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NICCOLI DE' LAPI.
Broken Pledges—Un-dress Audiences—And Mlle. Titiens.
(From the Saturday Review, August 30, 1862.)
The manager of Her Majesty's Theatre deserves the [thanks of many a Londoner and his country cousins. If half guinea motions are heaven-sent manna to cheer a briefless barrister through the term, Mr. Mapleson's admission to his opera at play-house prices is a grateful concession to foreigners as well as home-bred visitors to the Exhibition. This commendable step is an index, it is to be hoped, of a prosperous state of the manager's exchequer, and an earnest of good things for seasons to come. If, at the outset of his campaign, the manager promised a great deal ho did not perform, at the close of it he has performed a great deal which he never promised. Signor Schira has been rather hardly used. Had his music proved in any way worthy of being wedded to one of the most beautiful stories of this or any other age—the Niccolo de' Lapi, by the Marquis d'Azeglio—every Italian would have hailed the production of such a work as a compliment to himself as well as the composer. Day after day was the promise renewed. That the Marquis could paint a picture was undeniable, for the fact was patent in the Foreign Art Gallery at the Exhibition, and people gave ample credit to the Minister for versatility in studio as well as study. Signor Giuglini will not take it ill if it be affirmed that the anticipated joint production of M. d'Azeglio and Signor Schira was an affair of far deeper interest tha» the utterances of the voce misteriosa, and the uomo del popolo, in the ode which now acts as a supplement to the closing performances of Her Majesty's Theatre. Niccolo de' Lapi, with its stirring scenes of Florentine history, familiar as household words to Italian readers, has been a mockery and a snare to believers in the good faith of managers. Alas! the faith of that order has always been, and ever will be, Punic. Usually, the glittering falsehood obtains currency once, and once only, and that in the elaborate prospectus at the beginning of the season. True it is that a saving clause—"if time will permit"—is occasionally added, by way of break-water to the waves of popular wrath when the promise is unfulfilled; but what man is so infatuated as to believe that tho "time" alluded to is any but the Greek Kalends'? "Where are the Euryanthes, the Der Frieschutzes, the Vestalins, which blossom annually in the flowery prospectuses, but never come to fruit or maturity? What "time" will ever "permit" their appearance? It is very hard that a man must go to Berlin and Dresden to feel and see what he can only read of in England. So large an amount of froth is compounded for by buyers at an auction and subscribers to an opera-house, that Mr. Mapleson may complain of our having selected him as a victim for special stricture. Does he differ in this respect from preceding managers V Perhaps not. We smart, however, from the fresh memory of the every-day announcement that the ScMra-tfAzeglio opera was ready for production. The mountains were perpetually parturient, but nothing was produced. At last the notice was withdrawn.
The manager has, however, made up for this shortcoming by his liberality towards the close of the season. 'ITie waiver of the restrictions on dress is, during this summer season, a real boon; and it is a satisfaction, while habitues are off to the moors, for the less privileged classes to occupy, at a reasonable price, the patrician boxes and stalls. People in walking costume are just as competent to criticize Mile. Titiens as the exquisites who lounge in Fop's Alley; and, if that artist values appreciation conveyed from other quarters besides May Fair, she may be sure of an audience as intelligent as well as demonstrative. As a real artist, she probably does set store by these latter-day cheap audiences. Charles Young, the late actor, preferred acting" to Manchester cotton-spinners in their own city rather than in Ixmdon; Mrs. Siddons played three years consecutively at Edinburgh in preference to the metropolis; and Mile. Titiens probably has the good sense to share these artistic Yiews.
Mr. H. C. CoorEll And Madame Tonnelieh.—Wo beg to call the attention of musical cntrcpcncurs in Brighton anil its neighbourhood to the advertisement of Mr. H. C. Cooper and Madame Tonnelier, whose services will doubtless be largely called into requisition throughout Sussex and the adjacent
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NEW SONGS BY ALEXANDER REID "Good Night" (Cradle Song)
"Memory" (dedicated to Miss*IIelen Hogarth)
11 Are they meant but to deceive me f"
"Tho Golden Stars"
11 Thou art so near and yet so far," as a Vocal DuiT
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"Theso aro three morceaiix de salon of tho most elegant description. Mr. Aguilak's 4 Dream Dance' is a graceful and Imaginative movement, which would make a charming accompaniment to a dance of sylphs or fairies in a ballet. Mr. Berger has selected as tho themes of his fantasia the two most favourite airs, * There's truth in woman still,'and ' A young and artless maiden,' In Mr. Howard Glover's pretty operetta; working them, by adding a short introduction, and a brilliant coda in ttmpo di valsa, into a masterly and animated pianoforte piece. In which the vocal melodies are embellished by a rich and varied accompaniment. Mr. Macfarren's Tarantella is of course in the time and measure of this Neapolitan dance, and preserves the rapidity of its breathless whirl. While, however, it is thus conventional In its form, it is now and original in its details. There occurs, In particular, in the midst of it, a dellclously soft and flowing melody, played with the left hand, as if an the violoncello or bassooa, with a light and airy accompaniment in the upper part which contrasts beautifully with the impetuous current of the rest of the movement." —The Prat.
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"Oh t Glorlons Age of Chivalry." Duet. For Soprano and Contralto ... *' Tho Solemn Words his Lips hare spoken." Grand Air. For Soprano ... "The Love you've slighted still is true." Ballad. Sung by Mllo. Jknnt Bacb 14 Stratagem is Woman's Power." Ballad. 8ung by Miss Emma Hktwood... *• I.ovo is a gentle Thing." Ballad. Sung by Miss Emma Hbtwood "A young and artless Maiden." Romance. Sung by Herr Rkicrarot "There's Truth in Woman still." Romance. Sung by Herr Reiohabdt ...
M The Monks were Jolly Boys." Ballad. Sung by Herr Formes
"In my Chateau of Pompernlk." Aria Buffa. Sang by Herr Foiuiia
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EMORY. Song. The Poetry by Desmond Ryan.
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11 Tho above are a few of tho prettiest vocal pieces that have appeared during the past publishing season. They arc all by well-known and popular composers, of whose talents they are agreeable specimens. Balfe's French romance is in his happiest vein. Our countryman has successfully contended with the Parisian composers on their own ground—witness the reception of his line operas, La Quatre Fit* Afmm and Lt PuittSAmour, at the Opera Comique; and in the little song before ns be shows how entirely he is at home in the French style. It 1« tender and passionate, with that infusion of graceful lightness and gaiety which gives the French poetry and muslo of this class their peculiar charm. Signor Gardoni has snng it in public with delicious effect; but it by no means requires the aid of such a siuger to make It charming. Mr. Alfred Melton's ballad is worthy of that able and eminent musician. The melody Is simple and natural, without being trite or commonplace; and ths whole composition shows that new and striking effects of modulation and harmony may be produced without setting at defiance (as is too often done) the eats'" principles and rules of art.—Few vocal pieces of the present time have obtained
ig, " Thou art so near," not only in I
popularity than Herr Keiehardt's song,
but (by means of its German and French versions) all over the Continent, production, ' Memory,' is of a similar character, and bids fair to have a sitUii*i success. Mr. Desmond Ryan's verses are elegant, and Keichardt has united them to a melody at once pure, simple, and expressive. Signor Pinsuti's ballad, *Hastthoa no tear for me!' has been recommended to the attention of the public by the \
performance of Mr. Tennant, for whom it wa? written, and by whom it has been saog at many of the best concerts of the season. Signor Pinsuti, an Italian, has produced an air of Italian grace and beauty, while he has entirely avoided the faults into which foreign composers so often fall In setting English words to music. The melody not only expresses the sentiment conveyed by the poetsy, but does not present a sirf/to misplaced emphasis or accent—a most important requisite in vocal music. Mr. Knight's canzonet is melodious, flowing, and extremely well fitted for a mezzo-soprano or contralto voice. There is a flaw in one place which dims the clearness of th» harmony. In bar 8, page 2, G flat in the melody is accompanied by E natural in th? bass, creating a diminished third (or tenth}—an interval very rarely allowed, and not, we think, In the present case. There is much that Is masterly in Mr. Land's romanza, and Mr. Santley, for whom it was composed, has sung it with deserved saccess. We could havo wished it had l>ccn a little less elaborate; that the flow of the melody had been less disturbed by extraneous modulation; and that tho pianoforte accompaniment had boon lighter and less loaded with notes. It is a fine seep, nevertheless, and not unworthy of the author's well-merited reputation."—The F
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THE VOICE AND SINGING
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