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« “stand all apart!” Mr. Young clung not combine !--There are too many to this resolve-and abandoned Co- chief Tragedians, and chief Comevent-garden. He is now at Drury- dians. Drury-lane has commenced lane, playing the Chief Tragedian in its boasted career of greatness-and Mr. Kean's absence, and dividing the with all its vaunting, what is the town with the new gilt pillars. We fact? We have Mr. Young in Hamshould be glad to know whether any let; that is the chief! i The rest one else, besides Mr. Young, thinks are nothing!” Perhaps it may be as Mr. Young is half so good a per- well if the ladies and gentlemen of former as Mr. C. Kemble, or Mr. the stage will leave it to the public Macready. Has he any of the na- to decide who is the first Tragedian, tural grace of the one, or the poetical or first Singer, and not settle the enthusiasm of the other? Is his cold, point for themselves in their own calculating declamation worth 51. a letters. week more than the spirit and power
We had a few words to say upon of either of those gentlemen? Or the rashness and folly of Drury-lane, ought he, because he himself ar- in pampering the extravagance of ranges it, to be raised to the throne of performers beyond all former exTragedy above the reach of others ? ample. The rate of salary appears The truth is, Mr. Young is a very a minor consideration. Mr. Liston, useful respectable actor—but as for we believe, was desired to name his the Genius of Tragedy, he has it not, own terms, and they would be aland knows it not. We understand lowed him. This is the way to put he rated himself with John Kemble a player beside himself, or we know --and cited him as an authority for not the mode. We had also intendexterminating all that had trod tooed to enter into the merits of Mr. closely upon the robe of his great- Elliston's play bills; but we have ness, —John Kemble! Well !" An nearly consumed all our space, and Eagle towering in his pride of place" - must leave the bills, which are drawn but the proverb is somewhat musty. in the style of promisory notes, to - If Mr. Kean return soon to Drury- speak for themselves. Lane, will Mr. Young play with him, We have scarcely any room to or will he then take the opportunity notice the novelties of the month. A of completing his provincial engage- Mrs. Ilughes, from the Exeter thements ? Let him not play Iago to atre, has played Sophia, in that vivid Kean's Othello! We saw Booth comedy the Road to Ruin ;-and al(another self-opinionated Chief Tra- though her figure is not very girlish, gedian!) try a fall (to use a wrest- she played with great spirit, and ling term) with Rean! - If Mr. evinced considerable talent. Her Young should contest the ground voice is remarkably clear, and her with that ardent creature, he will enunciation distinct. She does not learn a lesson which will be useful to talk Devonshire, which is, perhaps, him as long as he remains on the on the stage no demerit !—The fulí stage.
house made Elliston brilliant in We have written a fair history of Harry Dornton: and Munden in Old the contest between the two Theatres, Dornton was all truth, eccentricity, and of the conduct of certain of the and feeling. Mr. Barnard acted Mr. Actors ;—and we are quite sure that Barnard as usual. We wonder he our readers will see, that so long as is not tired of playing that character. the expectations of Performers are At Covent-garden a Miss Chester thus extravagant, and the struggles has appeared in genteel comedy, of Managers thus inveterate, no and a Miss Lacy in tragedy. The plays can or will be represented with first is a tall elegant woman, with a that “ union of talent,” which is now good knowledge of the stage. The falsely promised and groundlessly latter has, we almost trust, abanexpected. It has been the common doned the profession! Miss Chester cry against the theatres- Why is not does not manage her voice very well. a play filled with the strength of the She appears to speak continually in house ?-Is not our narrative a pret- the falsetto. If she adhered to her ty clear explanation of the cause ?- natural tones she would please the a complete answer! The actors will ear better. Then her dress is over
done! Her plume of feathers, in his patriotic sentences about Greece Mrs. Belmour, was like the orna. and Liberty with good effect, and ment at a child's funeral. Her head Mr. Farley gave spirit to Hassan, a seemed enveloped in a huge white friend to the mysterious. Of the scecloud. Fine feathers may make fine nery we preferred theramparts of Ali's birds—but they do not make fine wo- Citadel, a beautiful view certainly
But the blowing up at the conclusion, The new after-piece of Ali Pacha, with its awful red light, was fire at Covent-garden, is splendid in itself!-Such an explosion must, we scenery and dresses; but its interest think, make the Sweeper at the cordoes not keep pace with its magnifi- ner of Bridge-street take to his cross
Mr. Farren, as the old tyranting, and bless himself, -dumb-founand murderer, looked the part well; der the link-boys at the Colonnade,but the huskiness of his voice seemed and shake the very apples in their to thicken with the cruelties it had to baskets in the silent avenues of Codeal with. Mr. T. P. Cooke, a very vent-garden market. clever and intelligent man, uttered
REPORT OF MUSIC.
The festivals at Derby and Nor- Card the flute. Some of these names, wich, with a minor concert at Yar- if not quite new to the public, at mouth, are the principal features in least, have never formed objects for the public music of the month. our description. Coinmitting, there
Mr. Greatorex was the conductor fore, to the musical reader's judgment at Derby, and his party (for singers to fill out the morning performances and instrumentalists class into genera with so much of the sacred works and species) constituted the orches- of Handel and Haydn, Graun and tra, with the addition of Campo- Pergolesi, and Mozart, as experience
Mr. Greatorex is the well- may suggest; and to complete the known manager of the Ancient Con- evening bills of fare by the help of certs, and the head of the English airs with variations, Il Don Giovanni school, of which Harrison and Bar- and Rossini, by wholesale, with tleman were (and of which Vaughan something of Callcott, a French ronow is) the almost only remaining mance, and an English ballad or two pupils. The meeting was upon the sec. art. we shall proceed to the meBirmingham model, and for the be- rits of our first novelty, Mr. Beale, nefit of the County Hospital. This who takes the part of the bass. example will spread, and we heartily One of the most striking circumwish that it may; for, independent of stances attending late English vothe ease with which the finances of calists is, that there are few or none public charities are thus recruited, who possess original manner.
Pursuch concentrations of art and of cell, Handel, and Haydn (in his Creafashion create a circulation of money tion), and Callcott, afford the grand and a diffusion of science most be- sources of display for a voice of this neficial to the places where they take kind. The style of the two first place. Thus they are political and composers is allowed to be tradisocial, as well as technical benefits.
tionary; and it has been handed At Norwich the scale promised down to this age by Bartleman, of selection rather than inclusive gran- whom we have before spoken só deur. Madame Camporese, Mrs. much at large. Haydn and Callcott Salmon, Mr. Sapio, and Mr. Beale, afford greater scope for variety of were the principal singers. Mr. expression, and for elegance of manSmart led, Mr. Peile was the violon- ner. When we allude to the want cello, Mr. Williams the clarionet, of originality, we do not speak in Mr. Denman the bassoon, and Mr. reference to those essential particulars which appertain to an entire tive; but his tone is not less imposing school, but to direct personal imita- and finished, and his manner is sound tion. Bartleman has been the model and steady. Mr. Card's instrument of the basses, Braham and Vaughan of is the flute; he has great execution, the tenors; and, we are bold to say, and very sweet tone. He is almost general science has been stayed, if not new to the metropolis, having come corrupted, by this want of enterprize to town only at the end of last seain their successors, however admir- son; but the rapid improvement he able these examples in their own per- has made indicates what time and sons; for direct imitation, it is self- industry will do for his natural taevident, at once extinguishes all hope lent. He is already as good a player of exceeding the original, and con- as the French artist Tulon, the idol sequently all endeavour at improve- of Paris, and who was really better ment. Mr. Beale has a very light than the English allowed him to be; voice; it possesses indeed so little vo- quite as delicate, when delicacy is lume that it can scarcely be called a necessary; and more forceful, when barytone, and is, of course, still fur- energy is requisite. ther removed in power and compass
These Concerts afforded a curious from a bass. It is completely. a illustration of our general sketch of voice for the chamber, and makes no the vocalists in our last report. The way in a theatre. We have seldom contest lay between Madame Camheard so absolute an imitation in porese and Mrs. Salmon; and though every particular as Mr. Beale's singing neither Italian music nor the Italian conveys of Bartleman, except in the language are at all generally underquantity of tone. As to quality, pro- stood in the city where the performduction, the manner of taking and ances took place, yet Madame Camleaving notes, the ornamental parts of porese carried off the honours in his singing, and the peculiar energy, spite of the superior beauty of Mrs. they are all pourtrayed “in little." Salmon's voice, and the exquisite faThere is, therefore, much finish; and cility of her execution. Intellect and moreover Mr. Beale has a great deal the heart for once overcame mere orof the science with the manner of his ganic delight. Something perhaps is school. But all fails for want of owing to the extraordinary grace force.
with which Madame Camporese perMr. Peile is the well-known second forms even the most trivial action. violoncello of the Opera band, a de- Person and manner are vast addilicate and elegant player, but want- tions, or vast drawbacks. Catalani ing the fire, imagination, and execu- sings with her face quite as much as tion of Lindley. Mr. Williams, the with her voice. Camporese, in an clarionet player, is an extraordinary orchestra, presents a noble and man. His tone is the sweetest, the elegant example of the “simplex most finished, and the most nearly munditiis.” She enters, and takes her assimilated to the human voice, of station, and retires from her place, any performer we ever remember to with the polished ease of a person have heard. In the celebrated airs whose mind is informed with the Gratias agimus, and Parto mu tu ben purifying flame. She moves, mio, in which he accompanied Mrs.
Like light all piercing, but not loud ; Salmon and Madame Camporese, particularly in the former, nothing and, from the first to the concluding could well be more perfect than the note of the song, her whole soul is in conversation between the voice and her part. Every feature speaks its the instrument. His taste is as fine working; every fibre is aiding the as his mechanical command is com- design, Even the dullest of her plete. He appears to have a strong hearers participates in the sensibility understanding of the beauties of his that identifies all her thoughts and art, and there can be no doubt that feelings with the expression of the he will rise to the highest rank. Mr. work in which she is engaged. Not Denman is a bassoon player, posses- so our English singer. The increassing nearly the same requisites with ing bulk of her person, and the lack Vr. Williams, except, perhaps, that of animation that attends a ruddy
is neither so airy nor so imagina, complexion, light hair, light eyes,
and light eye-brows, are drawbacks told us of a narrow escape he had not to be overcome. Besides which from the guillotine in the most territhe dear creature will, in the midst of fic part of the French Revolution. the tenderest, most melting, or most Having been to Italy for the purpose distressful passage, occasionally di- of engaging singers, he was returning rect an idle glance towards the ends from that country through France of her upturned and moving fingers, with Signora Jolivetti (the lady as if to assure the audience that the whom he afterwards married), when mind has no concern in what is going the municipality of one of the towns forward.—“ Vox et preterea nihil through which he passed took it into is not, however, a fair description of their heads to imagine that Corri and Mrs. Salmon's pretensions. She has his party were noblesse in disguise. certainly struck out a style for her. It happened that the authorities of self. Her peculiarity of tone and of the town were assembled at the ornament, and particularly her ca- time; and in order to put the matter dences appended to Handel's songs, to the test, they suspended their in which she is as various and per- graver business, and desired the lady fect as any singer we ever heard, be- to give them a song, in order to disa speak qualities of intellect, which, if cover whether the travellers were or better cultivated, might have pro- were not professors. While she was duced grander results. But when singing, poor Natali, who was himself Mrs. Salmon received her musical but a moderate performer, stood in education, the necessity for mental desperate apprehension. He tremacquirement was by no means so bled for his fate, if it was to be deuniversally acknowledged as at pre- cided by the superiority of his voice sent; and her master (Mr. John —but luckily Mr. Prefect and his coAshley) was not perhaps so supreme adjutors were satisfied by the talents a judge in matters of literary attain- of the lady ; and the party were alment as in the arrangements of an lowed to proceed on their journey. orchestra. As it is, she is the first To the honour of Madame Čatalani, of English singers, and, in her way, be it told, that on her visit to this the first woman in Europe. Singing country last year, hearing of Corri's is an art not merely technical, as misfortune, and finding one of his mere lawyers, mere mathematicians, daughters not engaged at the Opera, and others who are devoted to one and the other wanting the advantages particular faculty or science, would of good instruction, she generously have the world believe. The lady in volunteered to furnish him with the question, we are told, meditates a means of taking them both to the trip to Paris, after the close of Continent. next season. We hope she will be The visit of this queen of singers more successful than poor Miss Corri, to Dublin, where Mr. Harris conwho visited the French metropolis templated the performance of Operas, last year. That girl was not appre- is, it seems, ented by an inflamciated in her own country, for she had mation of the lungs, which it is very superior vocal ability. Her stated will compel her to pass the style was a beautiful miniature of Ca- winter in a milder climate. *A great talani's. The musical public will re- many consider this indisposition as gret to hear that her father, Natali a mere ruse, which is but the preCorri, late teacher, music-seller, and Jude to some deep-laid plan for her lastly, the entrepreneur of music in appearance in England during the Edinburgh, died in his bed in Italy, coming season. It may be so; for while conducting his two daughters, when the habit of enjoying such hoFrances and Angelina, through that mage as this wonderful artiste has so country of art and feeling. Poor long received is fixed, common life Corri was a very honest and indus- must be but insipid without it; and trious man, and was doomed, we Ja- from what we have seen of both ment to say, in the last hours of a Monsieur Vallebreque and Madame, long life, to severe misfortune, occa- they delight principally in one topic; sioned by speculating in the erection namely, the vocal enthralments of of buildings for public entertainment Catalani. And, moreover, il faut de in the Scotch metropolis. He has l'argent is an inevitable consequence
of such establishments as situation, treated it with elegance; but there is or inclination, or both, engraft upon , so much, sameness and languor in their domestic arrangements. Mou- many of the passages, that it can sieur, however, assures his English hardly be called more than an agreevisitants, that the money (ten thou- able lesson. sand pounds) which is said to have A Fantasia, by M. Cianchettini, been the reward of her last exhi, in which are introduced three fabitions in England, was not worth vorite Scotch airs, is imaginative and Madame Catalani's consideration. If brilliant; but the incessant changes 80, she is a very high-minded woman of time are injurious to the effect, by indeed.
destroying the rhythm. Garcia is engaged for the King's When Love was a Child, arranged Theatre next season.
as a rondo. Mr. Ries has added Miss Paton rises daily in the pub, many beauties, and given additional lic estimation, and really promises to grace, to Mr. Moore's elegant air. become a first-rate ornament to the Mr. Turnbull has composed some English stage. She has played Polly ingenious and agreeable variations in the Beggar's Opera, with great to the celebrated air, Turn again,
Mr. Davis, a pupil of M. Whittington. Pio Cianchettini, came out as Mac- Mr. Hummel's French air, with heath ; his style is the Mezzo Carat- variations, is lively, but rather comtere, and he sings ballads and simple mon-place. airs of feeling with good effect. But Mr. Chipp has arranged We're a' Macheath requires force, and a know. Noddin, for the harp. The variations ledge of stage effects. Incledon used differ but little from the usual style to say, that to play the part, a man of such things; they are, however, must be a man of understanding, animated and showy. An ad libitum (here an oath) a man of education flute accompaniment adds to its ef(a more vehement oath), a gentle- ' fect. man, (an oath still more tremendous) Martini's overture to Henry the in short, he must be (the climax of Fourth has been newly arranged by blasphemy) Charles Incledon. He Mr. Little, with flute and violoncello
, dressed it like a country squire of accompaniment, Mr. Burrowes has the last age-a blue coat, buckskins, published the sixth number of Hanand boots; Mr. Braham gives it a del's chorusses, arranged for the harp more modern acceptation, and ap- and pianoforte, with accompaniments pears in white trowsers--the very for flute and violoncello. The subject Hardy Vaux of highwaymen. But is, Welcome, Mighty King, from we are straying beyond our limits ; Saul.i these matters are dramatic, not mu- From the vocal list, we can select sical. They, however, serve to illus- only three ballads. 'Tis Sweet to trate our vocalists, as portraits do hear, by Mr. Barnett, is a canzonet our county histories.
of some pretension, Mr. Bi always The publications of the month are puts his imagination forth; and if the few, but with them we must conclude traits are not very powerful, they our discursive article."
still prove an activity of fancy, which, Mr. Harris has published an in- if fed with healthy aliment, may troduction and rondo for the piano- make him a composer of originality forte. It is easy, but lively and me- and strength. This song promises lodious.
better things in future. Constancy, Mr. Cramer has arranged the a canzonet by G. F. Duval, Esq. is a French romance Portrait Charmant pleasing and rather elegant air, and as a rondo for the pianoforte. In its M. Kiallmark's When the Days of original shape, the air is both sweet the Summer were brightening is just and expressive; and its great popu- a pretty song. larity has, we imagine, recommended .. October 22, 1822. it to Mr. C. as a subject. He has