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THE GREAT ORGAN AT DONCASTER.
Organist, will, as soon as all the stops are in, the couplers, &c., completed,
arrange to carry out this suggestion, and I am quite sure he will then To the Editor of the Musical WORLD.
have a much better chance of securing from experienced and disinter. SIB, On my way into Scotland last week for a little autumnal rusti.
| ested judges, the perfect merit he claims for his noble church organ. cation, after the arduous labors of a busy London season, I called at
October 2nd, 1862.
RES PUBLICA. Doncaster to hear the monster organ, which has, after five years labor by the builder, Herr Schulze, of Paulenzelle, near Erfurt, and a most
PARIS. laudable exhibition of faith and enthusiasm on the part of the organist, Mr. Rogers, just been“ opened" (why not“ inaugurated," as the French
(From our own Correspondent.) have it?) in the famous old town so well known and so racily associated
THE newest news is that Mario has accepted an engagement at with the name of that excellent saint-St. Ledger.
the Grand Opera. All Paris is astir at the tidings, and the greatest As you will doubtless be well posted up in the list of “stops"- excitement prevails in all circles, and nothing else is talked about " rows of keys"_“ pressures of wind,"'-_combinations "_"ranks of
| in musical squares. The great tenor is secured for three months, mixtures," and lots of other technicalities so interesting to the organ and the engagement was ratified and counter-signed last week by istic race, I do not propose to enter into any details of these, but merely | His Excellency the Minister of State. In England the Minister to give you my impressions of the tone and effect of the Instrument,
of State would think it derogatory to his dignity and calling to sign leaving it to your able contributor, or to some other more competent
the engagement of Mr. George Perren, at the Royal English Opera. pen than my own, the task of minutely describing the contents of the Instrument, its peculiarity of construction, and in what respect it differs
But they manage these things better in France. Mario will from, and is said by some people, to be superior to the great English
make his rentrée at the Grand Opera on the 15th of next month, organs at Liverpool, Leeds, Birmingham, &c. In the “tive manuals,"
either in Comte Ory or the Huguenots. Mario in the Comte Ory! and “twenty-five stop pedal organ," of which the Instrument is com Mr. Frederick Gye! here is a hint for you! Mario commenced his posed, there is, of course, with nearly one hundred draw-stops, great operatic career, as all the world knows, at the Grand Opera, in 1838. variety of tone, and this variety is, I hear, regarded by the chief ad- His débût was thus alluded to at the time by the Entr'acte :mirers of the organ, as one of its leading features.
“It was on the 30th of November, 1838, that the young and brilliant All the soft stops realise this opinion. Voiced on a light wind, Viscount of Candia made his primal apparition on the scene, under Herr Schulze has succeeded, as indeed he ought after so much labor,
the name of Mario. It was only two years previously that he in producing a variety of sweet and delicate tones from the pipes of the Harmonic Flutes, Gedacts, Gemshorns, Lieblich Flutes, Gambas, et hoc
appertained to the opera in quality of pupil. His success as singer
of the Saloon had awakened the attention of M. Duponchel, then genus omne, belonging to the choir, swell, solo, and echo organs, which leave nothing to be desired, and are, I think, superior in lightness and
director of the opera, who was eager to attach him to the theatre, equality of tone to any other stops of the same species yet made in this
and allowed him a pension of 1,500f. per month, all the time he
followed the classes of Ponchard and Bordoni, at the Conservatoire. country.
The Great Organ Work too, as far as the 4ft. Principals, also struck "He debûted in Robert le Diable. Meyerbeer had added an air me as being massive and powerful in tone, especially in the middle part in the second act expressly for him. His success was complete. of the manual.
Mario not agreeing well with the director, M. Pillet, quitted the The 32ft. Sub-Bourdon is also very successful ;-it gives intensity of opera in 1841. His farewell representation took place on the 19th tone to the other “ diapasons ” without muddling them. Beyond this I of January. He sang the second act of Guillaume Tell, the third point, however, in the Great Organ, I was not so well pleased. The and fourth acts of the Huguenots. He was engaged immediately fourteen ranks of Mixtures are, to (use an expressive word amongst at the Salle Ventadour, when he was heard in divers circumstances, organists, “ cutting"; they seem indeed to overpower everything else,
se, and every one knows how his fortune was rapid and brilliant in the and, partaking as they do, like most German mixture stops, of a Twelfth-y, and Tierce-y character, produce a predominance of rasping
Italian repertory." tone, which many organists, I believe, like, and consider the proper
I witnessed the débât of M. Caron, the new baritone, in the thing," but which I myself must, in all sincerity, object to in toto.
Count di Luna, in the Trouvere, which took place a few days since Whilst there is so much in this Grand Organ to gratify the artist, I cannot speak very favourably of M. Caron. He may improve; and especially to please the uninitiated, I must confess I was amazed there is plenty of room. The first appearance of a new danseuse, to find in so large an Instrument such a poverty of good Reeds :--in fact Malle. Maria Vernon, in the ballet of the Marché des Innocents, was there is a total absence of that particular species of “high pressure a very different affair. Her success was very great, and deservedly reeds," which, since their first introduction into the art of Organ build so. She is in reality a first-rate artiste. Only the journals are & ing by the great Parisian builder, Cavaillé, have formed an indispen
| trifle too enraptured about her. euble feature in all large organs, excepling this, and are to the rest of the The Théatre Italien opens on the 2nd of November with Norma, stops in an organ what the “ Brass" is to a well appointed orchestral
as I told you last week, with Madame Penco, who is a far greater band. It is but right to add, however, that there are two or three reeds
favorite in Paris than London. The performance of the Ceneo still unfinished, and yet to be placed in the Doncaster Organ; but as these will in no respects differ from the others in their weight of wind
rentola is looked forward to with more than usual interest, Alboni and voicing, and Herr Schulze does not altogether “ believe in Reeds,"
being announced for her most celebrated part Angelina. It is not they will not, it is reasonable to conclude, make much difference to the
stated who plays Dandini. The new tenor, Signor Vidal, who general effect when this addition is un fait accompli.
makes his first appearance in Don Ramiro, comes from Milan In the Pedal Organ there are some five stops. "The "stringed-toned" | with a brilliant reputation. Such at least I am told. It is now ones are particularly successful, and in no instance has Herr Schulze settled that Mozart's Cosi fan tutte will be produced during the shown his skill in voicing more than in obtaining from the pipes in the season, the first time at the Salle Ventadour. violoncello stop a very close and admirable imitation of the Instrument from which it derives its name. Still, the weight of the Pedal Organ MR. KENNEDY'S ENTERTAINMENT ON THE Songs of SCOTLAND.—This is by no means commensurate with the number of the stops, and I found | highly successful entertainment was repeated on Monday evening to a the cause to be an economical system of “ grooving," whereby one real crowded and enthusiastic audience, notwithstanding the very inclement stop is made to supply two or three draw-stop handles. It is not diffi- state of the weather, and Mr. Kennedy produced, if possible, a still cult by this means to get a “ 25 Stop Pedal Organ."
more favorable impression than on his first appearance in London. The Instrument was inaugurated last week with a series of special | The encores were numerous, and included an uproarious one in the case religious services, in which no end of Bishops and Organists assisted, of a new Scotish Ballad, entitled “Gentle Bessie," composed for Mr. and with considerable success; the collections being large, and worthy Kennedy by Mr. Land. In character it is decidedly Scottish, and is the occasion. In concluding this slight sketch of the Doncaster Organ, worthy of the composer's justly acquired fame. Burns' magnificent I would express my surprise that so large an Instrument should have war song, “ Scots wha hae," was given with intense spirit and fervor. been " opened” by making it do duty as a subsidiary accompaniment | Suffice it to say, that the performances from the comencement to the to Service Music.
close were in every particular admirable, Mr. Kennedy (as on the To enable one to form a correct and relative value of such an Organ, former occasion) had the advantage of Mr. Land's valuable co-operation it must be heard under other circumstances, and in a very different as pianoforte accompanyist, the importance of which our musical way. To judge of it fairly by comparison with the finest English readers need not \e reminded of. Mr. Kennedy announced that he Orrans, there should be special Organ Performances, similar to those would give one more entertainment on Thursdaty next, with a change
given at Liverpool, Leeds, Newcastle, &c., where the Organists, if I of programme, including the recital of Burns' “Tam o' Shanter," and . remember aright, operate without assistance in drawing the stops, or we have no doubt the same rooms will exhibit an equally overflowing
turning the music leaves. I trust that Mr. Rogers the energetic ' nd fashionable audience as last night.
CORRESPONDENCE FROM ST. PETERSBURG.*
which I have only just heard, and which will interest your German Musical matters are making a greater advance here than in any other | readers. The concerts of the Russian Musical Society are to open in place, and it is gratifying to professional artists as well as to amateurs | October, with Meyerbeer's grand Exhibition overture, composed by to see how, under the most unfavorable political circumstances, a wise
him for London.
H. R, government, if really in earnest, can manage to spare some money to work out noble ends, and, with money and a willing spirit, is enabled to APPEAL FOR THE RESTORATION OF THE BACH ORGAN do great things. The love of such a government is, however, im
IN ARNSTADT.* pressed deeply and permanently on men's minds. First and foremost, It is a noble characteristic of all true masters of the sacred art of we have been successful in the principal point, we have obtained a public music that they never deny to what is great and elevated in the domain Conservatory, a model institution for Russia, nay, for the rest of Europe. of tune the respect due, and, as consecrated priests of this elevating art, It will be solemnly opened to-morrow, in the presence of its Patroness, when considering the heavenward-tending creations of inspired minds, the Crown Princess, by the Minister of Education and the Director, Herr they willingly, because happy in the enjoyment of work that is blessed, Rubinstein. I already gave you in April last a list of the distinguished sink into the dust, and praise the grandeur of their famous predecessors. staff of professors, such a staff as is to be found within the walls of no However such homage of the representatives of the art at the present other city-and I mentioned, likewise, the extraordinary privileges day may vary in intensity, it has been frequently manifested with glowwhich will be enjoyed by the pupils. The foundation of this noble ing enthusiasm hardly to be described by any pen, towards the bright institution is the greatest blessing which could ever have been con- luminaries in the heaven of art, namely, Bach, Gluck, Haydn, Mozart, ferred upon us by the Russian Musical Society, which spreads all over and Beethoven. Noble foundations for the education of talented musiRussia, after it had been striving for years, by giving really good con- cians; numerous art-associations for the purpose of propagating most certs, and by pushing forward persons of talent, to attain this object. effectively among all classes of the people the works of these select Consistently with their general principles, its members obtained a masters-works which improve and ennoble the human race; squares, cabinet order from the Emperor for the immediate introduction of the and statues erected as marks of honor, respect, and gratitude, to the French normal pitch, and while intelligent Germany is still hesitating | memory of those long since dead, and held out as an incitement to exerand turning the matter over in her mind, to be, after all, compelled to tion to the present working generation of art: all these are the expresadopt the salutary lowering of the chambertone, we have already the sign of that unmeasured veneration paid by living artists, and educated finest instruments, concerts, and operatic performances with the newly persons among the general masses, to those immortal priests of godlike adopted pitch. “Forward, Russia, in everything good that raises and art. As the first-named of those art-heroes, namely, Bach, that master advances art!” Who would have sought, in the extreme North, ten years humbly worshipped by all true disciples of the art, is not only the ago, this motto of a truly great and noble-minded Emperor ! Yet to-day, greatest ruler of tone, but, also, an organist never equalled, the attenit has become a truth, and the institution which will be brilliantly inaugu- tion of all musicians and lovers of music is very justly turned to a prorated under the most favourable auspices, to-morrow, is a guarantee of its ject which was mooted last year, and may soon be considered completely seriousness and genuineness. A period has probably arrived when the realised. This project is nothing more or less than: “By means of a immortal works of German genius are presented more perfectly in thorough restoration, to preserve, for all time, and as a monument of Russia than in any other country. The performances of the Musical the most profound respect towards him, the greatest composer in the Society here and in Moscow, as far back as last year, set this nation world, the Bach Organ in the Neuekirche, Arnstadt; the instrument afloat. The military bands also, will be subjected to a thorough reform. which the great master consecrated, and which he played, from the Apart from the fact that the French normal pitch will be introduced at time he was eighteen, four years in his official capacity, the only organ once, as a matter of course, Herr Dörppel, the director of the bands of remaining of the period during which he was officially engaged in the exercise the Guard regiments, has profited by the results of a tour of musical of his profession." inspection through Mid-Europe, to draw up extensive plans of reform, Attempts to raise the means for restoring the organ have been made already submitted to the Emperor. Prussia has been taken as a model by selling a lithographic representation of it, together with the facfor the cavalry.
simile of Bach's handwriting at the time, while the appeal published in The theatrical world is in a state of lively agitation; Herr von these columnst last year, and entitled: “A monument to be erected to Saburoff, Intendant-General of the Imperial Theatres, has, at the | Johann Sebastian Bach at Arnstadt," has not been passed over unheeded. special command of the Emperor, been removed from his post, and no A large number of the members of the Bach Association, as well as one has been, as yet, appointed to succeed him. This is another proof numerous flourishing art-institutions, both in Germany and other counof the sovereign's good sense, and we have no doubt that the helm will tries, have, as high-minded lovers of art and science, forwarded their be entrusted to some better qualified and more intelligent person.t The contributions, in terms of warm approbation, for the monument, and Imperial Italian Opera is looking forward to the arrival of its forces, these contributions, added to the handsome present of the Prince of most of whom have been playing in London, as well as of the maestro, Schwarsburg Sondechausen, as well as those of other high-minded Verdi, who will resume the rehearsals of his opera, La Forza del Destino, | princes, who are fond of art, and a contribution, in keeping with its the production of which was unfortunately prevented last year, by the I means, from the town of Arnstadt, already make up more than twoillness of Mad. Lagrua. Evil-minded persons saw in this illness a well- thirds of the amount required, so that with an increase of the interest considered fiction. So much is certain ; Mad. Lagrua will not play the evinced among the representatives of art at the present day for this principal part, which, at Verdi's recommendation, Mad. Barbet will only noble object, the Bach Monument will, probably, soon be a reality. too cheerfully undertake. I am acquainted with the work from having 1 May all who take a pride in art remember that Johann Sebastian heard it at some of the rehearsals, and I again prognosticate for it an Bach, the master of masters, was their teacher as well as the teacher of extraordinary success, since it pursues, with tact and talent, an artistic others, and provided them with the field for their exertions. Let them, aim in every respect far more than usually serious. Meanwhile the therefore, speedily and willingly send in their donations, as a sacrifice of National Opera has recommenced at the Maria Theatre with Les Huguenots, gratitude towards the immortal hero of art, to make up the third still and Il Trovatore. The prima donna is a novice in art, Mad. Valentine deficient. Bianchi, daughter of a celebrated singing master here. She has pro- Like unfading flowers, entwined into a chaplet for the manes of Bach, duced a favorable impression and achieved a success. I have already the names of those persons who take part in the project will be inscribed inforined you, in a few words, that, to the delight and satisfaction of all upon a tablet, and afford posterity convincing evidence of the deep lovers of art, Meyerbeer's immortal opera has been given, by Imperial interest they manifested for the worthiest among all the most highlycommand, for some short time past, under its true and proper name. inspired representatives of heavenly art. In order, too, that the Bach At the saine theatre, the charming and graceful danseuse, Mdlle. Monument may be a lasting one for the most remote future, it is proMouraview is creating a furore. The capital of the North has been posed to publish simultaneously a musical work-a Bach Album-in terribly spoilt in the way of ballet, from the days of Taglioni and order to raise by its sale a permanent capital, and thus, in the interest Elster down to those of Rosati and Farraris. The fair little Russian, accruing from that capital, to have a fund for maintaining the organ in however, throws them all into the shade; her tour to Berlin, Paris, order, Milan, and Vienna, will speedily substantiate this bold assertion.
Donations of money accompanied by original compositions will be In the foregoing, I have given you merely a faint idea of the present accepted with two-fold gratitude. In here returning my warmest and state of things, but I shall be able in my next letter to plunge in medias sincerest thanks to all those disciples and lovers of art who have already res, provided my musical intelligence is agreeable to you. To-day, as forwarded their contributions, I venture to express a hope that I shall the wind-up of my communication, I will give you a piece of news, soon behold all my other colleagues in art, embued with respect for the
great master of tone, stretching out a helping hand. * From the Neue Berliner Musik-Zeitung.
Heinr. Bern. STADE, + I have just heard that the place has been conferred upon Patkul, formerly
“ Stadtcantor" and Organist. minister of police. Better qualified persons, such, for instance, as Count Wielhorski, etc., could, unfortunately not be thought of, as the office is an
• From the Neue Berliner Musik-Zeitung. honorary one, without any salary.
† The columns of the Neue Berliner Musik- Zeitung.
MUSIC IN BERLIN.
for the exercise of his fine voice, and, on the whole, acquitted himself (From our own Correspondent.)
satisfactorily, although his efforts were still marred by certain defects Meyerbeer's Feldlager in Schlesien, that tribute paid by the celebrated
of which he must rid himself before he can hope to be accepted as a maitre to his native land, has just been permanently restored to the
finished vocalist of the first class. La Muelle was announced for the repertory of the Royal Opera House, which was crammed to the very
21st. On account of the indisposition of Molle. Marcon, however, there ceiling-not a place to be had for love or money--on the first night of its
was some talk of changing the bill. In this dilemma the management
applied to Malle. Lucca, who undertook the part of the Princess, "at reproduction. The opera, as most persons who trouble themselves any. thing about theatres in general, and opera houses in particular, are aware,
the shortest notice," as outfitters promise to provide young gentlemen was composed to inaugurate the present edifice, erected on the site of that
and others proceeding to India, Australia, etc., with every thing they which was burnt down. The libretto, written by the late Herr Rellstab,
can possibly require, from sea chests and flannel jackets, down to toothis a sorry affair. I should think that, when he read it, the famous
brushes and telescopes. She performed her task in the most successful composer of Robert and Les Huguenots must have sadly regretted that a
manner, not only proving that she is a thorough artist, but demoncertain author named Eugène Scribe was not, for the nonce, a German
strating, to the great satisfaction of the management, that, in a sudden writer, with a little of his stage tact and powers of construction. But
“fix," she is the most valuable working member of the company. alas ! such a thing could not be. Rellstab had, unfortunately for
A number of professionals and amateurs were lately invited to attend Meyerbeer, and for the public, to rely upon his own talent for libretto
a matinée given at Herr Ries's, and got up to afford that gentleman's
son, Herr Louis Ries, an opportunity of showing what progress he had writing.
made as a violinist in the capital of England. Of course, as you have “Non cuivis homini contingit adire Corinthum."
had such frequent opportunities of hearing him, you do not require me . It is not every writer, even though he be a celebrated critic, who can to give you a criticism of his performance. I shall content myself,
produce a livret like that of Le Prophèle, La Muelle, La Juive, or sundry consequently, with stating that the compositions selected by him were others by the same author which I could mention, supposing I wished | Vieuxtemps' Concerto in A minor, and a “ gavotte" by Bach, and that to convert this letter into a catalogue or index extending over a page his execution of both met with the entire approbation of all present. or so, and did not mind writing away till about four p.m. The second Malle. Elise Harpp, a pupil of Herr von Bülow, performed Beethoven's act alone displays anything like dramatic interest, while the first and “ Appassionata Sonata," and took part in Rubinstein's fantastic Duolast contain absolutely nothing at all, and appear to have been Sonata" written for the sole purpose, object, and aim of filling up the evening.' Herr Theodor Kullak, previously pianist to the king, has been apWhen we take the above fact into consideration, we are all the more pointed pianist to the Prince of Prussia. M. Meyerbeer has returned, struck with the manner in which the composer has accomplished his and is gradually recovering from his present indisposition. part of the task; with the way in which he has been able to drape a by It will be a hundred years on the 5th October, 1862, since Gluck's no means elegant figure, so as to make it appear perfectly beautiful Orpheus was perforined for the first time. The performance took place for no one can deny that in the Feldlager in Schlesien he has really in the Hofburg theatre, Vienna. Referring to this circumstance, your achieved wonders. With the quick perception of a composer thoroughly respected contemporary, the Neue Berliner Musik-Zeitung, makes the acquainted with all the exigencies and requirements of the stage, he following remarks:-"Of all the operas which maintain their place in saw that, while the second act afforded full scope for his talent, the
ct afforded full scope for his talent, the | the repertory of the present day—for we must recollect how successful first and third acts depended entirely upon the assistance they might Orpheus has proved within even the last few years in Berlin and Paris derive from the music alone. And how well has he accomplished his Orpheus is the first which has had a continual anniversary. There was task! Vielka's two visions, and the grand scena with the tambourine the greater reason to celebrate this important day, because, as we all song, may be regarded as perfect gems. While the light and graceful know, it was with Orpheus that Gluck decidedly commenced the operatic style of the French comic opera predominates in the first act, the revolutions which led to modern opera. With the centenary of niusic is purely German, nay, here and there, specially Prussian, in the Orpheus, we celebrate simultaneously the rise of that opera, which, second; it rises, also, to imposing tragic grandeur, and Prussia may combined with dramatic principle and truth of expression, first seriously proudly boast of possessing in the Feldlager in Schlesien a really national discriminated between different individualities. The memorable event opera. llerr von Hülsen has done all in his power to render the re- / will be solemnized at the Royal Opera-house by a performance of Orhpeus vival as magnificent as possible, superintending the mise-en-scène him- and other special entertainments, but, as the 5th of October falls on self. The whole execution of the work, musically as well as scenically Sunday, the commemoration will be held on Monday the 6th October, (to coin a word for the occasion), affords irrefutable evidence of the The management of the Royal Opera-house will increase still more the care bestowed upon it, and will, as a matter of course, draw crowded gratitude which every lover of the noble art will feel towards them for houses for some time to come. Madlle Lucca sustained the part of considering it a sacred duty to pay this tribute to the memory of Gluck, Vielka, originally composed for Jenny Lind. It is always a difficult, and of his first masterpiece, by the fact of their having successfully and frequently an ungrateful, task, to play a part “created," as the exerted themselves to prevail on Mad. Jachmann-Wagner to give, ou French say, by a celebrated artist, who has not yet been forgotten, and the day in question, one more performance of Orpheus. The great the task becomes the more difficult the greater the difference in the artist who infused new life into Orpheus among us, and gave so ideal a individualities of the original and subsequent representative. Now, representation of the hero, was the most fitting person to usher the Jenny Lind and Madlle. Lucca are very different indeed, and, there- immortal work into the second century of its existence." Now, with all fore, the latter was quite right in ignoring altogether the traditions that the Neue Berliner Musik-Zeitung says about the propriety of paying handed down from the fair Swedish prima donna, and in following out this tribute to Gluck and his chef d'auvre, I cordially agree. But I her own original ideas. The readings of both ladies find their admirers. cannot go into ecstacies about Mad. Jachman-Wagner's having beeld We may assert of Madlle. Lucca's " Vielka” that it approached more prevailed upon to appear once again in the character of Orpheus. Why nearly than did Jenny Lind's the part which afterwards grew out of it the inanagement should ever have thought of soliciting her to do so, ! in L'Etoile du Nord. It captivated the audience by its natural tone cannot imagine; or if, as is not improbable, they did no such thing, but and youthful freshness; the vocal and dramatic elements were united simply acceded to a request made by the lady herself, I think them in one harmonious whole, and the fair artist reaped a rich harvest of much in the wrong. Mad. Jachmann-Wagner may have a select circlo applause. The other parts served but to bring out more prominently of admirers who may welcome her re-appearance, even if only for a night, that of “ Vielka," but they were all admirably supported. The band but it is very certain that the majority of the public is far from enterand chorus went admirably under the direction of Herr Taubert, taining the same sentiments. Mad. Jachmann-Wagner has finished her while the ballet considerably increased the general good impression. career as a vocalist, and as a dramatic artist, pure et simple. She does Four days after the revival of the Feldlager in Schlesien, we had a per not possess talent at all calculated to overpower any one, as she has sui. formance of Guillaume Tell, with a fresh cast of three of the characters. ficiently shown. This continual yearning to make one last attempt” Herr Robinson played "Tell," but the music throughout was not on the scene of her former triumphs is natural, and, indeed, pardonable suited to his voice, and he would do well to have it transposed, as was on her part, but if the management show the same alacrity to comply done by llerr Schober, who, by the way, was, I am given to under-with her wishes as they show on the present occasion, I fancy the public Etand, one of the best representatives of the part ever seen here. will take the matter up, and settle the question in a summary fashion, Bladlle. Marcon, “Mathilde," was evidently indisposed, and omitted not over-flattering to the ex-prima donna. the by no means difficult air, “Du Stiller Wald.” *• Walther Fürst" was sung by Herr Blaha, a young man, who appeared on the stage for Albo Notata.-We are informed that Gottschalk, the renowned pianist, the first time. The part, consisting really only of a share in the grand
realised at Saratoga, lately, by one concert, the handsome sum of 800 dollars, trio for male voices, offers but little opportunity for display, besides which be handed over at once to a committee for furnishing comforts to soldiers which, “ stage fright" exercised, doubtless, no small intluence in pre- in the field. By a curious coincidence, the number 800 represents forty scurt, venting the débutant from giving his voice fair play, so that it is im and it was by means of a piano-forte score that the pianist realised it. Let possible to pronounce a definitive judgment on him until he has essayed this act of the müestro be chalked, or rather Gottschalked, to his credit, on the some other characters. Herr Ferenczy, as “ Arnold," had a wide field | canteen of every soldier in our army. – Vanity Fair.
MR. BOUCICAULT ON THEATRES.
endeavouring to move a piece of scenery. I caused a simple contrivance to be The following letter appeared in the Times of Thursday, to which
attached to it, and a child was then able to move it readily with his forefinger.
One might suppose that such an economy of labour would have been generally we earnestly direct the attention of managers, and the public in
adopted, but our English nature is jealous of improvement and suspicious of general :
reform. Sir, -Six new theatres have been constructed lately in Paris to replace six
These matters may seem of small interest to the public, but they underlie old buildings condemned by the Goverment; improved systems of ventilation
important results. The heavy and useless expenses, and the waste attendant and lighting have been introduced with marked success, and increased accomo
on the management of the great theatres, drove Mr. Macready from Coventdation secured to the public. During the last seven years several large and
garden and Drury-lane; they sapped the fortunes of the Princess's under Mr. commodious theatres, excelling in comfort and beauty any similar buildings in
Charles Kean. The failure of these enterprises was said to be due to lack of Europe, have been erected by private enterprise in the metropolitan cities of
public patronage, it was not so. It was want of a proper economy of tho the United States. Why should the London public, that pay so liberally for
liberal patronage with which the London people never fail to reward merit in intellectual entertainment, be condemned to suffer martyrdom in the dingy, any form. stuffy, comfortless, ill-ventilated, worse lighted dens called “Theatres Royal”
Let a party of a dozen gentlemen-I mean those who complain so conwhich disgrace this metropolis ? The main objections to these buildings are the
stantly of the discomfort of the dress circle and the want of room in the narrow, tortuous entrances, where a crowd endeavouring to obtain admission
orchestral stalls, subscribe and build a new and elegant theatre. Let them do gets jammed closely. Crushed bonnets, torn coats, the screams of the women,
something graceful for the pit and gallery, securing the people comfort, room, the cries of the children, the objurgations of the men, and the remonstrances of
and air; and, if there be any modesty about starting such a subscription, I the police, however pleasant to the managerial ear, 'afford poor tributes to the
will give 5,0001. to begin with.
Your obedient servant, architect who contrived such insufficient approaches to the auditorium. Having struggled into the pit or mounted into the gallery, the audience fill the seats, the
Theatre Royal Drury-lane, Sept. 29.
Dion BOUCICAULT. alley-ways, standing in dense masses, until every available spot is occupied. What would be the result of a fire, or of an alarm of fire, upon this multitude ? Is it fair to entice two thousand human beings into such a man-trap, and leave them to the chance of so probable an accident? When the Legislature pro
DRAMATIC COLLEGE. vides against overcrowding cabs, omnibuses, steamboats, and other licensed On Monday last the Dramatic College at Woking was the scene of a accommodations for public convenience, why should theatres be exempt from
| most interesting ceremony. Seven annuitants were formally admitted similar supervision ?
by Mr. Benjamin Webster, the Master, and his colleagues, as residents The room assigned to each individual in the audience is too small for comfort. | in the building, which, though not yet finished, is sufficiently completo The rows of seats are so close to each other that sufficient room is not afforded for the commencement of charitable operations. for the limbs of the sitter. No suitable provision is made for ventilation ; Arrangements have been made that each annuitant shall be provided thus in the upper tiers, especially in the gallery, the air is a sticky, fetid com with a suite of rooms, simply furnished with all the necessaries of life. pound, the refuse of two thousand pairs of lungs and a thousand jets of gas. Each has his or her sitting-room, bedroom, kitchen, and other useful Behind the scenes there is neither ingenuity nor economy in the stage arrang
| offices, and is completely independent of the rest. In times to como
offices, and is completely indepen ments. There is a mass of rubbish called machinery in the barrel loft over
there will be a central hall, to which all alike will be admitted, but the the stage, and a labyrinth of timber under it. No provision is made for any enjoyment of this additional luxury will be a matter of choice, and the thing, nothing is where it ought to be, and everything is heaped into a mass occupant who wishes to enjoy the English privilege of regarding his of aged, reckless confusion. May we not hope that in some of the new house as his castle, may live-if he pleases in perfect seclusion, and thoroughfares now in contemplation more than one theatre will be constructed feel secure against invasion. The annuitants admitted on Monday were worthy of this metropolis ? A large space will soon be laid bare in the Strand, Messrs. Campbell, Eugene Macarthy, Starmer, and Henry Bedford, and near Northumberland-house. Here would be a most eligible spot for such an Mesdames Shuter, Christian, and Rivers. To many London playgoers enterprise, and, if built with wide and commodious entrances, a well-ventilated who are not very young the names of the gentlemen will be familiar; anditorium, sufficient space given to each spectator-for a spectator is a human the ladies, we believe, are chiefly known in the provinces. being, and not a sardine—the public voice would soon demand similar reforms When the annuitants had been severally shown the apartinents they in the old theatres. Those who recard this subiect carelessly may consider / were to occupy, they were conducted by the official dignitaries into a that there are theatres enough in London ; the public do not think so, and marquee, where an excellent collation had been provided by Mr. therefore music-halls are on the increase. The population of this city is now Benjamin Webster. 80 great that even a moderately successful drama will run for six months, and The meeting was very select, consisting of the Master and his colafter one has seen Lord Dundreary, the Peep o' Day, Mr. Fechter in Hamlet, leagues, the annuitants, and a small body of friends, but, though the and the Colleen Bawn, months must elapse before any other novelty is forth | weather was detestable even for an English autumn, and the rain rattled coming. The audience claim some variety of amusement ; our few theatres | loudly against the canvass of the marquee, the demonstration of good failing to afford it, they seek the next best entertainment to be had. Without feeling and hilarity could not have been surpassed had the accessories criticising the performances at music-halls, few people would hesitate to admit to the festivity been perfectly unexceptionable. When the guests, who that if the Alhambra were another Haymarket Theatre, and the Oxford Hall had set down to table at 3, rose, late in the evening, they all felt they were another Princess's, the public would be gratified by the substitution of had partaken of one of the snuggest little banquets that were ever an intellectual for a sensual enjoyment.
provided. The entire cost of constructing and furnishing a theatre the size of the Hay The speaking was remarkably good, the chief orators being Mr. market would be about 15,0001.; the rent of such a building varies from 3,5001. Webster, who proposed the health of the annuitants; Mr. L. Buckingto 4,0001. a-year. I pay at the rate of 7,8001. for Drury-lane. The Hay- ham, who toasted the officers of the College; Mr. R. Bell, who wished market was rented, I believe, for many years at 4,0001. a-year, and is worth prosperity to the Institution; and Mr. Creswick, who called down that amount now. The Princess's was let to Mr. Webster for 3,8001. a-year, blessings on the heads of the subscribers. The speeches were all and I understand he has sublet it for 4,1001. A rent of 4,5001. was offered directed to the great end of elevating the dignity of the actor's profor the Adelphi. About 4,0001. a-year is paid for the Lyceum. It is an error fession, one speaker choosing the form of exhortation, another that of to presume that a great risk is attached to this species of property. No historical proof. Mr. Bell confidently pointed to the progress of the house-rents are paid with such regularity, and no buildings are so rarely with- | actor's social position from the days when he was stigmatized as a out tenants. In most cases the rent is payable in advance, and in some leases vagabond to the present time, when (good conduct supposed) he is it is stipulated that all scenery, furniture, wardrobe, and accessories made in recognised as a respectable citizen. Mr. Webster congratulated the the theatre by the lessee become the property of the landlord.
annuitants that they had found a home, and stated that nearly all of I plead, then, for the erection of a new theatre, wherein the public shall them had come to the asylum accompanied by a wedded partner. Mr. find combined the improvements of the American and French systems. Few Creswick manfully repudiated the cringing position which theatrical architects have given special attention to theatrical structures, and I have artists had too often adopted towards their patrons, and declared that in never seen or heard of any engineering ability applied to stage machinery. his opinion they did not receive patronage without making a perfectly Some estimate may be formed of the working order of a London theatre by adequate return. The spokesmen on the part of the annuitants were comparing it with an American theatre under precisely similar conditions. In Messrs. Campbell and Eugene Macarthy, and several gentlemen, who 1859 I built in New York the Winter Garden Theatre, capable of containing in various ways had been benefactors to the institution, were toasted 2,500 persons, being very little less than the capacity of the Theatre Royal, with all honor. Among the facts stated in the course of the enterDrury-Lane. With the same entertainments as at the Adelphi Theatre, the tainment were the donation of 1001. from Iler Majesty, mentioned by Winter Garden consumed 20,000 feet of gas per week; the Adelphi consumes the chairman in proposing the usual loyal toast, and the gift of 2507. 100,000. The number of carpenters required to work the stage in London from Mr. Buckstone towards the building of one of the houses, rovaries from 20 to 30; in New York the same work is done by six. Here we corded by Mr. Jerwood in returning thanks on behalf of the subscribers, employ five or six casmen; there the same work is well performed by a man | Mr. Graves, of Pall Mall, had likewise contributed some engravings for and a boy. While in management at the Adelplui Theatre I saw three men the decoration of thọ rooms.
A CONSPICUOUS NUISANCE.
of The Merry Wives of Windsor, “Nicolai,” in excellent style, exhi. The music-shop windows afford a gratuitous Exhibition of very
| biting the powers of his voice in a remarkable degree.
A very hearty vote of thanks to the ladies and gentlemen who had peculiar works of art. These are the pictures which adorn the backs
80 well entertained the members and visitors, was passed by acclamaand illustrate the contents of the music books. There is somewhat
tion. The Committee may well be proud of such supporters, many in the best of them that is considerably repulsive, yet they are not of whom had come several, one above twenty, miles, to give their altogether and simply disgusting. The pretty men attired in the assistance on this occasoin. height of evening dress, or brilliant fancy costume, and the fashion On Friday, the 10th, John Noble, Esq., delivered a lecture on “The able ball-room beauties or stage heroines, represented as combining | Life and Poems of Thomas Hood." with them in elegant positions, are too absurd to excite unmitigated abhorrence. They are ludicrous as well as offensive. The inanity with which the epicene warriors and ruffians are depicted knitting
FRENCH ANECDOTE OF PIATTI.-The following, more amusing their brows, and trying to look fierce, and the vacuity expressed in than “important if true," is translated for the Musical Review and the faces of their gesticulating female associates, suggests that their | World :originals were animated dummies, actuated solely by the love of Léon Escudier, editor of the "Art Musical," gives in that paper exdisplaying their clothes. The dancing dandies and their blooming tracts from his as yet unpublished book “Mes Souvenirs," consisting partners look like ideal portraits of tailors' wax-works endowed principally of recollections of the artistic world; and, among others, he with semi-consciousness. The imbecility of these figures is trans
tells the following anecdote of the youthful days of Piatti, who is the cendent; its delineation evinces a genius of a sort; it amounts to
first violoncellist in London, and equally well known for his virtuosity the sublime and something more: and is so ridiculous as to provoke
and the incomparable goodness of his heart. our disdainful laughter.
Poor Piatti, writes Escudier, is a victim to his own generous hospi
tality. On the day of his concert, and for some days after, he is acAmong these illustrations in the music-shop windows there is
customed to share his quarters with some eminent artist, whose talent one, however, that causes no laughter whatever, although it exhibits
is pledged to assist him. But he is not always so fortunate as to find a laughing face. But the laugh is a horrid one, and the face is these brother artists quiet sleeping companions. that of a man with long whiskers, who is dressed in a lady's clothes. The first year he had Ernst with him ; the concert was over, Piatti There is not the least fun in this laughing face, but it wears antired, and he lay down; resolved to sleep. But just as he was falling expression that is unspeakably odious. This print is entitled Lady asleep, he heard a trembling, a grinding of teeth, and groaning, as Dundreary, and the less besides that we say about it the better. though some one was on the point of suffocation. He rose, and found -(From Punch).
his comrade in a nervous fit; he did not dare to leave him in order to seek assistance, and therefore gave him all the care and attention possible;
but the attack was an obstinate one, the patient was first better, then THE Islington Times of Sept. 20th, has a notice of the Quarterly worse, and so on-in short Piatti was up for the whole night. At Soiree of the Barnsbury Literary Institute, which took place at
length the sick man was quieted, but morning had already dawned, Myddelton Hall, from which we make the following abridgement:
and Piatti was obliged to go out. The Quarterly Soiree of this Institute was held on Friday, 12th Sep
The second year Wieniawski assisted him.- Piatti examined the tember, under encouraging circumstances. The chair was taken by
new artist with a penetrating glance, before inviting him to share his the president, Mr. J. R. Macarthur. He briefly alluded to the occasion
chamber; this glance gave him the certain assurance that Wieniawski of their meeting, bespoke the attention of all present to the artists who could not possibly be subject to nervous attacks. After the concert, as would appear before them, and claimed their generous sympathy and
soon as they had taken a glass of punch, to assure themselves of a sound encouragement for any aspirants, who might, through their desire to
sleep, Piatti wished his friend good night, and fell asleep. Wieniawski please, have overestimated the probabilities of success. He referred took a second glass of punch, however; perhaps more ; certainly more with pride to the fact, that only a fortnight ago, an Amateur Concert than was good for him; he began to feel anything but well; he woke had been arranged by the members and friends of the Institute, and
Piatti; his indisposition grew worse and worse ; again poor Piatti had a now they had filled the programme for this evening, without trespassing on one of those ladies and gentlemen.
The third year it was Sainton's turn. The following conversation Miss Marianne Warren, the pianist, whose even and effective style of took place between Piatti and the new comer: “Do you suffer from playing draws crowds around her under the eastern dome of the Great your nerves?" "Never. What makes you ask such a question?" “Oh, Exhibition, charmed the audience with a selection from Maritana which I only asked. Are you ever, ill in the night?" "I sleep like a dorwas received with loud approbation, and calls for an encore, which the mouse," "So much the better. And I would advise you not to drink talented artiste gracefully acknowledged. Later in the evening, Miss
anything before sleeping. Spirituous drinks are very dangerous in the Warren played Thalberg's Variations on “Home, Sweet Home," and
English climate." "I only drink at table.” “ Then you shall sup with received similar marks of applause. Mr. Willis followed with the song
me. I know what agrees with you.” Piatti arranged the bill of fare; “Our Steel-clad Ships." Miss S. Charlotte Ellerie, (introduced by the
it was an anchorite's meal. Sainton slept soundly, too soundly.-The chairman as a young lady, but an old friend of the Institute) was re
unlucky Piatti tried to awaken him several times, but his efforts were ceived with a hearty welcome, and sang very pleasingly “Chacunle,
vain. He could not close his eyes; his friend Sainton snored like a sait," and in the second part, « I'm a merry Zingara," and received
saw-mill. It sounded like half a dozen contra-bassi in unison. much applause. Mr. George Hayles recited a selection from “Luke
The fourth guest was Sivori. Sivori did not snore; he never had the Labourer," with dramatic effect. Mr. Henry Lawrence was very
attacks of the nerves, and never drank punch. Piatti hoped for a sound successful in the songs, “ The Village Blacksmith,” and “The Red
sleep, and began to enjoy one; but about three in the morning, the cross Banner. Miss Jessie Ross (a pupil of Mr. Jules Benedict), played
buzzing of an enormous fly awoke him. He drew the coverlet over his a Fantaisia, which elicited a burst of the heartiest applause, which
head, but the humming grew louder. He sighed; he tossed about; at brought the young performer on to the platform again. In the second
last, out of patience, he rose and struck a light, in order to drive out part Miss Ross played Fowler's Grand Fantasia on Der Freischutz with
the tiresome fly. What did he behold? Sivori sitting up in bed, with equal effect. Miss Jenny Laurendelle, sang “Comin' through the
his nightcap on, practising a trill on his violin, con sordino ? Rye,” And Miss Lizzie Wilson sang " The Forsaken," and “Far
It was ordained that Vieuxtemps should break the spell. With what down a valley," in a most artistic style, calling forth great applause.
fear and trembling Piatti extended his hospitality to him! But he did Mr. Richard Travers recited one of the elder Mathew's famous pieces,
not repent it this time. This time, it was the guest who could not “ The Bashful Man," amidst loud plaudits. Miss E. H. Jameson, one of
sleep. Poor Piatti dreamed of nervous fits, of punch, of great organ the earliest members of the Institute, was very successful in “I'm
pipes, of violins playing endless trills; he had a terrible attack of night
paper alone,” and “Take this Cup of Sparkling Wine," and was loudly
mare. And I believe he has given up his former hospitable habits. applauded as she quitted the platform. Mr. George J. Dawson, the popular elocutionist, recited “The Captive," by “Monk" Lewis, and was recalled, want of time only preventing an "encore." The audience
PENZANCE CHORAL SOCIETY.–At the next Concert, which takes place had a crowning treat in the singing of Mr. David Lambert, of the
the 20th October, Professor Bennett's “ Inauguration Ode," also Mr. Henry Chapel Royal, Windsor, and principal basso at the York and Durham
Leslie's cantata, “ The Daughter of the Isles," will be performed. Conductor, festivals. Mr. Lambert sang the favourite old song, “ The Holy Friar,"
Erion" | Mr. John H. Nunn. with a distinctness and purity of voice that enraptured the audience; 1
THE LILY OF KILLARNEY.-The German papers announce that seldom have we heard a more hearty recal. Mr. Lambert complied with M. Benedict's Opera, translated by Herr Dingelstadt, will be “ The Bell-ringer," and again was rewarded with unanimous applause. | brought out at several theatres under the title of the Rose of In the second part, Mr. Lambert gave a rollicking song from tho opera | Erin.