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BOSTON:

PUBLISHED BY OLIVER DITSON AND COMPANY, 277 WASHINGTON STREET.

1862.

STANFORD UNIVERSITY

LIBRARIES

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Reprint Edition 1967

JOHNSON REPRINT CORP. ARNO PRESS, INC.

New York—London New York, N.Y.

Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 67-24725

Manufactured in the U.S.A. by Arno Press Inc.

INDEX.

Abdul Aziz, sultan of Turkey 151

A Beethoven matter (A. W.T.) 274

A chapter on MU 194

A coni*ert in the South Pacific 229

Adelaide or Alice!. 325

A hint to musicians 63

Alters, Benj. Paul. Sculptor 202

Alceste (Gluek's), revived in Piiris 2G8

Albert, Prince, aneeilotc of 332, 33">

a* a musician 381

American Composers 3

Amndio, Alessandro, death of 115

Amina and the Mill Wheel 141)

A monster Concert 238

A musical gymnast 382

Annec Musicalc (reviewed) 57

Analysis of Bird Music 61

Audi Alteram Partem ( Wagner) 66

An Artistic Concert 101

An hour with Meyerbeer '■ 157

An organic complaint Ill

A new instrument 22

A play at the Tuilerie« 101

A poet among the soldiers 135

Army Hymn, Singing of the 95

Artists' Exhibition 359

Ante's for.) Music to " Columns." 341

Architecture, Parliamentary Views on 152

Artist Trio, The I "4

At Home 270

Bach and Handel 250,341

as Organist 315

His Mass in B minor 256

Bach. J. S. (Deutsche Mtisik Zeitung) 129, 139,

147, 155, 166, 177, 198, 217.

The study of 284

Balfe's "Puritan's Daughter," 314, 323

Barbicrc di Scviglia 64

Beethoven; his Schottischen Licder 274

Beethoven, recollections of, (Cipriani Poltcr).302,308

Beethoven's Fidelio, (Liszt) 219

Beethoven's music to Egmont 194

Behind the scenes at the theatre 220, 228

Bells, A chapter on 194

Berlin Court Singers 389

Berlin, The Music Gardens of 100

Berlioz and Wagner (Louis Khlcrt) 265

Berlioz, Hector 178

Birmingham Festival 112, 221

Boston Mozart Club 262

Musical Fund Society 46

Music Hall Association 87

Music Tcachers,263, Music in the Public

Schools of 299

Musical Times 95

Public Library 182

Public Schools. 68th Annual Festival.. .134

""Bcport on Music in. .299, 307

Bosio 215

Brainerd, Miss "270

Brooklyn Academy of Music 335

Brown Papers, republished 252, 295

Browning, Mrs. E. B. Death of 135, 180

Cambridge Commencement 127

Castelli, Memoirs of my life 163

Chamber Concerts '. 278

Charity children in St. Paul's Cathedral 136

Charlatanism in Music 58, 65, 81, 94

Cheve"a System of Musical Instruction.49,70,86,101

Chicago, organ for Ill

Chiekcring's Pianos 12

Chimes 340

Chinese music 12

Chit-chat,...23, 63, 70, 79, 96, 119, 126, 135, 142,
159, 167, 182, 190, 207, 214, 223, 238, 261.

Chopin's Mazurkas and Waltzes 30

a letter about 171

Mazurkas (Louis Ehlert) 235

Sixteen Polish songs by 364

Christmas services at Trinity Ch. N. Y 316

Church Bells 159

Church Music 116

Church Music in New York 11

Church music in St. Louis 45, 96

Church music in the hands of the Reformers 68

Cimarosa and Paesiello 125

Cincinnati Musical Association 24

Classical Music, on the pretended love for 323

Commemoration of Victory 390

Composers, a prize for 167

CONCERTS:

Boston Mozart Cluh 23.46.311,366,415

Church of the Immaculate Conception 383

Handel and Haydn Society, (Messiah). ..6, 30, 39
Handel and Haydn Society. .311. Christmas
performance of the Messiah.318; Te Dcum

and Hymn of Praise - 390

Kreissinann, Leon hard anil Eichbcrg. 270, 286,294

M.idllc. ile la Motto 63

Mendelssohn's Hymn of Praise, (old South

Church.) *. 358

Mendelssohn Quintette Club 30, 278, 294, 327

342, 366, 382, 391,406.

Miss Mnry Fay 342, 351. 366

Mr. Bendclnri 55

Mr. John K. Paine 254, 350, 366

Mr. Petcrsilen 39

Mr. S. B. Ball 15

Mr. Whiting's (Organ) 15

Mrs. Charlotte Varian..39, 46,70,215,223,238,270

Mrs. J. H. Long 63

Music Hall 262

Orchestral Union 23, 30, 39, 70, 79, 351, 359,

366, 375, 383, 391, 399, 406.

Orpheus Musical Association 30, 215, 255,414

Patii Matinee 262

Philharmonic Concerts 334, 358, 374, 398, 414

Pierian Sodality and Glee Club 62

Polyhymnia 15

Concert programmes 102

Convert Spirituel 56

Cow-one, death of 151

Conducting 116, 133, 148

Contraband singing 182

CORRESPONDENCE:

Aurora, N. Y 181

Albany, N Y 373

Brooklyn, N. Y 134, 271, 359,374

Burlington, Vt 221

Buffalo, N. Y 366

Chicago 7. Ill, 118

Cincinnati 16,30,357,415

Cumberland, Md 3S6

Dorchester, Mass 399

Finland 255

Gettysburg. Pa 21

Hartford, Conn, 259. 277

Leipzig 309

New Bedford 319

Milwankio (Wis ) 271,343,373

New York 6. 21. 22. 37, 47, 126, 175, 197,216,

248, 253, 263, 319. 359, 365.

North Wcvmouth, Mass 8

Paris '. 7. 15, 55.62, 72, 301

Philadelphia . 16, 86, 327,357,359,365,373,383.389

Pittsfield, Mass 16, 151, 389

Providence, R. I 359

Roiri* 110

Springfield, Mass 86, 285, 316, 333

Sweden 263

St. Louis 8, 38, 79, 316, 358, 399

St. Petersburg 118

Terre Haute, (Ta.) 16

Toronto 44, 391

Townsend, Mass 101

Venice 110

Vienna 190

Weimar 85, 223

Worcester, Mass 86, 231,253,319

CORRESPONDENCE, EDITORIAL, NEW SERIES:

No. X. Orell's Muu—Slnff-Akademle 4

XT. Symphonies for the Pmple— I.ieWg 18

XII. Lteblg an. I his concerts 19

XIII. Muste In Berlin—Bach 68

XIV. London 117

XV. '• 125

XVI." 183

XVII. '• Halle's Beethoven .Recitals 141

XVIII. " Monday Popular Concerts ISO

XIX. " Philharmonic—Art Union—Jenny Lind 158

XX. " Don Giovanni at Covent Garden 188

XXI. " William Tell 206

XXII. '. The Book of Leviathan 236, 246

Will " Musical Snmmerln London 262

XXIV. " Mad Llnd-Qoldachmldt. In Elijah 260

Cushman, Charlotte 173

Czillag, Mad. liosa 23

Darmstadt, a day in 292

David the Composer 101

Death behind the scenes 196

"De Gustibus." 328

Dettingen Te Dcum, The (Chorley)... 286, 290, 299 performed by the Handel and Haydn 390

Development of the Musical Faculties (Dr.

Marx) 8.1, 90, 109, 11.1, 121, 132

Diarist, (the) in Ix>ndon.l30, 137, 145, 153, 161, 169

in Vienna 190

Diapason, The 144

Don Giovanni 93

Don Giovanni in London, (1861) 143

Drn.in.itic Music 156

Dussik, Dussck. Duschck, (A. W. Thayer) 211,

218, 225, 232, 241.

Egmont, Beethoven's music to 143

English national music 194

Exhibition of 1862, (London) 143

Facing the Music 303

Fnlkenstein, J. bis new mass 54

Fechter's Othello 283

Fifteen years ago—Italian and German—Verdi..347

Fine Aria (Athcnanim gallery) 38

Artists' Exhibition 359

First Impressions abroad 282

Foley, Margaret 174

French Musical History (Sketches of)... 1, 9, 17,25,

31.41,50.123.
Fry, W. II 3, U

Genessco, N. Y. Normal Academy of Music. .. .190

Gcnzingcr not Geuzingcr (see Haydn) 410

Gcrmania Band 262

Glover, (Howard) his opera liny Bias 276

Gluck's " Alceste." .' 268

Gottschnlk 366

Grisi, Julia 93, 96, 166, 167

Gnilmetie (Dr.) Lecture on Vocal Culture 31

Handel and Bach 342

Handel and Haydn Society, Annual Meeting.69, 87

Handel and Haydn Society, The Messiah 6

Handel, Chrvsa'nder's life of, reviewed I

Handel's Messiah ( N. Y. Tribune/ 335

Hanover Square Rooms, The 258

Harmoniehord, The 340

Hawthorn's wonderful " Marble Faun." 285

Haydn and the Music seller 221

Haydn, Joseph, Twentv six letters to Mad.

Genziiiger 317, 354, 363, 387, 395, 410

Hayes, Catherine, death of. .181 ; biography of..197

Heinrich, A. P. death of 47

Hereford Musical Festival 231

Ililler, Ferd: Letters about Music 266

Hinckley, Miss, marriage of, to Susini 255

Hints to Musical Misses 181

Homeward bound 222

Hymns and Choirs 80

Homer, L. P., death of 407

Improvement in keyboards of pianos, &c 186

Israel in Egypt. (H. F. Chorley) 195

Italian and German—Fifteen years ago—Verdi. .347

Jiell, Alfred 151

Japanese, music among the 204

Jnrves' collection of old Masters 333

Joachim as a composer 43

Joachim's Concerto 372

Keyboards of pianos, improvement in 186

Knorr Ju'ins, death of 151

Kreissle, Heinrich von, see Schulxrt.

Le Domino Noir 137

Laanenr, Biography of 186

Lily of Kil!arncy 418

Liszt in Paris, 115, 142

Lithophone, The, Nature's Piano 26

London, a new Musical Conservatoire in 293

London Monday Popular Concerts 291

London Operas'and Pattigraphs 301

Lorini, Virginia Whiting 47, 98

Madrid, Music in 239

Managers and Music Halls 107

Mario as a Teacher 115

Marschner, Dr. Heinrich 341, 397

Marseilles Hymn, The 91

Marseillaise The. Who wrote it! 68

Mason and Hamlin's Melodeons 44

Mayer's (Carl) Piano Improvement 343

Memoirs of my Life, Castelli 163

Mendelssohn a Musician (Edin. Rev.) 397

Mendelssohn and his Letters (Edin. Rev.) 381

Mendelssohn's Elijah 348,356,

Mendelssohn Quintette Club 134

Modern Music 340
Mendelssohn's Travelling Letters, 2"9, 214,222.227,
243, 249, 269, 273, 289, 297, 305, 313, 329, 337,
345, 353, 361, 369, 377, 385, 393, 401, 409.
Meyerbeer, an hour with, 157; Meyerbeer and fin-
menu 293

Moinrt and the Chimes 412

Mozart iiiul the Orchestra 143

Moult, What he was paid 56

Mozart, \V. A., (hy Otto J;ihn) 75, 82

My Whistlintr Neighbor 164

Munich, Music and Sculpture in 282

Music *"

A Cure affected by 10

Among the Japanese 204

a Menus of Preserving Health 191

an Amusement of the Home 188

A new Lit'ht in 3

as Art, Language, l'rophecy 403

at Home '230 302

At the West Church 223

Dramatic 156

English National 293

for this Season 247

Gardens of Berlin 100

in Common Schools 198

in Legislative Halls 63

in Madrid 239

in Primary Schools 101

in Kussia 173

in the Armv 262

Influence o'f 203,234,244, 250

Irish 70

Letters about (F. Hillcr) 2C6

Mimetic 29, 31, 33

Modern 340

i Of the Future 18

Remarks on the Present State of, (Dr. Marx).

139.

Report on, in the Boston Schools 299, 307

To Macbeth 23

Trade, the Board of Ill

without Noise (Punch) 325

Musical Societies in New York 27, 35

Devotions, Vespers 322

Education, Objects of 97

Education, Remarks on (Dr. Marx), 42, 76,

Genius 47

Glasses, bow to Play on 238

Instruments, Ancient 61

Journals, in Italy 381

Literature 28

Phenomenon 238

Season, The 261

Terms 148

Mi sir in Vol. XIX.
No. 1- The Hymn of Praise (Lobgesang) Mendelssohn, con-
tinued.

2-3. Opera of Martha, fnr Pianoforte, continued
4. Chopin's Waltaes, op. 64, No. 8.
6 Martha continued.
6-9. Hymn of Praise, continued.
10-18 Martha, continued.
19-26 Hymn of Praise, continued.
Mcsic in Vol. XX.

No 1. Hymn of Praise, continued.
2-7. Msrtha. continued.

8. Martha. (Title page and Argument).
9-11 Hymn of Praise, continued.

12. '• •' Title and Words.

13-18. Chopin's Masurkas

19-26. The Messiah, I Handel) continued.

Music Adhoad.

Aix la Chapelle 860

Amsterdam 143, 3"3

Rarcelona 168

Basle 160

Berlin. 40. 88.104.160.168, 191. 215. 239, 288, 303, 311, 320.

827. 852. 368, 391, 406

Birmingham a 221.876

Bremen 326.226

Brunswick 191.360

Brussels 71, 384

Bologna 320

Caasel 868

Cologne 72,102, 199, 301, 304, 320. 326.343. 852. 375

168.272,304,320

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Dublin

England 40, 79

llorence 296

Frankfort 239,320

Ootha 408

Haarlem 271

Hamburg

Hanover. ......

Havana 207. 320

Hereford 231

Ivrea 168

Italy 368

Lelpste, 112, 288 295. 301. 311, 320, 343. 351, 860. 384 , 405.

Llreipool 296

London. 12. 24, 47. 61. 71. 80.88 103. 119,127, 191.215,209.
296. 312. 325,344, 861, 376, 391. 400.

Madrid 270. 320

Manchester 830. 376

Mannheim 168

Martrnburg 216

Mayence 288, 303, 360

Melbourne 207

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Napoleon, Prince, Boslon Fcstivnl in Honor of. .206

National Anthems 91

National Hymn, The 101, 132, 149

National Hymns - 257

Nature's Piano. The Lithophone 26

New Publications, 23, 63, 70, 87, 93, 118,142, 183,

198, 207, 223, 239, 255.

New Orleans 5

New York. Church Music in, 11 ; Musical Societies

in 27.35

Niedermeyer, I .on is 52

Nigger Minstrelsy in England 98

Night hath Songs 117

Novello, Vincent, Obituary of 188

Life and Labors of, by Mary C.

Clarke, 346. 355, 371, 380, 404.

Old Mnsters, The Jarves Collection of 333

Opera, Italian In Boston 271

Bctly 277

Don Giovanni 14

11 Barhlere 14

1 Puritanl 14

La Juive 8, 14

l.a Sonnambula

Les Notch de Jrannette 279, 287

Lurreiia Borgia 287

Martha 287

Un Ballo In Masebera 279

Opera, The 203

Opera and Theatre in Venice 105

Opera Hunting in Germany 291

in Italy 81

Opera, our Early Troupes 19

Organ, The 29, 59. 106, 179

Organ Concert, Mr. Whiting 15

Concerts at Leeds 184

for Buffalo 300

Organ for Chicago Ill

for Christ Church, Cambridge 262

for Detroit 135

fur Dr. Gannett's Church 319

for Jamaica Plain 182

for Vine street, Roxhury 206

for West Church, Boston 206

Organs, a Gossip about 187

Orchestra of the Crystal Palace 388

Our Music Pages 310

Paesielloand Cimarosa 125

Paine, J. K., tho Organist 60, 135

his Concert in Portland 149, 166

Concert in Boston 254,293,343

Paris, The new Grand Opera Honse at 183

Patti, Adclina, in London 84,125

at Berlin 365

Patriotic Piccolomini 231

Paving the Piper 231

Philadelphia Continental Theatre, Fire at 199

Phillips, Adelaide 182

in Paris 254

Phonautogrnphy, the new Science of 183

Piano Thrumming 94

Poetrt:

A Crimean Kplsode. Bayard Taylor 201

A Day In June. J.R.Lowell 81

A Woodland Reverie 106

Bell Songs Rose Terry 73

Cavalry Song C. 0. Leland 153

Chimes. Arlington Street Chureh. (Transcript 318

farewell to the Swallows. Thomas Hood 225

Hvmn to the Flowers. Horace Smith 209

I Love to Sing. Rev. Dr. Bethune 177

June, W. C. Bryant 97

Lotos-Land Rose Terry 89

Mountain Picturoa. (J. Q. Whlttler) 877

"Not Tat." Bryant 116

Ode to an old Violin 196

Our Country. O.W.Holmes 228

Our Country's Call. W.C.Bryant 249

Our River. John 0 Whittler 137

O Mother of a Mlghtv Race. Bryant 113

Prologue. Belmont Theatrical Company) 380

September Rain 217

Sonnet. Fanny Malone Raymond 1

The Celestial Army. T. B. Reed 129

The Flower of Liberty. 0 W. Holmes 266

The Great Bell Roland. Theodora Tilton 25

The Lark in the City Thomas Hno,l 185

TheNnrth nn-l the South. IB. H. drowning) 281

The Origin of Umgiiage. (llbu-kwooil) 385

The rising of the People. K. J. Cutler lUt

The Twn Armies. Vanity Fair 145

The Hashers of the Shmwl J.R.Lowell 257

Under the Cloud und through the Sea 169

War Song. W W story 114

Portuguese Music 119

Practical Answers lo Practical Questions 172

Prime Seventh, the, ns an Element in the Musical

Sysicm. (II. W. Poole) 77

Psnims and Psalmody 308

Public, The Judgment of the 262

Puritan's Daughter, Hulfe's New Opera,.. .314, 323

Itamcnu and Meyerbeer 293

Roger's Mode of Singing 74

Rossini at Home 11

Rossini's "Titans" 840

Russia, Music in, (Trovator) 173

Russian National Music 164

Ruy Bias, (Howard Glover's Opera) 276

Sntter, G. in Paris 271

Schmitt, Geo. A., Cnpt 127,263

Schraubstaedter, William 151

Schubert, Franz, Mauuscripts of 295

Schubert, Franz 122

his Musical Remains 279

Schubert, Franz, a Biographical Sketch (H. von

Kreissle). 281, 290, 298, 306, 313, 321, 331, 339,

346, 355,370, 402, 411.

Schumann, Robert 175

Scrilie, Eugene. 36

Seville, September Music in 251

Shaw, Oliver J., Obituary of 142

Song, the Essentials of 182

Soulhard, L. H 47

Spohrand Boucher 389

Spohr in I^ondon 315

Staudigl, death of 47,51,59

Star Spangled Banner, The 37, 39,46

Siehhins, Emma 174

Sicibclt, Daniel 372

Stigclli 215

St. Louis, Church Music in 45

Sunday Music on the Common 99

Surry Music Hall 114

Tannhiiuser at the Stadt Theatre 119

Tannhauser in Paris 63

Tate and Brady 382

Teachers and Methods of Teaching 121

Thooft's Symphony (Charles V.) 143

Through the Country of tho White Hills 89

Titiens, Mile 176

Tom, the Blind Pianist 55

Trovator : Letter from Finland 255

from Sweden 263

—— from Haarlem 271

from Dresden 272

from Vienna 280

Opera Hunting in Germany 291

A Day in Darmstadt 292

Trenkle, Mr. J., Letter from 295

Trnth about Music and Musicians 208, 212

Ullmann's Benefits 238

Un Fanatico per la Musica 100

Verdi... 73, 114,347

Vespers, Musical Devotions 322

Victory, Commemoration of 390

Virtuoso, The 364

Vogler, (Abbe") and his Pupils 36

Wagner and Berlioz (L. Ehlert) 265

Wagner, (Audi alteram partem) 66

Wagner's Flying Dutchman 72

Wagner, Johanna 323

Wagner's Music of the Future Reviewed 18

Wagner, Richard 242

Walewski's (Count), Address at the Conservatoire.
185.

War Song. W. W. Story' u*

Washington, Music in 55

New Picture for the Capitol at 285

Weimar, The World of 45

Weber and the Harmonirhord 340

What makes things Musical 61

Whiting, Geo. E. (Organist) 15

Yankee Doodle, tho Origin of 107

Zelter, Carl Friederich 201, 213

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BOSTON, SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 18 61.

Vol. XIX. No. 1.

For Diright'l Journal of Music.

Sonnet.

■When fleecy cloudlets float about the moon,
When dews fall — her pure tears — and her sweet
breath

The night wind, like some pious Sabbath tune,
The passionate heart to peace attempcreth,
Then in my quiet room I sit, and sing
Such songs as solitude and I love best;
Then evil's self seems a harmonious thing,
And life's sad cares resolve in tranquil rest.
Then do I feel that all are sanctified
To noble ends, and purely should aspire;
All, who in sonrj's novitiate here are tried,
Ere they may join the immortal starry choir.
Then thrills of rapture through my being start,
As though the hand of God hod touched my heart.

Fannt Malone Raymond.

Translated for Diright's Journal of Muslo.

Sketches of French Musical History.

XI. Opera. 1830—1860.

The Revolution of July (1880) may be said to have taken place to the music of the duet in Masaniello, " Amour sacre" de le patrie," and to the song la Parisienne, which Nourrit sang with such wonderful expression. After being closed fifteen days the theatre was opened again, Aug. 4, with Auber's la Muetle, (Masaniello), a work fitted as if written for the occasion.

The following 18th of October, they gave Le Dieu et la Bayadere, another charming work of Auber, in which Marie Taglioni and Perrot, a pupil of Vestris, executed prodigies of grace and elegance.

March 1, 1831, Veron succeeded Lubbert in the direction of the opera, with a brilliant and profitable success. He gave successively Le Philtre, a new masterpiece of Auber, in a lighter style; Robert le Diable (Nov. 21), which produced a real revolution in the grand dramatic style; Le Serment and Guslave, by Scribe and Auber; Ah Baba, the last production of the now old Cherubini; and then La Juive, the masterpiece of his pupil, HaUvy, who may be well called the French Meyerbeer.

Robert the Devil really is the standard-bearer of the new romantic school. This immense work, to which all schools, melted together in the crucible of a patient, learned and eclectic genius, have contributed, will ever remain an imperishable monument of the second transformation of the art in the 19th century. The first was the work of Rossini.

The middle ages and chivalry, happily substituted for the thoroughly used up old clothes of the Greeks and Romans, the eternal contest of Right and Wrong, so admirably personified in the parts of Alice and Bertram, give to this marvellous poem all the attractions of a legend based upon the principle of Christianity. The fugued introduction which precedes the rising of the curtain is at once learned and melodious; the choruses of the Norman nobles, who emulate each

ether in the praises of pleasure and love, are of an infinite grace and freshness; the Fetes of the tournament are of magic splendor; the scene of the nuns has a terrible and sombre effect; finally the closing trio in which the angel overthrows the demon and heavenly voices mingle with sad cries from the realm of darkness is sublime.

And then such execution! Nourrit, Levasseur, Madames Damoreau and Dornsl and Cornelie Falcon, who, after making the part of Alice her own, became the admirable personification of La Juive! Person, voice, action, dramatic enthusiasm, that great tragedienne united all the qualities so rare, which go to form the consummate lyric artist. What can we say of the orchestration of Meyerbeer? What vigor, sonority, picturesque coloring, exactness in the smallest details I On the other hand, what luxury in the decorations, the costume, the stage appointments! During the rehearsals of this splendid work, public opinion was utterly unfavorable to it; even the actors far from expecting success foresaw but its fall. Robert le Diable, that sublime manifestation of genius, was regarded as a labored and fantastic conception, with no melodic'value, an opinion which very soon would be justified by the public.

After Rossini and Weber we have had Meyerbeer; after Meyerbeer and Auber we come to Hale'vy. This master, so profound in his science, so elevated in his inspirations, has continued the romantic movement of which we have been speaking, and which corresponds to that transformation in literature at the head of which Victor Hugo has been proclaimed chief actor. In the works of Hal^vy, to a great richness of orchestration are added a great knowledge of the voice and a perfect appreciation of prosody and dramatic truth. We know not what to praise most highly in La Juive, the pomp of the introduction, the solemn Te Deum, the magnificence of the processions, the energy of the choruses, or the beauty of single pieces. Can there be anything more pathetic than the sublime second act, in which the Jewish type is so finely sculptured I What touching simplicity in the scene of the Passover. What emotion in the romance " II va cedir;" what passion in the final duet and trio! And then how grandly is the character of the Cardinal painted in the majestic air of the first act, the awful anathema of the third, and the dramatic duet of the fourth I What can be said of the air of Eleazar, " Rachel, quand du Seigneur," the text of which is by Nourrit, and in which palpitate all the sentiments of tenderness, love and religion which a paternal heart can contain. Is there not something in that funeral march of the penitents in the fifth act, which causes one to shiver with a sort of alarm and terror? That supplication of the young and beautiful Rachel, the sad decorations, the short notes of the executioner to the " II est temps I" all combine to make this work one of the most touching exhibitions which can be offered to the sensibilities of an audience.

Veron alternated his operas with the most seductive ballets, as La Sylphide, par Mile. Taglioni; La Tempete, Vile des Pirates and Le Diable Boiteux by Miles. Therese and Fanny E1Isler.

Add to all this, reproductions of the Armida, La Vestale and Don Juan, and a troop perfectly balanced, and the prodigious success of the opera at that time is no longer astonishing.

Director Veron was succeeded by Duponchel, under whom we had Meyerbeer's second great work, Les Huguenots, Feb. 29, 1836.

Nothing new can be said upon the bacchic spirit of the chorus of the orgies, upon the grace of that of the bathers, upon the magnificent septette of the duel scene, upon the celebrated fourth act. in which the sombre conjuration precedes the sublime duet, which will never be surpassed upon the stage. What was there wanting to inspire such artists as Nourrit and Mile. Falcon.

The fifth act finely closes these scenes of war and love. The ball at which Raoul presents himself dripping with blood; the scene in the convent in which the voices of the Huguenots die away by degrees; and the final tableau in which Marcel unites the two lovers and the choral of Luther, vigorously sung by the three martyrs, appals the ferocious assassins; then the marvellous stage scene in which the quays of Paris, strewn with .the slain, appear in shadow, while the massive towers of Notre Dame are relieved in all their jagged outlines against the azure sky all sparkling with stars; nothing could so picturesquely close so bloody and terrible a drama. Reports of firearms mingle with the groans of the victims; the savage cries of the murderers resound from all sides; the curtain tails upon this scene of horror at the moment when Queen Marguerite reenters her palace, escorted by her pages and brilliantly lighted by the torches, which flame about her splendid litter.

The production of La Esmeralda, by Mile. Bertini, and Stradella, by Niedermeyer and the retirement of Adolphe Nourrit from the stage before the debut of Gilbert Duprez. were contemporaneous.

Duprez had an immense success as Arnold in William Tell, in Masaniello, Les Huguenots and La Juive. His large and noble style of recitative, the great strength of lung with which he gave the high C with the chest voice, filling the theatre with the tone, his neat and sonorous declamation, and his true and expressive method very soon gained him the suffrages of all. Unluckily, imitators, who had neither his genius or his physical powers, in their endeavors to copy him, very soon gave us cries in the place of singing and loudness instead of expression. This tendency to a false taste ruled alike in the provinces and in Paris, and the true vocal art would soon have disappeared among us but for the combined efforts of Bordogni, Banderali, Ponchard and Garcia.

After the appearance of Madame Stolz in

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