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is estimated that the expenditure will exceed the receipts by 3001. TAE performances at the Festival of 1862 are pronounced by
or 4001., and this the stewards will have to make up out of their everybody who heard them—the mere hearer as well as the utter
own pockets. Fortunately, they are fifty-four in number, so that musician-to have been a great success. Nothing went wrong on
| the individual loss will not be very heavy. At the last Festival this occasion ; no vocalist was taken ill; and no apologies had to
forty-four stewards had to make up a deficiency of 1671. Formerly, be made, either to audiences or singers, by the stewards. A speech
| only six stewards were appointed, and occasionally, they paid very from a prima donna was, of course, an incident unprecedented, and
| dearly for the honour ; in 1832, for example, the deficiency was not likely to be repeated, at least in a century. Clara Novello has
| 14001., and in 1841, 15471. ; since then the number of stewards has withdrawn from professional life since that memorable evening, and
been increased, and this has increased the receipts by extending the it was thought her loss would be irreparable. But foreboding has
personal interest taken in the success of the Festival, and diminished been disappointed; for the public declare by acclamation that Mlle.
not only the amount, but also the individual pressure of the deficits. Titiens has fully replaced her. The young Austrian prima donna,
Worst of all is the fact that the collection in aid of the charity by the way, does not see it. She was complimented by one of the
has decreased on this occasion. For the information of the unstewards on the triumphant success in which she had filled the
initiated, it may be stated here that the stewards expend the place left vacant in our cathedrals by the retirement of Clara
amount received for the sale of tickets in liquidating the expenses Novello : " whatever I may be," she remarked, in a spirit of admi
of the Festival, and make up the deficiency; or, if there is a surration of the half-forgotten favourite, “ you ought not to say so.”
plus, a result which has been witnessed only twice in seventy years, Mlle. Titiens seems to have charmed everybody who has had the
they pay it over to the treasurer of the fund for the relief of disthe good fortune to become acquainted with her during the Fes
tressed widows and orphans of clergymen, in the three dioceses of tival, and especially by her naive conversation. Speaking of her
Gloucester, Hereford, and Worcester. The collections made at the singing to a gentleman, she said, “I open my mouth, and there is
doors, and the donations made by the stewards—the latter never the voice." Our friend suggested that there was something more
less than 51. each, and very often more are appropriated to the expression. “Yes," she added, “I feel when I am singing as if Il
charity, without any deduction whatever. The sum thus obtained were speaking to a friend—it is heart speaking to heart." Mlle.
at the Festival in 1859, amounted to 11431. ; on this occasion it is Titiens, we are happy to say, is as highly pleased with us as we are
only 9921., though probably it will be made to 11001. The amount with her; and on the morning she left the city sent a donation of
obtained at the Worcester Festival last year was no less than 13141., 101. to the stewards " as a token of recompense,” to use the words
and as much, or more, could be raised here in a similar way. The of her note, “ for the happy days of my first Festival.”
Earl of Coventry, it is said, put a blank check into the plate, with
The public and Mile. Titiens are also agreed in hoping that it may not be the
instructions that it should be filled up to any amount required, that last.
Worcester might beat Gloucester in the collection. Is Gloucester We wish we could say that the Festival was a financial as well
unable to find a cheerful giver, who would take a pride in beating as musical success ; but “ facts are stubborn things," and in this
Worcester, on behalf of the widow and orphan? The price of a case they are unpleasant also. The attendance was smaller by
horse would do it; or even a dozen modest donations. The sharper 2231, as compared with 1856 ; and by 1753, as compared with
the pinch the more charitable the deed. Let us hope that some of 1859. This falling off is owing greatly to the alteration in the
the magnates of the county will be put upon their mettle, and do programme of the first day. Previously to the late Festival, 3s. 6d.
some sterling act of liberality in this instance. Apropos of this has been charged for seats in the centre, and 1s. for standing room
| point, we have been requested to publish the following :in the aisles, at the performance of divine service on the first day, "The treasurer, the Rev. Canon T. Murray Browne, requests us to and in 1859, 1700 persons attended. It was, in fact, the cheap
state that not having received donations from several usual contributors, day of the Festival. On this occasion there was no cheap day.
he earnestly hopes to be favoured with letters addressed to him at No charge was made for being present at the celebration of divine
Standish Vicarage, near Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, with gifts to the service, which was shorn of its musical features, the chief of which
charity for the widows and orphans of Clergymen in the three dioceses
of Gloucester, Worcester, and Hereford.” was the Dettingen Te Deum by the full band, and an oratorio at full prices was performed afterwards. This reduced the number of The following is an analysis of the receipts :tickets sold on the first day by one half, though it raised the money yielded no less than 2161. Still the amount of money received for
£ A. d. £ 8. d. the aggregate sale of tickets was less than at the former Festival, I TUESDAY.After Service and Sermon .............. 65 3 8 and there can be little doubt that the addition made to the prices
After The Creation ........................ 5
51 17 8 to compensate for the loss of space caused by the greater accomoda
117 1 4 tion provided for crinoline, injuriously affected the attendance. / WEDNESDAY.-.After early prayer .................. 1 3 1 Moreover, while the receipts were smaller, the expenses were rather
After Elijah ...........................
99 19 8 greater. We have heard that the sum produced by the sale of
101 29 tickets was in 1853 about 34001. ; in 1856 about 38001., and in 1859
THURSDAY. After early prayer ...................... ? 6 4 about 34001., all of which was swallowed up by the expenses in
After the oratorio ........................... 84 137 1853, except 681., and again in 1856, except 1251. ; while in 1859
86 19 11 FRIDAY.-After early prayer............
........ 3 1 6 there was a deficit of 1671., or, in other words, the expenses exceeded the receipts by that amount. Most people, we dare say, will wonder
After Messiah...................................171 9 6
174 10 11 what becomes of all this money; but not so the stewards ; indeed, the leading artists, being able to put their own prices on their own
479 14 11 services, the stewards have reason to be thankful that the expendi.
DONATIONS. ture is not greater. From 10001. to 11001. is shared by four or fivel J. C. Dent. Esq., 601.: Lord Ellenborough, 151.; Rev. Lord de leading singers; about 8001. by the band; and about 8001. more Saumarez, 201.; R. S. Holford, Esq. M.P., 101.; W. P. Price, Esq., 101.; by the chorus ; add 1501. for the conductor, and 601. for the hire J. Waddingham, Esq., 101.; Rev. Sir Lionel Darell, Bart., 211.; T. W. of music, and 30001. is accounted for. In addition to these monster | Wynniatt, Esq., 101. 108.; Rev. C. Dighton, 51. 58.; Sir G.'S. Jenkinson, items, there are printing, advertising, and a multitude of smaller Bart., High Sheriff, 51.; Rev. C. Musgrave Harvey, 51.; Archdeacon expenses, which make a large lump, and generally more than sweep Thorp, 51.; Rev. H. Fowler, 51.; J. Graham Clarke, Esq., 51. 58.; away the small balance left by the musicians. According to
Thomas Marling, Esq., 101.; Anonymous Cheltenham, per Secretary, gossip, Mlle. Titiens on this occasion received the handsome sum
51.; Madlle Tietjeng, 101.; Lord Fitzhardinge, 251.; J.J. Powell, Esq., of three hundred and fifty guineas, and Mr. Sims Reeves two hun
M.P., 51.; E. Boughton, Esq., Jun., 51.; Lord Sherborne, 101.; Charles dred guineas ; Mr. Weiss (there being more than one leading bass),
Bathurst, Esq., 101.; a Lady, per T. G. Parry, Esq., 11.; a Lady, per
the Mayor, 103.; Worcester Dividends from Funded Surplus at former one hundred guineas ; Mlle. Parepa (there being also more than
Festivals, per the Rev. R. Sarjeant, 611, 108.; Gloucester Dividends one leading soprano) one hundred guineas; and Madame Sainton from Funded Surplus at former Festivals, per the Rev. Canon Browne, Dolby, eighty guineas. Truly this is turning notes into gold. It 221. 178. 41.; Thirty-six Stewards, 51. each to pay, 1801. Total,
5171. 178. 4d.' Grand total, 10021. 12s. 3d. * From the Gloucester Chronicle.
A gold ring was also put on the plate.
It turns out, then, that the greater part of the income of the
GAZE IN MY EYES charity this year will be derived not from the collections at the
(For Music) doors, but from the stewards. The plates produced 4841. ; the
By E. WILLIS FLETCHER. stewards contributed 5071.; and, in addition, they will have to make up a deficit of between 3001. and 4001. ; the amount of the Oh, doubt not, dear maid !
Beneath this same oak, Festival will cost beyond the admission money, which, as we have of thee e'er I'm dreaming;
My heart's tale I told thce, said already, is 34001. In other words, 38441. have been spent in Thy smile still I cherish,
And to thy sweet promise, getting collections of 4841. The stewards would have been no As sunbeam when streaming.
This night I will hold thee; worse off if they had paid 9001. to the charity, and saved themselves
From the bright food-gates,
I love thee! I vow, the trouble of the Festival, as their contributions to the plate and
Far, far above me!
By the pale stars above me! the deficit will amount to as much as the charity will obtain from
Oh! gaze in my eyes
Oh! gaze in my eyes, it. But, then, the musical public would lose a source of enjoyment,
They will tell you I love thee ! They will tell you I love thee. by which thousands may be "touched to fine issues;" the trading public would lose the benefit of a large expenditure; society at Mons. ALLARD's Concert.-On Tuesday evening last M. Allard's large would lose the many advantages which incidentally arise from grand concert was held at the Town Hall, and was in every respect a it-such as friends congregating and hospitality abounding; and great success. The room, by no means of raised benches and platforms, the charity, we fear, would lose its most powerful stimulus. But had been transformed into something resembling a concert-room in apit is worthy of consideration whether the arrangements of the Fes-pearance. The attendance was nuinerous and brilliant, the programme tival might not be altered for the better. The prices of admission
admirable, the execution most satisfactory, and the attention of the are too high. To charge fifteen shillings for a seat when the same
audience unflagging. The concert commenced with the arduous but
beautiful quartett from Rossini's "Stabat,” very creditably rendered music, performed by the same singers, can be heard in London,
by Misses Edmonds and Harrison, and Messrs. Couper and Jenkins, executed as well, to say no more, for five, is a mistake; while, to
followed by a song by Miss Harrrison (an old favourite of Swansea), in raise the price, as the stewards have done twice, is to go against
her happiest style. The next piece on the programme was Beethoven's the stream of the times. It has been followed by a diminished
quartett for piano and stringed instruments; certainly the gem of the atendance. Political financiers know that doubling a tax does not evening, both as regards the intrinsic beauty of the composition and double the amount it yields, but may even reduce it; it is indeed the admirable manner in which it was performed, by Miss Freeth, M. an axiom that “two and two do not make four in taxation." This Allard, and Messrs Brock and Ford. We are much indebted to M. truth is illustrated by the late Festival. To accommodate the | Allard for the introduction of such a class of music into our concerts, swollen balloons in which ladies now envelope themselves the which too often are sadly wanting in elements of such sterling beauty. stewards were obliged to increase the size of the seats, and to dim
d to dim. A French song by Balfe followed, in which this composer has successinish their number; and, in order to compensate for the loss of space,
fully imitated the French style of romance, without losing his own
melodious characteristics. This was sung by Mr. Couper very effecthey have put an additional shilling on the price of the ticket, which
tively, and was warmly applauded. Miss Freeth then performed a has not yielded perhaps, more than 1501. in the whole ; now if the
pianoforte solo by Mendelssohn, and was deservedly encored, responding number of high priced tickets sold was diminished by 200 only, the
the call by playing a Tarentelle by Heller (op. 85, we believe), known increase of price was neutralized. We believe, as a matter of
among musicians by the sobriquet of “Humpty Dumpty." This lady fact, that far more than 200 stayed away or descended into the is entitled to the highest praise for her facile execution of the most aisles in consequence of the increase of price ; for, trifling as difficult music, and for the earnestness with which she evidently enters a shilling is per se, yet, added to the cost of a railway ticket, into the spirit of the composer whom she interprets to her audience. dress, hotel expenses, and a stiff ticket, it acted like “the last straw It needs no prophet to predict a high position among pianists to this which breaks the camel's back." Let us hope that on another | young lady. The “Brother and Sister” duet from Lucia di Lammeroccasion lower prices and better accomodation will be the policy of
moor was carefully rendered by Miss Edmonds and Mr. Jenkins, and the stewards. In all other public entertainments low prices, not
was succeeded by Schubert's " Thine is my heart," feelingly sung by high, are found to be most profitable. “The universal shilling"
Mr. H. W. Williams. The first part of the concert was terminated
by the performance of Reissiger's sparkling trio for piano, violin, and is the most profitable price of all. One fault of the new system
violoncello. The second part was opened with meledious “ Dal tuo commenced at the late Festival is that the cheap day is suppressed.
Stellato," by four singers of the first quartett, and with equal success. Hundreds have hitherto been ready to pay 3s. 6d. for a seat, and 1s. M. Allard's violin solo on airs by Bellini was in every respect adınirable, for standing room to hear the choral service performed by a full and justified the expectations based on the bénéficiaire's reputation. band and chorus, but they are now shut out. Some paid their 3s. 6d. Miss Edmonds was deservedly encored in Balfe's dashing song “The for standing room at the oratorios, while the shilling people Cantineer,” singing most archly as an encore “Let us all speak our mostly stayed away. It is true that the increase of price more than | minds if we die for it." Miss Freeth's second solo pleased us less than compensated for the decrease of numbers; but, then, the Festival | the first, not from any difference in the correctness or brilliancy of the has lost popularity, and this it cannot afford to do. Another ground
performance, but from the inferiority of the piece chosen, an unmeaning of complaint is the bad accommodation provided in the aisles, where
composition by Madame Oury, in which two fine old jacobite airs aro people enjoy themselves sadly, if at all, while the space is really
tortured and transformed until their nationality is entirely lost. We
applaud Miss Freeth's objection to the encore system in merely returnwasted. At the festivals in York minster, we are told, galleries are
ing to bow her thanks on the second occasion. Miss Harrison's second erected in the aisles, and the seats are numbered ; and something song, " There is music in the fountain," was pleasingly sung, and much of the kind ought to be done at Gloucester, instead of turning applauded, as was Mr. Ford's solo on the violoncello. The tone propeople into the aisles to scramble for the few seats, and to stand duced by this gentleman, and his musicianlike execution, are such as pressing against each other for three or four hours, like cattle in a are rarely found among amateurs. After a pleasing duet by Miss railway truck. The stewards would find it profitable to bestow Harrison and Miss Edmonds, the popular trio from Maritana, • Turn some care on the arrangements of the aisles, and, what is more, it
on, old Time," characteristically sung by Miss Edmonds and Messrs. is due to the middle classes.
Couper and Jenkins, met with a most cordial reception. We were delighted to find so large a majority of the company remaining to hear
Mozart's glorious quartett for piano, violin, tenor, and violoncello, the MILITARY MUSIC in Boston.—Every one who walks our Boston streets, performance of which would have satisfied a far more critical audience. or who attends the war meetings, must have been struck with the great iin M. Allard has most admirably catered for the public amuseinent and provement in some of our Military Bands of late. This was very observable in instruction in producing such a concert, and it is creditable to our local the great processions of last week, especially that of the Córcoran welcome. amateurs to have been able, without other professional assistance, to Eminent among the many bands, not a few of which were good, were, and provide so excellent an evening's entertainment. The accompani. always are, of course, the “Brigado," the “Germania," and one or two other ments were most admirably performed by Mr. Charles E. Stephens, of bands, whose names we know not. The wonder is where so many musicians London, one of our most talented composers and pianists. Too much come from in these war times, and that while so many go off to the war, more praise cannot be awarded to that gentleman, a visitor to our town, who, than ever before seem to have sprung up at home. The patriotic inspiration on an emergency, volunteered his services, and in a true artistic and and incroased employment, involving continual practice, are doubtless two of the kindly feeling undertook, at a short notice, a comparatively secondary principal secrets of the good street music which now cheers and encourages the position. We have been promised a perforinance of Mr. Stephen's people. Happy they to whom the accursed Rebellion shall bring no worse instrumental compositions at an early opportunity,"— The Cambrian, inusic - Duright's Journal.
Swansea, Sept. 12, 1862.
MUSIC IN LONDON.-A GERMAN VIEW OF IT.. It is no wonder, if the English cherish the illusion, that Handel's The traveller, who comes to London, makes no great claims on the
music is their national music ;-they have in fact so lived themselves into amiability of the haughty islanders, whether it be that the Macdonalds
it [literal], that it has become their property. The solo parts wero and such brilliant specimens, whom he has met on the Continent, have
sung by Mr. Sims Reeves (never without this disagreeable nasal tenor
diesen unangenehmen näselden Tenor), he is an Englishman-Weiss, put him in a more modest mood, or that the judgment of tourists upon England and the English, have given hin a preconceived opinion.
Belletti, Santley, and Mmes. Sainton-Dolby (an excellent singer), TietThis time, however, strangers, both in our own experience, and in that
jens, Lemmens-Sherrington, Rudersdorf and Parepa, The first day of other visitors of the Exhibition, have been agreeably surprised. No
was moreover glorified by splendid sunshine, which had strayed into wonder, the Times so willed it: and what the 'imes desires, every good
these regions, and accompanied the leaping of the fountains in the garEnglishman does, and the sons of Albion treated the strangers with
den of the Crystal Palace in the lovliest manner. These grounds are attention; they drew silken gloves over the hard fist, they did every
admirably adapted to fabulous representations, for the building, as well thing to oblige the guest who presented his shilling; and, if it had
as its contents, excite one like a fairy tale. And so it was all in order been within their power, they would have colored the sky blue, have
that we met here Blondin, who was for a long time regarded as an transformed the anthracite coal clouds into morning air, and even have
American myth, with his break-neck art, which one can only believe in manufactured a sun. Unfortunately, the progress of modern industry
after he has seen it.
We have had many a rare musical enjoyment in London, but, as we has not yet reached that point. At any rate we saw no such sun either among the machines or the house utensils at the Exhibition.
only brought a continental appetite with us, we preferred to get up But we saw everything else. The impression, which the Exhibition
before the meal was fiuished, and we frequently renounced a whole makes upon the stranger, who visits London for the first time, does not
string of courses, almost always at the supper table. The London after all surpass that which this gigantic city itself makes, with its
concerts are as a rule a resumé of the whole musical season. T'ime is exceptional proportions. A world's exhibition seems to us better suited
money, says the Englishman, and so an opportunity is offered to every to London, than to any other capital in Europe. Here we have only
family, of an evening or an afternoon, to hear all the remarkable things one side of this colossal striving and producing, and the Exhibition
of the season. If a person has attended two concerts, he may be pretty building matches everything else you see here. In other cities, even
sure that nothing has escaped him. These Englishmen remind us of in Paris, such gigantic exhibitions have something exotic in their
that French toy, which represents a Zouave, who sits before an Austrian appearance, something which stands out too much in contrast with the
fortress, and, as often as you turn a handle, swallows up an Austrian everyday face of things.
warrior. The Zouave is insatiable and keeps devouring Austrians as The Exhibition, the Crystal Palace, the Handel Festival, the Docks,
long as you will turn. Some dozens of artists are dished up and swalthe business on the Thames, and in the “ City," the Concert pro
| lowed, before the impassive Englishman has moved a feature. At the
most he takes between the first and second parts a plate of ice, a cup grammes, the joints of mutton, which are set upon your table, the Great Eastern, or the wash-bowl on your toilet table; all is massive
of tea, or a grog. Then he appears anew as iron-plated public, and the and colossal, (yes, especially the last named article, ineasured by the
great Armstrong cannons can as little reach him as the mammoth German standard, the German has been shy of water ever since the
kettle-drums in the Crystal Palace. days of Noah). Therefore the idea of a World's Exhibition could
On the 20th of June there was an afternoon concert given in Her spring only from an English brain. The Continent pants laboriously
Majesty's Theatre, which consisted of only thirty-eight numbers. In after it, but never comes to it. It requires moreover à sound stomach
it one heard the following pianists : Jaell, Ascher, Aguilar, W. Carter, to enjoy all this life, nerves like a submarine telegraph cable, legs with
Francis Barnett, and the accompanists : Balfe, Benedict, Frank Mori, seven-leagued boots, patience and courage. The Viennese thinker,
Randegger, Berger, and Arditi. The violin was represented by who, when asked his opinion about the different philosophical systems,
Joachim, and, by a most rare exception, the manager of the concert replied: "'Tis all one, if the man be only in good health," must
had the good taste to place no other by this artist's side. The female evidently have had in his eye the life and stir of London.
singers who co-operated, were : Miss Louisa Pyne, Mme. Lemmens A comparison of the Handel performance in Cologne, with that
Sherrington, the sisters Marchisio, Mme. Guerrabella, Fräulein Liebwhich we have just heard here in the Crystal Palace, will give the
hardt from Vienna, Ida Gillies, the Trebelli, Marie Cruvelli, Fräulein reader an idea at once of the measure that must be applied to the
Tietjens, Mme. Weiss, Florence Lancia, Mlle. Georgi, Miss Clara London achievements. In Cologne we have seen for example, that 53
Fraser, Miss Roden, Miss Palmer, Susanna Cole, Mme. Lemaire. The violins, 20 violas, 20 violoncellos, 14 double-basses, &c., were set in
| male singers who let themselves be heard were : Mr. Harrison, Tennant,
Santley, Reichardt, Sims Reeves, M. Gassier, Giuglini, Zucchini, Weiss, activity, and that the choruses consisted of 167 sopranos, 135 altos, 102
Wilbye Cooper, Coselli. By way of bouquet to the still surviving tenors, and 169 basses, in a word, there were 700 performers, and a hall
listeners was offered : the Finale from Don Juan, performed by the collike the Gürzenich, an organ like that of the Messrs. Ibach, is all that one can wish, to realize a grand performance. In London they consider
lective members of the Italian Opera of this theatre. But let no one such an orchestra about strong enough to bring out a Haydn Symphony,
imagine that this is the Non plus ultra of what an English concert public partie
can endure; the musical critic and madrigal composer Glover, and and you might almost put the whole Gürzenich hall within the space
just now Benedict, demand of their people far more than this. Then occupied by the performers at the Handel Festival, in the Crystal Palace. Their number amounted to 4,000; while from 16,000 to
there are concerts, in which one may hear in one day : Hallé, Pauer,
Rubinstein (Nicholas), Jaell, Laub, Becker, Joachim, Piatti, and Davi20,000 listeners laid their guineas, half and quarter guineas, upon the altar of Handel. For the lovers of curious statistics, we give here some
doff'; the Patti, Tietjens, Miolan, Czillag, Penco, perhaps also the Lind, numbers : “ The chorus consisted of about 3600 members; the orchestra
if any pious object can be brought in to excuse the famed and pious numbered 94 first and 95 second violing, 68 violoncellos, and 67 double
singer for descending from the heaven of the Oratorio. In this caso basses," &c. The execution cannot, it is self-evident, with such masses
one will also get a chance to hear the husband, Otto Goldschmidt, and be a perfect one in all particulars, and we must look more to the
for male singers : Formes, Tamberlik, Belletti, Faure, Tagliafico, and collective impression. Yet we must confess, that the execution,
Sims Reeves, Esq., of course. under Costa's excellent direction, left but little to be desired; certain choruses went altogether admirably, and where of overwhelming might.
The English understand very well how to put themselves at once GRAND FESTIVAL IN HONOUR OF HERR CORNELIUS. IN into the right mood, since they in a manner count themselves before the
DUSSELDORF.* beginning of the performance. That is to say, when the public are DUSSELDORF has just been the scene of a most interesting festival, which assembled, when orchestra, singers, and director are all in their places, was given by the Artists' Union “ Malkasten" (Paintbox), and which the kapellmeister (director) gives a sign, and all, musicians as well as lasted two days. Peter Von Cornelius, the most celebrated of Düsselpublic, rise from their seats and “God save the Queen” resounds ; dorf's sons, was the person in whose honour the festival was held. It imagine the effect. On the first day, when the Messiah was performed, may easily be imagined how greatly the few friends of his youth, still singers and public also rose at the “ Hallelujah ; " for in England they alive, as well as the youngest artist in the place, were rejoiced to see him. are fond of emphasizing the religious meaning of the Oratorio. The Since the year 1825, when his royal friend, Ludwig I. of Bavaria, good Britons have as pleasant a self-consciousness in listening to these summoned him from Düsseldorf to carry out so many grand works at hallowed sounds, as the French have with their Marseillaise. The Munich, where he was appointed Director of the Royal Academy, ho pieces executed were, on the first day, as we have intimated, the Messiah ; | had only visited the town once. This merely served to increase the on the second, a selection from the ditterent Oratorios of the German satisfaction universally felt at greeting him again, accompanied by a master (Dettingen - Te Deum,” Samson, Julas Maccabæus, Saul, Dry- | young wife. den's Ode to St. Cecilia's Day, llercules, Alecander's Feast, Solomon, Acis Immediately on the celebrated artist's arrival, the Chief-Burgomaster, and Galatea, L'Alleyro, Deborah, and Joshua ;) on the third day Isract Herr Ilammers, at the head of a deputation from the Stadt Collegium, in Egypt took its turn.
proceeded to the residence of Professor Achenbach, where Herr • Translated for Dwight's Journal of Music, (Boston).
. From the Vienna Recensionen.
Cornelius had taken up his quarters. The worthy Burgomaster then Bellini's heroine with an individuality which Jenny Lind disdained to informed him that he had been made an honorary citizen of Düsseldorf, copy, and was taken to task by the critics for attempting to disregard. his native city, which always honoured arts and artists. Herr Fried- | People could not understand a gentle womanly reading of the characrichs, as president of the Artists' Union, expressed his concurrence with ter. Jt was an inversion of the eternal fitness of operatic things, and the sentiments conveyed, through the mouth of the Chief-Burgomaster, the Covent Garden faction chornicled with energy the failure at the by the town, which had now associated the prince of art with the two Haymarket. Pollio must be scorched, withered with scorn, not princes of the blood royal, who had hitherto been the only honorary entreated with or cajoled by a voice more in sorrow than in anger. citizens, and expressed a fervent hope that heaven would long preserve No matter that the “Casta Diva" was warbled divinely-the charachim in the enjoyment of every earthly happiness. In the evening, a ter savoured too much of the Juliet, too little of the Lady Macbeth or specially written prologue, in honour of the newly elected citizen, was Schiller's Mary Stuart, with a wholesome dash of the virago. The spoken at the Vaudeville Theatre. At a later hour, there was a brilliant Norma was not the Norma to which we were accustomed, and the party at Herr Achenbach's.
Swede's singing was not capable of disenchanting us of our conOn the following evening, the Festival got up by the Artists' Union servatism. Mlle. Lind made à false step for once in her triumphant took place. The proceedings commenced with a grand dinner, at which course, and the best judges agreed that the original Norma remained, more than four hundred ladies and gentlemen-among the latter, the as ever, unapproachable. Even in these degenerate days, there may be Chief-Burgomaster, the principal civic dignitaries, and the most notable in Italy actresses capable of reviving the Pasta traditions. It is about persons in the town itself and the neighbourhood-were present. After as probable as the existence of village Hampdens. We were told a few a number of toasts had been enthusiastically drank, the cominittee of years ago that Parodi was steeped in the spirit of that artist whose the Artists' Union “ Malkasten” presented their honoured guest with Medea was as terrible as her Norma was Majestic. When the pupil his diplomaas an honorary member of that Society. As soon as it arrived and sang, Norma the second must have felt that with herself began to grow dark, the company proceeded to the Jacobischer Garden, and Madame Pasta Druid dynasty would end. Two other singers close at hand, and the property of the Society. Under the majestic tried to dispute possession of the throne—the splendid antecedants of trees, the festival now assumed a more fantastic character. In the first both warranting an effort which, for any artist not possessing first-rate place, an appropriate piece, written for the occasion by K. Niels, was powers, would have been rash indeed. But great as Jenny Lind and performed upon the terrace, the latter being illuminated as though by Cruvelli were, the foundations of their glory where not laid in the magic. The interlocutors, Dante and Faust, personified the religious | sacred forest of the Druids, and until Mlle. Titiens appeared on the and historical tendencies of the great artist, in his professional efforts. scene, there was none to whom the high Priestess could delegate her In the course of the dialogue, which was eminently poetical, the author splended functions. The success of Mlle. Titiens is abundantly had introduced, with appropriate accompanying music, large trans I enhanced in value by the consideration that it has been won in Italian parencies, representing " Mary with the child," in the Ludwig Church, music, which for a long series of years was identified as the special at Munich, and “ Siegfried,” from the Niebelungen, so that, when, at property of an Italian artist. None can wonder that Mlle. Titiens, so the conclusion of the scene, Dante, taking off the laurel wreath from splendidly endowed by nature, should captivate her audience in such her own head, laid it at the feet of Faust, and the latter, picking it up, parts as Valentine and Donna Anna. The French and German styles crowned Cornelius with it, the audience broke out into long and and peculiarities are far more acceptable to robust voices than to universal applause.
smooth melodies of Bellini and Donizetti, The Prima Donna at Her Faust then exerted his magic power once more, and pronounced the Majesty's Theatre gives us a perfectly genuine version of an intensely following command :
Italian part. If less brilliant than her predecessors in certain fragmen
tary portions of the opera, she is equally (it were treason to say more) " Frisch aup denn, Feen Melodie,
conscientious in seizing the gradation, the development, and aggregato Dass selbst Ausoniens Wohllant übertöno Der deutschen Tonkunst reich're Harmonie !
of the character. It is a tremendous ordeal to go through a rigid Schall' Bürgergruss und Künstlerrup zum Schluss:
examination in Norma, by an audience made by circumstances so Hoch Düsseldorf's Cornelius!" *
fastidious. And to have come off with such flying colours redounds Suddenly, over the grass plots and amid the bushes of the park,
infinitely to the reputation of Malle. Titiens, and we hope substantially there appeared numberless coloured lights, while gnomes and imps, |
to the treasury of the theatre. gambolling and frisking about, endeavoured to catch the fairy elves
When Madame Grisi retired, people attended her last performances who glided, in fantastic dances, over the thickets. This indescribable
as though they were the funeral obsequies of Lucrezia and Norina. scene was accompanied by Mendelssohn's charming music to A Mid
The sickle and the cup of poison were to be laid aside like curiosiiies summer Night's Dream, the musicians being invisible. The lights now
in a museum. A man would have been thought unusually sanguine disappeared, one by one ; red and green Bengal fires threw their magic
who would have insured Norma's life an hour after the historical type brilliancy, from time to time, over the groups of trees; rockets shot
of that character had quitted the stage for ever. The fame of Bellini hissing, in fiery rivalry, towards the sky, and then the goblin doings
was likely to be at a discount. Probably no composer of this century were at an end. The spectator thought he must have been dreaming
was so entirely dependent on others for his chance of fame as the some fairy tale.
author of the Pirata and Norma. It is a different matter with such A festive march was next heard, and there issued from behind the
composers as Mozart or Mendelssohn. Their profound learning and bushes a long line of individuals, in strange costumes of various hues.
scholarship, as a substratum for fancy, keep every note that they penned They wound slowly along the walks in the park, and formed a sight
as fresh and valuable as when they first appeared. It is nothing to highly entertaining to the hero of the evening. At one moment, the
such men that Farinellis and Rubinis have passed away like shadows. procession was mirrored on the still surface of the lake; at another, it
| Their works live by their own inherent strength. But Bellini, the was bathed in the dazzling purple of artificial light; then it vanished
amiable and gentle, whose music most faithfully mirrors his character, behind the clumps of trees, and then again it suddenly reappeared in
had little else but his pure melody and his singers to depend upon. the open; in a word, the charming variety of aspect under which it
The Pirata and the Straniera were buried in the same grave as Rubini,
and, Parta and Grisi once removed from the scene, what was to was viewed produced a deep impression upon every spectator. These torch-bearers, moreover, accompanied their honoured guest to his
become of Norma ? The young composer, snatched away so early, lodgings, but returned themselves to the terrace, for they did not forget
like “ our Adonais," before his prime, would have lent no credit to a that the day was the fourteenth anniversary of the foundation of the
prophecy that a Viennese lady would come to the rescue and save " Malkasten."
Norma from oblivion. Malle. Titiens is quite sensible of her responsibility. Her Norma improves every season. Nature has not given her the peerless face and figure of that great predecessor whose attitudes
and features are enshrined, like some classic statue, in our memories, NORMA'S TITIENS.
but has compensated her with a voice which, we verily believe, would The increasing popularity of Norma evidences the ardour of Malle.
have outsung a Mara or Catalani, and an intelligence and occasional Titiens, not to etface the memory of the type of all Normas for all time
enthusiam which already are splendid, but which, we have a right to to come, but in the course of years to challenge comparison in two
say, command a greater future in seasons to come. The sustained pathos portraits criticized from different points of veiw. The combination of
of her acting, from the address to her children at the opening of the physical and artistic qualities gave Madame Grisi that perfection in second act, to the appeal for mercy to Oroveso at its close, will fairly this peculiar character unattainable by other artists. She stamped
challenge comparison with the well-remembered portrait of Madame Grisi; but in the first half of the tragedy the Teutonic songstress did not succeed in effacing our memories of the Italian. Years of study
and thought will give a finish and a general level of excellence to the • “Quick! arise, yo fairy melodies, so that the richer harmonies of German music muy drown even the soft strains of Ausonia. Let burghers and artists finally exclaim,
portrait of which Malle. Tiliens has painted more than one half so Ilail to Diisseldorf's Cornelius!"
beautifully, † From The Saturday Review,"
THE OPERA AT Boston.-Some of the newspapers gather up the signs and tion. If it should come before the New York public at sll, it will probably rumours of a coming season ; but the prospect on the whole is neither very clear be early in the fall." nor satisfactory. One sayse_"The Marti Opera Troupe, engaged by Maretzek
LEEDS.-Miss Helena Walker, pupil of Mr. Henry Smart and Signor
Schira, gave her first annual concert in the Town Hall, on Monday. in Europe, leave Liverpool for the United States on the 13th of September,
There was a large audience, although doubtless, many more persons and it is not improbable that a portion of the company will make their ap would have been present had the season been further advanced, and pearance in New York for a few nights previous to their departure for Havana. | the townspeople returned from Scarborough, which just now is almost Should anything occur to prevent this arrangement, they will in any event play
filled with Leedsers. Miss Walker has long been a favourite in the a short season in March and April, the Academy having been secured for those
| West Riding, and is undoubedly, the most successful soprano Leeds has two months with this view. The names of the artists engaged by Maretzek
yet produced. The concert was a most admirable one, and under the conare as follows:- Prime Donne, Madame Medori, Madame Charton-Demeure,
ductorship of Mr. Henry Smart, will serve as a due model for our future Malle. Sulzer and Senorita Yradier ; tenori, Signori Mazzolini and Minetti;
concert-givers in Leeds. For pure, intelligent, and clever singing, baritone, Signor Bellini; bassi, Signori Biacchi and Vialletti. There seems to
rarely has anythiug been heard superior to Miss Walker's execution of
the aria “Selva opaca" from Guillaume Tell ; and the song “If a be some doubt regarding the visit of either Ristori or Titiens this season, but the failure of the latter to fulfil her contract will, it is said, subject her to a
youth should meet a maiden,” from Der Freyschutz. The latter was forfeiture of 10,000 dollors. Uliman is still in Europe attending to the nego
vociferously encored, when was substituted the charming ballad from tiations with these and other artists, but even should his mission fail, there are
Benedict's Lily of Killarney, “I'm alone." Mendelssohn's Loreley vocalists enough in the country, including Miss Kellog, Miss Charlotta Patti,
served to exhibit Miss Walker's dramatic power, and her singing of this Madame Borchard, Madame de Lussan, Brignoli, Susini and Amodio, to make
immensely-trying music was excellent and finished. A well-trained
chorus made this operatic fragment a great treat, conducted by Mr. up a very excellent troupe, so that we are by no means likely to starve for opera." Carl Anschütz has leased Wallack's old theatre for the purpose of
Henry Smart, and accompanied on the piano by Dr. Spark, the windgiving operas in German, as well as concerts. The season is to open soon with
with parts being filled in on the organ by Mr. George Tetley, a talented Nicolai's “Merry Wives of Windsor,” to be followed by Gläser's Dar Adlero
Adhere amateur. Miss Walker has a pure, sweet, and flexible soprano voice, llorst (The Eagle's Nest), and Mozart's “ Elopement from the Seraglio." The
of good range, and a musical intelligence not often met with in one so
Ol looker-out from the mast-head of the New York T'ribune telegraphs in a style
young. Mdme. Laura Baxter proved an admirable assistant as a conalmost as rhetorically diffuse as that employed in their dispatches by the con
tralto, with a voice of rare quality and power. Mr. Halliday, a local densers of the war news when there is none to condense. For instance:
bass, essayed “Honor and Arms” from Judas ; but the piece was far Operatic prospects in New York are painfully obscure. The intentions of
beyond his present abilities, although, now and then, there was evidence managers are known to nobody, least of all to themselves. The musical ex- /
of a really good bass voice. Dir. Henry Smart's part-song, “Ave plorer wanders in a desert of rumours, without an oasis of fact at which to
Maria," was sung to perfection by the choir, and the same composer's refresh himself. Proverbial aversion of impresarii to definite announcements
song "The Fairy's Whisper," and the duet, « The Gondola,' were is for once accounted for--they have no definite announcements to make.
| warmly encored. Two organ solos were played by Dr. Spark, with his With every anxiety to settle upon a policy, their purposes remain unfixed.
well-known ability – Leeds Express. 'This year their actions are conditional upon events which, with all their cleverness, they cannot anticipate. If New York is again to bloom with plenty as TESTIMONIAL TO C. L. GRUNEISEN.—We are right glad to learn that a it did last season, they are with us in confidence and haste. If that desolation subscription has been set on foot for the purpose of presenting a testimonial and ruin which the war-prophets have sung in melting tones are to envelope the to Mr. C. L. Gruneisen, the zealous Secretary of the Conservative Land Society. metropolis; if the grass which never would grow in the Parks is to obstruct | Many of our readers will recollect that a few months back a very malignant, the public thoroughfares; if Niblo's, and Nixon's, and Jackson's, are all to be though happily a very futile attempt, was made to injure the character and transformed into gardens of Gethsemane ; if the walls of the Academy are to impair the usefulness of the society, chiefly through the inedium of an attack be burdened with that dainty plant, the ivy green, while owls and bats dispute on its Secretary. The triumphant exposure of this ridiculous and abortivo the occupancy of its private boxes; then they turn from us, more in sorrow than conspiracy redounded highly to the credit of the manageinent, and naturally in anger, and freely forgive us. In a phrase, if the season promise prosperity, suggested the propriety of marking the occasion by a tribute of respect to its we shall have opera enough and to spare; if it threaten adversity, we shall pro- principal officer. Our Conservative politicians, who have had such good reason bably have as little as can be offered. A certain amount, however, must be to recognise the merits of the society as an element of political influence, will offered. The impending departure of Titiens for America is announced in no doubt gladly avail themselves of this opportunity of testifying their regard the London papers, so that fact may be relied upon. Those who have doubted for a man who has contributed so largely, not merely to the advance of ConMr. Ulınan's pledges will be satisfied by this corroborative evidence, for the servatism as a party organization, but to the promotion of a Conservativo London papers, if slow, are generally sure. It is not known who will accom- feeling in the country; for every estate which is alloted by this society becomes pany the famous prima donna, and there is an impression that her principal the nucleus of a sound political influence, which has an indirect power far beyond support will be afforded by artists with whom New York is already familiar the mere number of votes added to the register. We understand, however, among them Messrs. Brignoli and Amodio. Mlle. Titiens's great roles, how. | that the testimonial contemplated is not intended to represent merely the ever, are in operas which would not show M. Brignoli to much advantage. It appreciation formed of Mr. Gruneisen's activity in his official and political is still doubtful where and when she will appear. Niblo's Garden has cer capacity, as a large portion of the musical and literary world have expressed tainly been selected, but who does not know the local caprices of the lyric their desire to join in the compliment paid to one who is not only known as mind? We may say at least, that she could not be heard in a better place, , one of our best musical critics in theory, but also as one of the most zealous æsthetically considered, but the claims of fashion are mighty, and they may practical supporters of musical art in England, in which respect the establishprevail. But whether on Broadway or in Irving place, she will be heartily ment of the Royal Italian Opera in Covent Garden is a remarkable monument welcomed. Mr. Nixon, too, has as good as pledged himself to supply a course of his services. of opera. He has engaged Miss Charlotta Patti, who will, under his administration for the first time, brave the hazards of action on the stage. There
ST. VALENTINE WINS. will be great interest-something better, we are sure, than mere curiosity--in her debut. Everybody will wish her well in the difficult task she has under
(For Music.) taken. Messrs. Susini and Sbriglia have also been engaged by Mr. Nixon.
By maidens' hearts Autter, Of the scene of operations we know nothing, but it is presumed that the
Poor timid swains stutter, Academy will be taken. If Mr. Nixon manifests the same skill and energy
Filled with anxiety, hope, dread, and fear; in this enterprise that have distinguished his management in every other capacity,
And each one is blushing, there is nothing to prevent him, in this time of operatic doubt and trepidation, from
The postman is rushing, taking the highest position in his new career. His regular concert season is to be
To ev'ry one's door, for St. Valentine's here ! gin next week, with the same singers as last season, and with Mr. Muzio as con
Maids' frowns and their spurning, ductor. Mr. Max Maretzek has a troupe fully organized and disciplined, and ready
Poor man's head is turning, at any notice to take the field. His action, however, does not depend entirely
"Be govern'd through life by a man, well, I'm sure!" upon his own impulses; otherwise we feel confident that a sense of gratitude
The blushing is betraying, toward a community which has allowed him to ruin himself without remon
The truth of their saying, strance some half-dozen times, would cause him to take immediate possession
When St. Valentine sends Mr. Right to their door. of the vacant hall of the muses, and sound a war-tap to the rescue of taste.
At Cupid's sweet verses, He is unfortunately trammeled by the vicws of Marty, who is such a treasure
Her bright lips she purses, to him that he would shrink froin anything that might scem a conflict of wishes.
Pretending she wishes ne'er to be a wife! If Max and Marty agree that a season may be risked in New York, the heroic
At last she accepts him,
And all through life pets him, fortune has occasionally diversified even his career-a turn at prosperity. His
St. Valentine blessing each day of her life. company is compact and sufficient, and it includes names of approved reputa
E. Willis FLETCHER.