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| and shall always be ready to come forward, as the champion PROFESSIONAL MUSICIAN-wants a great deal of information at a of musicians whenever, as in the present instance, we are

time. If he is really ignorant " who and what are" Messrs. fully assured their claims are just and unanswerable. The George Osborne, Brinley Richards, J. L. Hatton, Sam Lover, question lies in a nutshell. Dlr. Chipp has been dismissed George Linley, Stephen Glover, and J. W. Hobbs, his acquain- | from Her Majesty's service. Why? On the pretext that he tance with the profession" must be, as the poet Hale says,

was the author of a letter which appeared in the Musical uncommonly slim.On these heads we refer him to the Musical Directory of Messrs. Rudall, Rose, and Carte. M. Oscar

World, under the signature of “Truth.” But Mr. Chipp was Comettant is a Parisian critic, composer, and pianist of some

not the author of that letter. He knew nothing whatever repute. Of Mr. J. W. Cherry we have never heard. Is our about the letter, when it appeared; and, to this day, he has correspondent trying to pass a hoax vpon us ?

not the slightest notion who wrote it. Has he then been ADALGISA.-AU that can be gathered about Paradies may be seen fairly treated? Most assuredly not. He has been discharged by our fair correspondent in the translation of a short memoir

in a summary manner, through whose influence, and with from the Biographie Universelle des Musiciens of M. Fétis,

what purport, will no doubt be made clear to the world. At which will be found in our present number. We have no reason to doubt that Paradies did write the instrumental score of her own

present a cloud hangs over the whole affair, and shuts out the operas. Other lady composers have done so, and why not one of

knowledge of the truth. That cloud must be dispersed; and such acknowledged ability ?

when it is dispersed, we shall see what we shall see. AN ORGANIST.—We have referred an Organist's letter to our Why has Mr. Horatio Chipp resigned? He was not contributor on organ matters.

dismissed. Why has M. Sainton resigned? He was not disJ. W.-We do not know the lady's address ; but it can be obtained missed. Why has Mr. - threatened to resign? There of Cramer, Beale & Co., 201, Regent-street.

is no chance whatever of his being dismissed. Why is the Erratum.-- In the notice of Royal Italian Opera (page 234), for the Countess of Formontiel," read Formoutier,

whole private band of Her Majesty the Queen in a state of J. S.-(Lewisham).-Address the inquiry about the music to

tremor and excitement? No probability exists of the whole Messrs. Boosey and Sons. We have forwarded the letter.

of them being dismissed. There must be “something rotten

in the state of Denmark.” We have said it before. No BIRTH.

matter. We may have to say it again, and, perhaps, to add On the 17th inst., at 27, West-square, Lambeth, Mrs. John Holman notes of explanation. Andrews, of a daughter.

ROYAL ITALIAN OPERA.
THE MUSICAL WORLD. Il Conte Ory was repeated on Saturday and Tuesday. The

ensemble, so good on the opening night, was better on the second LONDON, SATURDAY, APRIL 21st, 1855.

and better still on the third. Sig. Gardoni sang delightfully and The correspondence which appears in another part of our

Mdme. Bosio was even more perfect than before. It is no small impression lays the case of Mr. Edmund Chipp, late Member compliment to this admirable artist to say that she, of all high of the Queen's Private Band and Musician in Ordinary to sopranos we have heard of late years, most thoroughly underHer Majesty, so completely before the reader, that he may

stands and reverences the music of Rossini. It has been, for a draw conclusions for himself without the aid of editorial

long time, too much the fashion with singers to consider Rossini's comments. Indeed, so far as we are concerned, we can do no more at present than reiterate our conviction, that, when

melodies as little better than themes for embroidery, and, in place Her Majesty and H.R.H. Prince Albert are made acquainted l of“ Una voce," or "Di Piacer," we have variations and ricercate with all the circumstances, Mr. Chipp will be re-instated in cooked up by some Italian singing-master for the occasion. The his place. We are aware that it is very difficult to approach majority of vocalists, like some of our critics, have no faith in the ears of Royalty ; but we are equally convinced that original gening. Il Conte Om in one paper (The Examiner) is Colonel Phipps would not willingly be the instrument of doing an injustice to any one, however humbly situated ; 1 de

| described as “light, airy, and flexible ;" (flexible music!) while and that when Mr. Anderson, Director of the Queen's another, (The Spectator) finds it "overrated," a "rifaccimento Private Band, is persuaded of Mr. Chipp's innocence of of the Italiana in Algeri, Il Turco in Italia, and I Barbiere ;" any knowledge of, or participation in, the letter signed and, if “a comic opera, the worst ever written." (!!) No “ Truth,” he will be the first to intercede for him, should

reasons or arguments, of course, are adduced for this opinion : intercession be required. We were in some apprehension that Mr. Chipp might be

they would be difficult to invent. We suppose, then, Le Nozze wholly dependant for professional subsistence on the Royal

di Figaro is not a "comic opera," because it contains some service, and are very glad to be undeceived. This, however, pieces which are not “light, airy, and flexible ;" nor L'Etoile du is not the chief point at issue. The chief point at issue is a Nord-on the same account. We fear our critic is forgetful point of honour. When an old and faithful servant is dis- that there are high and low comedy for the lyric as well as the charged, it regards his honour that the reason of his dismissal

dramatic stage. Il Conte Ory is essentially a comic opera, be made public. This, and no other, consideration has induced us to interfere in the matter.

though of a higher order of comedy than La Cenerentola, just as “What's Hecuba to him, or he to Hecuba po

Figaro is of a higher order of comedy than Il Barbiere. Mr. Chipp is nothing to us, and we are nothing to Mr.

Il Conte Ory is a masterpiece, at any rate. All the critics in Chipp. It is only because we aspire to the high distinction

Europe shall never make us alter that opinion. A third hearing, of representing the interests of the musical profession, on Tuesday, more than ever convinced us of the fact. With the because our journal is devoted to music, and appeals to the exception of the second act of Guillaume Tell, Rossini never sympathy of musicians for support, that we come forward, composed anything so complete as the second act of 1 Conte Ory, which, in all the essential qualities of good dramatic music, the first representation of one of the greatest efforts of musical comes nearer to Mozart than anything we have heard in a genius, it is because it would not be fair to deliver judgment theatre. A performance so perfect in every respect as that at under such circumstances. We must, consequently, postpone the Royal Italian Opera must tend to impress upon the public the consideration of Malle. Jenny Ney to another opportunity; · mind the manifold beauties of the work. Magna est veritas et merely stating that she is a singer of undoubted intelligence, prevalebit. Il Conte Ory is a great truth, and will prevail. with a voice of great power and compass.

Thursday night was the night of nights at the Royal Italian The Rocco of Herr Formes--we speak from antecedents is a Opera—the imperial night the real grand exhibition night, study. The art with which the German singer makes the rough when majesties were displayed to public eyes and opera glasses and kindly nature of the gaoler perceptible, even through the at exaggerated prices. The entire world of aristocracy was darkest incidents of the drama, whereby it is evident that long there, and all who could afford it came to offer homage to the familiarity with crime, and long occupation of a degrading office, bond of amity made manifest between the two mightiest have not been entirely able to quench the feelings of the man, is sovereigns of the earth. It was a sight worth paying for, and enough to stamp him an actor of the first class. A more careful few of us may ever witness such another. The Queen com- and highly-finished histrionic effort, indeed, could hardly be manded Fidelio for the occasion. May it not be suggested, with cited. The scenes with Pizarro, his tyrannical master, and those deference, as curious, that an English Queen, with a Saxe- with Leonora, the poor youth whom Rocco has compassionately Gothaic consort, ordered a Prussian opera in an Italian theatre to taken into his service, are admirably contrasted. When Leobe played before a French Emperor and a Spanish Empress, nora declares herself, to the dismay of her husband's enemy, the by Austrian and other performers? The interior of the house natural astonishment of Rocco, interrupted in his work of gravewas decorated in the most tasteful and elegant manner. The digging by such a startling revelation, is made a point of by fronts of the boxes were draped with white satin edged with Herr Formes, and, from its picturesqueness and genuine gold, while festoons and flowers suspended from box to box, af truth, completes with powerful effect the dramatic interest of forded great and pleasant relief to the eye. In the centre of the situation. How well he sings the music, from the air in each box, on the first, second, and third tiers, were emblematical praise of gold to the last of the concerted pieces, it is unnecesdevices on embroidered white satin, exhibiting the letters, sary to add. Had Beethoven written expressly for him, he “N,” “V," “E,” “ A,” alternately distributed round the tiers. could not have suited him more happily. The Royal Box, placed in the centre of the house, was almost With so engaging and artistic a representative of Marcellina identical with that occupied by Her Majesty and suite on the as Mdlle. Marai, it would be impossible not to be thoroughly occasion of her last state visit. Several boxes on the pit, | satisfied. Nor could the minor parts of Jacquino and the grand, and first tiers, were thrown into one, forming a lofty and Minister have been entrusted to more competent and painsspacious compartment, surmounted by a large and massive taking singers than Signors Luchesi and Polonini-indeed, the crown in crimson and gold, from behind which shot gilded spears former is, by far, the best Jacquino we have seen. Sig. Tagliafico's in rayons, like stars. The interior was gorgeously furnished, the Pizarro, as a piece of acting, is the finest we ever saw, and few prevailing colours being scarlet and gold, the canopy overhead. ever sang the music with a larger amount of intelligent appreciabeing formed of white satin with gold edging and tassels. tion. More of him next time. The chairs and footstools corresponded in splendour with the It was the first appearance, this season, of that great and general decoration.

deserving favourite, Signor Tamberlik, whose impersonation of As it was announced publicly that the Royal and Imperial Florestan cannot be praised too highly, and whose execution of party would not make their appearance until late, the opera the splendid recitative and air, in the prison scene, seems to have commenced at the usual time, and the overture to Fidelio was lost none of that force and eloquence which have placed it among the signal for a slight show of attention on the part of the his capital achievements. The first few notes of recitative proved, spectators, and the withdrawal of numerous eyes from the Royal at once, that the rigorous climate of St. Petersburgh has no Box, which, during the evening, in the intervals of the per- power to impair the fulness and sonorous quality of Signor formance, naturally constituted the centre of attraction. How Tamberlik’s voice. The whole reading of the air, the fine delivery the audience was absorbed by sentiments of loyalty and curio- of the declamatory passages, and the passionate fervour with sity, was evidenced in the apathetic manner in which such which the allegro movement where the oboe plays so interesting favourites as Signor Tamberlik and Herr Formes were received and suggestive a part in the orchestralaccompaniment-was sung on their appearance, and the indifference displayed towards throughout, showed that, Roman as he is by birth and education, Malle. Jenny Ney, who made her debut before a British public. Signor Tamberlik is fully able to appreciate and enter into the But the majority of visitors came, not to bow down at style and meaning of this profound and eminently German the shrine of Beethoven's genius, nor to derive gratification music. from the music and the singers, but to pay homage to the On the entrance of the Royal party into the box, at the end Queen and her guests. If, therefore, we are less discursive than of the first act, the whole house stood up and cheered for seveis our wont on the first appearance of a singer of renown, and ral minutes. Mr. Costa then lifted his báton, and the band

struck up“ Partant pour la Syrie," after which the curtain rose,

ROYAL OPERA, DRURY LANE. the artists not engaged in the opera appeared on the stage, and AFTER 2 week's delay from the first announcement of the the National Anthem was sung, Mad. Bosio leading off with the

opening-not to be attributed to the directors, but to the winds

and the commands of the French Emperor--the Royal Opera first verse. But the great excitement of the evening was at the

commenced its third season on Monday, with every prospect of end of the opera, when the curtain again rose, and “God save success. No programme having been issued, we are not able to the Queen” preceded “Partant pour la Syrie.” The stage

state the full strength of the company, nor to say whether, as be

fore, German opera will be alternated with Italian. We hear was thrown open to its utmost limits, and crowded with ladies rumours of a tenor and bass to fill up the vacug left by Herr and gentlemen in the back-ground, who had paid dearly for

Reichardt and Herr Formes, which, of course, points to German

opera; but we are not possessed of direct information. The standing room during the performance of the National Anthem.

success of the Seraglio, Der Freischütz, and Fidelio, which Two bands of the Guards-one at either side of the stagem stamped the reputation of the establishment, leads to the anticiassisted the orchestra, and the combined instrumental and pation that German operas will again constitute a principal

feature in the performances. vocal force poured forth such a volley as literally bombarded

The Sonnambula was selected on the opening night, for the the audience with harmony. Enthusiasm rose to its highest, | purpose of introducing to the English public, in the character of

Amina, Madame Gassier, a singer of continental reputation. and the Royal and Imperial Party having bowed their acknow

Judging by results, a more complete success has seldom been ledgments, retired amidst reiterated plaudits.

witnessed within the walls of Old Drury. Every scene was a Mdlle. Fanny Cerito-one of the “ Stars of Arcady" of Her new triumph, and the climax was reached in the famous “Ah !

non giunge," when she created a furor. Madame Gassier was Majesty's Theatre-made her first appearance at the Royal

loudly applauded by the whole audience, encored unanimously, Italian Opera, with signal success, in a scene from a new ballet and recalled. called Eva (which will be given entire to-night). Of the

The new cantatrice is by birth a Spaniard. She belongs to

the Persiani school, having a high soprano voice with great admirable talent of the celebrated danseuse, as of the merits of

facility of execution, evidently showing that time and pains have the ballet, we must postpone speaking till our next,

not been spared in making the best use of her powers, Madame The reason why “Partant pour la Syrie” preceded the

Gassier, in fact, is an accomplished artist. She appeared, last

season, at the Italian Theatre, in Paris, as Rosina, in Il Barbiere, National Anthem when the Royal Party entered the box, and ) and was received with distinguished favour, producing a marked followed it previous to their departure, was, in obeyance to a sensation in a rondo, introduced in the lesson scene. Her execu

tion of Amina's music was brilliant and expressive. The cavasuggestion of the Queen, that, on both occasions, the place of

tina, “Cari campani," was an effective display of florid vocalisahonour should be accorded to her Imperial visitor.

tion, combined with neatness and finish. Madame Gassier's The new verse interpolated into the National Anthem, and acting indicates rather feeling than passion, and the finale to

Act II. was not distinguished by the dramatic power and energy written expressly for the occasion in honour of our allies, was

to which we have been accustomed. She appears to follow the as follows:

more gentle reading of Madame Sontag and the “Swedish Emperor and Empress,

Nightingale.” The prayer in the last act was charmingly given;

and, as we have said above, the rondo finale brought the opera Oh Lord, be pleased to bless;

to an end with éclat. Look on this scene!

M. Gassier (Rudolpho) is a French barytone of great talent, And may we ever find,

He, too, was engaged last season at the Italiens in Paris, and

made his appearance as Figaro in Il Barbiere, subsequently unWith bonds of peace entwined,

dertaking many of Tamburini's parts with success fact in England and France combined ; .

itself which indicates more than ordinary capabilities. M. GasGod save the Queen.

sier possesses a voice of excellent quality, strong and flexible,

and sings with ease and expression. “Vi ravviso" was a good It was to be regretted that the words of this verse, which were example of correct and unobtrusive singing, and the scene in the completely unintelligible as sung by the chorus, were not bed-room was careful and intelligent. The public applauded entrusted to Herr Formes, or one of the solo singers, when,

M. Gassier heartily. He is a decided acquisition.

Signor Bettini is so much improved since last season that we doubtless, their point would have been understood and appre | hardly recognised him. With a voice fresher and more agreeciated by the whole house.

able, he appears to have gained confidence, and is now altogether a better artist. The duet with Amina at once placed him on

good terms with the audience. He produced a sensation in the HERR BERNAND HILDEBRAND ROMBERG, the young and first movement of “Tutto e sciolto," and was loudly encored. talented violoncellist, has arrived in London for the season.

The band, numbering fifty or upwards, is under the efficient NEW PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY.-The Emperor and Empress of

direction of Mr. Tully, and counts in its ranks some first-rate the French have been pleased to add their names to that of Her

players. The chorus is also numerous and good. The whole Majesty as patrons of the grand performance to be given by the

performance, indeed, afforded gratification to an audience that New Philharmonic Society on Wednesday April 25th, in aid of

filled every part of the theatre. After the opera, a ballet diverthe funds of the Hospital for Consumption, Brompton. Beet

tissement, by a pretty and effective corps of female dancers, hoven's Choral Symphony will be the grand feature of the

detained the majority of the audience until near midnight. La performance.

Sonnambula was repeated on Wednesday and Thursday. Mad.

Gassier has already made progress with the public, and promises MR. CHARLES MATHEWS has relinquished the management to become a special favourite. The attendance at the two last of the Lyceum Theatre, and in fact brought his managerial performances was as numerous as on the first night. This character to an end. No doubt his fortunes will be improved by evening a performance of an entirely different character will the resolve. As an actor, in his own particular department, he take place." The directors have announced a “Grand Congrès is unequalled; and wherever there is a theatre open in which Dramatique,” for six nights only, in celebration of the visit of polite comedy, or the pieces analagous to it, is cultivated, there their Imperial Majesties, the Emperor and Empress of the will he be in inevitable requisition.

French, the first of which is to come off to-night. The drama of

DITT

Les Cosaques—played for more than two hundred successive pauses long (too long) drawn out, etc., and a quicker tempo for nights in Paris-will be represented in French, supported by all the last movement, to which, though unaccustomed, we have no the original artists of the Théâtre-de-la-Gaité.

objection, and which, indeed, we rather like than otherwise.

Cherubini's fine overture offered little for comment.
PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY.

Mr. Lindsay Sloper's performance of the early and very

interesting pianoforte concerto in B flat of Beethoven,* was in THE third concert, on Monday evening, was but indifferently

all respects masterly; style and execution were equally free from attended. The new conductor has evidently failed to excite

reproach. He must be thanked, moreover, for choosing this public curiosity. The war of nations, however, is a more en

particular work, and thus affording a little repose to the three grossing topic than the war of systems; and, until Sebastopol be

grand concertos so frequently brought forward by pianists. His taken, the question of Richard Wagner versus Music is likely to

success was as great and well deserved as at the recent concert remain in abeyance. Thirty guineas a' concert is, we must admit,

of the New Philharmonic Society, when he played the concerto a large sum for a chef-d'orchestre out of Zurich; but that is a ' in D minor of Mendelssohn. matter which the reigning directors of the Philharmonic Society The vocal music was unexceptionable. Mr. Weiss gave the may possibly be called upon to explain, at some future congress noble air from Faust with the true spirit; and Mad. Rudersdorff, of as many among the forty members as care a straw for its

equally at home in the music of Mozart and Spohr, proved welfare. At the present juncture it is doubtful even whether a

herself an accomplished vocalist. The curious aria of Mozart, fifty-guinea time-stick would be able to rouse the apathetic, or originally written for Zauberflöte, was abandoned by singers in swell the subscription list.

consequence of its difficulty. To Mad. Rudersdorff, however, it The programme of Monday's concert was as follows:

seemed to present none whatever. PART I.-Sinfonia in A, Mendelssohn ; Aria, “Và sbramando” The audience were cold to everything in the concert, which (Faust), Spohr; Concerto, pianoforte, in B flat, Op. 19, Beethoven ; certainly did not elevate Herr Wagner as a conductor in the Aria, “Bald schlägt die Abschieds stunde," Mozart; Overture, estimation of connoisseurs. Perhaps the overture to Tann“Euryanthe,” Weber

haiser, which is to be performed at the fourth concert, and was Part II. - Sinfonia in C minor, No. 5, Beethoven ; Recitative and rehearsed on Saturday, will do something more to advance his Aria, “Ja, ich fühl’es," Spohr; Overture, “Les Deux Journées," claims as a composer. Dr. Liszt, in a lengthy and teratological Cherubini. Conductor, Herr Richard Wagner.

essay, proclaims this overture one of the most prodigious inspiA contemporary (The Daily News) declares that he never rations of the musical art. Nous verrons. heard the “ Italian" symphony go so well. We regret to be at issue with him, but are forced to record that we never heard it * A very good arrangement of this was published, many years ago, go worse anywhere. A more coarse, monotonous, uniformly by the spirited firm of Coventry and Hollier. loud, and at the same time rigorously frigid performance, never left an audience unmoved and apathetic in a concert-room. It! MR. AGUILAR gave a Matinée of pianoforte music on Wedneswas deplorable to witness the contemptuous unconcern with day last at his residence, 68, Upper Norton-street, at which the which the whole of this admirable work of genius was regarded executants consisted entirely of his pupils. The selection of by the representative of the “future art-drama." The same pieces, containing specimens of every style was excellent, and the thing was remarked at rehearsal. The band was never once performance throughout remarkable. Among other compoarrested, nor did the conductor proffer a single observation. sitions were Bach's Prelude and Fugue in C sharp, a sonata of Herr Wagner's “reading” of the music of Mendelssohn may be Beethoven, the Allegro Brillante (Duet) and some of the Lieder signalised in a sentence:-Get to the end of it as quick as possible. I ohne worté of Mendelssohn, two nocturnes and a Mazurka of It is not, however, for Dr. Liszt and the petty tribunals of Chopin, Prudent's Huguenots, and Kullak's Perles d'Ecume. Weimar and Leipsic to decide which is the greater man—the Besides the parents and friends of the executants, a select author of Lohengrin and Tannhauser, or the author of St. Paul number of amateurs were present, who warmly testified their and Elijah. No, indeed. Dieu merci! The symphony went off satisfaction. without any demonstrations of satisfaction; and that most MR. HARROLD THOMAS.—The soirée musicale given by this heavenly of slow movements, which never before failed to create young pianist was an exceedingly elegant entertainment, consistenthusiasm, scarcely obtained a hand of applause. It was ing entirely of chamber music of the most classical description. barbarous!

Mr. Thomas, is a pupil of Mr. Sterndale Bennett, and has In Weber's overture to Euryanthe the new conductor resumed acquired much of the delicate finish and refinement of his his vivacity, his gesticulations, his “ups and downs," and his instructor's style. His principal performances were Mendelsforced readings. This “went off” like a shell at Sebastopol sohn's Sonata for piano and violoncello, Op. 17, in which he was “ fizzing" and screaming for dear life. It was not encored, how-| accompanied by Signor Piatti ; and Beethoven's Sonata for piano ever. The effect produced was what might be imagined after and violin, No. 2, Op. 23, in which the violin part was played by the unanticipated shock of an earthquake. The audience looked M. Sainton. Both these beautiful pieces were admirably at each other, aghast. Some said " Wonderful!”-others said executed and warmly applauded. Mr. Thomas also played with nothing; and these last were the wisest. Herr Wagner is as great brilliancy Herr Pauer's Cascade, and several short pieces warm to his countryman, Weber, as he is cold to his countryman, 1 composed by himself. Songs and duets were sung by Miss Mendelssohn. But Mendelssohn was of Jewish extract; and the Dolby, Miss Poole, and Miss Eliza Birch.—Daily News. “shawms” of the Hebrews, we presume, are not to make part of RoSSINI AND MEYERBEER.--Ata performance of Robert le Diable, the orchestra “ of the Future," however the Present may hold | Rossini, who was in a box with Meyerbeer, was so pleased with Mendelssohn's “sbawm” to have a sweeter tone than Herr | some particular morceau, that he said to his illustrious confrère : Wagner's “trumpet,” which is chiefly occupied in blowing “If you write anything better than this, I will undertake to flourishes for his own glorification. Nevertheless, with all his dance upon my head.” “You had better, then," said Meyerpreference, in the “book” of Oper und Drame Herr Wagner beer, “commence practising, as I have just finished the fourth calls Weber, “the unhappy.” He (Weber), it appears, plucks act of the Huguenots." national tunes (wild flowers) from the fields, puts them in WAGNER AND ROSSINI.-Professor Praeger, of Hamm, being drawing-room vases, and is surprised that they die in spite of asked to define the difference between the music of Wagner and his watering-pot. His (Weber's) “stammering" is an honest I the music of Rossini, replied:-“The music of Wagner will confession of the incapacity of music to exist alone and, as a l always be the Music of the Future; the music of Rossini always natural consequence, of the superiority of Herr Wagner and his | the Music of the Present.” system of “real drama." Good. It is as well to learn some A PUNCH FOR WAGNER. Our hook-nosed, short-legged, potthing of das Wesen der Musik (!).

paunched, facetious, and highly-respected, not to say much-feared The execution of Beethoven's Symphony in C minor was cotemporary, Punch, defines the “Music of the Future” thus chiefly remarkable for a variety of hitherto unknown effects, I briefly:" Promissory Notes."

PROVINCIAL.

FOREIGN MISCELLANEOUS. CAELTENHAM.—The conversion of the Friends' Meeting House | LEIPSIC.-Malle. Agnes Büry has re-appeared in several parts, and into a music hall was tested on the evening of Thursday, the fully confirmed the impression she made last year. Herr Bazzini, the 12th instant; a concert, on rather an extensive scale, was given violinist, is still here. and well attended. The programme was under the manage STRASBURGH.--Meyerbeer's Etoile du Nord has been giren eight ment of Mr. Jabez Jones. The concert went off well, although times.--A conservatory of music has been founded by the Municipality. the proceeds will do little towards the outlay in converting the PESTH.Mdlle. Wilhelmina Clauss gave her second concert on the building into a public room. The principal vocal performers evening of the 28th ult., and was rapturously applauded in all the were Miss Henderson, Messrs. Thomas, Jones, Horníblow; the pieces she performed, more especially in Liszt's arrangement of the instrumentalists, Miss Brydges, harp; Miss F. L. Lucy, piano

“ Erlkönig,' and Mendelssohn's Lied ohne Worte, in E fat. The forte, Mr. Prior, flute, Mr. D'Egville, violin, and Mr. Hopkins,

anniversary of Beethoven's death was celebrated by a Philharmonic violoncello. The Music Hall, now completed, is a capacious lofty

concert given by the band of the National Theater, assisted by dilettanti, room, capable of holding about 400 persons.

in the state room of the Nationalmuseum. The programme included WORCESTER.-The weekly concert was given as usual by the

the overture to Coriolanus, and the “Sinfonia Eroica.”

MAYENCE.-Mdlle. Anna Zerr has been favourably received as members of the Madrigal Union at the Natural History Room,

Isabella in Robert le Diable. on Monday evening. Mr. Jabez Jones presided at the pianoforte.

DANTSIC.—Herr von Bülow, the pianist, has been giring concerts The attendance was tolerably numerous. Mrs. Evans, Messrs. here with success. On Good Friday, Herr Tichatscheck, the tenor, Mason, Brookes, Cooper, and Berkeley were the singers. The sang in Beethoven's Christus am Oelberge, and soon after appeared at concert passed off satisfactorily, and there were many encores. I the theatre in Wagner's Tannhäuser.

HEREFORD.-The final concert of the series given by the Lay Hanover.-Herr Joseph Joachim has been granted a longer leave of Vicars of our cathedral came off on Monday evening. There absence by the king --some say as much as two years and a half, during was a crowded attendance. Messrs. Barnby, Ward, and Taylor which period he will be allowed to receive his salary, on condition of were the singers ; Mr. Ribbon played a solo on the violin. remaining in Hanover a short time in the concert season. Dr. Spohr There was a full orchestra ; Mr. Townshend Smith was the ac- has been enthusiastically received. Two or three days previous to his companist at the piano.

public appearance he was the object of all kinds of attentions, including DUBLIN.—The University Choral Society gave a concert on

serenades by the members of the various “ Vereine," and a dinner given Friday evening, 13th inst. Spohr's Last Judgment formed Part |

him by the Royal Orchestra. On the 31st, the grand concert for I. Part II. included Händel's anthem, “My heart is inditing,"

charities, which Dr. Spohr had come expressly from Cassel to conduct, Mozart's motet in C, Mendelssohn's three songs with chorus

took place in the theatre, which was crammed. The first part consisted

of selections from Dr. Spohr's works. The veteran composer was (Desi geistliche Lieder)—“ Why, O Lord ?" “ On thy love," "Lord, my heart's devotion "_Palestrina's motet, “I will give thanks,"

| greeted with thunders of applause. The overture to Jessonda, a duet

from the same, and the symphony for two orchestras, Irdisches und an offertorio for bass solo and distant chorus, composed originally Göttliches im Menschenleben were performed. At the end of the sym. for Bartleman by Dr. Chard of Winchester, Mendelssohn's duet,

phony there was an unanimous call for Dr. Spohr, with which he was “ The Sabbath morn," and the following songs : "Lord, in mercy unable to comply, as he had been summoned into the royal box. In the deign to hear me,” Mendelssohn, “ Lord, remember David," second part of the concert Weber's overture to Euryanthe, Beethoven's Händel, and an adaptation to sacred words of Meyerbeer's scena violin concerto, splendidly played by Joseph Joachim, and some fragof “The Monk,” entitled “ Saul and David,” from the pen of ments from Lohengrin were included. The members of the orchestra Dr. Waller. The chorus and orchestra were up to the mark. have presented Dr. Spohr with a báton, ornamented with a golden crown The solo artists were, soprani, Miss J. Cruise and Miss Balfe ; and jewels. alto, Mr. Dunne ; tenor, Mr. Geary ; bass, Mr. Joseph Robin-1 FRANKFORT-ON-THE-MAINE. - Cherubini's Medea has been per. son. Dr. Stewart conducted. The concert gave great satisfac- formed for a benefit. Gluck's Iphiginia in Aulis is in rehearsal. The tion to an audience numbering about a thousand persons, in

theatre will close in May. Herr Ander, the tenor, is expected for a cluding the élite of Dublin.

limited number of representations. SHREWSBURY,THE SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING RELIGIOUS AND

GOTHA.-Malle. Bockholtz Falconi has been singing in Le Prophète.

Herr Capellmeister USEFUL KNOWLEDGE gave on Monday evening, the 19th inst. a

Drouet has received from the Emperor vocal and instrumental concert, conducted by Mr. C. Roden.

Napoleon III. a gold snuff-box, with the Imperial cipher in brilliants,

| Herr Drouet, who has resided at Gotha for the last sixteen years, is LEICESTER.+ The performance of the Messiah at the Tempe

personally known to the Emperor. Before entering the service of rance Hall, on Wednesday evening, drew together a crowded Napoleon I., in 1811, he held a post at the Court of the King of audience. There were no fewer than 800 sia penny admissions. Holland, from 1806 to 1810, and was appointed musical instructor of The gallery for the rich, however, was by no means so well the prince who now fills the throne of France. filled as might have been expected, considering the reasonable-| NAPLES.-On Sunday, the 8th of April, the Theatre Royal del Fondo ness of the prices, and the fact that this great work had not opened with the Figlia del Reggimenio, the principal parts being taken been performed before during the season. The principal by Madame Beltramelli and Signor Montanari; the opera was followed vocalists were Miss Birch, Miss Lascelles, Mr. Pierre, and Mr. by a ballet, in which Mad. Boschetti appeared, and was highly successful. Bodda. The chorus was efficient in number and strength ; Tbe Theatre Nuovo has also put forth its programme, wbich promises whilst the band, though small, was powerful. The performance several new operas. Among the engagements are Mad. Cappelli and was organised by Messrs. Nicholson and Smith.

Signori Villani and Rossi. LEICESTER. (From our own Correspondent.) --Mr. Nicholson's

VENICE.-- Poliuto has been played at the Fenice with great success,

Mad. Barbieri-Nino, and Signori Negrini and Corsi taking the principal winter series of concerts terminated with The Messiah, on Wed

parts. nesday evening, and was attended by an audience of nearly 1,200, the greater part of whom were operatives of the town and

ORIGINAL LETTER OF JENNY LIND. neighbourhood, who were admitted at sixpence each. The principal vocalists were Miss Birch, Miss Lascelles, Mr. A. Pierre, Otto är mycket god och snäll. Han arbetar jemt; är and Mr. F. Bodda. A band and chorus of 150 performers also “ Otto is very good and sweet. He works constantly; is assisted Mr. Nicholson on the occasion. The oratorio was well hemma jemt: väniig jemt; densemma till for performed and gave great satisfaction. An opera company, in- l at home constantly : kind constantly; the same to be-decluding Miss Julia Harland, Miss F. Reeves, Messrs. Corri, Elliot Galer, 0. Summers, etc., open here on Monday the 30th."

litliga vünnen alltjemt ; tänker bara min väl, och min pended-upon friend always; thinks only of my weal, and my förnöjsamhet;

och bär et lugnt, stilla mod M. Fétis has commenced at Paris a series of historic concerts,

i alla whereof our Brussels correspondent sent us an account on contentment-of-mind ; and bears a serene, still spirit in all their production in that capital. The first concert was given växlingar. last Saturday, and was, as it deserved to be, very fully attended. changes.

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