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he work, correctly conceiving and truly rendering its the name and title of “Harmonic Union." Our readers signification, both as regards the idea and the feeling I would not thank us: nor would it be just to
would not thank us; nor would it be just to our advertising which pervades it: his whole soul, too, must be thrown
department, the proper arena for all such statements and into his task, and stream, as it were, into the composer's
misstatements, counter and miscounter statements. work. This requires complete abnegation of self, and the suppression of the common desire to add anything original, or
Moreover, we must own that we are heartily tired of the create a sensation by any technical effect, as well as, at the same affair, which appears to be little better than a squabble about time, a perfect devotion to the work and reproduction of it from matters of no public interest whatsoever, and of little consethe performer's own soul, through love and enthusiasm.
quence to any but the parties immediately concerned, and In the execution of vocal or instrumental works for several | Mr. Benedict, the ex-director of the society, who, though performers, the individuality of the conductor is everything.
the most substantially concerned, has, in that gentlemanly What this is capable of effecting may be appreciated by those persons who heard Nicolai conduct the Philharmonic Concerts.
and conciliating spirit for which he is as noted as for his To embue all the members of a large orchestra with eminent musical acquirements, refrained from troubling us just and delicate comprehension of the compositions of altogether. One letter only has been addressed to the genius; to form out of mechanism and technicality a living Editor of the Musical World by Mr. Benedict; and this, organisation in which warm pulses beat, and not only to thinking the matter had been amicably or legally arranged, impart to the heterogeneous colossus one's own inspiration, we thought it better not to print. But, in answer to our but, by means of it, to encircle its various parts with a connecting | “notice" of last week, we have been favoured with a very bond, which elevates them to one equally inspired Whole, in which the picture that the conductor, full of devoted love, has
pressing communication from Mr. Newton, one of the formed in his own breast, shall be perfectly and warmly reflected,
Directors of the late “Harmonic Union," insisting so is a task seldom accomplished, and one which only eminent strongly on his right of reply to the “explanations” of musical individuality, that understands the works of genius, and, Messrs. Roodhouse and Stroud, that, for once and for the last by a complete sacrifice of self, has made them its own, can and time, we shall yield the point, and thus make an end of it in will successfully carry out.
earnest, without one single "interrupted cadence” more.
As a commentary to Mr. Newton's letter, nevertheless, we NOTICE.
must in duty append that of Mr. Benedict, which happens
to be still in our possession, and does not in all respects In accordance with a new Postal Regulation, it is absolutely strictly tally with the argument of the other. Mr. Newton necessary that all copies of THE MUSICAL WORLD, transmitted writes as follows: through the post, should be folded so as to expose to view the red
THE HARMONIC UNION, stamp.
To the Editor of the Musical World. It is requested that all letters and papers for the Editor be addressed to the Editor of the Musical World, 28, Holles Street; and all
24, Granville Square, Jan. 1, 1855.
SIR-I quite agree with you in your notices to correspondents, that business communications to the Publishers, at the same address. your space can be occupied with something more generally interesting CORRESPONDENTS are requested to write on one side of the paper
to the public than the squabbles of members of the above Society; but
as you have inserted a letter from Messrs. Roodhouse and Stroud, only, as writing on both sides necessitates a great deal of trouble
which contains an untruth, and reflects upon the honour and integrity in the printing.
of the remaining directors of that Society, I claim, as an act of justice,
that you give me, as one of those directors, an opportunity of replying TO ORGANISTS. The articles on the new organs, published in the to it. It was not any of the present directors that thrust the concerns
volume for 1854, will be found in the following numbers: 28, of the Society before the public in the pages of the Musical World, and, 30, 32, 33, 34, 36, 37, 38, 42, 45, 47, 49, 51.
therefore, I think you have no right to deny me an opportunity of replying to a statement that has not only been published in the Musical World, but which bas been most industriously circulated
among the profession by means of the very type set up for your own use. THE MUSICAL WORLD. The only point to which I think it absolutely necessary to reply is that
relating to Mr. Benedict's claim.
It is asserted that the present directors intended to repudiate this LONDON, SATURDAY, JANUARY 6TH, 1855.
debt, and that the retiring directors voluntarily took it upon themselves. This is totally devoid of truth, and I most unhesitatingly deny that
the directors ever dreamed of repudiating Mr. Benedict's claim. In In our last Number we were compelled to decline inserting fact, by a resolution of the board, I was instructed to wait on Mr. any further letters connected with the Harmonic Union
Benedict, and explain to him that as Messrs. Lockyer, Stroud, Rood. and its affairs, unless as advertisements. We felt inclihed,
house, and others, had not paid their quota to meet the outstanding
liabilities, he could at that time be settled with, and, after some further indeed, to adopt this precaution more than a month ago;
conversation, I offered to Mr. Benedict to write him a cheque, there and but, as statements had appeared reflecting on the veracity then, for sthe shares of Messrs. Stainforth, Lias, Jennings, and myself, of certain " Directors,” it was impossible to refuse those if he would give me a receipt freeing those gentlemen. This, however, gentlemen the advantage of setting themselves right with
he declined to do, and I was obliged to leave him with a promise that the public. This sort of thrust and parry, parry and thrust, I dear off his claim.
I would endeavour to arrange something with the other directors to however, may be carried on to the end of the present An arrangement was subsequently proposed to the defaulting volume, and to the ultimate dissolution of the Harmonic directors by Mr. Lias, whereby they were to take upon themselves Union, even as a body protesting in the face of evidence certain liabilities, among which Mr. Benedict's debt was one. I am, that it still exists and flourishes. The line of demarcation | Sir, yours obediently,
W. E. NEWTON, must be drawn somewhere. We have drawn it, and intend
if Director of the Harmonic Union. to stick to it. It would be absurd to expect at our hands From the above, any ordinary intelligence would arrive at the publication and redress of the grievances and complaints the conviction that Mr. Benedict had either got his due, or of every individual amateur who may take upon himself— was tolerably sure of getting it. Let his own statement maided, or in conjunction with one or two confederates dated December 19, 1854-be heard :
To the Editor of the Musical World.
ticon (for the solitary purpose of listening to the organ and SIR,_In consequence of my name having frequently appeared of late its talented exponent), we have heard nothing but “ arrangein your columns, with reference to the transactions of the Harmonic
ments," and bagatelles that should never be played upon the Union, I beg of your courtesy to insert the following statement in your next number. It is perfectly true that I wrote the letter which ap
“king of instruments” at all. And yet we have had plenty peared in the Musical World of December 16,* though I did not agree of opportunities; and, moreover, at all sorts of hours. to the arrangement therein contained until after repeated and fruitless Between noon and half-past 4, four various “sittings; applications to the Hon. Secretary, during a period of six months. It
between 7 and 10 P.M., three various “sittings”-and all is also a curious but undeniable fact, that, up to this day (December 19-we answer for nothing since.-ED.), I have not received any re
the time not a shadow of a fugue, a prelude, or a sonata ! muneration whatever for the last four concerts, though the season 1854
This is utterly disgraceful. It is unjust to Mr. Hill, the terminated on the 3rd of May. Without at all entering into other builder; it is unjust to Mr. Best, the professor; it is unjust grievances which I may have against the former directors of that to the organ, as a noble piece of workmanship; and unjust Society, I feel it due to the ladies and gentlemen comprising the chorus of the Harmonic Union to express again my heartfelt thanks for their
to the Panopticon, as a dépôt for the exhibition of science unremitting zeal, and for their kind feelings towards me. I entertain
and art, which ought to have nothing in common with the the hope, that energetic steps will immediately be taken to reconstitute conventional clap-trap, "condescensions,” vulgarities, and the Harmonic Union on an entirely independent and firm basis, when puerilities of casinos and raree-shows. nothing would give me greater satisfaction, than to devote my services to its complete and permanent success.t Sir, your most obedient servant,
JULES BENEDICT. M. CHARLES HALLÉ has been in town. On dit, that one Dec. 19. 2, Manchester-square.
of the Directors of the Philharmonic Society was deputed, or If the statements of Mr. Newton and Mr. Benedict can be deputed himself, to “offer” the well-known pianist the reconciled, we shall be glad ; but whether or not, we must vacant rostrum of Mr. Costa, but that M. Hallé could not from this moment retire from the controversy, other subjects decide until he had consulted his friends at Manchester, of more genial and instant importance imperatively de- and the committee of the Concert Hall, M. Hallé being manding our attention.
Conductor of the “Gentlemen's Concerts." Mr. Benedict has also been mentioned in connection with another of the
Philharmonic Directors; Herr Molique with another: Mr. AFTER all that has been said and written about the new
Alfred Mellon with another; and Mr. G. Anderson with organ which Mr. Hill has built for the Panopticon, we are
another. If these reports have any real foundation, there bound to confess our astonishment that it has been put to must have been no less than seven “ offers made-an no better uses up to the present moment. Still more are
“offer” by each particular Director. M. Sainton “offered" we surprised, when we reflect that such an artist as M. Berlio M
M. Berlioz ; Mr.
f Mr. W. T. Best has been appointed organist in perpetuum.
“ offered” M. Hallé; Mr. “ offered” Mr. Benedict; With these preliminaries—a great instrument and a great Mr
- "offered” Herr Molique ; Mr. "offered" Mr. performer-what was more naturally to be looked for than
be looked for than Alfred Mellon ; and "offered" Mr. G. Anderson. Every great music ? and would not this have been a most legitimate Director must, therefore (if this be “ sooth”), have had a and solid feature of attraction ? Where science is so
Conductor in his eye, and offered” him. honourably represented, why should art be degraded? The cause of Mr. Costa's resignation (he carries away his Unfortunately this is too strictly the case. The Reverend
own stick, leaving merely the rostrum), has not been pub. Gentleman to whom the management is entrusted entertains
lished; but the “40 members” have a right to be made a notion that the oftener the organ is played upon the
acquainted with it; and, if they do not insist upon knowing, greater will be its vogue ; and that the more trifling and
they are simply 40 very “soft” professors—to say nothing ephemeral the music, the better will the public be satisfied.
harder of them. The instant we are informed, we shall That these are delusions may be gathered from the fact, that
inform our readers. Meanwhile, the announcement of the the organ has been voted little short of a nuisance.
concerts has not yet appeared in the papers. We are all on Why, it may be asked, does not Mr. Best himself remon
the look-out; for this is a very important matter-in a strate I-since, though Mr. Best's whole time is at the
smaller and more peaceful sphere, indeed, almost tantamount disposal of directors, they must surely believe him to be a
to Lord Raglan resigning the command of the Crimean army. competent authority in his department, or they would not have engaged his services at very considerable expense. If
GRISI AND MARIO.-It was curious, the other night, to see even Mr. Best were enjoined to perform the real organ
how the supposed last operatic performance brought out of their music of Händel, Bach, and Mendelssohn from time to time
retreats unaccustomed celebrities to hear once, at all events, (once in the morning, and once in the evening, at least), Grisi and Mario. Great poets, historians, lawyers, governorswhich would interest and draw to the Panopticon a large elect, and lions of all kinds shook their distinguished manes in number of amateurs, there would be something to show for the redolent air of the gay assemblage. We were quite struck the cost of the player and the instrument. But nothing of with this, as with the great number of venerable, silvery heads. the sort. Mr. Best is set down to “illustrate" the Battle of
that alternated, like “shocks of corn fully ripe," with the roses
and lilies and carnations of the operatic flower-field.-New York Alma, and the six-and-twenty “dissolving views” of Aladdin
Musical World. and the Wonderful Lamp! Fancy such things, accompanied
SOPHIE CRUVELLI.-In the Huguenots it is still Malle. Cruvelli by music on the organ, solus and such an organ, too, as who attracts the crowd. If it is impossible for the magnificent that of Mr. Hill!
voice of this cantatrice to gain anything in ampleness and On the several occasions we have attended at the Panop puissance, it would seem, at least, that her talent as a singer
and actress rises with each performance. On Wednesday last * This was not, let it be remembered, addressed to the Musical she was more beautiful and striking then ever, and the World.-ED.
accustomed ovations were bestowed upon her.-France Musicale. + It is necessary to remind the reader that this was written before MR. Trust has been appointed organist of St. Mary's Church, anything was known of the negotiations with Herr Molique.-ED. Paddington.
M. JULLIEN'S CONCERTS.
| airs—such as “ Boys and Girls come out to play," “ Little BoDESPITE the peculiar attractions of the theatres at Christmas
peep has lost his sheep," and " See-saw, Margery Daw." To
them he has added the comic tunes of "Hot Codlins," " Tippititimes, and notwithstanding that everybody in London must
witchet,” and “Pop goes the Weazel.” In “ Boys and girls come have gone once at least to Drury Lane during the series of
out to play," dovetailed with “ Little Bo-peep"-constituting concerts, the vogue of M. Jullien's entertainments has lost little or nothing by the new period chosen, or the change of locality.
figure 1 of the quadrille—there are some highly ingenious “imiCovent Garden-making allowance for the difference in the size
tations.” In figure 2-“Hot Codlings,"—there are "reeling", of the two houses-is as crowded every night, after Christmas,
variations for flageolet, flute, oboe, and fagotto, for Messrs. Colas was Drury Lane before. The excellence of the performances
linet, Pratten, Lavigne, and Baumann. We prefer the “ See remains undiminished; or rather, we should say, betokens
Saw" Quadrille-figure 3-to any of the others. The instruimprovement, inasmuch as Madame Pleyel, the celebrated
mentation is expressive of the swaying motion suggested by the
name of the tune. In the fourth figure_“Tippitiwitchet”-, pianist, and Herr Ernst, the renowned violinist, have both been added to M. Jullien's corps.
real pantomimic effect is produced by the members of the orchesM. Jullien's second series of concerts commenced on Friday in
tra sneezing, snoring, gaping, and laughing ad libitum. In the last week. The Royal Italian Opera had undergone such exten
fifth figure—“Pop goes the Weazel" Herr Koenig produces an
irresistible effect by his performance on the penny trumpet. The sive alterations that it was difficult to recognise it. Either from hurry or want of judgment, several mistakes were committed
whole quadrille was listened to with delight, and applauded
unanimously at the end. the first night, not at all advantageous to M. Jullien's inaugural
The applause continuing without performance. In the first place, there was not half light enough.
cessation for some minutes, M. Jullien repeated the last figure.
On Tuesday, Herr Ernst made his first appearance. . With a The magnificent chandelier, suspended over the centre of the
performer less eminent and less popular, the place to which the pit, was not allowed to send forth one of its thousand jets of
great German violinist was appointed in the programme might gas. The candelabra which afforded light to the grand
have endangered success. He played in the second part, and tier were removed altogether, and, in short, the front of
chose the first movement of Beethoven's violin concerto. Mad. the house seemed in total eclipse. Around and behind the
Pleyel had previously performed Mendelssohn's Concerto in G. orchestra the light was abundant, and there was no room for
minor with immense effect, being encored in the last movement. complaint; but the boxes with their dark crimson curtains de
Herr Ernst, however, was not likely to be affected by any manded the relief of the most brilliant light. In the reading
amount of favour bestowed previously. He is too much of a room great dissatisfaction arose from the circumstance of the
favourite with the public, whom he has delighted for years, and newspapers being removed, after the first part of the performance,
for whom his playing has invariably a charm beyond that of any to make room for the refreshments, and murmurs of discontent
other living violinist. His reception was enthusiastic in the were heard on all sides. We are glad to say that all was
extreme. Had Beethoven written the concerto expressly for remedied on the following night. The magnificent chandelier,
the performer, he could not havo adapted it with more art and as on the nights of the opera, filled the theatre with its ten
more felicity to his fervour, his profound feeling, and true mahundred gas lights, and with its myriads of reflections from the
jesty of style. Herr Ernst is the real poet of the violin, and in glassdrops; the lustres were restored to the grand tier; and an
no other composition of the great Beethoven, perhaps, is there immense improvement was effected, and great lightness obtained
displayed more intensity of expression, warmth of colouring, by covering the dark crimson hangings of the boxes with white
and variety-the essentials of poetry in every art. The cadenza open-worked muslin curtains. Moreover, the reading-room was
introduced by Herr Ernst is original, ingenious, and of extratransferred to the green-room; so that those who eat and drank,
ordinary difficulty-besides being admirably in keeping with the and those who read and thought, had no chance of coming into
text-the first desideratum in a cadenza. The execution of this collision. In all other respects Covent Garden, fitted up for
cadenza was marvellous. The applause at the conclusion was M. Jullien's concerts, now presents the same aspect as Drury
genuine and flattering, and the “grand artist” was unanimously Lane did a short time since. The management of the orchestra,
recalled into the orchestra and general decorations, are identical.
Madame Anna Thillon sang a new Spanish canzonetta, “Il The programme of the first night specified two novelties
Contrabandista," with such charm and naïveté as to elicit an Madame Pleyel's first appearance, and the first performance of
encore. Instead of repeating the canzonetta, however, she gave the “Pantomime Quadrille," written expressly by M. Jullien
“ Minnie,” which we think was a mistake. for the time and the occasion. In everything else the Covent Garden programme was a fac-simile of the Drury Lane programme. An overture was given, a movement from a symphony 1 BEAUMONT INSTITUTION.—The second concert of the season of was introduced, Madame Anna Thillon sang, a selection from a the above Institution took place on Wednesday evening last, popular opera was performed, the whole interspersed with dance and a more delightful concert has seldom been held, even in the music, the most acceptable of which was the “ Allied Armies' Hanover-square Rooms. The principal attractions were Mad. Quadrille"--one of the most characteristic and exciting of M. Clara Novello, Miss Messent, with her promising pupil Malle. Jullien's works of this class.
Julie Mouat, Mr. Montem Smith, Mr. Bolton, Mr. Farquharson, · Madame Pleyel's appearance, of course, constituted the and Mr. Sims Reeves, with Mr. Frank Mori as conductor. feature of the concert. The distinguished pianist was received Mad. Clara Novello was as effective as ever in Verdi's air frona with thunders of applause, and looked in excellent health and Ernani; as she was also in the duet from Rigoletto with Mr. spirits. She selected two pieces-Les Patineurs and the Taran Sims Reeves. Miss Messent sang very sweetly the ballad from tella of Liszt-which, it is not too much to say, she has made en Maritana, “Scenes that are brightest," and was encored in tirely her own. Her execution of both of these morceaux was “The march of the Cameron men.” Mr. Sims Reeves gave quite wonderful. Such perfect command of the resources of the "Fra poco" in a glorious manner, and created an uproar of apinstrument, so much finesse and delicacy combined, so pearly a plause in Mr. Frank Mori's new patriotic song, “Strew roses." touch, such finish, such brilliancy and freedom, have rarely, in Malle. Julie Mouat sang “Vanne disse," from Roberto Il Diavolo, deed, been combined in the same pianist. Madame Pleyel and “Des strauschen," both of which were much applauded. was encored unanimously and enthusiastically in both pieces. | Messrs. M. Smith, Bolton, and Farquharson, each gave general She repeated Les Patineurs, but declined the Tarantella, M. satisfaction in the pieces allotted to them. A terzetto by Rooke, Jullien making an apology for her on the score of fatigue, “Dare the foe invade our land," the quartetto from Don Madame Pleyel baving arrived from Brussels only a few hours | Pasquale, “E rimasti,” were well sung and very effective under before the performance. That the celebrated pianist will be one the able conducting of Mr. Frank Mori. The room was inconof M. Jullien's very greatest “ acquisitions," we need not say. veniently crowded.
The “ Pantomime Quadrille" was a happy conception of Miss STABBACH, who has been singing with much success at M. Jullien, and has been developed with felicity. M. Jullien Leipsic, Bremen, and other German cities, has returned to has taken for his themes some of the most familiar nursery | London after an absence of three months.
head was a fragile, breath of a bonnet, trimmed with orange
blossoms. The lady advanced to the saloon, placed her hat in « GRAND SONATA," for two performers on the pianoforte. Composed
the hands of her maid, and reclined gracefully upon a lounge. by Carl Ewer. Op. 51. G. Scheurmann.
Whereupon the maid covered her with lace. A lady passenger A well-written work, fluent and orderly, but not by any means entered into conversation with her, and asked if she did not “ grand." A "grand sonata,” however, we suppose means a sonata in
think Mario handsome. Thereupon she burst into a fit of four movements; “ complete sonata" would nevertheless be a more
laughter so contagious, that everybody in the saloon was conbefitting general title. For example, Beethoven's pianoforte sonata,
| strained to laugh with her. Op. lll, which has only two movements and a fragment of intro
Grisi afterward playfully said, that she wished a committee duction, is one hundred times "grander" than this four-movement
of gentlemen would incontinently drop her into the sea-adding sonata of Herr Ewer. It has, nevertheless, merit, if not originality
more earnestly, however, that she really had, for her, the evil there is a nice memory of Mozart in it--and can do good to learners of moderate skill. The first movement in C major is flowing, though
eve. She had followed them wherever they went-had gone square-cut, and something too lengthy for the interest of the themes.
with them to St. Petersburg. Twice, in such instances, had The scherzo, in A minor-with a nice smack of Beethoven's earlier they met with comparative failure. If they failed in the United manner-is' spirited and satisfactory. The andante, in F, A flut, States, it might be ascribed to the same evil eye. Poor Miss A major and with a nice smack of Spohr-is pretty, but too short Coutts! Can the eye of love ever be evil ? for so many keys. The rondo in C, is a lively, animated, neatly. There is no doubt of one thing, however, that Miss “Coutts" composed and old-fashioned allegro non troppo. There is one great has here made a sensation. She pays thirty dollars a-night for merit in this “grand sonata :" it cannot be accused of any resemblance her capacious stage box, which shemand her magnificent bouquet to Mendelssohn from one end of it to the other. It is, in short, whole
--Occupy entirely alone. Each time she makes her appearance some music, if not very fresh, bright, surprising, or invigorating. in a still more fabulously-radiant costume; and we doubt if more
opera-glasses are levelled at Grisi and Mario on their appearance “THE MURMUR OF THE STREAM." Valse Brillante. W. Borrow.
| than at Miss Coutts. Her appearance and disappearance being Metzler and Co.
generally uniform with that of Mario (as well becomes a shadow This is decidedly better than either of the pieces we lately reviewed
-sometimes, haply, the coming tenor-event casting its shadow by the same author. The subjects are definite-though the first in E
before and sometimes a trifle behind), the audience are kept well flat, is scarcely in the waltz-style, and no part of the composition
advised whether the fascinating singer is to appear in this or suggests even faintly the idea of a stream murmuring.” Mr. Borrow,
that act: and infallibly, if in an entire opera there is to be no nevertheless, has a right to “borrow” what title be pleases for his
Mario, there is no Coutts !. music, and so it be well written and effective like the present example, we have just as much pleasure in saying so, as if it was invested with a
Now, despite all criticism, a beautiful expression may someless fantastio nomenclature, Seriously, however, our composers should times be caught even in the least beautiful of faces; and we consider “rhyme and reason," in giving names to their effusions.
| think least beautiful is not too harsh a term for any gentleman
justifiably to use of any lady. So, in the least beautiful face in "THE ALLEGRETTO MOVEMENT" from Mendelssohn'o Syınphony to question, we one evening caught, in an unguarded moment of
the Hymn of Praise. Arranged for the Organ from tho full score. I general admiration for the peerless Mario, an expression of By J. Martin Dunstan, J. A. Novello.
appealing tenderness, which made us feel-badly. We confess A very skilful arrangement of one of the most original and lovely of
it. We really wished that a Jr. and Mrs. Coutts occupied that
it. all the orchestral movements of Mendelssohn. The second part, in desolate stage-box, instead of a solitary Miss only. wbich the chorale first appears, is likely to be the most effective; but the whole can hardly fail to excite the interest and attention of organists of intelligence and feeling.
PERFORMANCE OF SACRED MUSIC AT WINDSOR
CASTLE. "Two CHORALES AND DOUBLE CIANT," for four voices, with an
A PERFORMANCE of choral music was given on Monday evening accompaniment for the Organ, arranged from Mendelssohn's Ops.58,
delssohn's Ops.58, | in St. George's Hall by an orchestra of nearly one hundred and 66; and 70. By John Hills. Ewer and Co.
forty performers. We object, on strong principle, to this sort of huckstering with the
The first part consisted of Beethoven's Cantata, entitled The works of great men. The double chant in the above collection is a Praise of Music, arranged for English words. The second part miserable parody upon the opening bars of one of the most beautiful
| devoted to Mendelssohn's Walpurgis Night. The solo vocalists choruses in the second part of Elijah; but it is not for that a bit more
were Madame Clara Novello, Mrs. Weiss, Mr. Sims Reeves, and to be repudiated than the others.
Mr. Weiss. « THE DEPAETURE FOR THE EAST.” By Louise Christine. Charles
| The band comprised Her Majesty's private band, headed by
M. Sainton, and reinforced by a selection from the principal perJefferys. The words of this ballad—which is dedicated to the Duchess of
formers of the Philharmonic Societies and the Royal Italian Wellington, and composed expressly for Mr. Augustus Braham-are
Opera. very good, and of the patriotic flavour, and the music, especially the
The chorus, seventy-five in number, were selected from the opening melody in G minor, is sensible and expressive. The last part
Royal Italian Opera and the amateurs of the Sacred Harmonic in B flat, “ Cheer, cheer, my harp," however, though stirring, is more
Society. The performance was conducted by Mr. Anderson, the common-place (not to say “vulgar," a lady being in the case) than the
director of Her Majesty's private band: and Mr. W. G. Casins, rest.
organist of Her Majesty's private chapel, presided at the
organ. GRISI AND MARIO AT NEW YORK.
The Queen and Prince Albert, accompanied by their Royal
Highnesses the Duchess of Kent and the Duchess of Cambridge, In the absence of any critical information respecting the two the Princess Mary and the five eldest royal children, the dinnergreat artists in the American journals, we extract the following circle, the evening company, and the ladies and gentlemen in squib from the columns of our contemporary, the New York
| waiting, entered the Hall about ten o'clock, when the perMusical World, which may amuse if it does not greatly edify our"
| formance commenced. readers:
SACRED HARMONIC SOCIETY.--The first performance this year A lady, who came over in the same steamer with Grisi and of Elijah took place last night, at Exeter Hall. The principal Mario relates, that Mario's affectionate shadow (the hypothetical vocalists were Madame Clara Novello, Miss Dolby, Miss Miss « Coutts”) irresistibly followed him, of course, on the Bassano, Miss Weiss, and Mr. Sims Reeves. The hall was embarkation, but alighted upon the deck of the steamer arrayed | crowded in every part. Next to the Messiah, Mendelssohn's in a lilac-coloured silk, with flounces embellished with feather- chef-d'auvre is always the grandest and most complete pertrimming; over the whole of which was worn lace. Upon her | formance of the Sacred Harmonic Society.
On Wednesday evening, the 27th ultimo, Mr. B. R. Isaac PROVINCIAL
gave a clasical concert, at the Music-hall, Bold-street, which LIVERPOOL_(Dec 20).-In an article headed “St. George's was but poorly attended. The artistes with Mr. Isaac were Hall," the Liverpool Mail, of the above date, contains some per Herr Molique, Signor Piatti, and Madame Rudersdorf. tinent remarks as to the uses to which the hall might be applied,
The concert commenced with Mendelssohn's trio in D minor, which we think worth while extracting. “ The visits lately paid very nicely played ; after which Madame Rudersdorf sang to the Saturday Evening Concerts,” says the journal, “at the the German version of Mozart's “Non mi dir.” Herr private hall in Lord Nelson-street, by the mayor and his Molique then gave two of his violin melodies, the second of predecessor, and afterwards by Lord Stanley, naturally which was encored, and was followed by Rode's variations for suggested that this public hall could not be dedicated to a better Madame Rudersdorf. Mr. Isaac selected Stephen Heller's “Imuse than by making it the means of encouraging a taste for provisata,"on Mendelssohn's Maid of the Ganges, and his “Etude, music among our masses, for whom so few cheap pleasures are La Chasse.” Both were well played. Beethoven's “Kreutzer provided except at the ale-house. Lord Stanley's eloquent Sonata,” for pianoforte and violin, was done full justice to by and truthful remarks on the influence of music on the Mr. Isaac and Herr Molique. Signor Piatti followed with a solo masses we printed on the occasion of his visit to the People's on the violoncello, on themes from Linda, after which Madame Concerts, and they are worthy of all commendation. Why then Rudersdorf sang two German songs by Taubert, the concert connot attempt improving our people on a large scale? Here the cluding with the first performance in Liverpool of Spohr's grand people have a hall, with two music rooms, on which thousands trio in E minor, for pianoforte, violin, and violincello. have been spent, and an organ which has cost, or is to cost,' MANCHESTER-(Dec. 30).-On Thursday evening, Dr. S. S. Wesseveral thousands more. This magnificent instrument is ex-ley, organist of the Cathedral and College, Winchester, perpected to be complete in February. But where is the organist ? formed a selection of music at Providence Chapel. The selection, We hold that there ought to be one, and that the selection | among other pieces, comprised three fugues by Bach, two instrushould be made at once. His salary should be liberal." If £500 mental pieces by Spohr, the andante from Beethoven's symphony a year would not purchase the highest talent, £750 or £1000 in D, the Hallelujah Chorus from the Mount of Olives, by the would; and he should be tied down strictly to abstain from all same composer, and Händel's variations upon the “Harmonious tutorial competition with the musical professors of the town. Blacksmith;” besides these, Dr. Wesley gave some very clever With an adequate remuneration guaranteed to him out of the variations by himself on an air by Kozeluch, also an introduction public funds, his time, and attention, and musical powers should and air, and an andante of his own composition. The performbe employed exclusively in the service of the people ; and it ance was a masterly one, but the effect was considerably imshould be one part of his duty to encourage choral and sacred paired by a running accompaniment, in the shape of directions music among amateurs.
as to the management of the stops, very energetically given by With a large surplus income, the Corporation have no excuse Dr. Wesley to his assistants, Mr. Groves, the builder of the for leaving the People's Hall useless for the people's enjoyment; organ, and another gentleman. The audience was by no means and, if technical objections arise, the expense may be legally met, so large as we anticipated, the chapel not being half filled. • as in the case of the recent visit of the British Association tó IBID.-(From our own Correspondent)-The Classical Chamber' the town, by an addition of £1,000 a-year to the Mayoral Music Society gave its fourth concert on Thursday week. The allowance.
following was the programme: But we are prepared to go further. We advocate gratuitous PART I.-Grand Trio-pianoforte, violin, and violoncello (in D, admission to performances of sacred music every Sunday. We Op. 70, No. 1.), Beethoven.-Sonata-pianoforte and violin (in E flat, cannot go the length with some, and recommend oratorios for Op. 12, No. 3), Beethoven. Sunday evenings. The clergy would complain of the with- PART II.-Quintet-two violins, two violas, and violoncello (in D, drawal of their congregations, and we doubt whether public No. 4, Mozart. — Variations, sur un Thème de Händel-pianoforte feeling in this country would tolerate it. When the Rev. Charles and violoncello (in G), Beethoven.-Solo de Concert-piolin, Sainton. Wesley introduced sacred concerts on Sunday evenings, a popular Nocturne and Mazurkas-pianoforte, Chopin. outcry was raised. But why not adopt a middle course, and M. Sainton, as first violin, appeared in lieu of Herr Ernst and have free performances of sacred music at St. George's Hall Herr Molique ; and in order to give a stringed quintet with every Sunday afternoon ? The afternoon service at Chester effect, Herr Steingraber, from the band of the Royal Italian Cathedral is an hour long; and having a first-rate organist, and Opera, was engaged as an additional viola. The other execua competent choir, crowds throng to it every Sunday afternoon. tants were as before-namely, second violin, M. Carrodus ; viola, At St. George's Hall they might begin with “ Gloria in Excelsis," M. Baetens; violoncello, Signor Piatti ; and pianoforte, Mr. C. and end with “God Save the Queen." The organ is to be of Hallê. Beethoven's trio was admirably played by Messrs. Hallé, unrivalled power, Amateur choral societies would come forward Sainton, and Piatti. The violin sonata afforded another opporto assist. The public would crowd to the hall; the musical tunity for M. Sainton to show his excellence in the performance taste of the people would be drawn out and elevated, and a of classic music; as leader of Mozart's glorious quintet nothing spirit of reverence and devotion encouraged, to which neither could be better. The duet for violoncello and pianoforte lacked the clergy nor any other rational being could object. At present sustained interest after the great works which preceded it. our people are musically far behind even those Russian serfs M. Sainton again delighted the audience in his solo for the whom we deem semi-barbarous. Fowler's “ Sovereigns of violin. It was, if anything, too long at that time of the evening, Russia" tells us that the musical services of the chapel royal of but it was a first-rate display of execution. The passages in St. Petersburgh are not excelled by those of any choral band in harmonics were remarkable for their certainty and clearness. M. Europe, and that Madame Catalani, on hearing these Russian Sainton was continually applauded during the performance, and choristers, exclaimed, 'My song is of this world, but their chaunt still more warmly on its conclusion. Mr. Charles Hallé gave a is of the world above."
Nocturne and two Mazurkas of Chopin's to wind-up the concert; IBID.-On Tuesday evening, the 26th ultimo, the Sacred the Nocturne being, by far, the most charming of the three. The Harmonic Society performed the first and second parts of the fifth concert is announced to take place on Thursday next. Messiah, in the Collegiate Hall, which was crowded by a most IBID.—The usual Christmas choral concert was given at the respectable audience, among whom were the Mayor and many of Concert Hall on Wednesday evening. The performances conthe principal families of the town. Mr. and Mrs. Paget, who sisted of Spohr's Last Judgment, and selections from the Messiah. were new to a Liverpool audience, achieved a decided success in The principal singers were Madame Clara Novello, Miss Armthe bass and contralto music. Mrs. Hiles sang the soprano music in strong, Mr. Sims Reeves, and Herr Formes. Mr. Charles Hallé a most creditable manner. The choruses, numbering 200 voices, conducted, Mr. C. A. Seymour was the leader, and Mr. W. sang with a precision which reflects great credit on their con- Barlow presided at the organ. Spohr's Oratorio made a great ductor, C. D. Hackett, Mus. Bac. Mr. J. F. Smith presided at impression. Miss Armstrong's singing, however, constituted a the organ,
serious drawback to the performance. It was injudicious to