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ROBERT COCKS & CO'S
LIST OF NEW MUSIC.
THE AIRS, BALLADS, FANTASIAS, QUADRILLES,
WALTZES, &c. IN THE OPERETTA OF “ONCE TOO OFTE N.”
· COMPOSED BY HOWARD GLOVER,
Performed with the greatest success at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.
WARBLINGS AT DAWN (By BRINLEY RICHARDS),
V price 3s.-“... a companion to the well-known Warblings at Eve,' by the same writer, is an exceedingly graceful composition for the Pianoforte, abounding in brilliant passages, which are always effective, without taxing the powers of execution too highly, and written with the skillfulness for which Mr. Richards stands so conspicuous among modern pianoforte writers.” - The Welskman, Aug. 15. MHE DUNDREARY QUADRILLE. -By STEPHEN
Glover, Piano Solo, Illustrated, 4s. ; Duet, 4s. "We predict for the Dundreary Quadrille a growing popularity. His Lordship presents himself in full on the title page, and claims attention."-Scottish Press. W VINCENT WALLACE. - For Piano,
"SOUVENIR des INDES ORIENTALES," Melodie, from the Burlington Album, 3s. "Blue bells of Scotland,” solo, 3s.; duet, 4s. "Ye banks and braes," solo, 3s.; duet, 4s. “ Twilight romance," 2s. “Fading away,” 3s. "Annie Laurie," 25. 6d. “ Rosebud polka," 2s.6d. “Home, sweet home,” 3s. “Robin Adair," 4s. “ Croyez-moi," 23. 60.
Catalogue of his most recent works, gratis and post free. London: Robert Cocks & Co., New Burlington Street, W., and 4 Hanover Street, W.
"Oh! Glorious Age of Chivalry." Duet For Soprano and Contralto ... 48. Od. “The Solemn Words his Lips have spoken." Grand Air. For Soprano... 43. 6d. " The Love you've slighted still is true." Ballad. Sung by Mille. JENNY BAUR 23. 60. ** Stratagem is Woman's Power." Ballad. Sung by Miss EMMA HEYWOOD 2s. 60. “Love is a gentle Thing." Ballad. Sung by Miss EMMA Heywood
2s. 60. “A young and artless Maiden." Romance. Sung by Herr REICHARDT
2s. 60. " There's Truth in Woman still." Romance. Sung by Herr REICHARDT 28. 61. "The Monks were jolly Boys." Ballad. Sung by Herr FORMES ... 3s. Od. “In my Chateau of Pompervik.” Aria Buffa. Sung by Herr FORMES
THE SHIP BOY'S LETTER.” New Song, sung by 1 MADAMEJ SAINTON-DOLBY, Composed by MISS GABRIEL. Price 3s. Just published by LAMBORN COCK, HutchinGS & Co., 63 New Bond Street.
FANTASIAS, QUADRILLES AND WALTZES. Brinley Richards's Fantasia, on “ Once too Osten" ... ... ... ... 48. Od. Emile Berger's Fantasia, on " Once too Often" . “ Fontainbleau Quadrille," by Strauss. (Handsomely Illustrated in Colours) 45. Od. “La Belle Blanche Waltz," ditto
.. .. .. .
.. 45. g. " Mr. Glover's operetta is a decided and, what is better, a legitimate, ‘hit. The songs before us have already attained a well-merited popularity. The monks were jolly boys' is as racy as the best of the old English ditties, harmonised with equal quaintness and skill, and thoroughly well suited to the voice of Herr Formes. "The love you've slighted still is true (for Mlle. Jenny Baur) has a melody of charming freshness. Not less a model ballad in its way is A young and artless maiden' (for Herr Reichardt), which sets out with an elegantly melodious phrase. Perhaps more to our liking, however, than any of the foregoing, excellent and genuine as they are, is • Love is a gentle thing (for Miss Emma Heywood), which enters the more refined regions of the ballad-school, and attains an expression as true as it is graceful. The opening holds out a promise which the sequel entirely fulfils."--Musical World.
London: Duncan DAVISON & Co., 244 Regent Street, W.
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THE FOLLOWING COMPOSITIONS, by this eminent Composer, are published by DUNCAN DAVISON & Co.:
Piano ad lib.
Separate Vocal Parts, each ... ". This house to love is holy." Serenade for 8 Voices
Separate Vocal parts, each .. “ Aspiration,” for Bass, Solo, and Chorus of 3 Sopranos, 2 Tenors, and I Bass “ Here on the mountain," with Clarinet obbligato ...
Violin or Violoncello in lieu of Clarinet, each 0 " Near to thee," with Violoncello obbligato " The Fishermaiden"
OLD MUSIC.-Supplementary Catalogue of Operas,
Oratorios, Quartetts, Trios, Rare Works, &c., just published by G. 4. DAVIES, 120 Wardour Street, near Oxford Street. Gratis.
Just published, price 3s. [LLE. ADELINA PATTI'S NEW WALTZ,
“DI GIOJA INSOLITA." Sung with distinguished success by Mlle. ADELINA PATTI, in the operas of “Il Barbiere di Seviglia,"" Don Pasquale," &c. &c. The Words by LORENZO MONTERASI, the Music by MAURICE STRAKOSci.
London : DUNCAN DAVISON & Co., 244 Regent Street.
In the Press, NEW ORGAN MUSIC, BY HENRY SMART,
Specially Arranged for the
With Pedal Obbligato, by
Just published, price 3s.
“THE OLD HOUSE BY THE LINDENS." The Poetry by LONGFELLOW. Sung with the greatest success by Mlle. ADELINA PATTI, for whom it was expressly composed by HOWARD Glover,
London : DUNCAN DAVISON & Co., 244 Regent Street, W.
MARIE D'ANNETTA’S NEW DANCE MUSIC
THE HARP OF WALES," Ballad, Composed by
LBRINLEY RICHARDS, sung with such distinguishat success at the GARNARVON FESTIVAL, by Mr. LEWIS THOMAS, is published, price 3s., by DUNCAN DAVISON & Co., 244 Regent Street, W.
(Characteristically Illustrated). " What Next Quadrilles" (Robin's Last), with cornet accompaniment “The Spirit Rapping Polka," dedicated to all spirit-rappers' mediums " The Llewellyn Waltz,” dedicated to Mr. Backwell, B.M. 3rd R.W.M.
London : DUNCAN Davison & Co., 244 Regent Street, W.
MARANTELLA, by WALTER MACFARREN, played by the
1 Composer with distinguished success, is published, price 4s., by DUNCAN Pavi. SON & Co., 244 Regent Street, W.,
MUSIC IN BERLIN.
singers, is small and flexible, but, unfortunately, not possessed of much
resonance. Unlike the wine which Captain Marryat's Pacha praised so (From our own Correspondent.)
much, and insisted on ordering for his private consumption, heedless of “ HERE we are again !” to use the words with which our friend the the interdict of the Prophet Mahomet, and ignorant of the fact of what Clown generally greets us at Christmas, immediately after he has cast was contained in the cask, it has but little “body," and, at the least off the costume of the wicked baron, the robes of the tyrannic king, attempt of the vocalist to swell it out, begins to tremble and finally or the pinafore of the good-for-nothing pet of a doating mother. As breaks down. In the piano-I might almost say the pianissimo-alone, it is not indispensable for me to inquire “ how you are to-morrow," or is it soft and pleasing. On the other hand, it is indisputable that to assert that “I have lost a fourpenny-bit and found a farden,” I shall Mlle. Antonini has studied assiduously, and profited by her studies. not make further use of the rather eccentric phraseology affected by Her scales, from C to the high D, are fluent and easy; her bravura, our saysage-stealing acquaintance, but content myself with the above legato as well as staccato, is pure and correct; and her shake, even upon specimen. By the way, what a glaring inconsistency it appears for the high C, round and brilliant. From want of the req
the high C, round and brilliant. From want of the requisite natural powers, anxious mothers and right-minded fathers to go on, year after year, the famous air, “ Robert, toi que j'aime," was almost an impossibility for taking their offspring to witness the misdeeds of the same hero of the débutante. She was, however, very nervous, and the audience, takpantomime ; for, after all, the Clown is the real hero of that time. ing this into consideration, were very indulgent. Future performances honoured entertainment, and quite takes the shine out of Harlequin's will enable me to judge with greater certainty whether Mlle. Antonini. spangles, however multifarious and brilliant they may be. Young is competent to take her place as a regular member of the company. Master Jacky is, as a rule, carefully trained up in the way he should She received her musical education in Paris, and is a living proof that go; he is taught that it is shameful not to speak, under all circum- even Parisian singing masters tax the voice too much, and, while impartstances, and on all occasions, the truth ; he is continually reminded ing to it a pleasing facility of execution, deprive it of most of its that one of the first duties of every individual, be he a chimney-sweep originally full tone. Mlle. Lucca made her reappearance in Il Trovatore, or a manager of a bank of deposit, is to distinguish scrupulously be and was warmly encored by the audience. She has been singing during tween meum and tuum; and yet we take him, every Christmas, the recess at Breslau and Vienna. It was in the latter capital, by the to laugh till his sides ache at the Clown's falsehoods, and scream way, that she commenced her artistic career as a member of the with delight at that immoral individual's atrocious larcenies. In chorus. fact, after scrupulously training the young olive-branches for the greater The other operas represented since the beginning of the season have portion of the year in principles of the strictest virtue, we hold been Der Freischütz and Le Prophète. In the former work, Mlle. Mik up before their eyes, for about six weeks at Christmas, the most un appeared as Agathe -- not a very advantageous part for a mezzomitigated course of barefaced swindling and unblushing peculation, to soprano. Taken all in all, however, it was effectively rendered. Mlle. which we may add a slight touch of murder - for how often does the Zschiesche was the Aennchen, the character in which she made her Clown, with the most perfect impartiality and indifference, kill innocent début here, and which she gave fluently and correctly. In the Prophète, babies, and slaughter unoffending policemen? — I say, we hold up all Mlle. Lucca's Bertha was a brilliant sample of artistic singing, while this before their eyes as something exceedingly funny, and as it is the Fides of Mlle. De Ahna improves with every performance. Herr highly popular - of course, not in the least deserving of reprobation. Ferenczy is evidently devoting himself with praiseworthy perseverance I could dilate at great length upon this subject, and suggest, I believe, to a conscientious study of his art, and although he is still incapable of very valuable hints to the writers of pantomime, as to the advisability employing his sonorous voice as advantageously as he might employ it, of making the Clown a moral character, but, in the first place, I have and still deficient in ease, he is & welcome auxiliary for the repertory not the time, and, in the next, you might, perhaps, object to allow me of grand opera. Although, too, not yet competent to take the first the necessary space in your columns. I will, therefore, at once, rein in place, he is an excellent reserve-tenor. my fancy and leave the realms of speculation for the domain of fact. Meyerbeer's Feldlager in Schlesien will shortly be reproduced by “ Here we are again!” This phrase is meant to convey to you in a royal command. Mlle. Lucca will sustain the part of Vielka; Herr playful manner the intelligence that the Royal Opera House has flung Krüger, that of Conrad; and Herr Fricke, that of Captain Saldorf. open its doors after the annual recess, and that music once more The little violinists, the two sisters Delepierre, are still playing at the reigns triumphant where, but lately, silence divided the sovereignty Friedrich-Wilhelmstadt Theatre. The other attraction is Offenbach's with darkness and gloom. The work selected to inaugurate the operetta, M. et Mad. Denis, which has already been played seventeen season was Herr Richard Wagner's Tannhäuser. It strikes me or eighteen times. that the management might have selected something better, but — An opera by Lortzing, never previously performed here, has been they did not. The house was well filled, but it would have produced at the Kroll's Theatre. It is called Die Rolands-Knappen, been quite as full, I believe, if nothing at all had been performed, and is in three acts, the libretto being founded upon a fairy story by for the audience was composed mostly of strangers to Berlin, Musäus. In a time so unproductive of really sterling musical works as who would have gone merely to see the interior of the building, the present is in Germany, it was natural that an unknown opera by before they left the Prussian capital, of which the Opera House is one of Lortzing should excite the curiosity, or rather, the interest, of the public, the chief lions. Foreigners and country friends flock, after five o'clock but I do not think Die Rolands-Knappen will contribute much to inP.M., at present, to the reading-room of the British Museum, when they crease his reputation in Berlin. The work was composed, unless I am know they can read nothing, not even the titles on the backs of the very much mistaken, for the Theater an der Wien, Vienna, at which books; then why should not they, on the same principle, visit the Lortzing was conductor in 1846 and 1847. It was performed there, and Opera House here, even though there were no opera to be heard ? in Leipsic, some few times, and then taken out of the bills. Lortzing's That Tannhäuser was not the great attraction is proved, I think, by operas succeed principally by an adroit employment of stage effects, the fact that only a few Berliners were present. But they, of course, and by comic situations and characters, coloured musically in an had already seen the Royal box and admired the chandelier. The per- easily intelligible and popular manner; the vocal element occupies formance was not marked by any great novelty ; the sole novelty, in only a very secondary place, so that good actors with only fact, being the appearance of Mlle. Mik as Venus. This young lady, tolerable voices are far more needed for his operas, than good who is now a permanent member of the company, made the most of singers possessing really fine voices, but deficient in histrionic ability. the part, and was rewarded by a goodly amount of applause. She had, Vienna, however, always expects in opera singing good artistic however, a better chance of displaying her talent on the next evening singing; while, provided the ear be satisfied, the Viennese will put up of performance, when she sustained the part of Alice in Robert le with a vast amount of stiffness and awkwardness in the way of acting. Diable. Although the music lies very high for a mezzo-soprano, she For this reason everyone at all acquainted with operatic matters in managed to surmount, with great skill, all the difficulties of her | Vienna knew very well beforehand that, although not writing for the task, and was deservedly called forward, before the fall of the Imperial theatres, but simply for a theatre in the suburbs, Lortzing curtain, after the grand scene in the third act. The other prin- would not hold his position with the Viennese public for any length of cipal characters in Tannhäuser were well supported by Herren time. I have been informed by a friend, who was present on the Ferenczy, Betz, Bost, Fricke, Krüger, Mesdames De Ahna and / occasion, that this fact could not be disguised even the evening Zschiesche, while those in Meyerbeer's chef-d'œuvre found able re. of the first performance of Der Waffenschmidt, despite the kindpresentatives in Herren Woworsky, Krüger and Fricke. Robert is oneness the audience manifested to the composer of Czaar und of Herr Woworsky's best assumptions. The introductory solo to the Zimmermann. Whoever had seen what feverish enthusiasm the * Sicilienne" especially - a difficult piece for any singer — was given by Viennese displayed a short time previously at the Italian Opera, when him with great fluency and finish, the falsetto being employed with | Verdi's Ernani was given for the twentieth time that season, apgreat adroitness. A young lady of the name of Antonini made preciated at their proper value the numberless recalls with which her debut as Isabella, Her voice, as is the case with most bravura Lortzing was overwhelmed. It became evident only too soon to this modest and genuinely German composer that he had made a great
BAD-EMS. mistake. Die Rolands-Knappen is an opera which bears the unmis
August, 1862. takeable stamp of the theatre for which it was intended ; a fairy sub
GAMBLING and hot water arc practically as inseparable in Germany as ject, such as is always popular there, worked up in a superficial clumsy
they are metaphorically said to be all over the world. Every Bademanner, into a libretto; light, singable music, without originality or the
Anstalt bas its Spiel-Saal. slightest unity of style, occasionally reminding one of Mozart, but
The excitement of a tapis-vert appears to be indispensable for the cure mostly of the modern school of Italian Opera ; and a strain of comic
of those invalids who have recourse to German Hydropathy as a remedy interest, after the exact pattern of the Viennese local farces. Such are
for their ills. And, generally speaking, there is a singular similarity of the component parts of this production. Wherever Lortzing's more
effect upon the patients in the beneficial influence of the waters and a run sterling works are known and appreciated, this opera will never prove
of luck at the gambling table. It is interesting to observe how the successful. It does not contain a single number which will live. It is
sallowest and most dyspeptic physiognomy will gradually assume a true that the whole is put together with considerable skill, but it appears
brighter appearance as the pockets of 'the individual are filled by a to hare been written by the composer without any real love for the
successful venture upon the rouge or noir ; or how the plum pest cheeks task -- as if, indeed, he had “done” it to order, as perhaps, for all I
and ruddiest complexion will become wan and pale after one day's mis. know to the contrary, was the case. The work has been admirably
fortune at roulette. Of course, the change, whether it be for better or produced at Kroll's. It has been most carefully rehearsed by Herr
worse, will be attributed to the more ingocent cause ; but the true Dumont, and well put upon the stage by Herr Othmer. The manage
criterion of the benefit experienced by the water-drinkers is usually the ment, too, have been very liberal in the way of dresses, scenery, and
money they have won or lost. The season at Ems offers no exception properties. The artists exerted themselves to the very utmost to make
to the remark. The mineral spring is that which is popularly the most it “go," but I cannot help thinking that, despite the efforts of every
efficacious in affections of the throat and lungs. Singers, public speakers, one concerned, it will speedily be withdrawn from the bills to make
and actors desirous of strengthening their voices ; elderly ladies and way for something more attractive to a Berlin audience. I firmly be
gentlemen who have but little breath in their bodies, congregate here lieve that a new fairy opera would be a great success, but then the
accordingly. They, indeed, work hard enough to derive the slightest libretto must be better written, and the music fresher and more inter
advantage. “The cure” — not to speak irreverently— begins at six esting than the libretto and music respectively of Die Rolands Knappen.
o'clock in the morning, at which early hour all the invalids turn out of How successful M. Gounod's Faust has been all over Germany is
their comfortable beds (if German beds, which have two sides and no irrefutably proved by the number of theatres at which it has already
middle to them, can be called so), and repair en masse to the hot wells, been played, running, at some of them, from thirty to forty nights. A
where they imbibe an incredible quantity of water, under the direction part of its popularity may, perhaps, with justice be ascribed to the
of one Dr. Spengler, the principal oracle in medicine of the locality. subject. The Germans will go on seeing Faust either acted in its
A band plays some pleasant music while the drinking is going on, and original form, or sung in an operatic version, with the same pertinacity
the people walk up and down the banks of the Lahn between the doses with which a Scotch audience will patronise the drama of Rob Roy.
they are ordered to take the exercise being absolutely necessary in But, however this may be, one thing is certain, and that is, that M.
order to enable the strongest stomach to digest the water. If a thorough Gounod's opera has already been played “no end of times” at Aix
change benefits the health, this early rising and regime ought to do wonla-Chapelle, Breslau, Bremen, Danzig, Darmstadt, Dresden, Düsel
ders. Fancy the effect of a walk, three or four glasses of tepid water, dorf, Freiburg, Gratz, Hamburgh, Hanover, Coburg, Königsberg,
and a band of music, at six o'clock in the morning, upon the beaux and Leipsic, Lemberg, Mayence, Mannheim, Munich, Munster, Nuremberg,
belles of London ! Prague, Regensburg, Riga, Sondershausen, Stuttgardt, Vienna, Weimar,
There are some of them here submitting to the cure most patiently. Wiesbaden, and Wurzburg. It will shortly be brought out in Berlin, |
They are mostly amateur singers - Dundreary lords and ladies who Schwerin, and Stettin. In Berlin all the resources of the Royal Opera
pride themselves upon imitating (in everything but singing) the example House will be put into requisition in order to do honour to M. Gounod's
of professional artists, and having heard that Ravenswig, the celebrated muse.
soprano, and Boroski, the fashionable tenor, come to Ems after the opera Yon may remember possibly that, in one of my letters last year, I
season, do so likewise. After the manner of the ambitious frog, they gave you an account of a grand patriotic concert got up, at the Royal
have screamed themselves hoarse, and are now trying to recover their Opera House, in aid of that German fleet which is, in future, to rule the
voice and strength, in order again to deafen their good-natured friends waves for Prussia, but which still remains most provokingly where it
in Belgravia. hitherto has been, namely, on paper. Herr Taubert wielded the conduc
The morning music, exercise, and drinking are over by nine o'clock, tor's wand on the occasion, and discharged his duties so much to the
at which hour the baths are opened. Dabbling in the water, inhaling satisfaction of the singers, it would appear, that they have just presented
the vapour from the hot springs (a curious operation to witness, those him with a testimonial in the shape of an allegorical picture, which con.
who inhale being seated round a sort of stove, with short pipes in their tains his portrait, and the names of the Associations which took part
mouths, by means of which they draw the vapour from a gutta percha at the concert. Talking of presentations, the King has just granted
tube to which the pipes are attached), eating and drinking, fill up the the “ Coronation Medal with the Ribbon,” to those members of the
time until mid-day, when the attractions of the tapis vert make the visitors Royal Cathedral choir, as well as to those of the Royal Chapel, who
flock to the Cur-Saal, and there enhance or counteract the effects of the sang or played, as the case might be, at the Coronation festivities in
water cure. Königsberg.
It is a vain resolve to come to any of the German watering places Count von Redern is engaged on the composition of a new opera, the
and not try your fortune at the gambling table. That which in England book of which is from the pen of Herr Julius Rodenberg. The tenor,
is considered demoralising and infamous is here looked upon as an inHerr Wachtel, will shortly commence a round of performances at the nocent pastime. Every body plays. The tables bave an irresistible Friedrich-Wilhelmstadt Theatre.
attraction to the most resolute. The English are, perhaps, the most VALE.
inveterate gamblers. You will see a Londoner, who at home would be
ashamed to acknowledge he ever had a game of billiards in the Quadrant, A CONCERT STOPPED FOR WANT OF A PIANO.-A concert, some time seated near the croupier, with a heap of gold and silver before him, since, was announced at Tenby, in aid of the Charch Restoration Fund, staking heavy sums upon the cards. Near to him is an old maid, most and Mr. Brinley Richards, who has been, as usual, spending his holidays likely a respectable resident of Baker Street, who has studied Trente in the Principality, was engaged expressly to perform. A few days and Quarante deeply, and comes regularly every year to prove how previous to the concert, the following letter appeared in the Tenby fallacious is her theory when put into practice. If you meet her on Observer :
the promenade she will salute you as an old friend, and begin relating To the Editor of the “ Observer.”
her misfortunes. The chances are that she will take you for a FrenchSIR, -- I regret to inform you that the proposed Concert in aid of the man, or perhaps wish to disguise her nationality. « Vous avez joué, Fund for the Restoration of the Church at Tenby is unavoidably post Monsieur.” « Oui, Madame, mais pas beaucoup.” “Ah, Monsieur, poned, in consequence of the difficulty in obtaining the use of a piano c'est incroyable, j'ai perdoo plooque trois cents francs ce mating et forte suitable for a public performance. As I am, then, unable to cependang j'ai joué très bieng.” If you sympathise with her in her illcontribute by my services to the excellent purpose for which the luck she will never leave you, unless you happen to have met near the Concert was announced, I still wish to do so in another form ; and there- Car-Saal, in which case five minutes' conversation about roulette will fore beg to inclose you a cheque for five pounds, as my contribution to suffice to excite the old lady to play again, and she will hurriedly wish the Church Restoration Fund. - I remain, very truly yours,
you " Bong jour,” and hasten back to her place at the table, where she
BRINLEY RICHARDS. invariably loses money. Tenby: August 20, 1862.
The Cúr-Saal is a handsome building, containing a concert room, two
reading rooms, a restaurant, and the salle de jeu, standing in a garden, Ems. Within a short distance is Coblentz, and many of the most surrounded by terraces and colonnades. In the garden are long shady celebrated localities on the Rhine are easily accessible. The scenery avenues of trees, in which it is delightful to saunter and indulge in the round about is of the most picturesque description. One of the most dolce far niente during this hot weather, and where, if you are so dis- | favourite resorts of the inhabitants is the Schweizer Haus, an hotel and posed, you can dine al fresco. The band which awakens the visitors in pleasure garden situated on the brow of a hill, from which the view is the morning performs every evening in the Cur-Saal. Except on special magnificent. The Schweizer Haus deserves the reputation it has occasions, when artists of celebrity are engaged and a charge for admis- acquired for a good cuisine and well-stocked wine-cellar. To a Cockney sion to the concert room is made, the entire suite of rooms is thrown its greatest attraction is, perhaps, the pleasant arbour in which his open, and then the brilliant illuminations, the music, the gaily-dressed dinner is served, and where he can eat in the open air without the incompany, and the gambling, form an ensemble which to the inexpe- evitable consequence of such a proceeding in England - a cold in the rienced spectator more resembles a theatrical representation than a | head. scene of everyday life. The fascinations of vice are enhanced by every available allurement, while its infamy is carefully concealed ; the whole plan seems that of some wily demon to ruin poor unsuspecting pleasure
VIENNA. seekers, and lead them to the devil.
(Extract from a letter.) I have said that the temptation to play is irresistible. If you doubt ANTON RUBINSTEIN has arrived, with the intention of stopping a few it, just follow that Pater Familias into the salle de jeu. At home he has weeks. His new opera is already accepted, at least so says report, at a pious horror of gambling, and will not allow a pack of cards to be the Royal Opera Houses of Berlin and Dresden, and will be produced seen in his house. Watch him, with a daughter on each arm, as he at both these houses in the course of next winter. The Russian walks round the tables. His eyes sparkle as the croupiers pass large composer has purchased a complete set of wind instruments here, for sums of money to the winners. He wanders about, evidently undecided a full band, of the new pitch, which, conformably to the imperial comwhether to try his luck or not. The trio leave the room, but presently mands, is to be adopted throughout the Russian empire. They are Papa returns solus ; he asks an Englishman who is playing to explain intended for the Imperial Conservatory of Music at St. Petersburg, the game ; it is learnt, or rather how to risk one's money is learnt, in a which institution is to be opened on the 1st September, under the few words. Pater Familias throws his coin upon the table; he wins; he artistic direction of Rubinstein. A number of private gentlemen and tries again, and is again successful ; the spirit of gambling animates professional musicians have just obtained permission from the Governhim : he's good prey for the croupiers, and will play the rest of the ment to form an Evangelical Choral Union, the principal object of evening. Whether he wins or not, the probability is that he will play which is to introduce a better style of music into the churches of the again next day, and continue doing so until he discovers that his visit Evangelical persuasion. The members will likewise give concerts, from to Ems has cost him a great deal more than he ever calculated, and he time to time, for the amusement of their patrons. The Theater an der signifies to his daughters his intention of returning home. Others, with Wien has been let to Herr Strampfer for three years, at an annual less prudence than Pater Familias, sometimes find themselves in an rental of 25,000 florins. The new manager will commence operations unpleasant predicament--the natural consequence of the irresistible about the middle of September. Like the celebrated sea-serpent, which attraction before mentioned, and a proof that gambling and hot water is always being revived for the benefit of those persons who take an are often, metaphorically as well as practically, combined in Germany. interest in the marvellous, the old report has been once more circulated The luck is certainly not always in favour of the tables. Some of the that we are to have a new theatre, to be called the Pasqualati Theatre. habitués of Ems carry away large spoil. The celebrated Katty Ohren
The Baroness Pasqualati, who has obtained the permission to build a new stein, who, to the discomfort of the croupiers, has this season made her theatre, intends, so it is said, to purchase, this year, a fitting site. I have appearance in the Spiel-Saal, is, for instance, almost always fortunate in been given to understand that she has her eye upon two plots of ground, her speculations, whether at roulette or rouge et noir. The bank has one in the Neubau suburb, and the other on the glacis near the Ringbeen frequently in peril since her arrival. It is the good fortune of such strasse. The performances are to include dramas, operas, and ballets. The experienced players that induces the unwary to try and imitate their cost of erection is calculated at something about 800,000 florins, the example.
greater part of which sum has already been promised by five capitalists. Among those who bave come to Ems really for the benefit of their | Notwithstanding this, the Baroness is represented as contemplating the health is Meyerbeer. The illustrious composer has firm faith in the formation of a joint-stock company, with shares of 100 florins each. I efficacy of this particular water cure. He is to be met every evening at give the story as I heard it, but I fancy it will turn out a canard after the Kessel Brunn, where he is among the first to partake of the pre- all. Some short time since, I saw at Pesth, in the possession of Herr scribed quantity of water. It is interesting to notice the anxiety of the von August, an ardent lover of music, a violoncello, on which the girl-attendants at the well to evince their respect, or rather their | Emperor Joseph II. was in the habit of playing in the society of his adoration, of the maestro. They dispute among themselves the honour of most intimate friends, and which he presented to one of them. The filling his glass, and a sign of recognition from their idol is evidently more instrument passed subsequently through various hands-among others, highly esteemed than a present of money from a less distinguished visitor. through those of Merk, the violoncello virtuoso — until its present Meyerbeer leads a very secluded life, appearing but rarely in any of the possessor purchased it, for a very high price, from Johann Wagner, a frequented haunts of Ems. He always, however, attends the concerts well-known dealer in curiosities. that are given in the Cur-Saal, and seems to enjoy the performances with all the zest of a fanatico per la musica.
MUSIC IN DRESDEN. The last concert was that given on Tuesday evening, when the following artists appeared :- Mad. Boulart, soprano, from Brussels ; M. HERR VON KÖNNERITZ, the new Director-general of the Theatre Royal, Geraldy, barytone ; M. Batta, violoncellist; Mad. Kastner Escudier, entered upon his functions last spring. In the first three months, from pianist ; and Vivier. The programme consisted of the morceaux de April to July, the following operas were represented :- Le Nozze di concert that constitute the bill of fare of every similar entertainment of Figaro, Die Zauberflöte, Der Freischütz, Euryanthe, Oberon, Robert le the present day. In honour of Meyerbeer, and to their own credit, the Diable, Dinorah, Rienzi, Tannhäuser, Lohengrin, Stradella, Guillaume band performed a selection from the Prophète with great effect. The Tell, Il Barbiere, La Muette, Fra Diavolo, La Dame Blanche, Jean concert terminated at an early hour, and the greater part of the audi- , de Paris, Norma, La Sonnambula, Lucia, Il Trovatore, Orpheus in ence adjourned to the more exciting amusement in the salle de jeu. der Unterwell, and Fortunio's Lied. The tragedies and dramas were: Vivier, who has left his soap bubbles in Paris, has taken to fishing, and Hamlet, Iphigenie, Götz von Berlichingen, Torquato Tasso, Faust, Don is at the present moment throwing a hook with a prodigious bait upon Carlos, Cabale und Liebe, Wilhelm Tell, Die Jungfrau von Orleans, Das it into the canal. He waits patiently for a bite, the personification of Kätchen von Heilbronn, Medea, Zopf und Schwert, Der Erbförster, old Ben Jonson's definition of the sport. That one end of the line is Philippine Welser, Gottsched und Gellert, Dorp und Stadt, Die Marquise ornamented strictly according to the text is evident enough. Whether | von Villette, and Lorbeerbaum und Bettelstab. In addition to these there the fish will bite, and so complete the picture, remains to be seen. A were twenty-seven comedies and farces. sudden jerk of the rod, and a spasmodic motion of the body, surely in- It is reported that Mad. Bürde-Ney has improved materially in health, dicate a suspicion on the part of the fisherman that he has caught some- thanks to her lengthened stay at Montreux, on the Lake of Geneva, and thing. He seems still uncertain, and adjusts his eyeglass before pulling that she will, probably, reappear very shortly. The measures taken for the hook out of the water. At last he does so, and brings with it some the proposed lowering of the orchestral pitch have again been brought thing that looks like a bunch of weeds, which Vivier stows away care-l to a standstill. The lowered pitch was tried with some old operas, and fully into a tin can, and will very probably keep as a specimen of the the results were satisfactory to the judges; but in modern operas, for fish to be caught in the river Lahn.
instance, Marschner's Templer, those gentlemen considered the high There are delightful excursions to be made in the neighbourhood of pitch absolutely necessary for the proper effect of the work. In spite of
this, however, the committee, appointed by Herr von Könneritz, decided | banished from the table. Now it occurred to me that I could say a that it was necessary to lower the pitch. But, in order for this to be of great deal of truth, and yet not precisely that, which father could use in all cases, it would have to be fixed below the Paris pitch, Since, not bear ; and so it went on better and better, and at last good. however, the Dresden pitch is only 12 or 14 vibrations higher than that Perhaps you have forgotten a bit that you must spare now and then, in Paris, the committee were of opinion that it would be as well to and not touch with a sharp point, - that father makes himself older await the result of the experiments made at other theatres.
and more out of tune perhaps, than, thank God, he is, and that it becomes us all to give it to him sometimes, even if we really have the
right of it, as he has so often done to us. So praise a little what he A LETTER FROM MEYERBEER TO JULES JANIN.
likes, and don't find faalt with what he has at heart, especially not with
what is old, established. And praise the new only when it has ac[The following interesting letter was written by the composer
complished something outwardly in the world; for until then it always of Le Prophète, at the period, as will be perceived, of the coro comes to a question of taste. Draw me the father gracefully into your nation of the King of Prussia.]
circle, and dance about him ; - In short, seek to smooth all down and “Berlin, 2nd October, 1861.
make all even once more ; and bear in mind that I, who am a travelled * Your last letter was directed to me at Königsberg; but I was still
man of the world, have never found a family, wbich, reckoning in all at Berlin, working away like a young man, despite the seventy years
faults, weaknesses and peevish humours, was so happy as we have been kindly bestowed upon me some time since by certain individuals, whose
tuntil now. liberality struck me as boundless. Not being expected till the 18th
“Do not answer this, for it would not come for four weeks, and then inst. at Königsberg, where I am charged with the task of getting up again there will be something new. Anyhow, if I was foolishi, I want the grand court concert, I bave time to answer you, and I will at once no spiritual drubbings from you; and if I have spoken well, then follow say how hurt I felt at the small amount of sympathy and excitement my good precepts.” caused among you by the name of Rameau; yet he was one of the glories of your Opera, one of your masters in music; he rested you after Lulli, and prepared the way for the Chevalier Gluck.
Letters to the Editor. “ Thus, his family had the best right in the world to find in Paris, above all other places, that aid and assistance which, on several occasions, were not denied to the descendants of Racine, or the grand
MUSIC IN ENGLAND. daughters of the great Corneille. It is very certain that,'had I been SIR,-- Will you allow me through the medium of your Journal to in Paris, I would have paid, incognito, two hundred francs for a stall, express the great pleasure I have experienced in the perusal of Mr. J. S. and I count upon you to place that som in the hands of these good | Dwight's article on the landel Festival, and its influence on the musical people, who must feel so unhappy at seeing such just expectations as taste of the country. I commend it to the consideration of a “German theirs disappointed! I forward you also, at the same time, the written in London." authority, for M. Guyot, the agent of the authors, by which I renounce
Joux BULL. all my rights for the fragments of my operas represented at the benefit given for the illustrious and unfortunate Rameau family.
HER MAJESTY'S THEATRE. “Why are you not at Königsberg on the day of the Coronation ; Son
SIR,- I observe from the newspapers that Mr. Mapleson has made why, in a word, are you not in Berlin ? What splendid musical fêtes
arrangements for strangers in London witnessing the opera at reduced are in preparation ! As for myself, it is a source of pleasure, as well as
| prices. I think he would still further oblige them, and frequenters of a duty attached to my position, to compose the grand march, which will
The amphitheatre in general, if he would save them from the attentions be executed at Königsberg, when the royal procession sets out from the castle and proceeds to the church for the Coronation. I want to add
of the individual at the door, who rudely seizes their bats, sticks, and
| umbrellas, and demands payment for the insult. To those parts of the a hymn, to be executed on the day of the return of the King, our master, to his good city of Berlin; besides this, I have promised to
house where it is necessary to appear in full dress it is highly proper, of
course, that the articles I have mentioned should be kept out of sight; compose an overture for the grand concert of four nations, which the directors of the London
but in the gallery, where strict attention to costume is not requisite, it Exhibition will give next spring, in the
is a piece of uncalled-for assurance to enforce such a rule. It poisons Crystal Palace, at the opening of the Grand Exhibition.
the pleasure one would otherwise have in hearing the performance; and “This is what detains me here ; this is what has taken up my
if it is profitable, which I doubt, it is certainly most discreditable to the autumn, and will take up the beginning of next spring ; but, my dear
management. I have been several times at the Royal Italian Opera friend, if God only spares us, next year, we will once more meet, I
House, Covent Garden, and have suffered no such molestation as that of hope, freed from all care, in the hospitable and pleasant town of Spa filled with the rippling of the fountains and the rustling of the
which I at present complain.
I am, Sir, yours, &c., green oaks.
A STRANGER. " MEYERBEER.”
TIIE OPERA AT HAVANNAH.- Maretzek, who used to be so unfortuA LETTER FROM MENDELSSOHN.
nate, you know, is in better luck now-a-days. With Marti's long purse
to draw from, he has succeeded in securing a strong company for (ADDRESSED TO HIS BROTHER AND SISTER.)
Havannah. First among the prime donne engaged, are Signora Giuseppina
“Rome, Nov. 22, 1830. Medora and Mad. Charton Demeure. The first-named lady is an artist “You know how much I hate, a thousand miles away, and over the of great talent, with a clear and powerful voice, and enjoys a high interval of a fortnight, to give good advice ; but for once I will do it. reputation in Italy. Charton is said to greatly resemble Sontag in per
". The fact is, I believe that you commit a mistake in your conduct, in- sonal appearance, elegance of manner, and style of vocalisation. Sulzer, deed, the same one which I too used once to commit. I really never in
a dashing contralto of twenty-six, said to be the best interpreter of my life have known father to write so out of humour, as since I have | Verdi's music, and Mlle. Pradier, a rising young prima donna, are also been here in Rome ; and so I want to ask you if you cannot perhaps
under engagement. Among the male singers, Mazolini, the man with soothe him a little by some domestic remedy ? I mean somehow by the do di petto, comes first. He is said to be a very clever singer, besides humouring and conceding, by putting forward that side of things which | possessing the above necessary accomplishment for tenors of the present father likes, instead of the other,--suppress entirely much that vexes him, generation. Sig. Minetti, a tenor di grazia, is also coming. The engageand instead of shameful, say unpleasant, or instead of splendid, tolerable. / ment with Bartolini is off, Sig. Bellini taking his place. Vialetti, now This helps incredibly sometimes : and I will gently ask if it would not singing in London with success, and Biachi, a favourite with the perhaps in this case? For, leaving the violent political events out of the Havanese, fill up the prominent features of the troupe. They will give account, the unpleasant humour seems to me to proceed from the same performances in New York, on their way to Havannah, and it is possible cause as then, when I commenced my musical activity in my own way, that Boston may come in for a week of respectable opera. - Nero York and when father was continually in the worst humour, scolding at | Musical Times. Beethoven and all the fantasts, and frequently annoyed me by it, and MS. OF MOZART. - A vesper service, by Mozart, in C major (date frequently made me disrespectful. Just then there came some news, of composition, 1780), and warranted as not having till now been and that, I think, did not suit father, and was perhaps even painful to performed, was brought forward not long since at Salzburg. It is said, him. So long then as I kept on exalting and praising my Beethoven, in the Deutsche Musik. Zeitung, to be a work in the writer's best manner. the evil grew worse, and I - if I am not mistaken - was one day — Athenæum.