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Herr Formes, all of whom, but especially the latter, POCKLINGTON, YORKSHIRE.—A concert was given in the Odd sang well and afforded general satisfaction, notwithstanding Fellows' Hall, on Wednesday last, the 17th instant, by Mr. D.
the ocasional difficulties they had to encounter from the Lambert and Mr. Rayson. The vocalists were Mrs. Sunderland, unsteadiness of the band in the accompaniments. Mr. Messrs. Smith, Barker, Rayson, and Lambert. Mr. Rayson
Willy, who led on the occasion, was of immense service in the presided at the piano-forte. The concert concluded with the orchestra. Mr. Burton, of the Choral Society, conducted. National Anthem.
I may possibly trouble you on some future occasion on the WORCESTER.—The annual Amateur Concert took place at the
subject of our People's Concerts here, at which the performance Music Hall on Tuesday, the 16th instant, which was attended
of great works are spiritedly carried on under the direction of
Mr. Sparke, and also on Mr. Willy's admirable Quartet Concerts. with great success, and realized upwards of £100 for the Patriotic Fund. The hall was tastefully decorated with flags bearing the
The “Orchestral Union” performed here at the “ People's” last inscription of “Alma, Inkermann," etc., and evergreens.
Saturday, to a crowded audience. Mr. Frank Mori conducted. Mr. Done, the organist of the cathedral, was the conductor.
I understand that Judas Maccabæus is to be given for the benefit Signor Vera accompanied several of the songs, and Mr. R. Blagrove
of the Royal Patriotic Fund very shortly. directed the concertina performances. The singing of Miss
IBID.-A dress concert was given on Thursday evening last in Sandys and Mrs. Dudley Wards was much admired, and Miss
the Saloon of the Corn Exchange, by Miss Milner. The attendance Hassell's, Lady Georgina Lygon's, and Mr. Peel's solos were well
was numerous. The pieces were selected with taste and well performed. Between seven and eight hundred of the leading
executed. Miss Milner was encored in “ Why do I weep for families of the county and city were present. In consequence of
thee," which she sung with feeling, and in “Non mi dir," from the committee being obliged to decline many applications for
Don Giovanni. The overture to Masaniello was played in a tickets, a second concert, with the same performers and pro- spirited mauner. The concert concluded with “Partant pour la gramme, was given on Thursday, the 18th instaut, for the benefit | Syrié," and “ God save the Queen. of the Distressed Weavers of Kidderminster, for which upwards IBID.-On Thursday evening, the 18th inst., Mr. Willy, the of £50 was raised. The performances were given with still distinguished violinist, gave the first of a series of two quartet greater effect than at the first.
concerts at the Stock Exchange, when the amateurs of Leeds BIRMINGHAM.—The Rev. T. Helmore delivered a lecture on were afforded the rare satisfaction of hearing three quartets by Thursday evening “on Ecclesiastical Music,” in the Assembly
Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven, in a first-rate style of perRooms, Dee's Royal Hotel, to a crowded audience. The reverend formance. Mr. Willy's solo, by Kalliwoda, was received with lecturer showed the important place which music occupies in loud and continued applause. In Mozart's pianoforte quartet in the services of the church, and lamented the neglect too common,
G minor, Mr. Spark, at the piano, was most effective. The last and the want of knowledge too often shown, of the subject. He solo by Mr. Willy, in which the beautiful Irish melody, “My advocated the ancient, grave, and solemn style of music, in oppo- | lodging is on the cold ground," was the principal theme, was sition to the secular and flimsy compositions generally heard in an example of so much powers of execution, combined with such our churches. The lecture was illustrated in a very efficient finish and purity of tone as failed not to elicit hearty marks of manner by a full choir of volunteers, who undertook the office approval. The entertainment of the evening was varied by at short notice. Specimens were given of the Psalms and Gre- several songs sung by Miss Senior, a lady who appears to be corian chants ancient hymns, motets. by Palestrina and Vittoria. | rising in the estimation of the Leeds public, and deservedly. and ancient Swedish Christmas Carols, which latter appeared to
Mr. J. Pew was the second violin ; Mr. Bowling, who is styled attract especial admiration.
in Leeds “the Prince of Yorkshire violas," the tenor ; and LEEDS.-(From a Correspondent.)-The third Full Dress
Mr. Priestley the violoncello. The concert was a most agreeConcert of the third season of the Leeds Musical Union was
able one. Mr. Willy's second concert will be given on the given here on Monday, the 16th inst. The object for which the
| 29th inst. Musical Union was established (by Mr. Spark and other gentle
SHEFFIELD.-(Jan. 20.)-Last night a vocal and instrumental men), was to combine all the available vocal and instrumental concert was given in connexion with the Sheffield Athenæum, in local talent in the performance of the works of the great
the Music Hall, which appears now almost too small to contain masters. It was never contemplated that this could be done
the members of the institution and their friends. The caste without metropolitan assistauce; but it was not intended by the
consisted chiefly of the party so well known to the musical first projectors of the undertaking to spend two-thirds of the
world as the Orchestral Union, with additions from the Royal subscriptions in paying " prima donnas," "secondas,” tenors,
Italian Opera and the Philharmonic societies, and with Miss and bassos, to " let off their everlasting Italian cavatinas, scenas,
Milner as the vocalist. In the unexplained absence of Mr. ballads, etc., to a weak pianoforte accompaniment, whilst the
Mellon, the conductor, his office devolved upon Mr. Frank Mori, members of the orchestra are ground down to the meanest
who sustained the arduous part carefully and well. The selecterms, and obliged to perform hackneyed overtures, familiar
tion was admirable—the music good enough to please the most choruses, the part of patient listeners, and, too often, applauding
fastidious, yet of a sufficiently popular character to be univerfriends. During the present season the orchestra has not only sally pleasing. The performance opened with Rossini's favourite been forined from "available local talent," and thereby made a l overture to La Gazza Ladra, very well and effectively given, as party affair, but, with the exception of a trial of one of Beeth
ith the exception of a trial of one of Beetha was also Beethoven's Leonora. It is difficult to criticise thə oven's symphonies at the second concert, it has not been called
efforts of such a band, except by wishing that there were more upon to execute a single complete work. The programmes
of them, yet the admirable balancing of the parts would almost hitherto have been confined to "shreds and patches" of operas, cause us to regret any change. The gems of the first part were and second and third-class music. At the last concert, which it Mozart's delicious air, “Non mi dir, bell' idol mio," very feelwas stated by the committee would probably be the “best the ingly sung by Miss Milner, and Spohr's dramatic concerto for Society had ever given,” the programme (ostentatiously dis
the violin, played by Mr. H. C. Cooper in first-rate style. In the played on gigantic placards), contained in the first part some
second part Miss Milner was encored in “ Why do I weep for fragments from Beethoven's Fidelio, and in the second a miscel- thee ?" and also in “Lo, here the gentle lark !"-and Herr Hauslaneous selection. The chief feature, if we may judge by the man received a similar token of approbation in his violoncello applause, was Auber's chorus from Gustavus, “Long live the fantasia, which, however, he seemed unwilling to comply with. King," with which the occupants of the gallery were in ecstacies. The concert concluded with “God save the Queen," and The only instrumental pieces were the Fidelio overture, and the “ Partant pour la Syrie.”-Sheffield Independent. march from the Prophète, both of which were but indifferently GLOUCESTER.-Willing, organist of the Foundling Hospital, played, though the band, as a whole, was really made up of good London, gave an organ performance at the Shire Hali, on matériel, and capable of better things. The vocalists were Thursday evening, the 18th instant-the proceeds to be devoted Madame Rudersdorff, Madame Sedlatzek, Signor Benedetti, and to the Patriotic Fund,
DARMSTADT.-On the 27th ult., a new opera, Die letzten Tage von HAMBURGH.—The erroneous notion that England is at present
Pompeji (The Last Days of Pompeii), was produced. The music, by poor in musical talent has been triumphantly disproved. Ara
| the Rev. Peter Müller, Pastor of Staden, in the Hessian Wetterau,
a man of advanced age, possesses considerable merit. It is to be bella Goddard, an English pianist, played at the last Philhar
regretted, however, that the composer bas paid so little attention to monic Concert and created a furore. Arabella Goddard, with
the works of the last fifty years, and the progress made from that · whose fanie the English papers have been filled for some years
period in the art of instrumentation. The libretto, by the son of the past, and who is generally called upon to heighten by her talent
composer, is a poor affair. Malle. Emilie Krall has been very successthe attractions of concerts in the fashionable world, and the ful in Mr. Balfe's Zigeunerin (Bohemian Girl). principal musical entertainments, was, up to the present time, | MANNHEIM.--The new thcatre will shortly be opened with Die Iittle known in Germany. She gave a few concerts in Stuttgart, Zauberflöte. Augsburg, and Munich, and afterwards appeared at the Leipsic MUNICH.-A new operetta, Die Untersberger Mann'ın, illustrating Gewandhaus Concerts. The young artist, who is under twenty Bavarian national manners, has been successful. The music is by years of age, was born in France, her parents having resided in | Herr von Perfall, and the libretto by Herr Franz von Kobell. Paris until the Revolution of 1848, since which period they have
ROTTERDAM.—The Netherlands Society for the Advancement lived in London. Outward and inward excellence are most of Music bas lately elected the following artists as members :gracefully united in her case. She presents the most perfect M. Hector Berlioz, Dr. F. Liszt, Herr Richard Wagner, Herr picture of tender, kind good nature, when seated at the instru- | Robert Schumann, Mad. Clara Schumann, Mr. Henry Litollf, ment, which, however, is completely under her command. To Herr Taubert, and Herr Dorn (of Berlin); Herr Smits (Amsterthe most classical and perfect technical skill she adds geniality dam); Herr Cossemaker, Mr. Macfarren (London); Sig. Santini of conception and a freshness of expression, reminding one of the (Rome); Herr Dupont (Detmold); and Herr van Eycken youngest and most charming of German pianists, whom, per- | (Elberfeld). haps, she surpasses in clearness and delicacy. Besides Men-1 VIENNA.-(From our own Correspondent).—The only novelty delssohn's concerto in G minor, she played, on Saturday, in the at the Imperial Opera-house, has been the appearance of most perfectly beautiful manner, a fantasia by Thalberg, to Mdlle. Schmidt from Gratz, as Valentine in the Huguenots, and which, after being enthusiastically encored, she added, Stephen Alice in Robert le Diable. She was a failure. A new quartet, Heller's “ Auf Flügeln des Gesanges" improvisation on one of by Herr Grutsch, was performed at the fifth of the HellmesMendelssohn's beautiful airs. We hope we shall not be ac- berger quartet soirées. It pleased very little. The other pieces counted indiscreet if we subjoin the opinion of an experienced in the programme were Beethoven's trio in B flat for pianoforte, master on the young artist. Capellmeister Lindpaintner of violin, and violoncello, and Mendelssohn's posthumous quintet Stuttgart recommended her to one of the first musical notabili- in B, the same key. M. Lacombe, the French musician, gave ties of Berlin, in the following words :-“I accompanied her in his third concert on the 14th inst., and played several of his own London four times in grand concertos (Beethoven, Mozart, compositions. The room presented a very empty appearance. Mendelssohn, and Sterndale Bennett) in the New Philharmonic | BERLIN.—(From our own Correspondent). - La Sonnambula Society, and was so deeply affected by her fire, technical skill, was to have been performed at the Royal Opera-house, but, on intellect, and good taste, that I exclaimed, on several occasions,
account of the sudden indisposition of Malle. Agnes Büry, C'est une Satane sous les formes d'un ange. She plays every Fidelio was substituted. The first series of the Sinfonie-Soirées thing, from Bach to Chopin, equally well. But what excited iny was brought to a close, last week, by the sixth concert. The admiration the most, was her execution of Beethoven's last programme included Mendelssohn's symphony in A, Beethoven's sopata in B flat (Op. 16), which she played from memory." The Sinfonia Eroica, and an overture to Maria Stuart, by a young artistically educated public of Berlin will be instrumental in living composer, Herr Vierling, which was well received. The establishing on a still firmer basis the reputation of this young concert went off with great éclat. Mad. Parish Alvars' concert artist, and duly appreciating her superiority and peculiarities. was attended by some of the most fashionable dilettanti. Herr The third Philharmonic Concert on the 13th inst. It begun Steifensand gave a matinée at his own residence, and, with Herr with a new symphony in E flat, by our compatriot L. Lee. The | Ries and Dr. Bruns, performed Mendelssohn's trio in C minor. directors merit the thanks of all lovers of music, since they never He afterwards played, alone, Beethoven's fantasia for the piano, hold back when their assistance is required by a talented fellow-Op. 77, which is seldom heard. Herr Kéler Bela has received townsman, This readiness on their side has not been unre- a gold medal, accompanied by a letter, from the Duke of warded. The composition which Herr Lee, as conductor, him- | Anhalt Dessau, for a march in honour of the marriage of the self introduced to our notice, contains so much that is good, that Princess Maria Anna with Prince Friedrich Carl of Prussia. in spite of its length, it succeeded in rivetting the attention of The Capellmeister of the Kaiser Franz Grenadier Regiment is the audience. The Scherzo is the best movement. The com- at Coblenz, to arrange the music of the liturgy in the court poser, who conducts well, was, however, greatly indebted to the and military protestant church, as it is sung in the Domkirche members of the orchestra, who displayed more than ordinary of Berlin. Herr Bazzini has gone to Hanover, zeal, thus contributing their share to the success achieved by the NEW YORK.—(Jan. 4.)—Madame Grisi and Signor Mario, work. After the symphony came two excellent solo players. with the remainder of their company, have sung their last in Miss Arabella Goddard performed Mendelssohn's concerto in G New-York for the present. There has been no novelty, with minor, with as much fine and delicate expression of feeling as the exception of Don Pasquale, the favourite comic opera of finished technical skill, proving that England can produce great Donizetti. Signor Susini, who was to have assumed the virtuosi as well as other countries. The enormous certainty and character of the old be-fooled Don, was so unwell as to be dexterity of her playing harmonized most satisfactorily with the unable to sing ; but his place was very ably filled by Signor truly plastic calm, which did not one moment desert her. This Rocco. Signor Badiali was good, as he always is. Madame calm bears perhaps some analogy to the death-despising coolness Grisi was most excellent as the lively widow. Her acting with which the English Regiments quietly stormed the heights throughout was fascinating ; especially the change from the of Alma (!) but in no degree acted prejudicially on the power of bashful, modest, young girl, who had never before left her the soul to devote itself fully to the composition, or, in other convent, to the termagant and scold. Signor Mario had a cold, words, on the poetical element. This was particularly apparent and of course could not exert himself in the least, except in in the Lied which the gentle artist added as a free offering to the beautiful serenade, and the duo following with Madame the enthusiastically excited audience. The other soloist, řerr Grisi. And thus closes an engagement which has not been Hildebrand Romberg, does not require our praise .... The successful, in pecuniary respects. concert was brought to a close by Beethoven's symphony in C 1 On Christmas evening, the management gave Händel's Messiah minor.-Hamburger Correspondent.
at the Academy of Music, having secured the services of the COLOGNE.-Herr Richard Wagner's Lohengrin was given for the New York Harmonic Society. The solos were sustained by first time in this town on the 11th inst. The house was but poorly Mrs. Stuart, Miss Brainard, and Madame Vietti-Vertiprach, attended, and tbe applause anything but enthusiastic.
| Mr. Johnson, and Signor Badiali.
The English Opera Company at Niblo's have continued their | his hands to “do” these national themes for the pianoforte, as experiperformances to only tolerable houses. The only new opera in ments of his popularity. We trust that the story is not true, or that which they have sung since our last is Balfe's Bohemian Girl. the publisher's judgment is wrong. Surely the taste of the public 18
not so contracted as to preclude their appreciating new ideas, which the which we have as yet not found time to hear. We understand
music-sellers' schemes would scem to favour. that the engagement of this company has not been found as profitable as was anticipated, and will consequently soon close.
“UNA SERA D'AMORE"--Notturno a due voci ; “MADRE DEL SOMMO Of the performance of the music of the Beggar's Opera there
AMORE”— Terzettino ; "LE DUE FANCIULLE"--Duettino. Music by is very little to be said. Neither Miss Louisa Pyne nor Mr.
Signor Campana. Boosey and Sons. Harrison seem to have the least conception of their róles. Miss What has been said of the songs above applies just as well to those Louisa sang and acted precisely as she did in Sonnambula, light and pretty concerted pieces, The most attractive of them, in our Maritana, etc.; and Mr. Harrison, dress him as you please, is opinion, is the little duet in D-"Le due Fanciulle”-which is ex. always Mr. Harrison. Of course, there was some music intro tremely simple, but extremely pleasing. The longest-"Madre del duced for Miss Pyne's trills, runs, and scales.
Sommo Amore"-holds out promise of more than it accomplishes. The Mr. Eisfeld, conductor of the Philharmonic Society, has given theme would have well suited a round, or "canon," as it is called ; but his second soirée. Quartets by Ries and Haydn were very well Signor Campana has not exerted much ingenuity in its development. performed, and Beethoven's sonata in A, for pianoforte and The terzellino, however, is voiced with skill, and contains some graceful violin, was well rendered by Messrs. Hoffman and Burke. Mrs. passages, among which may be cited the whole of the episode in E Stuart sung an aria by Spohr, and a cavatina from Mercadante. minor, beginning on the words—“Vogli all' afllitto"—which displays There was a full house. - New York Musical Review.
very considerable musical sentiment. The notturno for two voices-
means without merit. But in the next edition Sig. Campana will do REVIEWS
wisely to alter the position of the harmony, in bars 2 and 3, page 1, line “AMAMI"-romanza ; “IL MARINARO"-barcarola ; “IO TAMERO” the last, where consecutive octaves (D E-D E) occur, between the
-romanza ; “La Prima Lagrima"-romanza ; “VOLA IL TEMPO" top voice part and the bass. No spots should be left on such elegant -romanza. Music by Sig. Campana. Boosey and Sons.
miniatures. These are of the better sort of Italian drawing-room music, in the
M. MEYERBEER is at present in Dresden, superintending the manner of that graceful composer, Sig. Gordigiani, though seldom so
rehearsal of his last chef-d'«uvre, the semi-comic opera of happily inspired. They are well written, and fluent, and have that easy far niente air about them which is rarely unattractive, and which
L'Etoile du Nord, which is to be produced with unusual is the special characteristic of Sig. Campana's countrymen. Such
splendour and completeness, music is sung and played with as much facility as it is produced ; and
Music "LAID ON" LIKE GAS.-At the Polytechnic, a band as there can be little doubt that the author found pleasure in making
playing in a distant apartment is unheard; but connect the (we can hardly say inventing) them, so we may assure him that few can
different instruments, by means of thin rods of wood, each with listen to them without a certain degree of pleasurable emotion. The epi
the sounding board of a harp in the lecture theatre, and the thet “pretty" may be fairly applied to all the five; but one or two of the music is audible to all as if it were present. The experiments set are pretty, and something besides. We would especially call attention prove, what we have often speculated on, that music might be to “Amami,” an extremely elegant romanza, composed expressly for Sig. laid on to the houses of a town from a central source, like Mario, and perfectly suited to the style of that accomplished tenor. gas or water. A well-known joker, at the private view, The accompaniment to this is unaffected, and at the same time artistic. proposed the establishment of a “band-ditty" company on the The barcarola, “Il Marinaro,” dedicated to Sig. Belletti, the well. spot.—The Builder. known barytone, is also worthy notice, as a pure Neapolitan melody,
STOLEN Music PAPER.-Mrs. Dale, the wife of a beer-house lively and catching. The coda “La, la, la, ra, la, la,” is piquant and
keeper, in Turner-street, was placed before the city magistrates, effective. The romanza, “Io t'amerd,” however, which will suit the majo
charged with being in possession of a large quantity of music rity of voices, is the chastest melody of the whole; and if Sig. Campana
paper, which had been stolen from the London and Northwould change the position of the common chords in the bass at the top of page 2, in the first two bars- so as to avoid fifths and octaves-it
Western Railway Company. It had arrived in Manchester on would be as correct as it is chaste. The romanza, “La prima lagrina,"
the 16th of November, addressed to Messrs Hime and Addison, is more pretentious than the other; but though it has some good
and was stolen from the station on the following day. Mrs. Dale points, we also find it more common-place. It contains, moreover
stated that a man brought a parcel to the house, and agreed to (instance the chords at the foot of page 4-A flat, F, A flat, F-and
lodge there. He borrowed ten shillings, and left the parcel as elsewhere), reminiscences of the “Soirées” of Rossini, which are any. security; he did not return, and then for the first time she ascerthing rather than improvements on the original. The romanza, “Vola tained what the bundle consisted of. As he did not come for it, il tempo,” commences, gloomily enough, in the minor key; but the her husband told her to sell it. Mr. Rigge, on behalf of the melody, in F major, to the words, “ Vola il Tempo e l'Uom rimuta," etc., prisoner, said that some of the paper had been sent to a regular is broad and flowing. Altogether, these little songs have decided auctioneer for sale. Mrs. Dale, on her own recognizances, was merit, and well deserve attention. They are quite as well suited for remanded for a week. school-teaching as for holiday recreation.
THE MUSIC OF THE POLITICAL SPHERES.—On the proposition
of Sir Fitzroy Kelly, a clause has been inserted in the Bribery “ MY FIRST SEASON," Six Operatic Souvenirs. No.1-La Sonnambula;
Bill to prevent the employment of bands of music at elections. 2–Rigoletto; 3-Les Huguenots; 4-I Puritani; 5-Don Pas
This arrangement will be rather hard on all the trumpets, tromquale; 6-Charles. W. Glover. Metzler and Co.
bones, and other “brazen engines whose rude throats” have Mr. Glover has chosen an appropriate title for his little effusions.
been hitherto employed in providing a sort of nominal harmony No young lady of the most limited capacity would indulge her friends to
at a contested election. We think that all the Green Baize these six pieces after her first season. She would have heard the "Operatic
bands in the kingdom are entitled to ask for compensation for Souvenirs” so many hundreds of times in one form or the other that no doubt she would seek for something less common-place than Mr.Glover's
the loss they will sustain by this rather harsh enactment. A arrangements of them. When will our composers write tunes,
band was a most useful appendage at a contested election, for instead of introductions and variations to Italian arias? We believe
even the most short-winded of brazen instruments was preferthe sun never rises but on some new arrangement of “La
able to the long-winded and equally brazen of those who are in Donna e Mobile" and the finale to La Sonnambula. We
the habit of making themselves the instruments of rival candiare really tired of the fantasia generation, and unless our
dates. A bad polka is always better than a bad speech, and we friends can present us with a really fresh brushing up of threadbare would rather hear even Mendelssohn murdered on the ophicleide operatic melodies, we caution them against falling foul of our indignation.
| than Lindley Murray murdered on the hustings. As the bribery It is quite time for the Bond-street manipulators to leave off playing bill is intended to prevent candidates from paying, as they have the changes on Bellini and Donizetti, and we may add “Rule Britannia formerly done, to a pretty tune, it is perhaps thought that by and “God save the Queen.” There is a report that one publisher of doing away with bands, à stop will be put to the practice of conspicuous energy employs every arranger and composer who falls into paying to any tune whatever,-Punch,
tral Autocrat. On this point, therefore, there can be no
suspicions. “L'Etat-c'est moi !"-said Louis XIV. “I In accordance with a new Postal Regulation, it is absolutely am the Philharmonic!"—thought Michael Costa, and with necessary that all copies of THE MUSICAL WORLD, transmitted not less reason. through the post, should be folded so as to expose to view the red Rumour again led people to believe, that ill health and stamp.
excessive fatigue had led Sig. Costa, after a long and obIt is requested that all letters and papers for the Editor be addressed stinate struggle, to the determination of abandoning to the Editor of the Musical World, 28, Holles Street ; and au some portion of his arduous professional labours. But business communioations to the Publishers, at the same address.
this on dit was no better warranted than the others. Sig.
Costa was never in ruder health, never stouter, never in CORRESPONDENTS are requested to write on one side of the paper
higher spirits, never more active, regular, unbending and only, as writing on both sides necessitates a great deal of trouble
expeditious at rehearsals. Besides, if Sig. Costa was desirous in the printing.
of recruiting his physical forces by a partial diminution of TO ORGANISTS.—The articles on the new organs, published in the his responsibilities, he would scarcely have begun with the volume for 1854, will be found in the following numbers: 28
Philharmonic Concerts, the direction of which, it is noto30, 32, 33, 34, 36, 37, 38, 42, 45, 47, 49, 51.
rious, was with him a favourite pastime and a recreation.
Sig. Costa loves a symphony just as “Tommy Moore” loved TO CORRESPONDENTS.
“a lord.” You may know a man by the company he keeps.
About the symphonies of the great masters there is a HER MAJESTY'S PRIVATE BAND.—Had not TRUTH better wait to
certain odour of aristocracy, which it is as well to wear on see if any answer is given to the communication from A CHORUS
your sleeve, if not in your heart. Symphonies are good SINGER and himself, before he pursues the matter further for the
company, not to be acquainted with which argues mauvais ONE OF Costa's ORCHESTRA.— We cannot print the letter without
ton. This would have ill-befitted Sig. Costa, who, being the name and address of the writer-" not necessarily," we wise as well as aspiring, proceeded to the Philharmonic, repeat, “ for publication, but as a guarantee of good faith.” If waved his wand, and became incontinently familiar with all our correspondents will place no trust in us, how is it to be “ the Nine." It was now “Hail, fellow, well met!" between supposed that we can place any in them?
the Italian and the Teutons (Titans !) Sig. Costa had lifted Fanatico.—The Royal Italian Opera will open this season, and his arm, if not his soul, to Beethoven. Moreover, what
most probably with Sig. Verdi's new opera, Il Trovatore. were eight concerts, eight rehearsals, and seven directors VIOLINO.--Archangelo Corelli died in Paris, on the 18th of (huis-clos), to so indomitable a spirit and so fierce a
January, 1713, and was buried in the Panthéon. Our Corres- stick? What but mere child's play? Had Sig. Costa
pondent is, therefore, nearly half a century wrong.. . . entertained an idea of drawing upon the future for a slice AN ENGLISH MUSICIAN.-Mr. Sterndale Bennett has published of the otium he is destined to enjoy " with dignity," he four concertos-No.1, in D minor ; No. 2, in E flat; No. 3,
would have gone at once to the fountain-head and “broke" in C minor; No. 4, in F minor. He has played two others, in F minor and A minor, which have never been published.
with Mr. Gye and the Italian Opera; or at least have retired The two performed by Miss Arabella Goddard at Eceter Hal. | upon half-pay from the command of the “700" (including for the New Philharmonic Society and the Harmonic Union, 16 double-basses) at Exeter Hall. For these are onerous were Nos. 3 and 4. She has not played the No. 2. We believe duties in comparison with beating time in the Hanover Square Mr. Bennett has never composed either a violin concerto, or a Rooms to the flowing measures of Beethoven and Mozart. quartet ; but he has written six symphonies, and a great many | Ill health and fatigue: had therefore nothing to do with the concert-overtures.
matter—no more than want of exercise on foot or horseback,
vapour baths, cold water, or Dr. Roth's gymnastics. A THE MUSICAL WORLD.
more general but just as baseless rumour insinuated that the frequent attendance of Sig. Costa in the palaces of
Osborne, Windsor, and Buckingham-at the joint desire LONDON, SATURDAY, JANUARY 27TH, 1855.
of the Queen and Prince, who are known to be extremely partial to the illustrious foreigner (no prophet, by the
way, in his own country, nor any great pet of King As many unfounded reports are current about the causes Bomba's)-engrossed so much of his time, that he had little or that may have induced Sig. Costa to resign the conductor-none to bestow elsewhere, and was about to vanish, like a ship of the Philharmonic Concerts, it is well to make known dying meteor, from the atmosphere of public life. Not so. what we have heard stated on good authority as the real and Sig. Costa can find time for his Palatial duties, for the oraonly motive of his secession. There has been no “passage torios in the Strand, for the operas in the Garden, and for of arms" (which some imagined) either against the directors the soirées of Nobility; but not for the Philharmonic Concerts. as a body, or any of them individually. Not even has a This may seem a paradox, since the “Philharmonic" absorbs difference of opinion arisen (which many surmised), on any less time and pains than the rest ; but what then why not point of importance, between the “Seven ” and their ex-con-a paradox ?-are we all so logical in this little world of ductor. On the contrary, there was never (which few he-music? lieved) a more perfect unanimity. And, indeed, a glance 1 There is, however, yet another bruit-for Rumour has at the names of the committee of management will at many tongues, and can wag them all together-a bruit, which, once convince those at all acquainted with Philbar-even in the face of paradox, we are inclined to believe, has some monic policy and obsequience, that the Senatus of His foundation. Signor Costa requires time for a special purpose. Majesty, Louis Napoleon, would not be likely to exhibit He cannot give up Exeter Hall, since the study of Händel a inore passive obedience to the Imperial will than the body and Mendelssohn is now his chief delight; nor the Royal legislative of Hanover-square to the bebests of the Orches- | Italian Opera, since the appointment is a fat one and brings
wine and olives. He cannot shun palaces, for it is well to be | Letters will be devoured with a keener appetite since that the well seen of princes, if not well to put faith in them; nor result of the Philharmonic mission has come to light. refuse to direct the soirées of the élite, since a mint of money If Wagner conquers England, and wins the heart of John is involved in that.
Bull, he will accomplish what his prophet, Liszt, could notBut the conductorship of the Philharmonic Concerts was even in his prime, before his hair simply a post of honour, which-although Signor Costa sacri
"Was greyly scattered o'er his thoughtful brow." ficed Her Majesty's Theatre, in 1845, that he might be at The Philharmonic Directors must be up and stirring. They liberty to accept (having committed himself already to the have got Richard, and must make the most of him. scheme of the Persiani opposition at Covent Garden Theatre), We already read, in the Daily News, that half Germany - was to be accounted as a straw in the balance. The sacrifice is pitted against the other half, in a contest about of the Haymarket was no sacrifice at all, since the appoint- his merits. But this is only half and half. The Society ments of Signor Costa (somewhat diminished since), as must go to work stoutly-XXX and wholesale. What is “ Director of the Music, Conductor, and Composer," at the the use of a lettered secretary—one who writes English as newly-created Royal Italian Opera, were nearly double what well and to the point as Kohler, Pohl, Brendel, Liszt, or he received from Mr. Lumley. The Market was less profitable any ,of the tractarians ? Let the book of Kuntswerk der than the Garden; and Signor Costa preferred the fruit to the Zukunft be put into his hands, reduced into vernacular, and straw. He liked better to be comforted with apples than fed published in the IUustrated London News, with portraits of upon cbaff; and he was right. But now, the end attained, Herr Wagner, his herald and his apostles. The book of Opéra the symphonies known and ransacked of their treasures, et Drame may follow, when a clear understanding has been nothing was left but an empty post of honour; and a come to with Mr. E T. Smith, who yearns for some startling junction having arisen which entailed upon Signor Costa the novelty, to replace the pantomime and stop up the gap which necessity of declaring the price he set upon it, we are hardly has been left by G. V. B. surprised to find it down at zero.
Our readers may not be acquainted with the philosophic After all, 120 guineas, for eight concerts and eight re- system of Herr Richard Wagner. It is simply this. Where hearsals, was a low figure for one like Signor Costa, who there is a concurrence of arts, in a work of art, no one art must has done so much to sustain the tottering fortunes of the be “insulted” by being assigned a position subordinate to the Society. Mendelssohn, when he conducted six concerts and rest. Thus, in an opera, the poet, the scene painter, the decorehearsals (in 1844–the most prosperous season ever kuown), rator, the costumier, the machinist, the dancing-master, and the received 30 guineas for each. But Mendelssohn was a non composer must all play an equal part, so that they may resident, who came from Leipsic expressly; and there was march from the theatre, arm in arm, thoroughly satisfied no restriction then, as now, against vesting the bâton in any with each other and themselves, assured that not one of the native or foreign musician who might be resident in England. “seven” has done more or less than the others to delight and (Eccleston Square is not at Pimlico, but at Naples).
edify the public. On this plan the seven directors of the We have yet to state, however, the nature of the rumour Philharmonic might concoct a Lohengrin among them. which we consider well-founded. It is briefly this. Sig. The manner in which Herr Wagner carries out his system Costa has been for some time engaged in the composition of is peculiar. It is not with him, in the language of Wordsan oratorio, which was planned and partly completed in the worthIsle of Wight. This oratorio accepted (probably demanded)
"We are seven" by the committee of the Birmingham Festival, is to be per- but, simply, I am seven! Herr Wagner is his own poet, formed on the 30th of August, 1855, at the Town-Hall. scene-painter, decorator, costumier, machinist, dancingM. Meyerbeer having declined to produce an oratorio im- master, and musician. Like Hercules, he performs all mediately in the wake of Elijah, Sig. Costa, less doubtful the seven labours himself; and this is why he will not of his resources, consented. Voilà tout.
have any of the arts he represents "insulted” by being made subordinate. His own dancing-master, he cannot
sanction the prostration of Terpsichore at the altar of Euterpe MR. ANDERSON, Director of the Philharmonic Society, —respecting himself not less highly as an inventor of has returned from Zurich, in Switzerland. His mission has pirouettes than as a composer of music. Moreover, Herr been successful. Herr Richard Wagner has agreed to Wagner is his own chef-d'orchestre, and knows how to conduct the first series of eight concerts, for a consideration conduct himself; and finally, being his own critic and hisof £200, on the strength of which he intends henceforth torian, he is better able to give an account of himself and residing in England, with his family. Among the attrac his works than any of the profound calumniators of the pen, tions of the season will, no doubt, be comprised large slices mis-termed “ Aristarchi." . from Cola Rienzi, The Flying Captain, Tannhäuser, Lohen The disciples of Herr Wagner, who help to spread his grin, &c.—besides an Apparition or so of Franz Liszt, the doctrine, and write books, are fond of styling him the great Herald who has blown the trumpet and cracked his cheeks "word-painter" (why not word-composer, word-dresser, wordon behalf of the Music of the Future. Herr Wagner will decorator, word-maker, or word-caperer, as well?) This same have a broad field for his speculations in this free country, word-painting, about which such a fuss is made, is the soul where any one may think and write as he pleases. Now is of that system of equality of arts, whereof the Kunstwerk the time for an adventurous publisher (Mr. Sampson Low ?) der Zukunft is the Koran. To every word and syllable to translate and print “the tracts." The new Gospel of there must be an exact equivalent of music, nor more nor Harmony, the Gospel of St Richard, should be preached in less ; or else Wagner the poet would be apt to charge advance; or when the apostle comes he may not be under-Wagner the musician with impertinence. Every personage in stood. That would be a pity. We are doing our best for the septology, moreover, must have a certain musical phrase, him, with the assistance of one of our most valued contribu to mark his coming and his going, whenever he comes and tors, whose translations of Herr Sobolewski's Reactionary | goes; and this musical phrase belongs to that personage and