Hill; Harp, Mr. John Thomas, Herr Obrrthcr, Mr, Aptommas.

Conductors: M. Benedict, Herr Wilhelm Ganz, M. Emilk Beroeb, M. FranCesco Bergeb, and Sig. Campana.

At the recital of Tuesday, June to, Mr. Aptommas will play Bochsa's Grand Trio with several Morceaux by Zanetti, Labarre, Alvars, &c; and a Duo for Harp and Piano with Mr. G. A. Osuobne.

To commence, on each occasion, at 3 o'clock. Tickets, 10s. Cd. and 5s.

THHE MUSICAL SOCIETY OF LONDON.—Fourth

X Season, 1862—The FOURTH ORCHESTRAL CONCERT, at St. James's Hall, on Wednesday Evening, June 11, at eight o'clock.

Conductor, Mr. Alfred Mellon. Programme: Overture (Atha)i^), Mendelssohn; Air, ** Dies Biidness " (Die Zauberflote), Morart; Concerto in D, Violin, Beethoven; Air des Bijoux (Faust), Gounod; Overture (Don Quixote), first time of performance in London, Silas; Symphony in C minor, No. 3, Op. 78, Spohr; Duo, "Rasserena o caro " (Guillaume Tell), Rossini; Overture (Obcron), Weber.

Violin, Herr Joachim. Vocalists: Mad, Lemmens-sherrington and Herr TheoDor Wachtel (from Vienna).

Tickets for the Gallery.-at 3s. Gd., may be obtained of Messrs. Cramer & Co., 201 Regent Street; and of Mr. Austin, St. James's Hall.

Charles Salaman, Hon. Sec, 36 Baker Street, W.

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MUSIC RECEIVED FOR REVIEW.

AUGENER & CO.

Sutton (A. J.) A Set of Six Songs, No«. 1 & 2

ADDISON. HOLL1ER & LUCAS.

Slopes (Lindsay) "Daisy Chain"

Ditto "Joy bells"

Ditto "Eventide"

Turpin (E. H.) "Three melodies"

CHAPPELL & CO,

Benedict (Jules) "T* amo"

Bll'venthal (J.) "LoSguardo"

. COCK, HUTCHINGS & CO.

Gkh ( Handel) "When shall we pray"

Powell (G. R.) "Meeting and parting"

DUNCAN DAVISON & CO, Adbian "When twilight waVes the star * ...

AGutLsn (E.) '* Afternoon In February"

Lamd (Edward) "Mine, love, yes or no"

Mellon (Alfred) "Beloved one, name the day"

Mozabt (W. A.) *'The song of Felicia" ...

Pimsuti (Ciro) i "Hast thou no tear for me?"

SCHOTT ft CO.

Wiley (S.W.) "Second Trio"

J. WILLIAMS. Raymond (John) "Over the downs"

... (Vocal)

(Pianoforte)
(Ditto)
(Ditto)
(Ditto)

(Vocal) (Vocal)

(Vocal)
(Ditto)

(Vocal) (Ditto) (Ditto) (Ditto) (Ditto) (Ditto)

(Piano, Violin, and Violoncello) (Vocal)

MUSIC IN BERLIN.

(From our own Correspondent.) We have had some good broiling days lately, and the heat is beginning to tell very considerably on the attendance at the theatres, and other places of indoor amusement. Not only, however, does it affect the public, but, apparently, the artists as well. For instance, at the last representation of Tannhiiuser, at the Royal Opera House, singers, chorus, and instrumentalists seemed to vie with each other in the production of the most frightful dissonances. I never heard a more flat and lamentable performance. It is never a very gratifying thing for me to listen to this emanation [from the brain of the champion of the "Future," but the other evening I found it an almost impossible task, and, had it not been for judicious refreshment, in a liquid form, tnken between the acts in the buffet, I do not think I should have been enabled to stop until the fall of the curtain. The only persons who acquitted themselves at all respectably were Mile. Mik and Herr Robinson. The lady, who is from the Stadttheater, Prague, made her d(but hero as Elizabeth, but I do not think the selection a very wise one. She is deficient in feeling, especially in tenderness. Her voice is a mezzo soprano, forced up into a soprano. The consequence of this is that any beauty the voice may have originally possessed is totally destroyed. The high notes are strong but disagreeable, while the lower ones have a harsh, guttural sound, anything but soothing. The general audience sat out the lady's performance with chilling apathy, and only a few faint tokens of approbation were heard from one or two of the boxes. Herr Robinson was much more satisfactory as Wolfram. The soft quality of his voice, and the ease with which he sings the highest notes, render the part especially suited to him. He was invariably pleasing and natural—as natural, at least, as he could be, considering whose music he had to sing; but he is rather too prone to exaggeration. This is a fault he must strivo to remedy. I have been informed that he is definitively engaged as a permanent member of the company, to which he will, I am inclined to believe, prove a real acquisition. Herr Farenczy re-appeared, after a lapso of several weeks, as Tannhiiuser. I have already recorded my opinion of this gentleman, and I cannot say that he pleases mo more upon a longer acquaintance. He is heavy and cold, without the slightest spark of poetry in his whole composition. Herr Dora officiated as conductor, and did his best to introduce a little concord between the members of the orchestra and the artists on the stage j having a due regard to the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, I must frankly state, however, that his efforts were not crowned with triumphant success.

Mile. Mik subsequently appeared as Fides, in Le Prophite. She was better than as Elizabeth, it is true, though her rendering of the part was still not first-rate. She may be a favourite at Prague, but she would scarcely ever become so here, and, therefore, the best thing she could do would, in my humble opinion, be to leave the banks of the Spreo and return to those of the Danube, "rolling rapidly."

There is a French operatic company now playing at the Victoria Theatre, and, to judge from the success they have already achieved, they seem likely to make a hit. Although Les Mousquetaires de la Heine, L'Eclair, and Le Val cFAndorre have been given hundreds of times in France and Belgium, they have never been very attractive in

Germany, when performed in German by German artists. The reason of this, it strikes me, is simple. Neither the language nor the Bingerg of Fatherland are adapted to this class of works. How the dialogue of a French comic opera is cut and compressed in a German version! Yet how light and brilliant it appears when spoken, and, what is more important, played, by a French company. The same is true of the music, although frequently sung by persons possessing voices that have scarcely a trace.'of music in them,'for I suppose no one — except a Frenchman, of course — will deny that Gallic larynxes, as a rule, do not emit the most mellifluous sounds. But, if we do not meet with vocal excellence, properly so called, among the countrymen of Auber and Halevy, we have esprit, intelligence, piquancy and delicacy, which render these performances indescribably charming. While on this subject, I may enquire why, for instance, La Fille du Regiment, which was never an extraordinary favourite in France, should have been so fabulously successful in Germany. The reason of this is to me as clear as day. Although written for the Opera Comique, the story is considered by the French as too simple and destitute of plot for a comic opera, and the music, despite all the melodies it contains, too trivial and non-effective. This very fact has been the secret of its popularity in Germany. Light and singable, the work could be enjoyed, even when interpreted by only mediocro vocalists, and worse than mediocre actors. But to return to our sheep, which, in this instance, are the members of the French company at the Victoria Theatre. They have produced a most favourable impression in Les Mousquetaires de la Reine, and filled the theatre, when the other in-door places of amusement have been almost deserted for Garten-concerte, and Caf(s-chantants. Mad. de Jolly, despite her nervousness, has gained the good graces of the staid Berliners, who regard her as a charming artist. Tho first tenor is M. Cocuille, for whom M. Gounod composed the part of the hero in his opera of Faust, at the Theatre Lyrique. Mile. Dessalle is an admirable soubrette, full of vivacity and archness, and M. Driane a painstaking barytone. The orchestra does great credit to its conductor, whose name I have forgotten.

It is a somewhat hazardous experiment to give a concert at this advanced season, but a young lady of the name of Albertinc Mayer did so a day or two since, and managed to attract a tolerably numerous audience. She has studied under Romani, at Florence; and possesses a fine contralto, which she employs to tho best advantage. She sang the grand air from Semiramide, as well as a number of German "Liedcr," in a manner that impressed the audience most favourably.

The King has just conferred the order of the Red Eagle, fourth class,on Herr Kiickcn, who, as you are aware, though all your readers may not be, is " Hof-Capellmeister " at Schwerin. I cannot say that I, myself, speaking as a Briton — an individual atom of the great British empire — have any very high opinion of Red Eagles of any description, whether of first, second, third, or fourth class. I do not think they are to be compared for one instant to that noble beast, the British Lion. Still this little piece of attention on the part of his Prussian Majesty will be gratifying to a popular artist, and, therefore, I rejoice thereat.

Vienna.—Despite the highly unfavourable state of the weather, the monument in memory of Staudigl was solemnly uncovered in the Matzleindorf churchyard on the afternoon of tho 23rd ult. It consists of a stone statue, life-sizo, by Pilz, representing the deceased singer with a laurel wreath in one hand and a .lyre in the other. The head is encircled by long flowing hair, and one foot rests upon a volume of music. The figure is wrapped in a large cloak, which leaves only the head, breast, hands and feet exposed to view.—Herr Ferdinand Hillcr has been unanimously elected a member of the pingakademie.

Potsdam.—Herr Piper, assisted by the advico of the organist, Herr Boltin, has completed the restoration of tho celebrated bells belonging to the Garrison church. Since the 16th ult. they have, with a few trifling alterations, chimed the old airs, namely, at the hours, "Lobe den Herrn, den machtigen K6nig dcr Erden;" and, at the half-hours, " Ucb' immor Treu' und Redlichkcit."

Copenhagen Herr Dreyschock, who is the great lion of the season,

has given four concerts, two in the Casino, and two, conjointly with the Sisters Neruda, in the theatre. They wero all most numerously attended ; indeed, every place for the last was sold four days in advance. On the 6th ult. there was a musical soiree at the Prince of Hesse's, when Dreyschock played with Anton Rubenstcin, who is engaged on the composition of a new opera, Schumann's Duet for two pianos, and, with Mile. Wilma Neruda, one of the sonatas of Beethoven (Op. 30), for piano and violin. He left on the 14th ult. for Stockholm

Stockholm.—A new opera, Estrella de Soria, by Franz Berwald, has been produced successfully at the Theatre Royal. On the night of tho first performance, the King and all tho royal family were present.

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