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HER MAJESTY'S THEATRE. The "International Exhibition season" came to a close on Saturday week with a varied entertainment, consisting of Lucia di Lammermoor and a selection from Don Pasquale, Mademoiselle Titiens, who has rarely eung more admirably, played both Lucia and Norina, delighting the audience as much in the comic as in the serious character. At the end of Don Pasquale she introduced (in place of the usual finale) a brilliant raise, the composition of Signor Arditi, entitled "L'Arrlita''—a wonderful piece of execution, which brought down the curtain amid unanimous and hearty plaudits. Signor Giuglini was Edgardo in the first opera and Ernesto in the second ; the other chief characters being variously intrusted to Signors Ubaldi, Badiali, and Bossi—the last of whom, a very young man, attempted the part of Don Pasquale. There was a full attendance.
MONDAY POPULAR CONCERTS. A mere transcript of the programme, with the names of the performers, and a statement of the fact that St. James's Hall was, as usual, crowded jn every part, would ordinarily suffice for a record of these concerts. As Herr Joachim is so soon to leave us for the resumption of his official duties at Hanover, the commencement of the Monday Popular Concerts some weeks earlier than usual is a real boon to the London public, who, never slow to recognise talent, show most unuiistakeably their appreciation of the great Hungarian violinist. It would be hardly possible for any capital in Europe to bring together at one concert four professors of higher eminence than those who were heard on Monday last, for with Herr Joachim were associated Mr. Charles Halle' (than whom there are few pianists of greater ability), Mr. Sims Iteeves (who stands alone amongst tenors), and Mr. Benedict (whose reputation as a composer is only equalled by his skill and exquisite taste as accompanyist). Moreover, it was Mr. Benedict's first appearance since his return from the Continent, where we trust he will have recruited his powers after his long and arduous labours of the past musical campaign. Six pieces comprised the entire scheme. The magnificent quintet in G minor of Mozart (allowed by all musicians to be one of the finest inspirations of the composer) went to perfection; indeed, it could hardly be otherwise, with Herr Joachim for leader, and the co-operation of such artists as Messrs. Louis llies, Webb, Hann, and Signor Piatti—all worthy associates of their chief. That the applause was commensurate with the beauty of the work and the excellence of the performance will be readily conceded. For the eighth time Mr. Sims Reeves sang that exquisite circlet of love songs, the Lieder Kreis of Beethoven, as perhaps no other artist can sing it. Weber's imaginative and romantic sonata in D minor, introduced for the second time by Mr. Charles Halle, well deserved the hearty reception it met with. Again Herr Joachim selected Bach for a display of hia powers, taking the prelude and fugue in A minor for his solo. The violin fugues of the old Leipsic master bear such a strong family likeness to each other that the motto, "ex uno disee omnee," may be fairly applied to them, and if they do not strike any sympathetic chords in the soul of the hearer, must always command admiration for the artist who lias the courage to attack such difficulties, and not only vanquish but cause a demand for their repetition. A new song of Bluinenthal's, "The Message," was similarly honoured, thanks to the admirable manner in which it was sung by Mr. Iteeves, who seems just now in finer voice than ever. Beethoven's trio in G major for pianoforte, violin, and violoncello, brought the sixth concert of the season to a satisfactory termination. Our readers should bear in mind that Herr Joachim can only make two more appearances.
A MORNING AT THE PIANOFORTE. This is the name of a new entertainment which Mrs. John Macfarren gave with complete success, at St. James' Hall for the first time on Thursday last. Numerous as are the illustrated lectures which are now before the public, it is no little merit in the one under notice that it enters upon a field hitherto untrodden, and it is still more worthy of praise that this new ground is essayed with admirable effect. The purport of the entertainment was to enhance the interest of a morning spent at the pianoforte, by some personal account of composers, from whose works selections were made for performance, including characteristic anecdotes and comments on the specialities of their music; and thus to break down, in some degree, the barrier of strangership which btanda between the uninitiated amateur and the musician whose writings he cannot wholly enjoy, while he lias no clue to the author's aim in their production. Conspicuous in the course of the lecture were some remarks upon Weber, Handel, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, and Thalberg; and the very various styles of these composers were still further contrasted by the choice of some pieces by less known
writers which were equally calculated to display Mrs. John Macfarren'a qualities as a pianist. Among these was a Caprice de Concert of her own composition upon the national air of threefold popularity, which is severally claimed by the English, as, " My lodging is on the cold ground," by the Scotch, as " I lo'e na* a laddie but ane," and by the Irish, as " Believe me if all those endearing young charms;" the caprice is eminently brilliant and effective, employing to advantage all the modern resources of the instrument, and drawing forth all the beauties of the theme on which it is founded. It is rare, if not an entirely new thing, for a lady to appear as a dictactic lecturer; and the clear and emphatic delivery, the unaffected maimer and the tone of thorough earnestness of Mrs John Macfarren, Bhowed her fully equal to the arduous task she had undertaken, awoke the warmest sympathies of her numerous audience, and elicited their cordial appliuse. Her playing of the entire selection was worthy of the character as a pianist which she has already gained—remarkable for clearness and brilliancy of touch, and discrimination of the distinct individualities of the different composers. The instrumental selection was diversified by Miss Elia Hughes'graceful singing of a Canzonet of Haydn, the song of "Aa, why do we love," from Don Quixote, and one of the Old English Ditties which prove, in the words of the lecturer, that our national music is more extensive and more various in character than that of any other country. The entertainment never flagged in interest, and was in every respect such a one as a lady could give, and such a one as would be infinitely more attractive at the hands of a lady than from any other person who could deliver it; it is certain to please wherever it is heard, and we anticipate that this will be in all places to which such a performance is available.
Okoax-mcsic Xsd Obqan Playing At Bostoji (america).—Mr.J.K, Paine's first concert for the Sanitary Commission took place at the West Church (Rev. Dr. Bartol's). There was a good assemblage of earnest listeners. Musically it was an occasion of great and unique interest, and altogether a success. The most effective pieces were those in which the full organ was employed, especially the two toccatas b-< Bach. For these the instrument lent itself more heartily and positively than to the choral variation and the sonata-trio, in which the softer stops employed had a certain unsatisfactory dullness and monotony oi sound, a lack of that clear, pronounced individuality which goes with sweetness in most of the excellent organs by the same makers. In the variation, to be sure, the choral melody sang itself upon a reed.(oboe) stop of marked quality, which stood off in good contrast against the flowing figurative accompaniment; yet the voices mingling intertwined in this were dull; no fault of the organist's, whose rendering is always clear and accurate, keeping the individuality of the parts distinct, and binding all together in an artistic complex whole. It was a little unfortunate that the trio-sonata began immediately after, with a selection of stops, different indeed, and doubtless the right ones, but yet of w essentially the same quality of tone, that the ear was not roused to seize hold of the movement with the fresh appetite of contrast. No one, however, could fail to become interested in the work as it went on. It is a beautiful imaginative composition, in E minor, for two manuals and the pedals, each performing the part of one person in the trio. Its three movements, the first and last quick, the middle one an andaaU and a lovely one, conform closely enough to the developed Sonata form of a more modern day. It is one of six such [trio] sonatas by Bach, and they are full of the fine poetryj as well as of the euphony and cunning art of music, in which the inspired old master contrapuntist stands unrivalled. But the toccatai, in D minor and in F, leaped out with real spring and vigor, salient and solid in their strongly moulded limbs and muscles; for the full orgfcu is truly telling, rich and brilliant. What glorious disportings of a free, strong, wholesome fancy those toccatas are! How quaint, full of honest sense and humor! Union of play and earnest—and how much more rewarding then the forced, sophisticated feats of modern virtuosity, fantasias, and what not! And yet Bach always is himself; in the fugue he had mastered the vital principle and secret of all form in art , just as philosophers have traced the spiral through all growth in nature. Fugue had become second nature with him, the readiest, spontaneous method of his whole musical activity; not an acquired artificial system, a thing of learned pedantry, but a live instinct of genius, of the rare soul of music in him. And so in these free toccatai, these fanciful and flighty toucket as it were of aftivating themes, ideas, to be played with freely, rather than worked out with exhaustive contrapuntal treatment, he still relapses now ami then involuntarily into the fugue habit: for fugue with him is jnst as free as fancy; and each fancy all the more charming that it takes perfect form. These pieces were admirably played by Mr. Paine; the precision, fluency, connected sequence of each part in the harmony, aad especially the rapid pedal passages, being fair specimens of whit organplaying is in Germany, the land of Bach. Wo could not help thinking it a defect in the programme, that it did not include at least one regular organ fugue by Bach; such as the grand ones he has played in farmer
11. Rondo,11 I'm a model page." Contralto
12. Trio, " Welcome, welcome." Contralto and two ]
13. Grand Scena, " 0 rank thou hast thy shackles." Soprano 13a. Air from Scena, " Now, 'tis not a vision. Soprano
14. Duet,11 As in a dream I wander." Soprano and Tenor
15. Finale, " We are glad to see" (Complete)
•15a. Part Song, " Corin for Cleora dying'' „
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'18. ThMV " To th# leeTet." Rnnntnn ■
21a. 29. 23.
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Ballad," Lovely, loving, and beloved." Bass
Scstetto, '• In mystery shrouded" Soprano, Contralto, Tenor, and three
Basses j ... ... 4 0
Recit. and Air, '* Kight, love, is creeping." Tenor 2 8
Air (Transposed) 2 8
Duet, " Hear me, I must speak." Soprano and Tenor 3 It
Finale, "All to the ball" 5 8
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