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ROYAL ITALIAN OPERA.
Ernani has been performed three times in succession. If variety be acceptable, after R Conte Ory and Fiddio, Verdi's Ernani cannot have failed to please. Nevertheless, there was no enthusiasm at the second and third performances, although the cast is very strong. Signor Graziani must be heard in another character than Don Carlos, to be thoroughly appreciated. He is already in great favour. A voice like his is a rara avis.
On Saturday and Thursday Cerito again appeared in the new ballet of Eva, and the audience were not Bo excited with Ernani as to be insensible to such an exquisite display in another art than music. They remained till the end, and applauded Cerito with the ardour of old times.
Fiddio was represented for the third time on Thursday. The performance altogether was a very fine one. Mdlle. Jenny Ney is everything except poetical—a remarkable clever singer, with a fine voice and all the stage "traditions," but not Leonora.
To-night Signor Lablache makes his first appearance this season in his great part, Dulcamara, in X' Elisir a1 Amore. The opera in other respects is well cast. Madame Bosio will perform Adina; Signor Gardoni, Nemorino; and Signor Graziani, Belcore. It remains to be seen how Signor Graziani will get on in comic music and in a comic part.
ROYAL OPERA, DRURY LANK
Madame Gassier continues to attract, and the performance of the Barbiere seems to afford real pleasure to all who go and hear it. On Wednesday Mr. Aguilar s annual benefit took place, when La Sonnambvla was given, and followed by a concert. The opera was received with great favour, and Madame Gassier was encored in the rondo finale, and recalled after each act. The entertainments, however, were too long, and the audience, which filled the theatre in every part, would have been well contented with much less. Mr. Aguilar performed two of his own compositions on the pianoforte—Allegro Maestoso, for pianoforte and orchestra, and fantasia on Fra Diavolo—the distinguished merits of which, however, the visitors to the pit and galleries (very "mixed") were not able to thoroughly appreciate, although they were played in a masterly style. A cry of fire had been raised in the theatre at the end of the opera, which, in all probability, would have been attended with the most serious consequences, but for the promptitude of Mr. Edward Stirling, the stage-manager, who came forward in an instant and declared there was no foundation for the outcry. Mr. Smith, the lessee of the theatre, also lent his voice to restore confidence, and from his private box assured the audience they had nothing to fear. Nevertheless, some trifling accidents occurred, but nothing of sufficient importance to interrupt the flow of the entertainment. The disturbance, however, had put the audience out of humour, and upon every possible occasion they gave signs of a desire to be obstreperous. They had not, however, many opportunities afforded them. In the concert, besides the performances of Mr. Aguilar, Madame de Sainville sang a cavatina, by Mercadante, in which she displayed considerable executive powers, and " I dreamt that I dwelt in.marble halls;" Mr. Herberte an aria from Ernani; and Mr. Hamilton Braham, "Non piu andrai." The band also performed a very spirited and effectively instrumented march, by Mr. Aguilar. The entertainments concluded with a divertissement, which, "in spite of their teeth," the grumblers remained to witness.
The third concert, which took place on Wednesday evening, was ill attended, although the programme, as may be seen, was interesting:—
Sinfonia in B flat, No. 3, MS. ... Lucas.
Bomanza (Huguenots) .... Meyerbeer.
Nonetto for stringed and wind instruments - Spohr.
Becit. and Aria - - - - - • Beethoven.
Overture, "Buler of the Spirits" - - Weber.
Sinfonia, No. 7 • - - - - Beethoven.
Duetto (Coal fan Tutte) - - - Motart.
Overture, "L'Alcade de la Velga" - - Ontlow.
Conductor, Herr Richard Wagner.
Mr. Lucas conducted his symphony himself. It is the same which many years ago was received with high favour at the concerts of the Society of British Musicians, and though not a great work, is superior to three-fourths of the symphonies written now-a-days. The first movement is the best; but there are grace and melody in the larghetto, considerable ingenuity in the combination of the three subjects at the close of the minuet, and no little spirit in the finale. The whole was finely played, and well received.
Herr Wagner's conducting was as before—unsatisfactory, full of fits and starts, not always intelligible, sometimes leading to new effects and good effects, but generally incoherent. The same applies to the overture of Weber, which was encored, and the symphony of Beethoven, the second movement of which, an unusual thing, was not encored. The overture of Onslow was taken so fast that it was wonderful how the stringed instruments got to the end of it. According to Herr Wagner's invariable custom, all the second subjects, especially when cantabile. were taken slowerthan the first; and the balance was ill-contrived by certain crescendi and rallentandi, of which Weber and Beethoven never dreamt—crescendi and rallentandi, we presume, "of the future."
The Nonetto of Spohr was a very nnsatisfattory performance, more especially the first movement, although the executants— Messrs. Sainton (violin), Hill (viola), Lucas (violoncello), Howell (contrabaaso), Pratten (flute), Nicholson (oboe), Williams (clarinet), Baumann (bassoon), and C. Harper (horn)—are all men of note, as of notes. Such contrarieties, however, will happen in the best-conducted establishments. Moreover, chamber music of this kind is quite out of place in concerts where the full orchestra plays first fiddle.
The vocal music was good. Herr Reichardt sang the first romance of Baoul in the Huguenots with irreproachable taste, and was admirably accompanied by Mr. Hill on the viol&obbligato. The expressive duet of Mozart, from Cosi fan Tutte, was as well sung as could have been desired ; and Madame Clara Novello threw all her energy into the great scena of Leonora.
Tannhaiiser at the next concert—two rehearsals not having been sufficient for so stupendous a work.
New Beethoven Boohs.—Mr. H. C. Cooper's First Soiree took place on Wednesday. The programme comprised, among other things, Mozart's quartet in B flat, No. 8; Beethoven's quartet in £ flat, No. 10; and Mendelssohn's sonata in B flat, Op. 45, for pianoforte and violoncello. Mr. Cooper was assisted by Herr Kreutzer (violin), Mr. Webb (viola), Signor Piatti (violoncello), and Herr Pauer (pianoforte) as instrumentalists; and Misses Milner and Poole as vocalists. Mr. H. W. A. Beale conducted. The concert was very successful.
The New Ballet or "Eva."—The following letter has been addressed to the Messager des Theatres et des Arts, by M. Desplaces, maitre de ballet at the Royal Italian Opera :—" Sir, I am extremely astonished to find, in your journal of yesterday, the statement, that a divertissement, entitled Eva, the composition of Mr. Harris, had been represented at Covent Garden Theatre. This ballet (for it is not a divertissement) was composed entirely by me for Mdlle. Cerito; and Mr. Harris, one of the regisseurs of this theatre, wrote out the argument in English.—The dances having obtained much success, I reckon upon your impartiality not to bestow the credit of them upon another.—Hoping that you will have the goodness to take my protest into consideration pray, sir, to accept, &c. kc, Desn.Aces, Ballet-master at the Theatre Boyal Covent Garden.—London, 26tA April, 18W."
Overture, "Midsummer Night's Dream" - Mendelssohn.
Selection, "Paradise Lost" - - - S. Wylde.
Concerto (pianoforte) - Mendelssohn.
Aria, " Cenerentola" .... Rossini.
Overture, "Don Quixote" ... Macfarren.
The overture to Medea made us long to hear the opera, to which the admirers of Cherubini justly refer with expressions of delight in this country. Medea is one of his best works; and, now that Mdlle. Jenny Ney is engaged at the Royal Italian Opera, an opportunity is afforded which has too long been wanting. Little is known in England of the operas of the great Italian master. Why so t The cause seems inexplicable.
The lovely air from the Flavto Magico was delightfully sung by Herr Reichardt, whose purity of style is exhibited to great advantage in Mozart's music.
The Choral Symphony was the great feature. The performance of this extraordinary effort of genius by the New Philharmonic Society, under the direction of M. Hector Berlioz, fine as it was, left something to be desired in the last movement; and it was considered that, with a stronger chorus, a more complete execution would be obtained. The first movement left little to be desired. The band was steady and earnest, and the conductor indicated the tempi with decision. The adagio, too, on the whole, was well-executed; but the scherzo was by no means satisfactory. It was destitute of the lightness and animation which the composer intended, and in place of "molto vivace," was not at all vivace, but the contrary. On the other hand, the choral movement went better than we ever heard it before ; and here, the band, chorus, solo singers, and conductor, were entitled to unqualified praise. The chorus was perfect; and the conductor took every movement in proper time. Nor were the solo singers—Mad. Clara Novello, Herr Reichardt, and Signor Belletti—entitled to less praise. In short, had the first three movements been as free from reproach as the last, little or nothing would have been left for criticism.
The overture to A Midsummer Night's Bream was not so successful, although the performance was spirited. Perhaps the players were fatigued by the Choral Symphony.
Mendelssohn's first pianoforte concerto was performed by Master John Barnett, the talented and rapidly progressing pupil of Dr. Wylde, who had already played at these concerts the second concerto of the same master, and that of Beethoven in 6. Master Barnett has made good use of his time. He has almost entirely conquered those exaggerations of style, which were previously noticed; his tone has improved, and his mechanism, too; in short, his whole performance was skilful, musicianlike, and spirited. Master Barnett was loudly applauded, and the compliment was richly deserved. His success was genuine. The selection from Paradise Lost was warmly received; and the charming air with violins obbligati, admirably sung by Mad. Novello, was encored.
The air from Cenerentola "I miei Rampoli," was well-given by Sig. Belletti, but Mr. Macfarren's overture was very illtreated in being put at the end. As a novelty, if for no other reason, it was entitled to a better place.
Mademoiselle Krall, a singer of great reputation, from Vienna, has arrived in this metropolis, where, we trust, to have an opportunity of hearing her.
The second concert, which attracted a brilliant assembly of fashionables on Tuesday afternoon, was interesting, since it brought back M. Charles Halle, who appeared for the first time after his recovery from an accident which had threatened him with the loss of a finger and the art of one of its most accomplished professors. Happily M Halle has preserved his finger and the perfection of his talent unimpaired. The following was the programme:—
Quartet, E. flat, No. 5 (Op. 44), Mendelssohn. Sonata (Pastorale) in D (Op. 28), Pianoforte, Beethoven. Quintet in|A. Clarinet, etc., Mozart. Tema con Variazioni, in D (Op. 17), Pianoforte and Violonoello, Mendelssohn.
There is little to be said about the performance of the above pieces except that, for the most part, it was highly satisfactory. Mr. H. Cooper undertook the post of first violin on this occasion, and by his very spirited performance in Mendelssohn's quartet honourably sustained the reputation of the English school. Mozart's tuneful quintet, so welcome on its own account, brought with it the additional attraction of Mr. Lazarus, who, in the clarinet part, displayed his accustomed ability. The stringed quartet in this, as in the composition of Mendelssohn, was supported by Messrs. H. Cooper, Carrodus, Hill, and PiattL Mr. Carrodus, the pet pupil of Molique, played second-fiddle as he could have played first, like a genuine artist.
The Sonata Pastorale of Beethoven, though by no means so amenable to "young pianists" as Mr. Ella insinuates in his "Synoptical Analysis," is worthy of all the praises which the learned director dedicates to its beauties. It was most admirably "interpreted" by M. Hallo, and evidently relished by the aristocratic dilettanti. Why does not the director invite M. Halle' to give his patrons one of the later sonatas of Beethoven—Op. 90, 101, 106, 109, or 111—for examples? Any one of these, played as he can play it, would be sure of appreciation. The lovely air varii of Mendelssohn, which M. Halle and Signor Piatti executed con amore, was a great treat. Talking of effects produced by simple means, we may point to the passage in the coda, where the violoncello reposes on a single note through a long series of measures, while to the pianoforte are allotted some charming modifications of the theme. Nothing can be more delicious.
Signor Bottesini is engaged for the next meeting, and a pianist new to the English public, though not to fame—M. Ascher. They will perform together in a quintet of Hummel's, besides in solos for their respective instruments.
Herr Robert Qoldbeck gave a performance of pianoforte music, at Devonshire House, yesterday morning, before a fashionable audience. This gentleman is known in Berlin as a promising pianist. His performance of Beethoven's trio in E flat (in conjunction with MM. Ries and Paque), was marked by facility of execution and good taste. In an etude of Chopin (in C), he showed his familiarity with the "romantic" school of pianoforte playing; but in the Andante and Rondo of Mendelssohn he was not so much in his element. The second part of the programme was devoted to Herr Goldbeck's own compositions, which are of a character to suit drawing-room audiences, and certain of the aristocratic dillettanti who do not attend the Musical Union. In these his talent as "pianitte de salon" had full scope. The last piece, entitled La Cavalcade, pleased very much, and the audience were liberal in their applause. The concert gave general satisfaction.
Salaman's Amateur Choral Society.—The fifth season of this Society terminated on Wednesday evening, with an excellent performance of Beethoven's Mount of Olives, the first and third parts of the Creation, and Handel's Hallelujah. The solo singers did justice to the music assigned to them. The choruses were given with much decision and spirit. Mr. Salaman announced to the members his intention of resuming these agreeable and instructive meetings in November next.
AMATEUR MUSICAL SOCIETY.
The sixth concert, on the 23rd ult., was fashionably attended. The programme was as follows :—
Marcho des Guides
S. W. Waley.
sparkling overture of Auber was, generally speaking" very well played; but the clarinets, occasionally, might with advantage have displayed greater firmness in taking up their points. Mr. Waley's march, though brilliantly scored, is somewhat rambling in construction; the execution was good, but would have been still more satisfactory if the cornet-a-pistons could have been persuaded to play G sharp instead of G natural, in the trio. We cannot compliment Mr. Wellesley on his performance of Weber's Concert-Sliick, which was somewhat careless and unsteady. This zealous amateur must be warned against entertaining the idea that nothing more is required in pianoforte playing than energy, which, though a commendable quality, cannot be relied upon as a cloak to hide a multitude of inaccuracies. The Jupiter Symphony was extremely well played. The intricate and difficult finale was especially entitled to praise; and the general improvement exhibited by the amateurs, in their attention to piano and forte, was an excellent sign. Beethoven's Overture went steadily and with good effect; this, however, is familiar to the band.
The vocal music was agreeable; it consisted of two songs by Mr. Val Morris, respectively sung by Madame Anna Thillou and Miss Hansford. In the last, song and songstress were equally admired, and an encore unanimously insisted on. Mr. Henry Leslie conducted with his accustomed judgment and precision.
At the next concert, a new overture by Mr. G. A. Osborne, entitled Frankland Evelyn, Esquire, is announced.
Haymarketw—The engagement of the operatic company has so far proved entirely successful. Three performances of Fra Diavoto have three times filled the theatre. The Bohemian Oirl was played on Tuesday and Thursday, and is to be given again this evening. Balfe's very popular opera was, on the whole, capitally performed. Mr. and Mrs. Sims Beeves, Miss Harriet Gordon, Mr. Weiss, Mr. Man vers, and Mr. Farquharson were the principal singers. The old familiar tunes were welcomed like cherished friends after a long absence, and greater delight could hardly have been manifested than on Tuesday night, when the opera was once more introduced to the public. Mr. Sims Beeves, as Thaddeus, sang to perfection, and with a charm of sentiment which no other tenor ever imparted to the music. The Arline of Mrs. Sims Beeves, like her Zerlina, was graceful, natural, and musically artistic. The Devilshoof of Mr. Farquharson was excellent, both in the humour of the acting and the smoothness of the singing. Miss Harriett Gordon is entitled to especial praise for her Gipsy Queen. This lady has capabilities well worth cultivation. The opera was received with enthusiasm. "I dreamt that I dwelt," (Mrs. Beeves), "When other lips and other hearts," and the "Fair land of Poland," (Mr. Beeves) were encored with acclamations, and the performers recalled at the end of each act. The house has been crammed on each occasion.
The reappearance of Miss Cushman, with the promising Miss Swansborough, in Romeo and Juliet, has again proved attractive. A new play, entitled The Actress of Padua, in which both ladies have parts, is in active rehearsal.
Meanwhile, how about the opera by Mr. Henry Smart 1
ALBERT SMITH'S ONE THOUSANDTH ASCENT OF MONT BLANC.
The One Thousand and One Nights is no longer an Eastern Fiction. It resolved itself, on Thursday night, into a Western Fact, when Mr. Albert Smith, in Piccadilly, described his ascent of the white-headed Mount, for the one thousand and first time —a thing unparallelled in the annals of " runs." On Wednesday —the one thousandth night—Mr. Albert Smith presented his visitors with bouquets and daguerreotypes—the former to the ladies; the latter to the gentlemen. Fragments of granite, and samples of an avalanche, would perhaps have been more appropriate gifts on such an occasion; but Mr. Albert Smith is so great a favourite, that whatever he offers is accepted con amore. Nothing of his is contraband; like those of Boyalty at Dover, his "effects" pass free through the Custom-House of public opinion. He is assuredly a man of (all ranks of) the people. His words pass for proverbs; his deeds for examples. Did ever any other imagine an Amateur Pantomime, tmd having imagined, realise the miracle J Would any other than he have dreamt of inviting the Queen to see the pantomime, and having dreamt of it, done it, and having done it, received an affirmative reply from Majesty? No other than Albert Smith could ever have conceived and accomplished prodigies like these.
Perhaps the most remarkable circumstance attending the thousand-and-one "Ascents" of Mont Blanc, is that Mr. Albert Smith has exhibited no fatigue. That he lias the stamina of a Hercules everybody must allow, who considers what he undergoes in delivering the lecture seven or eight times in six days. It is still more to be wondered at, that he should go on repeating the same words over and over again, night after night, week after week, month after month, quarter after quarter, year after year, and never say, or incite his audience to say, "Hold, enough!"
To what the "ascents" will lead, or when they will stop, it is impossible to surmise. So long as the public are attracted it is not likely there will be a change; and, at this present moment, so far from a falling off, the entertainment appears to excite as much attention as when first presented. Possibly another thousand and one nights may be accomplished, and so on, until Mr. Smith's head becomes as grey as that of the mountain he has monopolised.
As it was proposed in ancient times to hew out of Mount Athos a statue of Alexander the Great, so, looking to the wonders achieved by the great modern climber, future nations or individuals may take into consideration the propriety of hewing out of Mont Blanc a statue of Albert Smith.
Liverpool.—(May 3.)—Opening Of Tiie Organ In The St. George's Hall.—The grand organ, erected by Mr. Willis, of London, in the St. George's-hall, was formally opened by Mr. W. T. Best, of London, on Tuesday evening, in the presence of an audience numbering upwards of 2,000 persons. The hall presented a magnificent appearance, and, though many in the back seats of the galleries could not catch a sight of either the organ or the performer, the affair passed off to the evident satisfaction of all present. The following was the programme.
Part I.—(Organ Music.)—Grand OfTertoirc. (Op. 85.) Lefebure Wely.—Organ Sonata, No. 2. (Adagio, Marcia, Fuga.J Mendelssohn.— Concerto. (Allegro, Adagio, and Finale.) Rinck.—Pastorale and Fuga. J. 8. Bach. — Organ Concerto, No. 6. (Allegro, Andante, Allegro maestoso.) Handel.—Extempore. W. T. Best.
Pahtii.—(Miscellaneous.) — Overture. "Preciosa." Weber.—Andanle con Variazioni. (Septuor.) Beethoven.—Marche du Sacre. Meyerbeer. —Overture. (Op. 24.—Composed for a Military Band.) Mendelssohn. —The National Anthem, with Variations and Finale. W. T. Best.
The most attractive piece in the programme was the concerto by Rinck, in which the effects of the flute stop, admirably treated by Mr. Best, created the heartiest applause. The sonata of Mendelssohn, an exquisite specimen of musical art, and the massive compositions of Bach, Beethoven, and Handel, were played by Mr. Best with that finish and chastity of style which have elevated him to so high a rank in'his profession. In the first part he extemporised for some time, the subject being a sort of "storm piece." The march from the Prophete excited the customary enthusiasm, and the variations on the "National Anthem" brought the performance to a pleasant termination.
Mr.E. W. Thomas gave another of his popular Shilling Concerts at the Philharmonic Hall, on the 26th ult., when Miss Barwick, sang several songs with much applause. The overtures were Le Serment, and Oberon; and the other mor^eaux, were the Andante, from Haydn, and a new orchestral/areftm'a," Traumbilder." The solo performers were—Mr. Streather, harp, and Mr. H. P. Sorge, clarinet.
Birkenhead.—On Wednesday evening last the amateur choir of St. Anne's Church presented Sir George Stephen (who has long been an active member of their body) with a silver inkstand, bearing a suitable inscription.
Preston.—The Preston Choral Society performed Handel's oratorio, Samson, on Monday evening, in the Assembly-room, Lune-street, the south end of which was fitted up as an orchestra. The room was well filled, though not crowded. The principal vocalists were Mrs. Sunderland, Miss Freeman, Mr. J. G. Inkersall, and Mr. Hinchcliffe. Mrs. Sunderland especially distinguished herself, and the choruses in general were given with an effectiveness that procured the hearty plaudits of the audience. Mr. Fawcett performed the duties of conductor with his usual skill and ability.
Worcester.—(April 28th.)—The second of the series of cheap concerts was given at the Music Hall on Monday evening. Mr. Haynes played on the organ. Mrs. Evans (who pleased much in Mr. Loder's song, "I ride on the storm"), Messrs. Thomas, Berkley, Cooper, and Brookes, were the singers. The concert terminated with the National Anthem.
Leeds.—(April 28th.)—The Leeds Musical Union gave their fourth and concluding concert for the season, at the Music Hall, yesterday evening, The vocalists were Madame Weiss, Madame Amadei, and Mr. Weiss. The band was efficient, and the performance well received. Mr. Burton conducted.
Leeds.—The Creation was given on Monday evening last, at the Music Hall by the Rational Recreation Society. Herr Formes was too unwell to come to Leeds, and the committee engaged Mr. Winn in his place. The performers were Miss Mflner, Mr. Perring, and Mr. Winn, solo vocalists; principal violin, Mr. H. C. Cooper; principal oboe, Mr. Jennings; Mr. Bowling, leader, and Mr. Spark, conductor; with a baud and chorus numbering considerably over a hundred.
Bodmin.—Two amateur concerts were given at the Guildhall, in aid of the funds of the East Cornwall Hospital, on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning. The programme was of the usual miscellaneous kind. At either concert the band played two overtures, and at the evening concert, two movements from one of Beethoven's symphonies. A solo on the violin, by Mr. Reed, was executed on both occasions. The chief attraction, nevertheless, lay in the vocal department. The singers were Mesdames Crowley, Carme, Lord Graves, Messrs. Reed, Hicks, Squire, Shuttleworth, and Boitragon. The concerts realised a tolerable sum for the fund.
BELLINI DESCRIBED BY HEINE.
Bellini ra of a tall, up-shooting, slender figure, which always moved gracefully; coquettish, ever looking as though just emerged from a band-box; a regular, but large, delicately rose-tinted face; light, almost golden hair, worn in wary curls; a high, very high, marblo forehead, straight nose, light blue eyes, well-sized mouth, and rounded chin. His features had something Tague in them, a want of character, something milk-like; and in this milk-face flitted sometimes a painfulpleasing expression of sorrow. This expression in his face took the
place of the fire that was wanting; but it was that of a sorrow without depth j it glanced, but unpoetioally, from his eyes; it played, but without passion, upon his lips. It wai this poutless, shallow sorrow that the young maestro seemed most willing to represent in his whole appearance. His hair was dressed so fancifully sad; his clothes fitted so languishingly round his delicate body; he carried his cane so idyl-like, that he reminded mo of the young shepherds we find in our pastorals, with their crooks decorated with ribbons, and their gaily-coloured jackets and pants. And then his walk was so innocent, so airy, so sentimental. The whole man looked like a sigh, in pumps and silk stockings. He has met with much sympathy from women, but I doubt if he has ever produced a strong passion in any one. To mo his appearance always had something ludicrously distasteful, one cause of which may have been his French. Although Bellini had lived several years in Paris, he spoke the language as badly—as badly as it cannot bo heard even in England. I should not say ' badly;' this word is really too good; horrible, outrageous, end-of-the-world-like, would better express the idea. If one met him in society, treating the poor French words like a hangman, and constantly displaying his monstrous blunders, he would think tho world about to perish amidst thunderings unheard before. The utmost silence then pervaded the whole room; mortal fright was painted upon every countenance; the women seemed uncertain whether to faint or run away; the men glanced confusedly at their habiliments, fearing lest some button had been forgotten ; and most horrible of all, this fright produced a sort of convulsive desire to laugh, which it was impossible to resist. For this reason, in society a proximity to Bellini always impressed you with a sense of alarm, which, nevertheless, had in it a dreadful charm, and attracted as well as repelled. Sometimes his involuntary puns were only amusing, and reminded one by their funny insipidity of the castle of his countryman, the Prince Palagoni, which G6the describes in his pictures of Italian travels, as a museum of fearful distortions, and incongruously coupled deformities. As on such occasions Bellini was always confident that he had said something quite harmless, and very serious, the expression of his face formed the strongest ^contrast with tho sense of his words. That peculiarity, which displeased me in his face, was always most prominent at such times. But still I will not say but that this very expression had some charm for the ladies. Bellini's face, as well as his whole appearance, had that physical freshness, that flesh-bloom, that rose-color which invariably produces an unpleasant impression upon me It was only at a later period, when I had been acquainted with Bellini for some time, that I felt any [inclination toward him. This resulted from the discovery that his character was, throughout, noble and good. His mind had most certainly remained pure and unsullied by contact with evil. He was endowed also with that harmless, good-natured, that child-like nature, which is never found wanting in men of genius,even if they do not expose it to the gaze of al mankind. Heinhich Heine
Islington.—A concert was given on Tuesday last, m aid of the St Mark's National and Infant Schools, St. John-street-road, Islington, at the School Rooms, which was liberally patronised. Miss Stabbach sang with great expression " The Sailor's Grave," and was unanimously encored. Her other song, "Kathleen Mavoumeen," was also re-demanded. Miss Hnddart was encored in " Ida;" and Miss Lizzie Dyer (a pupil of Mr. F. Kingsbury) in " Over the sea." Mdlle. Sedlatzek sang two German lieder;< Miss Laura Baxter two English ballads, and Mendelssohn's duet, "I would that my love," with Miss Stabbach. The Misses Mascall and Miss Palmer sang some duets. Mr. Miranda sang "The Bay of Biscay" and was encored ; as was Mr. Walter Bolton, in Dibdin's "Tight little Island." Mr. Wall worth sang Bishop's "'Tis when to sleep the world retires," and the serenade, from Bon Giovanni, " Deh vieni alia finestra," the former being encored ; and Mr. Frank Force, a tenor, sang two tenor songs very pleasingly. Mr. Viotti Collins' solo on the violin was encored. Other artistes, of more or less merit, assisted; and the concert may be pronounced an excellent one, both, for the charity, in a financial point of view, and the general performance, which was creditable to the directors or managers. The conductors were Messrs. Berger, F. Kingsbury, and Frank Force.
Strand.—Donizetti's Daughter ef lite Regiment has bceu given, with Miss B* Isaacs as Maria, who was supported by Mr. Bowler, a tenor, who appeared at Drury Lane in the L'Elolle da Sard. The new extravaganza continues to attract, and Miss Somers, the clever provincial importation, is fast gaining ground in public favour.
MR Aud MADAME R. SIDNEY PRATTEN, Profeasors of the Fluto, Guitar, and Concertina. 131b, Oxford-street. Where their Concertina Classes are held, and wliero all their compositions may be had at the above instruments.
SIGNOR G1TJLIO REGONDI has removed to 24, Upper George Street, Bryanston Square.
MISS BLANCHE CAPIL L—(Voice, Contralto,) Professor of Music and Singing, 47, Alfred-street, Rivor-terrace, Islington, ■where letters respecting pupils or engagements may be addressed.
MDLLE. JENNY BAUR, being Engaged on a Provincial Tour, begs that all letters concerning Engagements be addressed to Messrs. Cramer and Beafe, 201, Regent-street.
MISS BARWICK (Late of the Royal Academy of Music), 28, Hamilton-street, Birkenhead. Letters respecting Engagements, etc, addressed as above, will meet with immediate attention.
MR. JOHN THOMAS, the Harpist, has the honour of announcing his return to London for the season. 83, Great Portland-street, Portland-place.
NEW ORGAN.—MESSRS. ROBSON will have completed, on Wednesday, May 9th, 1855, tho New Organ for Kensington, on which «iay they shall feel happy in receiving visits to test its capabilities. Manufactory—101, St. Martin *s-!ane.
SIGNOR and MADAME FERRARI beg to announce that their Annual Concert will take place, at the Hanover-square Rooms, on Wednesday evening. May ifcth. To commence at eight o'clock. Vocalists MJss Dolby, Madam o Ferrari, Mr. Augustus Braliam. and Sign or Ferrari Mi-sea Augusta Thomson, Bancka, Haeck, and Favelli (nupils of Skuor and Madame Ferrari). Instrumentalists— Mr. W. Stemdaic Bennett, Mr. Aguilar, Heir Jansa, Signor 1 intti, and Sig-nor R'-tfondi. Accompanyist: Signor Piusuti. Tickets 7s.. to be had at the principal Music-sellers; reserved seats, 10s. tid., to be had only at Signor and Madame Ferrari's residence, 09, Upper Norton-street, Portland- place.
THE LONDON ORCHESTRA. —Conductor, Mr. Frank Mori; Leader, Mr. Thirl Wall. Including Messrs. Barret, Lazarus, Baumann, Clinton, Lovell Phillips, Prospere, Mount, Mann, Cioffi, Zeiss, Tolbecque, Nadaud, Chipp, «tc. For terms apply to Mr. A. Guest, 1, Kingston Russell-place, Oakley-square, Camdon-town, or Messrs. Cramer, Boalo, and Co., 201, Regent-street.
CRYSTAL PALACE.—Season Tickets for the ensuing year, available from the 1st May, 1855. to the 30tli April, 1856. art* now issued, price One Guinea e;ich. These Ticket* entitlo tho holders to admission to the Palace and Park whenever they ar<; open to the Public ; also to tho exclusive privilege of a^imissi-n at tho Grand H"rticuitural and Fl"iicultmal Feto, to be held on Saturday, the 2nd June, as well as »u the sttb-equent occasion of playing the wlv>le of the Grand Fountain* and Cascades for tne first time.
They may be oV'tained at the Palate; at the Office, 3, Ade aide Place, Loudon Bridge; at th? Offices of the Brighton Railway. London BrUgo, and 43, Rent's Circus, Piccadilly; at Mitchell's Library, Bond-street; a< d Sam's Library, St. Jam ess-street. Remittances from the country, and Post Offioo Orders, must be made payablo to George Fasson.
(By Order) Crystal Palace, April 30, 1855. G. GROVE, Secretary.
MR. ALFRED MELLON respectfully announces that his SECOND GRAND VOCAL AND INSTRUMENTAL CONCERT wiU take place at St. Martin's Hall on Monday Evening, next, to commence at 8, on which occasion Si^rnor Bottesini will make his first appearance in England these three years, and perform a new concertino o i the contra-basso. Vocalists— stdlle. Louise Cellini and Mr. Sims Reevea. Pianist—Mr. F E Bacho. Leader— M. Sainton. The Band will consist of Fifty of tho fine-t living Instrumentalists, and will perform, during tho evening, Mendelssohn's celebrated Symphony in A minor, also Overtures by Beethoven, Weber. Auber, etc Conductor—Mr Alfred Mellon. Tickets, la., 2s. 6d., 6s., and 7s 6d., to be had of Mr. Alfred Mellon, 134, Long Acre; Cramer and Bealo, 201, Regent-street; St. Martin's H;dl, and the principal music-sellers.
ISS EMMA BUSBY'S SOIREE MUSIC ALE, New
Beerhoven Rooms, 27. Queen Anno-strect, Thursday, May 10th, II Mf-past Eight.—Vocalists: Miss Milner, Miss LascHes. Mr B-m-on.—Instrumentalists: Miss Emma Busby, Hcrr Moliquc, Signor Piatti.—Conductor: Mr. C Salaman.
Tickets, Half-a-Guinea, at the Music-sellers; or of Misa Busby, 18, Upper Gloucester place, Dorset-square.
MRS. JOHN MACFARREN begs to inform her Pupils and Friends that her TWO ANNUAL MATINEES of PIANOFORTE MUSIC will take place at 27, Queen Anne-street, on Saturdays, May lHh, and June 10th. To commence at 3, o'clock. Pianoforte, Mr. W. Stemdale Bennett and Mrs. John Macfarreu; Violin, Herr Ernst; M. Sainton (solo viol n st to Iler Majesty.) Violoncello, Signor Piatti. Vocalists. Mad. ueiss Miss Fanny Rowland, Misa Stabbach, Ms-* Hudd:irr, Mr. Herbcrte, and Mr. Weiss. The Vocal Music accompanied by Mr. Walter Macfarreu, Erard's pianofortes will bo used. Single tickets, 7s. each; subscription for two, to both MatimSos, £1 Is. To be had at Ebers's Library, 27, Old Bond-street, and of Mrs. John Macfarreu, 40, Stanhope-street, Gloucester gate, Regent'B-park.
RS. PRATTENS PERFECTED FLUTE (on the • old system of fingering.) This instrument is universally acknowledged to possess the most powerful tone, combined with perfect intonation, sweetness, and ease to tho performer. Prospectus and testimonials on application to John Hudson, Manufacturer, 3, Rathbone-place.
PIANOFORTES.—J. Marsh & Co., Pianoforte Manufacturers, beg to inform their friends in the Trade they have given up their Ware-rooms, in Now Boud-streot, and taken the premises, 13, Store-street, Bedfordsquare, near tho Manufactory, to enable them to give their undivided attention to the Manufacturing Department. Letters to be addressed IS, Store-street, Bedford-square.
IMPROVED SYSTEM OF PENMANSHIP, by Mb.
X Marter, at the Writing Institution, 93, Farringdon-etreet, Fleet-street, City.—
Per<*ous of any ago (however bad their writing) can, by taking Eight Lessons, speedily acquire an expeditious and well-formed wtyle of Penmanship, adapted either to business, professional pursuits, or private correspondence, at Is. od". per Lesson, or tho Course of Eignt Lessons for 10s. 6d. Arithmetic and Book-keeping practically taught in all its branches. Short-hand taught in a few lessons. Separate Rooms for Ladies. Prosnectuscs;to be had at the Institution.
HOLLOWAY'S PILLS a sure remedy for Indigestion, Bile, and disordered Stomachs.—Mr. Patrick O'Brien, of Newtownards, had frequent attacks of bile and indigestion, particularly after indulging freely in uie luxuries of tho table. His appetite was good, but his digestion weak, which obliged him to have recourse to medicine as oft-changed as told, for he seldom obtained more than temporary relief, relapsing again into the same unpleasantness. Hollo way "s Pills were recommended to nun after all, and it is quite astonishing to see tho benefit he has d-rived from them, as he can now eat indiscriminately, without fear of suffering /rem his former ailments.—Sold by all Vendors of Medicine, and at Profes^r Holloway's Establishment, 244, Strand, London; and 80, Maiden-lano, New York.
A LBINOLO'S OINTMENT having been forwarded by
-£~\_ tho Army Medical Board to tho Hospital at Scutari, the Proprietor of this invaluable discovery having been severely wounded, and cured with this ointment 48 years ago, a' the buttle of Jena, will present every soldier going to tho seat of war with a box to dress his wounds or sores, as a token of sympathy for his sufferings.—Apply, 29, Marylebone-stroet, Kegent-fetreet.
In Pots, duty included, Is. ljd., 2s. 9d., 4s. 6 1., Us., 22s., and 33s.
On tho 22nd'Novem'»er, I delivered eight large tin boxes, containing togethor 200lbs., to Dr. Andrew Smith, Director to the Army Medical Board, to send them to tho Army in the Crimea.
MOZART'S DON JUAN, FIGARO, AND ZAUBERFLOTE.—Musical Students have now an opportunity of acquiring an intimate acquaintance with the beauties of Mozart's uiaoUirpteeos by the possesion of Messrs. Boosey and Sons' elaborate and cheap editions of tho above operas. Each opera is published for the voice (tne w rds in two languages) with pianoforte accompaniment, which has been transcribed fiom the original >core by W. S. Rockstro. Notes of the instrumentation arc appended, affording a clue to all the comi-oser's Intentions and effects. Tho English ve sionn, us performed at Drury Lane Theatre, are by J. W Mould. Stage directions, a separate libretto, and an inter, sting historical and critical account arc prefixed to each opera. The three volumes, whieh should form part of every musician's libr.iry, are handsomely bound in green or* amental cloth at the following prices: Figaro, 16s.; Don Juan, ISs.; Zanberftote, 12s. fld. Doosey and Sons, 28, Holies street.
THE YELLOW DWARF POLKA, composed on the melody of MR. ROBSON'S DANCE, in Planches celebrated Olympic Burlesque* by John Barnard, illustrated, price 2s. 6d. Boosey and Sons, 23, Ho:los-street.
IMPERIAL GUARDS' GALOP. Composed by Henri
J- Lauiunt. Played every evening with great success at the Argyll Rooms. Price 2s. 6d. Full band parts published thiB day, price 5s. Soptett, 3s. 6d. Boosey and Sons, 28, H"llus-street.
"1 E RENDEZVOUS DES FEES.—Morceau Romanesque
J J pour lo Piano, par F A. Andre1. Price 3s. By the same talented composer, Helolso, Pcnaee, 3s.; I/Ksi erance. 2s.; La Consolation, 2s.; La Resouvcnance, 2s. Boosey and Sons, 28, H' lies-street.
PARTANT POUR LA SYRIE. Arranged for the Pianoforte by Madame Ouby. Tins is allowed, by all muKicUns, t<> be the best arrangement of tins popular melody extant. Price 3*. Boosey and Sons, 28, Hnlle-*-Htreet.
STARS OF THE WEST WALTZES, (beautifully illustrated by Brasdard.) composed on the National Melodies of the Western Allies, and mc«t respectfully dedicated to Her Maj'-sty the Queen. Composed by G. Moktaone. Price 4s. Boosey and Sons, 28, Holies-street.
EXCELSIOR!—Poetry by Longfellow, composed by Cooper. Prico2s. Od. Boosey and Sons, 28, Hollos-street.
SONNAMBULA.—Tho Standard Lyric Drama edition of this p-pular Opera, with English and Italian words, is the most perfect of any that have appeared in Europe. Price 12s. 8d., in a handsome volume. Boosey and Sons, 28, Holles-stroet, London,