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expressly by M. Scribe, entirely new recitatives, and has / The ballet exhibits signs of new life. Malle. Fanny added three pieces to the original score." These last may Cerito will make “ her first appearance at the Royal Italian be the same already interpolated at Dresden, some weeks Opera”-a welcome and significant fact. The list of principal past. We have only one doubt on this head. The opera is dancers comprises the names of Milles. Esper, Leblond, already too long; and the change of the dialogue into reci- | Kolembert, Battalini, etc. M. Desplaces is once more ballettative, together with the addition of three pieces, adds still master, and Mr. W. Payne at the head of the “grotesque” farther to its length. Now “longer than too long" would department. be hardly advisable at a theatre where Guillaume Tell, the Old places are filled with old hands. Mr. A. Harris reHuguenots, the Prophète, and Robert le Diable, with all their appears as stage-manager,—with whose business no one is more manifold beauties, have tried the patience of the audience. thoroughly acquainted, Mr. Beverley as scenic artist, Sig. Nor, if the new pieces are displays for particular singers, Panizza as maestro al piano and ballet-composer, Mr. Smithwill that mend the matter. .

son as chorus master, Signor Monterasi as prompter, and The second promised novelty is Il Trovatore—the last Signor Maggioni as poet; and we suppose, though it is not opera but one of Signor Verdi, and considered by many his mentioned, Mr. Alfred Mellon as leader of the ballet. best. The success of Il Trovatore at the Italiens in Paris | The theatre is announced to open on Tuesday, which warranted its production here. A third opera, “from the Tuesday will probably be Thursday, if not Saturday. The classical répertoire,” is mysteriously suggested.

name of the opera is not disclosed; that must depend on the The company, though deprived of Mad. Grisi and Mdlle. arrival of the artists. That the season may be prosperous, Sophie Cruvelli, is strong. At the head of the soprani we hope; that the Directors have done their best, all constands Mad. Angelina Bosio, an incomparable singer in her sidered, we believe; and that Italian Opera may advance a line, and a great favourite. Mad. Bosio, we presume, must step in the season, 1855, we shall be glad to have to record, be regarded as prima donna assoluta. Of Malle. Jenny Ney, after the 10th of August, on which day, we understand, the we only know that she is a dramatic singer of high repute at Royal Italian Opera is to close. Dresden and Vienna. Her specialty is the same as that of Mad. Grisi. The re-engagement of Malle. Marai will be L A CORRESPONDENT with a well known signature has accepted with pleasure; nor will that of the gentle Malle. addressed a letter to the office of the Musical World, which Albini give pain to any one. Although Mad. Viardot | we think of sufficient interest and importance to merit a appears in the list of soprani, she might as well be place in our leading columns. classed with the contralti, since she is to appear in Il Trovatore, as Azucena, the gipsey, in which part—a contralto

To the Editor of the Musical World. she succeeded Mad. Borghi-Mamo at the Italiens. With SIR, Mad. Viardot we may reckon upon the Prophète, the Hu.

I read with much satisfaction your leader of last guenots, and Otello, if not Cenerentola, which, with Signors Saturday on the subject of Her Majesty's Private Band. You Gardoni, Ronconi, and Lablache, as the Prince, Dandini and are wrong, however, in some trifling particulars, while others the Baron, would offer a very attractive cast. It is more are set forth incompletely. As I am in a position to do so, likely, however, that Mad. Viardot is destined for the allow me to correct you. “classical" opera alluded to.

M. Sainton (solo violin) receives 110 guineas annually, it is Mad. Nantier Didiée remains sole contralto. Useful and true; but you should have stated that the surplus (not superpainstaking for general business, a better could hardly have fluous) 10 guineas are in consideration for instruments and been selected. Malle. Bellini is the seconda donna.

repairs of instruments. The tenors would show as powerful as ever, but that Sig. The salary of Mr. Betts (second violin) is £90—not £80. Mario is only engaged “for a limited number of nights.” The | The first clarinet, Mr. Williams (ex-leader of the band), list is even stronger than ever, since to Signors Mario and also receives ten guineas for instruments and repairs. Tamberlik is added Signor Gardoni, who will make his first! You are unacquainted with the name of “the other appearance at the Royal Italian Opera. The others are Sig. tenor.” No wonder, there is no other. Mr. Hill stands Luchesi, a thorough artist, Sig. Albicini, a new importation, alone " in his glory.” Sig. Soldi, the vociferous, and Sig. Luigi Mei.

Mr. Egerton, senior (second clarinet), an old member of The barytones are Signors Ronconi and Graziani. The the band, is paid, not £100, but £130—the highest salary. first is one of the mainstays of the establishment. Of Signor Mr. Larkin (second bassoon) is paid only £80, on account Graziani we hear good reports. A barytone of the Tambu- of “privileges,” which no doubt bring him in £50 more. rini school is needed, if only for those mines of wealth, Don I hope so. Giovanni and Le Nozze di Figaro. The Directors allude hope. The supper-fee of 1s. 6d. a-head, for each performance, fully to Signor Graziani. We trust their expectations may you say, " is put into the hands of the musicians ” after the be realized.

concert. No such thing. It is paid quarterly, with their The bassi profondi are headed by Signor Lablache and salaries, according to the number of attendances. Herr Formes, names that speak for themselves. The return “Musician in Ordinary to Her Majesty” is one thing ; of Herr Formes to his old post is matter for congratulation. “ Member of Her Majesty's Private Band” is another. They The others are M. Zelger, Signors Tagliafico, Polonini, and are distinct offices, and have distinct duties. Every “MusiGregorio. The first three were indispensable.

cian in Ordinary,” or “ Member of the State Band,” is entitled We are glad to learn that the orchestra and chorus is to to £45 a-year. It should be a band of wind-instruments, be “on the usual scale of efficiency,” and that Mr. Costa, should perform at coronations, and, I believe, but am about whose re-appearance some doubt had been expressed, not sure, at other grand national solemnities. Thus, you is again “ director of the music, composer, and conductor.” perceive, it is a sinecure, and like all sinecures, may be The military band remains under the superintendence of Mr. jobbed" conveniently. The only “Member of the Queen's Godfrey.

| Private Band,” being a “ Musician in Ordinary," who gets

ve donna.

the £45 from the Privy Purse-or, at least, who is known MR. ALFRED MELLON'S CONCERTS. to receive it—is Mr. George Hardy (horn), who obtains this The first of a series of four concerts, vocal and instrumental, and the £130 besides. His appointment is, therefore, an was given at St. Martin's Hall on Monday evening, under the enviable one- just £175 a-year. How this State Band is direction of Mr. Alfred Mellon, before a select but discriminow composed, and who are the actual « Musicians in Ordinating audience. The band consisted chiefly of the members of nary,” I cannot inform you. Nor can any one else.

the Orchestral Union, of which Mr, Alfred Mellon is conductor, I, for

and about twenty additional performers. The reinforcements one, would rather not hear them play, if I were offered the

except two extra horns and two extra trombones—were chiefly alternative.

in the stringed instrument department. Eight more, thus Mr. Edmund Chipp has been dismissed from the Queen's divided-one first violin, one second violin, two violas, two vioservice! He received his dismissal at the hands of Colonel loncellos, and two double basses-would realize the model Phipps. The pretext was that he was supposed to have written Beethoven band, which we suggested to Mr. Mellon last year in the letter signed “Truth :" but the real offence, or I am mis- an article relating to the Orchestral Union. As it was, the per

formance of more than one of the pieces included in the protaken, was the other letter signed “Chipp,” which he did |

| gramme of Monday night was so remarkable, that it is only write. You best know the author of the first. For my part, l justice to the instrumentalists under Mr. Mellon's control to I fully believe it was not Mr. Chipp; and I never met any one I publish their names in extenso: who thought otherwise. He is, from all I have heard, in First Violins-Messrs. Sainton, Dando, H. Hill, Doyle, Watson, capable of an untruth; and I believe there is not a Zerbini, Bezeth, Carrodus, Thirlwall, and Kreutzer. Second Violinsmember of the musical profession more esteemed for his Messrs. Thirlwall, Sen., Newshum, Mori, Payton, Spillane, Love, Turtalent, or more respected for his gentlemanly manners

| nour, and Levason, Violas--Messrs. Hill, Glanville, Trust, Thomas,

Webb, and Waud. Violoncellos--Messrs. Lucas, G. Collins, W. Reed, and excellent disposition. He is, moreover, the eldest

Aylward, and Shepherd. Double Basses-Messrs. Howell, Severn, son of one who has lived very many years amongst us, Winterbottom, Reynolds, and Castell. Flutes-Messrs. R. S. Pratten and maintained an honourable position, without ever and Rockstro. Oboes-Messrs. Nicholson and Horton. Clarinetslosing a friend or making an enemy. The son of Mr. Chipp

Messrs. Lazarus and Maycock. Bassoons-Messrs. Baumann and

Larkin. Horns--Messrs. C. Harper, Rae, Kielbach, and Bean. deserves consideration on his father's account alone, and

Trumpets--Messrs. T. Harper and S. Jones. Trombones-Messrs. should not have been dismissed like a peculating valet or Cioffi, Winterbottom, and Horton. Ophicleide—M. Prospère. Drumsdisorderly butler. My impression is, however, that Her F. Horton. Majesty is unacquainted with all the circumstances of the The selection, principally made from “ classical" sources, was case, and that, when the truth, the whole truth, and nothing not, however so exclusively “classical” as at some of the concerts but the truth, is laid before her, she will reinstate a diligent of the Orchestral Union in Hanover Square. We subjoin it :and able servant in the post from which he should never have

PART I. been dismissed.

Overture, Ruy Blas ...

Mendelssohn. Another word. I have accidently heard of an incident

Duet, “ Della Notte" (Huguenots) ..

Meyerbeer. which is calculated to do as much for Mr. Edmund

Fantasia, Violin (Rigoletto)

Sainton. Scena, “Ocean, thou mighty monster"

Weber. Chipp as any diploma for ability, uprightness, and general

Symphony Pastorale ...

Beethoven. good conduct that could be awarded to him. The fact of his

Part II. dismissal becoming known, Mr. Costa sent for him and

Overture, MS. (Héloise)

A. Mellon, expressed much interest in his case. This was not all. Mr.

Aria, “Vieni, non tardar"

Mozart. Costa's sympathy was better than mere words. He was per Andante and Rondo in B Minor

Mendelssohn. sonally active in his behalf, and succeeded in making arrange Aria, “Largo al Factotum" ....

Rossini. ments with the manager of the Royal Italian Opera to place.

Overture, Carnaval Romain ..

Berlioz. Mr. Chipp among the violins in the orchestra, to which he had

Conductor, Mr. Alfred Mellon. never previously belonged. I have no personal knowledge The overture to Ruy Blas was executed with admirable preof either Mr. Costa or Mr. Chipp, but I think this anecdote, cision,

but I think this anecdote cision, and displayed the quality of the band to great advantage. for the truth of which I can vouch, tells equally in favour of |

The new solo of M. Sainton is one of the most brilliant he has

composed, and one of the most difficult in execution, being one and the other.

beyond the reach of any but players of the first class. Some of AN ENGLISH MUSICIAN.

the best passages in Verdi's opera are taken as themes, and the London, April 5th, 1855.

popular “ La donna è mobile" brings the piece to an effective climax. The fantasia is very musician-like, and will be highly

acceptable to players of the bravura school. M. Sainton perM. JACQUES BLUMENTHAL, the well known composer and formed it with masterly effect, and was enthusiastically applauded. pianist, has returned to London for the season.

We have seldom, if ever, been more entirely satisfied with a Miss CATHERINE Hayes has given a concert at Calcutta, in performance of the“ Pastoral Symphony," than on Monday night. aid of the Patriotic Fund. It realised upwards of £200.

It was, indeed, almost perfect. Every member of the orchestra Miss Maria B. HAWES.-It is rumoured that the lady who

did his best, and as they are all good players, that is saying a formerly bore this maiden name, and who enjoyed high consider

great deal. The same vigour, precision, and point was everyation as a concert-singer in this country, is about to return to

where observable; the same delicacy and care for nuances and the profession which she has quitted since her marriage.

details. Nor was it at all mere mechanical work. Although

Mr. Mellon never departed from the intentions of the composer, Miss MARY ANNE KEELEY :- This promising young singer, he gave a reading of his own, and a good one, to each movedaughter of the celebrated comedian, is, we understand, to be ment, controlling his executants with the utmost ease. There placed at the vocal academy of M. Duprez, in Paris, where she was no hesitation, no confusion, no false intonation in “wind" or will pursue her studies for some years.

“string.” There were pianos” and “pianissimos," fortes" HAYMARKET THEATRE.-The engagement of Mr. and Mrs. Sims and “fortissimos," with the difference so often sought, so rarely Reeves will not commence till Monday the 16th instant. It will obtained, between them. In short, the execution was worthy continue for five weeks only. Miss Cushman will perform on of the music. The fact deserves to be emphatically recorded. the alternate nights. The conductor, we believe, will be the Mr. Alfred Mellon and his enlarged band made a reputation talented chef-d'orchestre of the theatre, Mr. Edward Fitzwilliam. l in one night-nay, in one performance. May they continue to

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deserve it. The symphony was heard with unabated interest to the end, and continually applauded.

OLYMPIC THEATRE. The new overture, Heloise, the work of a careful and intelligent The long-expected amateur performance, for the benefit of musician, was executed with extraordinary animation; a decided Mr And

Mr. Angus Reach, about which all the fashionable aristocratic “encore " followed, which Mr. Mellon had the good taste and

literary and artistic circles of the metropolis have been busy modesty to decline. The overture of M. Berlioz was by no

for the last two months, came off on Saturday evening. Such means so well performed as the other pieces. If there was not

an audience has rarely been witnessed inside of any theatre, time to rehearse it thoroughly, its difficulties being remarkable,

much less the theatre-in which street ?-Wych-street. Such it would have been more politic to choose some work more

a triumph has rarely been achieved by actors, much less by familiar to the executants. Had the composer been present, he

amateurs. As everybody was there worth naming, we shall would have said “ Bravissimo !" to the Pastoral Symphony, but not stop to say who was there. Suffice it, the company of gods nothing to the Carnaval Romain.

and goddesses which used to assemble on Olympus, with Jove In Mendelssohn's Andante and Rondo, Mr. W. G. Cusins took

in the chair, Venus on the cloud, Vulcan at the crater, Hebe at great pains to make the pianoforte effective. This is one of the

the cup, and Apollo at the Muses, was nothing to it in dignity, most recondite of Mendelssohn's compositions, and one of the

beauty, and correct costume. most perplexing to make display in. Like Herr Wagner's

First there was Poet Bunn's racy translation of a French music, it is addressed, perhaps, to a few.

farce, which, under the name of My Neighbour's Wife, used to be The vocal music was famously sung by Mad. Clara Novello

| roared at, at Drury, twenty years ago, with Bartley, Meadows, and Herr Formes. The lady was encored in Mozart's song;

and Cooper aš the mirth-impellers. This was quaintly and the gentleman in Rossini's. The fine duet of Meyerbeer is not vigorously acted by Mr. Marmaduke Hallett (Mr. Brown), Mr. fitted for a concert-room.

Edmund Yates (Mr. Smith), and Mr. Palgrave Simpson (SomerThe Hall was not crowded. The concert, however, was in ton), who were assisted by pretty, good-tempered Miss Mary every way more entitled to support. The next, we trust and Oliver (Mrs. Somerton), Miss Ellen Turner (Mrs. Smith), and believe, will secure a more liberal share of it ; if not we shall | Miss Fanny Maskell (Mrs. Brown). The farce went off well: the begin to believe that English amateurs care nothing for the amateurs were laughed at, as they appeared in succession ; and first instrumental music, however well executed. That will be

the audience were fairly convulsed when Mr. Marmaduke Hallett no consolation to Mr. Mellon.

remonstrated with his friend and rival, Mr. Edmund Yates, for

walking about “the stage" (instead of “the room") so much. The MR. STERNDALE BENNETT'S SOIREES. ladies were quite loveable, ospecially Miss Oliver. In short, no THE second of these Classical Concerts took place on Tuesday“ neighbour' has any right to such a pearl of a “wife," unless evening, and, like the first, was honoured with a distinguished

prepared to encounter no end of Smiths, from Albert downwards, and fashionable audience. The programme was, perhaps, even and no end of whiskers dyed Brown, from Burnt Umber to better than the first, as the reader may see :

Burnt Sienna.
PART I.

After the farce the performers were recalled, appeared, and Trio (in B Alat), pianoforte, violin, and violoncello · Mozart. bowed with elegance. Then you saw through the disguise. Solo Sonata (No. 2, Op. 40, in B minor), pianoforte . Clementi. They bent like men accustomed to drawing-rooms, Turkey Morning Hymn

Purcell. carpets, and “My Lady"-especially Mr. Palgrave Simpson. Sonata (in Ğ major), pianoforte and violin, Op. 30 .

Beethoven. A polka, called The Fielding Polka, dedicated to the members PART II.

of that extremely distingué club which draws its humour from Studies, pianoforte.

Mr. Thackeray, its mirth from Mr. Charles Taylor, and its esprit Duo, pianoforte and violoncello, Op. 58, in D major . Mendelssohn. Sabbath Song

from the Cyder Cellars--and composed by G. R. Cooke, Esq., . . Selections from Preludes and Lessons. Ön. 33 .

chef-d'orchestre at Mont Blanc, was intolerably well executed

by the Olympic orchestra, which, by its subsequent execution In Mozart's graceful and melodious trio, Mr. Sterndale Ben- i of the pantomime tunes, disconcerted the Acrobats, and proved nett had Herr Ernst and Sig. Piatti as coadjutors. The per- itself tolerable and not to be endured.” This Polka was apformance was irreproachable. Clementi's sonata-his finest_was plauded by the members of the Fielding à l'outrance. executed with appropriate fire and impetuosity by Mr. Bennett The overture to the pantomime put everybody in a fidget. in the quick movements, and with exquisite taste in the short “If,” said a lady in a private box, “The harlequin is as ricketty and singular Largo, Mesto e Patetico. Purcell's Hymn was well as the second violoncello, Wigan had better send at once to sung by Mad. Clara Novello, who is always at home in our old Percy-street for Oscar Clayton.” English music, of which this is a capital specimen.

The curtain went up at last upon, not the pantomime, but With Herr Ernst at the violin, and Mr. Sterndale Bennett at the prologue to the pantomime. This most graceful episode in the piano, the very original and charmingly capricious Sonata in verse, from the pen of Mr. Tom Taylor, poet to the Board of G could not have enjoyed a more genuine and poetical inter- Health, was distributed among Mr. Cole, Coke, or Coal-les trois pretation. The studies -- all delightfully played — were by se disent-Mr. P. Simpson, and Miss M.Oliver. Mr. Cole, Coke, or Steibelt (in F and A), Cramer (in F), Cipriani Potter (in A minor), Coal-les trois se disent-has a fine bass voice, and is a capital deand Moscheles (in E flat-the one called The Nursery Tale. claimer. Mr. Palgrave Simpson was a very gentlemanly Shade Mendelssohn's splendid duet taxed Mr. Sterndale Bennett's and l of Shakspere; and some touching allusions to the home of him Sig. Piatti's utmost skill. The playing of both was wonderfully in whose behalf the amateurs had resolved to put on motley, fine, especially in the quaint and lovely Allegretto Scherzando in fell from the innocent lips of Miss M. Oliver-who impersonated B minor, one of the composer's most inimitable and tantalizing most handsomely the Spirit of Pantomime, like fresh water from movements.

a hill-spring when the weather is sultry in Wales. The song of Meyerbeer was as well sung as that of Purcell's, But now the great event—the “rub," indeed—the Pantomime and Mr. Bennett's own graceful and attractive pieces, from his was “looming" in the near. We have all read, in Oxenford and new Practises and Lessons, performed by himself, brought the Hastings, how nobody believed a gentleman-pantomime was concert to a close with effect.

possible, and we have seen how some one wrote to some paper,

saying that a pantomime had already been essayed somewhere, LONDON SACRED HARMONIC SOCIETY.—Mendelssohn's Elijah by the reporters for the morning journals-as if penny-a-liners was performed on Tuesday evening before a numerous audience, and “gentlemen ” meant the same thing. We shall say no under the direction of Mr. Surman. The principal singers were more, then, than that we never believed it impossible, having the Misses Birch, J. Wells, M. Wells, Clara Henderson, Messrs. been present at the rehearsal where Mr. Tom Holmes hurt his Lawler, Dawson, G. Perren, Cotterille, Tillyard. The oratorio ankle, and Mr. Collingwood Ibbetsen (not Captain, and not went off very well, and the principal singers, as well as many Ibbertsen, but Ibbetsen) strained some of his nerves. We also of the choruses, were much applauded.

witnessed'a somersault of Mr. Bidwell, a broad-grin of Mr. Joe

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Robins, and a fall of Mr. Arthur Smith-all of which, including Furnished Apartments, Belgrave Square (who would have thought the hurt, the sprain, and the fall, inspired confidence rather | it ?), Epsom Downs (not very like them), where the Fielding than distrust. Next, we were aware that the “Fielding" could Derby took place—all the members, headed by Sir George Herdo anything, if it only went about it, with Albert Smith for a mitage or Armytage, the “ Leviathan" among aristocrat bettingleader, and William Hale for a secretary. The result showed men, and tailed by Mr. Cole, Coke, or Coal, les trois se disent, that it was not only possible but probable, not only probable assisting in the race—and other tableaux leading through the but inevitable.

| gloomy cavern to the gaseous climax, from a "Desolate Spot," The pantomime is entitled Guy Fawkes, or a Match for a King. where the Spirit of Pantomime says something particular, to The opening—a burlesque full of point and intimate allusions- Realms of Rapture, where a "dance of delight" accompanies a is from the wedded pens of Messrs. Albert Smith and William “ chorus of congratulation.” There were, also, real AcrobatsHale and Strong. The curtain rising, showed Mr. Albert Smith, Messrs. Collingwood Ibbetsen, Edmond Yates, and Marmaduke as Catesby, seated on a barrel of gunpowder, and smoking a | Hallett-who exhibited the most unexpected postures, and gave pipe (for the first time). Guy Fawkes, in the person of Mr. the direct lie to every succeeding explanation offered by Mr. Thomas Knox Holmes, then appeared ; and between the two Albert Smith of their achievements. There was the “ Dying Glaconspirators, whose costumes were “impayables," one of the most diator," which might have stood for the “Bridge of Sighs,” and the admirably conceived and acted scenes took place that ever in “Tree of Vishnoo, which could easily have been taken for a confivigorated an eastern extravaganza. Mr. Smith and Mr. Holmes guration of the dog, Cerberus, which had three heads, and ate three are first-rate actors. The nose of the latter was worth a crown, portions for one. The Acrobats (suppositious Arabian gentlethe brass of the other its weight in promissory notes. The sub-men) were inimitable; and so was Mr. Yates, who danced on a ject is a dispute about Lord Monteagle (Mr. William Hale), a line chalked upon the stage, with the contortions and trepidafriend of Catesby whom Catesby wants to save, an enemy of tion of one perilling his reputation and his back upon the high Guy whom Guy wants to blow up with king and parliament. It suspended tight rope. They were inimitable, and may be ends in a fight, first with doubtful swords, then with rebounding likened to the Shiboob family, who swallowed knives, and drank bladders-much droller if as much less less terrific than any of beer upon their heads. the sanguinary combats of old, between Blanchard and Bradley Albert Smith was everything, and everything well, from at the Coburg. The upshot is that Guy Fawkes is “ done;" | Catesby to the thimble-rig-man. In the patter-song, as in the Lord Monteagle (in which character Mr. Hale had a beard worthy description of the fair, he was himself, Albert the " sans pareil.of Nestor, and looked as old as Methuselah) communicates with Among the raciest pieces of sustained caricature in the pantothe king, and the conspiracy is frustrated.

mime must be named an old woman with a young bonnet and And now for the transformation. Everybody began to trem- flaxen hair, personited with admirable eagerness and probable once more. The band, by which a less expert singer (Mr. bility, with as much fun as propriety, and as much screaming Holmes is a musical amateur, acquainted with Puritani and about nothing as running after and away from everything, Huguenots) than Guy would have been fairly disconcerted, by Mr. Charles Lamb (Kenney), who was anything but a lamb had given the audience the fidgets again, in the two mock in deportment towards Clown and his associates. There were “ bravuras;" and there was a general shudder lest Mr. Bidwell some dozen ghosts-tall ghosts, famous ghosts, who frightened should bide ill, on beginning to be active. There was no occa Pantaloon into fits-represented with great tragic power by sion for fear. A more likely Harlequin, a straighter and more Messrs. Langford, Hale (who also sold pies, in another scene, supple, one better dressed or better skilled in dancing and as if he had been all his life a pieman), Hallett (elsewhere such making of postures than Mr. Bidwell has seldom incurred the a barber as never was made to shave a customer-a blade of a danger of breaking his neck. Then he had the most winning, barber, full of quips and quirks), Morgan John O'Connell, most agile, most sprightly, and most zealous of columbines in “member” for the Fielding ; Daniel O'Connell, “member" for Miss Rosina Wright, the best dancer, comic or serious, on the Mayo; many others; and last, not least, Cole, Coke, or CoalEnglish stage, and better than half the foreigners. And they les trois se disent. In short, to say no more, we have said went at it, heart and soul, lady and gentleman, amateur enough. The absolute ecstasy of the audience, who at the and professional, Rosina and Johnny, or “Giovannini.” conclusion raised one shout for the performers, was easy to be The audience were amazed and delighted. As for Pantaloon, | accounted for, and if the pantomime does not have a long he was, of all the pantaloons since Barnes, the most decrepid, “run ” we shall be disappointed grievously. and therefore pantaloonish. It was a well-sustained piece of Mr. W. H. Payne, who guided the rehearsals-and, as Omar acting throughout, and showed Mr. Arthur Smith an adept and Pasha made an army out of nothing, created pantomimists out an artist an actor rather than buffoon. For Clown we cannot of“gents”-had good reason to say "I am proud of my children;" find words to express our approval. The mantle-no, not the the head carpenter was not thinking of a bad bargain when he mantle—the spirit of Grimaldi has descended upon Mr. Joe muttered to a fellow, “I'd give these chaps a hundred pound to Robins. The face eager and unctiously funny, the grin play for my benefit;" and Lord Palmerston must have been grotesque, the walk clownish, the habits thievish, a sort of satisfied with the answer he obtained, when he asked Lady clumsy knavery sticking to him from first to last, he was the how “his Harlequin got on ?” model clown we have dreamt of, but not seen, for many years. And better than all was the reflection that this strange panThese gentlemen (Messrs. Smith and Robins) are none of your tomime was projected and accomplished for so excellent and tumblers; they are genuine (and genial) Pantaloon and Clown. praiseworthy an endMr. Edmund Yates was an exquisite exquisite, a jewel of a dandy, a perfect lover-a lover of the old school of pantomime,

“To make a sad home jolly," worth a million of your unmeaning sprites.* What they all went l as Mr. Tom Taylor, with such true feeling, has expressed it in through we shall not stop to describe. Is it not in the Times and his Prologue. Herald ? and Sunday Times and Observer-not to say where else? P.S.-We stop the press to add that Rookwood, first ConIt is. Suffice it, then, without a trick or transformation, without a

spirator (Mr. Langford), in the vault scene, was only surpassed wave from the wand of Harlequin that meant mischief, or change,

by the second, and Piercy, second Conspirator (Mr. Morgan or magic, or what not-Guy Fawkes was one of the best and

John O'Connell), only surpassed by the first ; indeed, they surmost amusing pantomimes we ever witnessed. Harlequin was

passed each other. Miss Martindale, too, looked very nice, and active without being Acrobat ; Pantaloon was active also in his

sung a pretty song, prettily, as the “Spirit of the Thames.” If way, Clown in his way, and Lover in his way; but none of them there is anything else omitted we cannot help it. Nor can we were Acrobat. They went successively, with undiminished zeal |

help recording our opinion, that the late Grimaldi père would and constant success, through a series of scenes-a Barber's Shop, I not have sung and acted “Hot Codlins" more pungently than

Mr. Robins. He, as it were, dissected it. * And a thousand of his own Mr. Smiths.

ROYAL SA

OPERA,

MISS P. HORTON'S ILLUSTRATIVE GATHERINGS.

The laws affecting theatres are anomalous and incomprehensible. Drury Lane, during Passion Week, and on certain days

. DR UR Y LA N E. in the year, is compelled to close its doors on the legitimate drama, but may open them to the Promenade Concert. It is perfectly FIRST NIGHT OF THE SEASON, Monday, April 9, legal to listen to the “Pantomime Quadrille," on foot, but unlawful. T 1855.--Her Majesty's servants will perform (in Italian) Bellini's LA BONNAMto see Macready in King Lear, or Rachel in Les Horaces, on benches.

BULA, Amina by MADAME GASSIER (Prima-donna assoluta from the Imperial

Italian Opera of Paris); Elvino, Signor Bertini; Rodolpho, Signor Gassier. To How, when, and to what purpose and, actuated with what

conclude with a grand BALLET DIVERTISSEMENT. Prices of admission feelings, our rulers framed so contradictory and unbeseeming Stalls, 7s. ; Dress Circle, 5s. ; Upper Boxes, 3s. ; Pit, 28.; Galleries, 1s. ; Private a statute, or fragment of a statute, it is impossible to say. To

Boxes, One, Two, Three, and Four Guin as each. The doors will open at half-past

Seven, and the Opera will commence at Eight precisely. Places and Private Boxes put down public performances and shows during the week of may be secured at the Box-office, which is open daily from Ten until Six, also at all Passion was, perhaps, nothing more than what any legislator,

the principal Music-sellers and Librarians. who had a strong sympathy with the religious community, DOYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC.-The Easter Term would undertake; but, to inderdict rational and instructive

commences on Monday, April 30th, 1855. Candidates for admission must entertainments, and allow free scope to amusements of the most attend at the Institution for Examination on Saturday, the 28th April, or any

previous Saturday at three o'clock.-By order of the Committee, trivial character, could only be expected from some Dandini of

J. GIMSON, Secretary. a law-giver, who, while his master was away, had framed the Royal Academy of Music, Tenterden-street, enactment for a joke. Why, for example, was it permitted

Hanover-square, April 5th, 1855. Miss P. Horton to present her extremely comical and amusing MRS JOHN MACFARREN has the honour to announce new musical and characteristic illustration, on Monday night at

that her TWO ANNUAL MATINEES of PIANOFORTE MUSIC will take St. Martin's Hall, when-had she the opportunity-she could place at the New Beethoven Rooms, Saturdays, May 19 and June 16, whon sho

will be assisted by M. Sainton, Signor Piatti, and other distinguished artists. not have appeared in any London theatre, as Ariel or the Fool

Doublo subscriptions, £ls. ls. ; single tickets, 78., to be had at Ebers's Library, two parts in which her admirable acting gained her so high a Old Bond-street, and of Mrs. John Macfarren, 40, Stanhope-street, Gloucester-gate, name, and in which she was wont to make the eyes of thousands Regent's-park. dim and the hearts of thousands beat? Can anybody point out

THE LONDON ORCHESTRA. — Conductor, Mr. a reason? We cannot conceive one.

1 FRANK MORI; Leader, Mr. THIRLWALL. Including Messrs. Barret, Lazarus, Miss P. Horton's new entertainment is divided into two parts | Baumann, Rémusat. Lovell Phillips, Prospère, Mount, Vann, Cioffi, Zeiss, Tolbecque. -the first called The Animated Bouquet, the second The En

Nadaud, Chipp, &c. For terms apply to Mr. A. Guest, 1, Kingston Russell-place,

Oakley-square, Camden-town, or Messrs. Cramer, Beale, and Co., 201, Regent-street. raged Musician. The first part is illustrated with scenes and characters from real life-something after the manner of Mr. NEW PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY, Exeter-hall. Woodin in his Carpet Bag. But Miss P. Horton's singing

On Wednesday, April 25, the THIRD GRAND PERFORMANCE will take

place, under the immediate patronage of HER MOST GRACIOUS MAJESTY specialises the entertainment, imparts a higher and a varied

THE QUEEN, in aid of the funds of the Hospital for Consumption, Brompton. interest. Moreover, she sings English, French, and Italian. The Programme--Beethoven's Grand Choral Symphony, Mendelssohn's Pianoforte Conpersonages introduced in the Animated Bouquet are skilfully

certo in G minor, Overtures from the works of Cherubini, Mendelssohn, Spohr, &c.

Vocalists-Mad. Clara Novello, Miss Corelli, and Signor Belletti. Pianoforte drawn, well contrasted, and admirably represented. There was, Master Johu Burnett Chorus of 300 voices. Conductor-Dr. Wylde. Stall for instance, Mrs. Myrtle, a lady with soul and body enough for Tickets, numbered, £1 ls. ; West Gallery, 10s, 6d. ; may be had at Messrs. Cramer,

Beale, aud Co, and at the Hospital. two; Miss Ŝnowberry, the philanthropist; Mr. Southernwood, the village oracle-we need not say how well Miss P. Horton THE NEW VOCAL ASSOCIATION, on the plan of looks in male attire; and Sir Johnquil of the breakfast party, 1 the Berlin Singacademie, for the PRACTICE of AMATEURS in UNACwho will sing a song of his own composition.

COMPANIED CHORAL MUSIC, directed by M.M. BENEDICT and HENRY

SMART. The first meeting will take place immediately after Easter. Terms The idea of the Enraged Musician is evidently taken from (payable in advance), 61 10s. for fifteen meetings, including the use of music. Hogarth's picture. Mr. T. G. Reed supports the character of Prospectuses, fully explaining the objects of this association, may be obtained of

the principal music publishers, and librarians, by whom also subscribers' names the musician, upon whom Miss P. Horton plays all sorts of tricks

will be received ; of Mr. Benedict, 2, Manchester-square ; and of Mr. Henry in all sorts of characters. The last illustration-Mademoiselle Smart, 4, Regent's-park-terrace. Cassandre Chanterie, a French teacher of music with a soul for the sublime-was admirable; and Miss P. Horton brought the MR. WM. STERNDALE BENNETT respectfully anentertainment to a conclusion with the well-known “Robert, toi Il nounces that the THIRD and LAST of his PERFORMANCES of CLASSICAL que j'aime," which she sang with striking effect.

PIANOFORTE MUSIC will take place at the Hanover-square Rooms, on Tuesday

evening, May 1, to commence at half-past 8. Tickets, 10s. 6d. (to subscribers, 7s.; The small room of St. Martin's Hall was crowded in every Family Tickets, to admit three, 218.; to be had of Mr. W. S. Bennett, 15, Russell part, and the “Illustrative Gatherings" of the fair and talented place, Fitzroy-square; of Messrs. Leader and Cock, 63, New Bond-street; and of

the principal music-sellers. artist promises to become one of the most popular attractions of the day.

MR. WILLY'S QUARTET CONCERT will take place We may add, that we were sorry as well as pleased to see Miss V at St. Martin's Hall, on Thursday, April 12th. P. Horton exhibiting her abilities at St. Martin's, since it proved

22, Trigon-terrace, Kennington. that she was not engaged at any of our theatres, which can now

M USICAL UNION-H.R. H. Prince ALBERT, Patron.so ill-supply the place of an actress and singer of such accom

L Members' Tickets have been sent to their respective residences in London. plishments.

Those who have nominations are requested to forward the names and address to the Director, Subscriptions are payable at Cramer and Co.'s and Chappell and Co.'s. For further particulars, apply to

J. ELLA, Director. ADVERTISEMENTS.

TXETER HALL.- MR. GEORGE CASE begs to

U announce that his ANNUAL CONCERT will take place on Wednesday

Evening. April 11. Vocalists:-Madame Anna Thillon, Mrs. Sims Reeves, Madame MISS BLANCHE CAPILL (Pupil of Louis Leo— Voice, Weiss, Miss Poole, Miss Rebecca Isaacs, Miss Featherstone, Mrs. Henri Drayton, V Mezzo-Soprano), Professor of Music and Singing, 47, Alfred-street, River

Miss Ran-ford, Miss Fanny Huddart, the Misses Brougham, Miss Stabbach, Miss

Julia Harland, Miss Lizzy Stuart, Miss Rose Braham, and Madame Rudersdorff ; terraco, Islington, where letters respecting pupils or engagements may be

Mr. Sims Reeves, Mr. Augustus Braham, Mr. G. Perren, Mr. Genge, Mr. Weiss, addressed.

Mr. Henri Drayton, Mr. Hamilton Braham, Mr. Charles Cotton, Mr. Farquharson,

and Mr. Frank Bodda. Instrumentalists:-Malle. Coulon, Miss Case, Mr. MR. and MADAME R. SIDNEY PRATTEN beg to

W. H. Holmes. Herr Kuhé, Herr H. Bobrer, Herr Gollmick, Mr. C. Blagrove,

Mr. Frederick Chatterton, Mr. R. S. Pratten, Mr. Lazarus, Y. Baumann, Mr. T. 11 announce that they have removed to 131B, Oxford-street.

Harper, Mr. C. Harper, Signor Ciofli, Mr. Howell, Messrs. G. and J. Case. The orchestra will be complete. Leader, Mr. Viotti Collins. Tickets, 1s., 28.,

28. 6d., and 38.; Stalls, 5s, ; to be had at the repository for Case's concertinas, TO LEADERS OF BANDS, &c.-BOOSEY & Sons pub

Mesars. Boosoy and Sons', 28, Holles-street, Cavendish-square; at Mr. C. Case's,

34, Bishopsgate-street-within; at the Exeter-hall ticket-office; the principal music1 lish this day an edition of the Zerlina Polka, for Orchestra. The want of a sellers and libraries. Malle. Rita Favanti.- Mr. George Case has the pleasure to good arrangeinent of this composition, and the express wish of a number of sub announce that, in addition to the distinguished artists already advertised to appear seribors, have in luced the publishers to include this in their Orchestral Journal. at his concert, he has secured the services of the above eminent vocalist, who has Price for full band, 5s. Soptet, 3s. 6d. Booscy and Sons, 28, Holles-street.

just returned from Italy.

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