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UNHF.n THE MOST DISTINGUISHED PATRONAGE OP

HER MOST GRACIOUS MAJESTY THE QUEEN, . H.R.H. THE PRINCE CONSORT,

THEIR ROYAL HIGHNESSES THE PRINCESSES AND PRINCES OP THE
ROYAL FAMILY,
The Host Worshipful the Grand Master of Ireland,
Hi» Graco the DUKE of LEINSTER,
And 8evtral other Dittinfutihed Preematone;
His Excellency the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, the
EARL of EGLINTON and WINTON,
The LORD BISHOP OP MANCHESTE_
The Right Worshipful the MAYOR OF MANi
IVIE MACK1E. Ksu.
His Worship the M*yor of Salford, W. HARVEY, Esq.
8IR FREDERICK GORE OU8ELEY, Bart., Director of Music at the
University of Oxford.
And many of the Nobility, Gentry, Clergy, and dietinguuhtd FamUia of the Empire.

DR. MARK'S

GREAT NATIONAL ENTERPRISE

Organised in 1848, and developed at THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF MUSIC BRIDGE STREET. MANCHESTER, established by him expressly as a Great National Institution to facilitate toe Encouragement and Promotion of NATIVE MUSICAL TALENT, nnd the GENERAL ADVANCEMENT OP MUSIC AMONG THE RISING GENERATION, npou his new and eflbctive system, sing Asm Formal School for the training of masters to conduct Conservatoires OF Mosio to be established throughout the United Kingdom, for Little Children, the whole comprising an entirely new scheme of NATIONAL EDUCATION', by blending music with general Instruction, so that the study of raucic shall become a brauch of education in the humblest of schools of this country. To illustrate and to rouse an interest in every town and city for these Institutions, Dr. Mark travels with a number of his pupils occasionally through the country—giving lectures, and introducing his highly approved and pleasing Musical Entertainment, entitled DR MARK AND HIS LITTLE MEN, who number upwards of Thirty Instrumentalists, and a most Efficient Chorus, the whole forming a most unique and complete Juvenile Orchestra, composed of LITTLE ENGLISH, IRISH. SCOTCH AND WELCH BOYS. FROM FIVE TO SIXTEEN YEARS OF AGE. who play Operatic Selections, Solos, Marches, Quadrilles, Galops. Ac, and sing bongs and Choruses in a most effective manner, and to whom Dr. Mark gives a gratuitous General and MuBical Education. APPOINTMENTS OF MASTERS AND ARRANGEMENTS OF CLASSES IN THE ABOVE INSTITUTION. Principal of the Royal College of Music ; Director, Composer, and \

Conductor; Lecturer to both Private and Public, Theoretical >Dr. Mark.

nnd Practical Instrumental and Vocal Classes )

Master of the General Educational Department:) M_ r„..„.

Writing, Reading, Arithmetic, Grammar, Dictation, I „nd T„o

k^pi'ng'Ge0graphy- Prac,lcal 0«"'etry. and Book- j AMistant Teaohers.

'PRACTICAL ASSISTANT TEACHERS.
Organ '.. .. , Mr. Baker.

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vi.ii. J Mons Roouier,

Ylount Mr. Beard.

Violoncello, Double Bass, and Viola { JJ^T. DoSo""8'

Hote, Piccolo, Oboe, and Clarionet Sig. Cortesi.

Cornet and other Brass Instruments Mr. H. Russell.

Conoertina(German and English) Mr. Elder.

Vocal Classes { MeMr8-EPL0^L and

Br. Mark has also made provision for the Orphans of the Musical Profession posseting musical talent, who will find the above institution a happy home, and receive a moat effective general and musical education,.board, and clothing, free of All expense.

Little Boys, from five to nine years of age, apprenticed for three, five, or seven y^ears by paying a moderate entrance fee to cover the expenses of instrument and

Twelve appointments ready for Masters. For Prospectuses, apply direct to the Royal College of Music. Bridge-street, Manchester.

Dr. Mark is also open to Engagements with hts Little Men. Br. MARK begs to invite the Parents and Friends, and all those interested in his Enterprise and in the Edncatiou of the Youths of this country to viBit his establishment. Visiting hours:—From Nine to Eleven, a.m., and Two and , p. m. Saturdays and Sundays excepted.

ST. JAMES'S HALL,

REGENT-STREET AND PICCADILLY.

MONDAY POPULAR CONCERTS.

THE 8IXTEENTH CONCERT OF THE SEASON, MONDAY EVENING, MARCH 26th, I860,

BEETHOVEN.

PROGRAMME.
PART 1.

ORAND SEPTET, in E flat major. Op. 20 ..

For Violin, Viola, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon, Violoncello,
and Contra Bass.
Herr Becker, Mr. Doyle, Mr. Lazarus, Mr. C. Harper,
Mr. Chisholm, Mr. Severn, and Signor Piatti.
(By unanimous deslro.)

BONO.
BONO.

SONATA, In E major. Op. 109, for Pianoforte Solo
(First time.)
Miss Arabella Ooddard.
PART II.

TRIO, in E flat, for Violin, Viola, and Violoncello.. .. Be.tb.ovco.

(First time.) „
uerr Becker, Mr. Doyle, and Signor Piatti.

SONG.
SONG.

GRAND SONATA, in A (Op. 47X for Pianoforte and

Violin, dedicated to Ereutzor

Miss Arabella Goddard and Herr Becker.

Beethoven.

CONDUCTOR—Mr. BENEDICT.

Sofa Stalls, fis.; Balcony, 3s. ; Unreserved Soats, Is.—Tickets to be had of Mr. Austin, at the Hall. 28, Piccadilly; MessrB. Cramer and Co., Hammond, Addis n, and Co.. Schott and Co., Ewer and Co., Simpson, Cai ter, and Oetzmann aud Co., Itegcu-strnt; Brooks, 24, Old Cavendish-street; Bradberry's London Crystal Palace, Oxford-street, Duff and Co., 66, Oxford-stre t; Prowse, Hanway-street; Wylde, Great Hall, Hungerfbrd Market ; Chldley, 195, High Holborn ; Purriay, 50, St, Paul's Cnurcb-yurd; Keith, Prowse, and Co., 48. Cheapside; Turn el. 19, Corohill; Cook and Co., 6, Finsbury-place, south; Hunifress, 4. Old Church, street, Paddington-green; Mitchell, Leader and Co., Olhvier, Campbell, and Willis, Bond-street; and Chappi-ll aud Co., 60, New Bond-street.

OT. JAMES'S HALL.—On Wednesday evening, March 28,

O the Vocal Association (President, the Right Hon. the Earl of Dudley). Conductors—Mr. Benedict and Mr. C. E. Horsley. Artist-—Madame Saiutun-Dolby, Miss Fanny Rowland: pianoforte, Miss Eleanor Waid; violin. Mons. Sainton. Madrigals and part songs by the choir, under the direction v! M. Benedict, Tickets, Is., 8s., and 6s.. at the Hall.

MISS LAURA BAXTER has the honour to announce that her Grand Vocal and Instrumental Concert will take place, &t St. James's Hall, on the 15 th of May. Under the immediate patronage of The Marquis of Lansdowne, The Right Honorable The Earl Mount Edgcumbe, The Countess Mount Edgcumbe, The Lady Brownlow, Viscount Valletort, M.P., Trie Lady Katherine Valleiort, Ac. Communications respecting the Concert, LeMsnnn, Jec, to be addressed to Miss Laura Baxter's residence, 155, Albany-stret.;. Regent's Park. N.W.

MR. AGUILAR'S SECOND SOIREE will take place at 17", Westbourne-square, W., on Saturday, Marcti 24, at Half past Eijiht, when he will be assisted by Miss Liudo and Mr. Henry Holmes.—Programme. Sonata in G (Op. 29, No. 1). Beethoven; Songs, Rossini and Beethoven; Vatiations in A, Mozait; Solos, Violiu, Tartini and Corelli; Volkshcd and caprice in E (Op. 83, No. 2), Mendelssohn; Song, Schubert; Grand Sonata in A minor, Piano and Violin, Beethoven; Rondo briilant, Weber. Ticket, 6s.; Triple admission, 10t. 6d.; at the principal music warehouses.

A/TADAME CLARA NOVELLO'S FAREWELL.—

lYX MADAME CLARA NOVELLO respectfully acquaiu's her friends and the public that she will revisit England in the autumn to sing at a fuw Oratorios nnd Concerts in London and the provinces, being her last appearances in public. Communications irom Musical Societies to be addressed to Cramer and Co., 201, Regent-street.

MASTER HORTON CLARIDGE ALLISON (Pupil of M*. W. H. Holmes), bogs to announce that at the first of Mb Pianoforte Pen'orm.iuccH, which will take p'ace at WilllVs Rooms, King-strcot, St. JameVs, on Tuesday, Murch 27th, to commence at three o'clock precisely, he will have the honor of playing a selection from the works of the t -Mowing composers:—S. Bach, Hand;), Haydn, Beethoven, Moeart, Mendelssohn, Chopfn, Hen. Maator H. C. Al ison will be assisted by the following eminent artistes. Vocalists: Miss Hansford, Miss Fanny Rowland; Mr. Allan Irving. Instrumentalists: Hr. H. Bla?iovc, Mr. R. Blagrove. Mr. Aylward. Accompany[at. Mr. Hammond. Tickets, for the series, One Guinea; for a single performance, 10s. 6*1.; to be had of Master H. C. Allison, 143, Maryleboae roaii N.W AH seats reserved. The pianoforte used at the above performances will be by Messrs. Broad wood and Sons.

MR. MELCHOR WINTER, Tenor. All communlcations respecting engagements for Oratorios, Oofleerts, and Italian or English opera, to be addressed to his private residence, 17, St. Jamcs's-square, Nottiug-hill, W.

MR. CHARLES SALAMAN'S EVENING CONCERT, at the Hanover-square It «»■>«, on Tuursdty. March 29th, at Half-pa-<t Eight. Vocatlsti :^*tntame Catherlno Hayes. Madllo. Paropo, Miss Stabbacli, Miss Eliza Hughes,and HerrRelchardt. Instrumentalists:—Pianoforte, Mr. Salaman: Violin, Herr Moliquo and Mr. II. 0. BLigruvei Yi 11, Mr. H. Blagrove; Violoncello, Jlelr F.idol. Accomp&nvist. Mr. Frank M >r1. Programmes will bo »liortly publish.d. Tickets, 78. each; family ticket, for four persons, One Guinea; of Mr. Balatnan, 80, Baker-street, And ol the principal music-shops.

ROYAL ITALIAN OPERA, OOVENT GARDEN.— Mr. Gye has the honour to nnnoutiou that the season will commence on Tuesday, April 10th. Tub Programme, with full particulars of the arrangements, will be issued in a few days.

Royal Italian Opera, March 14, 1600.

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"rriHE ARION" (Eight-Part-Choir).—The members of

X this Society will meet until fnrther notice every Thursday evonlna*. at 8 o'clock, at 13, Berners-strcet, Oxford-street. Conductor, Mr. ALFRED GILBERT.

F. F. REILLY, Hon. Sec. Persons desirous of joining the choir are requested to address the Secretary.

MEYERBEER'S DINORAH AND STERNDALE BENNETT'S MAT QUEEN, are sung nightly at the CANTERBURY BALL CONCERTS. Comic vocalists—Messrs. George Hods m (the Irish comedian

and mlmioX W. J. Critchfieid and E. W. Mackney. Several interesting pictures are added to the Fine Arts Gallery. The suite of Halls have been re-decorated and beautified, and constitute one of the most unique and brilliant sights of the metropolis.

T. MARK'S, MYDDLETON-SQUARE.—An Organist

is required for the above church. Candidates (capable of conducting a choir) are requcstod to forward testimonials etc.. to Mr. H. Johnson, Churchwarden, 36, Ainwell-street, E.G., on or before Wednesday, the 21st inst. Salary, jf?40 per annum.

ORGAN WANTED—The Guardians of Mile End Old Town are doslroiis of obtaining for the Workhouse a Finger Orcan. The' size of the Chapel Is 70 feet long. 31 feet brood, and about 30 feet hi. h. Descriptive particulars and terms for 3 mouths' hire, Including fixing and removal, with price, if then purchased, to be fbrwardod,to Mr. E. J. Southwell, Clerk to the Board, Bancroft-rood, Stepney, N.E.

MICHAEL COSTA, the Eminent Composer, beautifully engraved oh Steel, from a Photograph bv Mayalt, is the Portrait to be issued with the ILLUSTRATED NEWS OP THE WORLD, No. Ill, March IT. or any other of the 100 Portraits already published, tnoy bo hod In lieu of the above if preferred. Price (Id., by Post, 7d. THE THIRD SERIES of the DRAWING ROOM PORTRAIT GALLERY (fbrlSoO),containing Forty Portraits and Memoirs, (issued to subscribers only), with the paper for Forty weeks, from date of subscription, for 80s., post free. FIRST and SECOND 3ERIESfor21s. each, (without papers). Quarterly sub;criptlon, 7s. lltl., post free. Of all Newsvenders. Offlco, 199, Strand, W.C.

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THOMAS H. BAYLI8, Managing Director.

rPO VOLUNTEER RIFLE CORPS.—Boosey and Sons'

X military band instruments, reed and brass, as well as bugles, drums and

fifes, have been used and approved of by almost every regiment in the servico, at home and abroad. Those regiments thnt contemplate the formation of a band, are invited t> apply to the firm, who will be happy to recommend them competent baudmasteis, and render any further assistance that may be required.—Boosey and Sous, Holies-street, Ixmdon.

NEW SONGS. By the Composer of "Speak gently," "Casahlauca," Ac, 4c. "Minnie, I would dwell with thee!" dedicated by permission t> Mr. Sinn Reeves. 2s ; "Were I a little bird like fhee!" illustrated title-p;ige, 2s. Post-free lor half-price In postage stamps, of the composer,

Brook-house, Hackney, and all music-sellers.

Shortly will be Published,

TWO EVENING SERVICES IN A MAJOR: Cantate and Detts, Magnlficate, anl Nunc Dimittla, with Organ Accompaniment. Composed by E. Bunnctt, Mus. Bac, Cantab.. Assistant Organist of Norwich Cathedral. Price (to Subscribers) 8s. Subscriber's names will be received by the Author, Upper Close, Norwich, and by the Publishers, Messrs'. Cocks and Co., New Burlington-street* London, W.

Second Edition, Folin, pp. 40, stitched. Price, complete, 7s. 6d.

RR. ROSS'S Useful Morning and Evening Full • Service In F, for four voices, with organ accompaniment. Separately, Te Deum and Jubilate, 3s.; II ymticat and Nunc Dimitti*, 3s. Loudon:

J. A. Novello.

REVIEWS.

n A set of Four-part Songs, for voices "—composed by Henry Smart (Cramer, Beale and Chappell). Oue of these —" Cradle-song* (No. 3)—has been heard at the concerts of Mr. Henry Leslie's Choir, where it was unanimously extolled as one of the most attractive things of its kind—as one, in short, df its accomplished composer's very best, and therefore worthy any amount of praise. The voices, as managed here by Mr. Smart, are a match for the orchestra itself, as a vehicle for what is somewhat affectedly denominated " colour-music." Never did sweeter " Lullaby" soothe bai.y to repose. The Other three are as good in their way; "What are the Joys of Spring?" (No. 4) charms by its freshness as it enlivens by its vigour; "Morning" (No 1) has a genial touch of Mendelssohn iu its melody and harmony, without, however, being in the slightest degree a plagiarism; while "Hymn to Cynthia? is of a more elaborate but by no means less agreeable texture. All four songs are models of vocal writing, and welcome additions to the repertory of English part-music. . . I .

"'L'Awiso' canzone per' mezzo soprano"—Giulio Regondi (Wessel and Co.)—is the composition of a thorough musician, graceful, melodious, and expressive.

"Voice of t/ie summer wind, tender and low"—written by T. Douglas, composed by G. A. Macfarren,(Cramer,Beale, and Chappell.)—This really charming ballad may be apostrophised in precisely similar terms, with the additional acknowledgment that it possesses, what the other can hardly lay claim to witjli equal justice, viz.—clwracter.

"'Never, my cliild, forget to pray' sacred song"—byFrederick ScntK.ni Clark, (.vh^hut on.I w.ulJ «»lott

unqualified praise, as a composition marked alike by taste and correctness, but that, at the end of each verse, occurs a section of a phrase, neither more nor less than a plagiarism from Sterndale Bennett's second Impromptu (in the same key too—E major).

In " lRita' mazurka for the pianoforte "—by W. Seymour Smith, (Addison, Hollier, and Lucas)—we have neat writing, the true mazurka accent, everything, in short, but originality, in which particular it is wholly deficient. Every phrase, or section of a phrase, seems as familiar as '' God save the Queen," —or even "King," which is still older.

For "mazurka" read "nocturne," and for the attributes of "mazurka" substitute the attributes of "nocturne," and precisely identical criticism will suit "' Liebe wold,' reverie for the pumoforte" (Addison, Hollier, and Lucas), by the same composer. Mr. W, Seymour Smith certainly composes well, and fluently; but his ideas are by no means new.

"The Harp and the Poet" romance—by J. Mc Ewan (Cramer, Beale, and Co.)—is neither tmmeritorious nor inexpressive; but the bare fifth iu the progression of harmony to the words, "The wind before it woos" (bar 1), is unworthy of the rest, and the whole is scarcely good enough for such a beautiful little bit of poetry as that of Mr. T. Powell, versemafeer for the occasion. Let our readers judge :— Tho \vind, before it woos Iho hnrp, .." Is but tlic wild and lunelcssair;

Tet as it passes through the chords,

Changes to music rare.
And so the poet's soul converts

The common tilings that round him lie
Into a gentlo Voice of song—

Divinest harmony.
The Harp and Poet fram'd alike

By God, as His interpreters,
I o breathe aloud the silent thought
Of ov'ry breath that stirs.

"' Ye Banks and Braes, Scotch Melody,'for the pianoforte' —by Brinley Richards (R. Mills)—is one of those moderately easy and very effective arrangements of popular airs, as short fantasias, for which its composer maintains a just renown. Though within reach of performers of modest attainments, it is not for that the less showy and brilliant.

"Hail, hail tb thee t beautiful spring"—words by J. C. Prince, music by J. Diirrner (R. Mills)—like all the late Mr. Diirrner produced, is interesting, and shows the taste and knowledge of a well-tutored musician. There is also an original turn about it, t.he words being set in a manner not likely to have suggested itself to an ordinary composer.

"The Young Pilgrim"—--written by Mrs. Veitch, composed by T. M. Mudie (R Mills)—is another capital song, declamatory in style, after the manner in which Longfellow's "Excelsior" has been rendered more than once in music, but perfectly original notwithstanding, and highly expressive, to boot. Apart from these considerations, too, "The Young Pilgrim" is a composition in which the hand of an accomplished musician is everywhere apparent.

"' A short and easy Morning Service,' 'Te Deum' and 'Jubilate,'" with accompaniment for organ or pianoforte— by Ch. Fr. Hauptmann (Ewer and Co.)—is exactly what it is stated to be in the words on the title-page, neithetf more nor less. On the other hand, the worthy organist of St. Mary's, Tenby, may be especially complimented on the correctness and parity of his harmony.

"My Love wants no jewels" (" Mein Lieb braucht nicht Perlen")—Song, composed by Bernhard Althaus (Ewer and Co.)—is an elegant, unexceptionably-written commonjilaea—- . —w • ~—- .

If every composition of the same character was as spirited, rhythmical and unaffected as the "Grand triumphal March," for the pianoforte, by T. M. Mudie (R. Mills), we should hail tho announcement of each "successive hew one wjth greater glee; but unhappily that is not the case, and Mr. Mudie must be ticketed with forming an honourable and vigorous exception to a general rule of dulness. His march, indeed, is all that a inarch should be— more than which it is needless to say in praise of it.

"Thou art gone" (■' l)u bist fern")—song, composed by Bernard Althaus (Ewer and Co.)—is less commonplace thati "Mein Lieb braucht nicht Perlen" by the same composer (noticed above), but hardly more original in its general physiognomy. It is well written, like its companion.

Hamburgh.—At the 125th Philharmonic Concert, Herr Joachim plaved two pieces—Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D major, ami Tiirtini's " Devil's Sonata." Iu comparison with the mighty blade that'Herr Joachim wields, in the Raise of a violin bow, all the Lauterbnchs and RuppoMis draw mere toy-swords out of their sheaths Moreover, to the greatest power, Heir Joachim unites the sweetest gentleness. The appluusc at the conclusion of his performance seemed as if it would never cease. —German Paper.

Bergamo.—Our travelling correspondent in Lombardy informs us, that Mad. Guerrabella appeared at Bergamo with immense success in. Pacini's Stella di Napoli, and that the favour with which that opera was received was entirely due to her singing and to her admirable acting, especially in the last act. The soprano part in the Stella is extremely difficult, and in some passages the singer has to sustain B, C, and even D above the line. After the cavatina, Mad. Guerrabella was recalled several times, and she was forced to re-appear again and again in the course of the opera, at the conclusion of which she was accompanied homo by a large body of enthusiastic amateurs, and serenaded.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR.

THE "APOLLO AND MARSYAS." Sir,—I enclose for publication a translation of a document •which has been forwarded to me by order of His Excellency the Governor of Venice, and signed by him. So high a tribute to genius cannot but prove of great interest to every man of refinement. I am! Sir, yours obediently,

Morris Moore.

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"We hare the pleasure to communicate to you that in consequence of your having with immense success publicly exhibited in Paris,* Munich, Dresden, and Vienna, in furtherance of pious and philanthropic objects, the picture of 'Apollo and Marsyas' in your possession, and of this picture liavrog been every where acknowledged to be not only an undoubted original by Raphael, but one of singular interest; and in consequence, moreover, of your having desired to exhibit the said picture in this Accademia di Belle Arti, side by side with the corresponding original drawing by Raphael, the Supreme Ministry of Worship and Public Instruction, in reply to the petition which you had addressed to it, and in consideration that the exhibition of your famous picture side by side with the original drawing belonging to this Academy would be of the deepest interest to all artists and lovers of art, forwarded orders to the government of this Luogotenenza, not only to grant you the public exhibition of your picture of 'Apollo and Marsyas' side by side with the corresponding drawing belonging to this Academy, in a suitable place in the same, but in every possible way zealously to assist you towards this object. , ■ i | ■ / , ■

"At the same time, the Supreme Ministry of Worship and Public Instruction, in order to protect so great a treasure as an original picture by Raphael from every possible risk through inadvertont handling, enjoined the Government of this Luogotenenza to make arrangements that the usual Custom House operations be waived respecting the case containing it, especially on your quitting Venice, and that, above all, be omitted the opening of it or the placing of any seal upon it, lest its contents be endangered.

"In the orders given un -tbi» i.TMa to i\ ncy of tka Accademia di Belle Arti, and in the understanding entered into with the I. R. Prefecture of Finance, you will have recognized the ready zeal with wbieh the Government of this Luogotenenza has fulfilled the high behests of the Supreme Ministry,

"In the mean time, steps will at once be taken that the name of Monlagna be removed from Raphael's original drawing of'Apollo and Marsyas' belonging to the Accademia di Belle Arti of Venice, and that its authenticity be established in a way to cause all doubt to cease.

"Accept the assurance of my highest consideration, ..

"TaaGEiTBtBO.

"Vienna, March 1st, I860."

LEEDS TOWN.HALL ORGAN.

Sir,—I regret to see, by a report copied in the pages of the Musical World from the Express, that a feeling of doubt and dissatisfaction exists in Leeds regarding the new organ in your Town Hall. I had an opportunity of hearing nnd playing on it some weeks since, and, as an impartial observer, interested in the welfare of the art of organbuilding, I beg you will allow me to express my opinion concerning this magnificent instrument.

1 am acquainted with the finest organs in this country, as well as those in Paris and Germany, including those at Frankfort, Ulm, Weingarten, Haarlem, Sec, and still have no hesitation in saying that yours is a master-piece of art and science combined.

The design alone displays consummate knowledge of organ-building j whilst the more artistic portions, such as the choice i>f registers, voicing, Ac, reflect equal credit on the artists who planned the instrument, and the artificer who executed his share of the work.

It is essentially a concert-organ, adapted to the requirements of festivals, solo performances, 4c; and the general quality of tone, I consider excellent. The ensemble is superb. The groundwork, viz., the diapasons, are distinguished for breath and grandeur; and the voicing of the delicate wood flue-work, the free reeds, tuba and solo stops generally, I think very successful; whilst the Voix Humain certainly rivals that at Frtybourg, or rather the more celebrated one at

* The' "Apollo and Marsyas " was not so exhibited at Paris. At Munich and at Vienna it was exhibited in aid of the Artists' Benevolent Fund; at Dresden and Vienna in aid of the Schiller Foundation Fund.

the Madeleine. Nor should I omit to specify the Mixtures (that glorious and exclusive monopoly of the organ) which are each definite in character, and designed on a new and excellent principle. The amazing amount of combination movements affords greater variety s>i effect than has hitherto been introduced, I believe, in any other organ. Respecting the working condition of such elaborate mechanism, my visit was too brief to form a decided opinion on it, and I never tamper with any instrument. No one can reasonably object to the weight of a touch whioh offers a resistance of only half-a pound on each key; and if the delightful elasticity of the old action (well made) is wanting, when the pneumatic movement is applied, this addition was indispensable to counteract the high pressure of the wind.

The absence of a 32-fcet wood open in the pedal organ is to be regretted, although the Bourdon is very good of its kind. . ■. I

There can be no doubt that a most conscientious feeling has been displayed in the design and execution of the Leeds organ, and with doe allowance for slight and temporary imperfections, the skill of the builder, and a just regard for his own credit, will cause these drawbacks to disappesr. The external appearanoe is splendid, and in perfect keeping with your noble hall; and, with Mr. Best, I take the liberty of recommending some caution in placing the organ under the hands of every new comer.

I write only with the motive of upholding excellence in any organbuilder, of whatever nation; as although my experience has inclined me to a preference for the great German school of organ-building (to which we owe so much), I yet feel that candour and justice impel an acknowledgment of merit in our own countrymen, when deserved.

I am, Sec,

Northampton, Feb. 23,1860. Charles Mckobeell.

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a Correspondent).—The seventy-fifth season of the announced to close on Tuesday evening, March 8th, the Apollonian Hall was crowded, notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather. The vocalists were Miss Louisa Jarrett, Miss Harcourt, and Mr. D. Lambert; and the programme excellent of its kind. Muss Jarrett's singing gained great applause, and in "I'll follow thee," she was encored; as also in the duets with Mr. Lambert, who justlyreeeived his share of approbation. Mr. Lambert sang "The Suliote War Song," and Bishop's, "Oh! firm as oak, and freo from care," and in both was encored. Miss Harcourt, in her songs, afforded great satisfaction, and was also more than once encored. The instrumental part

of the programme, consisting of overtures, galops, and valses, was well executed, and the entertainment concluded with "God save the »

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MONDAY POPULAR CONCERTS. 'not the Germans henceforth imagine that they are the lie who can compose chamber-music. The concerts of '27th, and March 12th, are a convincing proof that iaus, at least, have invented combinations of harmony no leas attractive than the melody which is characteristic of the. "Sunny South." A programme, rich in gems, drew together on Monday last an audience which, braving (he inclemency of a miserably wet night, crowded every part of St. James's Hall, and remained, with few exceptions, to the end of one of the most delightful entertainments ever provided.

The instrumental selection comprised Boccherini's quintet in A major (Op. 20), Cherubini's grand quartet in E flat (second time), and Donizetti's quartet in D major. In the hands of Herren Becker and Kies, Mr. Doyle and Signor Piatti, with the able co-operation of M. Paque in the first piece, each of these compositions received more than justice, being indeed played to perfection. Especially noticeable was again the quartet of Cherubini, displaying a freshness, and geniality, and science alike admirable, at times reminding us of the vigorous of Beethoven, at others of the delicate fancy ofMenmn, and yet without a trace of plagiarism, the whole thoroughly original, fir. Charles italic contributed two solos—dementi's sonata in A major (Op. 25), and three of Scarlatti's harpsichord lessons (including the fugue in D minor). Both authors were given irreproachably, in a style uniting all requisite light and shade with, the most perfect mechanism, and both pleased unanimously.

Herr Becker once more distinguished himself as a soloist, and in Tartini's TriUo del Diavolo more than confirmed the opinion expressed of his powers recently. He has fairly taken his place in the front ranks of "virtuosi?' no less than quartet players. A hearty recall followed his really wonderful performance.

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music, the lady repeating Sard's "Ah non sai qual pena," and the grand ana from Piccini's Didone Abbandonata, in both of which she was much applauded. The two airs allotted to Mr. Bims Reeves offered a great contrast, the first being "Pieta Signore," from an oratorio of Stradella's; the second, " Pria che spunti," from Cimarosa's Matrimonio Segreto. More exquisite singing never was heard, and in the last-named piece the voice and taste of our great tenor were displayed to such perfection that an encore/was inevitable, and he repeated the air to the delight of every one in the hall.

On Monday next the instrumental portion will be from the works of Beethoven; the grand Septet and the Kreutzer Sonata, by Miss Arabella Goddard and Herr Becker, being included in the programme, to say nothing of one of the latest sonatas (Op. 109) for the first time at the Monday Popular Concerts.

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He, however, whom Hood, himself somewhat of a punster, called "punning Peake," always fortified his farces with a certain number of solid verbal jokes, and the great point in the Omnibus is the double meaning given to the word curacoa, which the Irishman should pronounce " cure a sow," and thereupon inquires whether it will also "cure a mare." The joke was so much relished in its time that it not only made the success of the farce, but attracted amateurs afjeux de mots from all parts of England, and we are assured that hundreds of families visited the metropolis solely in order to hear Mr. Peake's pun. On Tuesday night it was by some error omitted, and we expected that cries for "the pun! the pun !" would have been raised from all parts of the house, but the audience bore their loss very composedly. We must add, in all seriousness, that the acting throughout the evening was most creditable to the amateurs, who, we believe, had never until this occasion played together.

Before' tho comedietta, a capital prologue, written by S. H. G. Wright, the physician to the institution, in aid of which the entertainments were given, was delivered by the author. It contains some excellent lines on the subject of amateur acting, and in reference to the charitable object of the performance of Tuesday evening, and it was much applauded.

The same amateurs re-appeared at Campden House on Thursday evening, the proceeds of the sale of tickets being again devoted to the "Royal Benevolent Society."

THEATRICALS AT CAMPDEN HOUSE. (From our Kensington Correspondent, by Omnibus Express.) As interesting performance took place on Tuesday last, at Mr. Wolley's miniature theatre, in aid of the funds of that excellent institution the Royal Benevolent Society. The entertainment commenced with, Our Wife, or the Rose of Amiens, an adaptation from the French, by Mr. Palgrave Simpson; followed by Peake's farce of the Omnibus, and concluding with Betsey Baker, the work of Mr. J. M. Morton, and some French person or persons unknown. In the comedietta, the "Viscount Raynham, the Captain Mackinnon, the Sieur Wolley, the Lord Wallscourt, and the Ladies Colthnrst and Anne Sherson appeared: the Viscount Raynham and the Lady Colthurst particularly distinguishing themselves. In the Omnibus, the Honourable Evelyn Ashley, the Major Mackinnon, the Sieur Maitland, the Honourable Reginald O'Grady, the Lord Wallscourt, and the demoiselles Newton and Barker performed. Tho Sieur Maitland is an excellent representative of the comic Irishman, and was seen to much advantage in the part of Pat Booney. The fun of Peake's ancient farce turns upon the inconveniences likely to result to suburban residents from the invention of omnibuses.

CONCERTS.

Crtstal Palace.—The concert given on Saturday, the 3rd instant, was principally devoted to a selection from Mendelssohn's operetta Son and Stranger, including the overture and the most important pieces in the work. The singers were, Mad. Weiss, Miss Fanny Huddart, Mr. Wilbye Cooper, Mr. Sniythson and Mr. Weiss. Mr. Manns had evidently taken pains, and the result was an excellent performance, thoroughly enjoyed by all

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biuugbt out in England in 1851 (the first time in public, although written in 1829), at the Haymarket Theatre, with Miss Louisa Pyne, Mr. Donald King, and Mr. Weiss. It obtained a great success, although by no means satisfactorily executed, the band and chorus being indifferent, and was pronounced by universal assent a masterpiece of comic music. It seems strange indeed, that after such a success none of our lyric theatres, Italian or native, should have contemplated its production. At the Crystal Palace'more than half (• its beauties were lost, as the music is eminently dramatic and the libretto spirited aDd amusing. The pieces which pleased most were the delicious romance of Herrmann, " When the evening bells are chiming," capitally sung by Mr. Wilbye Cooper; Ursula's song at the spinning-wheel; Lisbeth's air, "How oft the young have wandered , and, of course, the famous buffo song, "I'm a roamer," splendidly given by Mr. Weiss. The concerted music might in some instances have gone better. The artists seemed as though they were unwilling to ruffle their drawing-room placidities by any dramatic perturbations—all except Mr. Weiss, who proved himself, even remote from the stage, every inch a pedlar. The remaining pieces in the programme were Beethoven's overture to Promethtus; the splendid "War March" from Mr. Horseley's Gideon; the "Rataplan" duet from the Figlia, by Mr. and Mrs. Weiss; the ballad, "Three fishers went sailing," sung by Miss Fanny Huddart; and a new song composed by Mr. Hullah, " The doubting heart," given by Mr. Wilbye Cooper. The concert-room was tolerably full—not crowded.

On Saturday last the programme comprised, for the band, Schumann's symphony in E flat, Mendelssohn's overture to Ruy Bias, and Weber's " Invitation a la Valse," arranged for orchestra by M. Hector Berlioz—an especial favourite with Mr. Manns, and deservedly so, the beauty of the composition and the extreme brilliancy of the instrumentation considered. The symphony of Schumann in B flat was performed for the first time at the Crystal Palace—though not for the first time in this country, as the annals of the Old Philharmonic can tell. It is an eminentlycharacteristic work—that is, characteristic of its lamented author. The second movement, which is melodious and somewhat devotional in tone, could not fail to please. Mr. Manns,

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