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“flux of company," in these bankrupt she is sufficiently wealthy to satisfy times of tribulation and complaint. the desires of both herself and family.
However, it is not less true, that The public loss will be far less easily three concerts, the Ancient, Phil- supplied than her own contentment. harmonic, and City amateur subscrip- At Miss Goodall's Concert (who tion, have not raised less than ten by the way is of late greatly improvthousand guineas, and the Opera, ed in her general style) Mr. H. Field, seventy thousand. Music, therefore, of Bath, performed a concerto on the neither lacks patronage nor pecu- pianoforte. This professor came up niary support.“ Subsequently to the and assisted at one of the early Philconcerts above mentioned, Madame harmonics, when his feeling and exeCatalani has given her sixth and last cution made a deep impression. He concert, as she retires, it is said, from was indeed considered little, if at all, public life. When this “ Foreign inferior to those who stand first. On Wonder" returned last season to this occasion, his choice of subject England, we gave so extended an was not happy-the excessive heat account of her powers and manner, of the room indisposed his hearers to that little or nothing remains for us attention-and the player himself was to add. If her style had undergone a little nervous, for upon the whole any change, it was, that she regu. he did not maintain the ground he lated more considerately the display had so decidedly taken. At this conof her various attainments. The cert, Master Ormsby also assisted. chief fault of most singers of the first His voice is rich and sweet, but is class is that they merge their judg- fast approaching its period of decay. ment in their anxiety to exhibit every This circumstance, however, has species of perfection at once. This changed the boy's destination, and he fault Madame Catalani has evidently has been sent to England to engage guarded against; and she was as pure, in the profession of music. We besimple, and majestic, in Comfort ye lieve the song he sang, Eveleen's Bower, my people, as she was ornamental, to have been the melody which so rapid, and forceful, in Rode's air with deeply affected the King. * variations. Her voice is perhaps a
The Oratorio on Whitsun-eve comlittle sunk; for we observed that her prised a noble and very various sepreference inclined her to very low lection of ancient and modern comsongs, and that she obviously avoid. position, and was supported by a ed very high notes even in the most cento of the finest talents, both Engrapid parts of her execution. She lish and foreign. Mr. Vaughan, Mr. retires, however, in the fullest enjoy- Sapio, Mr. Pyne, Mr. Begrez, and ment of her most wonderful powers. Signor Torri, were the tenors. Mr. It would be difficult, nay impossible Bellamy, Signors Ambrogetti, Zuto ascertain which was the most chelli, Placci, De Begnis, and Carefficient agent in her triumphs-her toni, the basses. Mrs. Salmon, Mrs. voice, or her beautiful and majestic Bellchambers, Mesdames Camporese features-so entirely did “ each give and De Begnis, with Misses Stephens, to each a double charm,” in the ex- Goodall, and Povey, thu sopranos. pression of passion. Take her for all Moscheles, Mori, Lindley, Bochsa, in all, the world has never heard or Dizi, and Nicholson, the concerto seen such a singer, and no other age and obligato players, made up a band will probably produce two such pro- that has rarely been exceeded. Some digies as Siddons and Catalani; for of the most splendid of Handel's the one can only be estimated in dra- songs, duets, and choruses, with matic art by a comparison with the Lord Burghersh's Bajazet, Rossini's other in vocal science. The prodi- Muse in Egitto, part of Haydn's gious sums Catalani has earned have Creation, and Beethoven's Mount of not greatly enriched her, it is said Olives, afforded the sacred and sebut as there is no inducement but rious parts. To these were added, a love of ease to allure her at this airs and duets, from Arne, Mozart,. moment from the profitable exertion and living composers ; altogether of her talents, we are to conclude that presenting a mass of performance so
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vast, that we almost wonder at the ture of music, as well as to the depatience of the audience to hear it monstrations of the particular branch out. The million must love quantity to which it belongs. It very philodearly, for no excellence of quality sophically marks the boundaries could keep attention alive during so which good taste has assigned to protracted a period.
gracing—that hitherto indefinite and Music for charity's sake, it seems, . ill-understood term ; it classes and does not succeed so well as dancing. distinguishes the powers of ornaThe grand Concert at the Mansion . ment, and supplies an almost unliHouse failed to attract; and the pro- mited combination of passages in all • vision in the bills by which the tick- keys. The method of arrangement
ets were limited to 1200, was found is very simple, when understood. All quite unnecessary; not more than the intervals are classed and divided 160 persons attending, in spite of the from a single note to the widest distvery earnest endeavours of the Lady ances met with-as into seconds, Mayoress, of the two Duchesses, thirds, fourths, fifths, &c.; the orithe six Marchionesses, two Count- ginal interval is given in large notes, esses, and other noble ladies, the pa- and the grace notes, .or those to be tronesses, (a list almost as long as substituted, are put in smaller. The that in Leporello's Madamina) who . keys are classed, and are the same as doubtless exerted all their interest in the songs from which they are acand energy in the cause of the fa- tually selected, and by transposition mished Irish. Mr. Lafont performed, may be applied to any other key and justified the good opinion we had within the impress of the singer's entertained of his ability. But Mr. voice. Thus a diversity of twenty Kiesewetter, whose Concert has just or thirty, or more passages, upon taken place, certainly surpasses his every possible interval which it may competitors as a concerto player, in be desired to ornament, is presented neatness and velocity of execution, to the choice of the singer. And it in delicacy of tone and expression, in is not only to singing that the book precision, and in general power. applies. 'Instrumentalists will find How far these great qualities may be in it a great help to their invention compensated by Mori's boldness, vi- and imagination, while provincial gour, and grandeur of style, is per- teachers will have a fund of ornahaps a nice and doubtful question; ment to apply to, which exists no the profession and the public appear where else. The practice of such a to incline towards the former. Thus book as Solfeggi, will, we are perthere can be little question that Eng- · suaded, confer a facility that nothing land is now thoroughly engaged in else can give, and we therefore earnthe study, practice, and enjoyment estly recommend it. of music, and that the rewards held The published parts of the music out by the metropolis have this of The Law of Java (which the comseason concentrated an immense pro- poser has presented to his Majesty, portion of the talents of all the great at court, by express permission) are European schools of art. At pre- very lively, light, and catching. There sent, we have been so much occupied are two duets, which, though they by the contemplation of the practical cannot be said to equal Mr. Bishop's examples, that we have neither time very beautiful and original adaptanor space for the general conclusions tion of Shakspeare's words, are nethat present themselves. Such spe- vertheless very pleasing and sweet, culations, however, will serve, when Dungeons and Slavery, a cantata, and facts are less abundant.
When Clouds of Sorrow, are agreeable The largest and most important songs. The one is written in a short publication of this month is the compass, to display probably Miss M. Grace Book, an anonymous, but very Tree's particular quality of voice; philosophical treatise on the science and the other, a slow introductory and application of the ornamental expressive movement, with a quick parts of vocal art; with nearly seven second part, mingles traits of Roshundred examples, drawn from com- sini's, with Mr. Bishop's own manposers and singers of all ages, and in ner. These, with a French Roall styles. This is in every sense a mance to English words, are all of very valuable addition to the litera- the Opera that are yet in print. They are scarcely so good as the compo- are like olives, or caviare.
They sitions which Mr. Bishop has lately must be often tasted to be relished, produced.
though, at first, the palate is allured Absence, and Scenes of Childhood, to overcome the strength of the flaby this composer, are two single vour. Both are, however, worthy of songs of no ordinary conception or Mr. Bishop's genius. merit; yet we find it difficult to say Mr. I. `Cooke has published an in what the peculiarity consists. Overture, as performed at Drury First, however, it lies in the intensity Lane ; consisting almost entirely of of feeling, which is cast into such cu- favorite Irish Airs. It contains many rious melody and modulation, as are solos for wind instruments, particuto be found in these canzonetti. They larly for the clarionet, flute, and trumare both singular and expressive, pet. The Young May Moon is aland we may combine both epithets lotted to the latter instrument, which again, and say their expression is in is, we believe, rather a singular cir. itself of a very singular cast ; they cumstance.
ABSTRACT OF FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC OCCURRENCES. We should only mistify our readers from commencing operations, having were we to enumerate the various passed away. contradictory reports which have · The King of France has called the risen and perished in the course of the Chambers together somewhat earlier last month, with respect to the state than usual, and in his speech acof affairs between Russia and the counts for it by representing the nePorte. The cause of difference be- cessity which exists of liberating the tween these powers remains still as financial administration from the proundecided as ever; and their respec- visional measures to which a recurtive armies still remain in the attitude rence was unavoidable. The tenour of hostility, without, however, hav-, of the speech is favourable to a paciing struck a blow. If we were to fication in the East; and his Majesty incline to the statements on one says he hopes that tranquillity may side or the other, it would be to be restored in these countries without that which leans to an amicable the occurrence of a new war to agadjustment; and this opinion we gravate their miseries. The speech draw from the protracted maneu- also alludes to the existence of the vres, and the clear disinclination cordon sanitaire, and of the necessity of each to commence the contest, which compels him not to relax in In this view it is not unlikely that the his precautions, at least during the late accounts contained in the Gazette continuance of the present season. de France have some foundation. He, however, deprecates any maleThat paper declares, on the authority volent interpretation on this point, of Austrian letters, that one of the hostile to his real intentions. But objects of the mission of Mon. de why the King of France should
Tatischeff to Vienna was to arrange strengthen this cordon now does not with that Cabinet a convenient place precisely appear; the measure cerfor a meeting between the Plenipo- tainly derives no colour from any retentiaries of Russia, Austria, and a cent increase of the disease alluded to. minister of the Porte, in order to However, strong, and, to the Spacome to a definitive settlement. It niards, somewhat suspicious indicais added that the town of Kaminieck, tions begin undoubtedly to present in Padolia, has been fixed upon for themselves. General Donnadieu, a this diplomatic rendezvous. We give violent ultra, has been appointed to a this, however, as one of many state- very high command on this station; ments, and calling for credit only on orders have been issued for the march account of the great portion of the of six thousand men from Lisle, &c. season during which Russia was not to Bayonne and Perpignan; and a prevented, by any local impediments, re-organization of the national guards,
in the South of France has been just fell in torrents; and as the Royal resolved upon by the French govern- pilgrim disdained the
of ment. It is not to be wondered at, either umbrella or hat, he has been that, under such circumstances, very laid up, in consequence, ever since, strong suspicions should be excited with an inflammatory cold, which for as to the real notive for these pre- a time, threatened very serious concautions; and, accordingly, private sequences! It is stated that General letters from France state, that the Berton has been arrested. assemblage of this large body of In Spain the Cortes have ad. troops upon the Spanish frontier is to dressed King Ferdinand in language prevent, not the physical infection which it is impossible his Majesty pretended, but the moral infection of could misunderstand. They declared Spanish revolutionary principles to him, that “the Representatives spreading into the newly_legiti- of the Spanish nation, assembled in mated Southern provinces of France! Cortes, are overcome with grief at France seems to be in a state inter- the prospect of the evils which afflict nally to cause every apprehension in the country ; that the heroic nation her present rulers. Even the capital is already fatigued by the continual itself is not exempted from occa- attacks of wicked men, and by the sional scenes of political commotion : blows they unceasingly aim at its during the last month a serious riot wise institutions, and that the Cortes took place in Paris, in consequence and the Constitutional King ought to of an attempt on the part of the law tranquillize it, to secure its repose, students to commemorate the anniver- to put an end to the conspiracies sary of the death of the younger which are on foot, and to prevent the Lallemand, who, it will be recol- horrors which are meditated.” They lected, met an untimely fate during also complain, that the enemies of a previous collegiate commotion. the country are slowly proceeded The authorities, from a foolish obsti- against," that “ the administration nacy in preventing the design, of some of the provinces is confided caused the gates of the cemetery of to inexperienced hands—to men not Pere la Chaise, to be closed, and liked by the people,”-that “great posted a civil power in the neigh- criminals" are covered with “ impubourhood. When the students ap- nity," and “ unjust and arbitrary peared clothed in deep mourning, prosecutions instituted.” The Cortes they were refused admission to the have not confined themselves to mere grave of their companion ; they per- verbal remonstrancel; a considerable sisted in their ceremony; they were hody of troops has been stationed in opposed with equal obstinacy; and the neighbourhood of the cordon the consequence was a charge of the sanitaire; and by way of a signifigendarmerie, in which upwards of cant hint to their neighbours on the twenty of the students were grievously subject, a decree has been passed, wounded, and eight taken prisoners. allowing the same pension to French Some idea may be formed of the old re- refugees flying from prosecution at gime feeling on the part of the Bour- home for political offences, which bons, from the following fact, which they had previously granted to Italately occurred in Paris. The Duke lian patriots, flying from a foreign d'Angoulême thought proper, a short invader! France, on the other hand, time since, to lead a procession of affords a refuge to the mal-content monks, nuns, and friars to Notre Spanish legitimate refugees; and Dame, on the day of the fete dieu. such is the spirit at present sedulousHis Royal Highness proceeded bare ly fostered by the governments of the headed ; and, unfortunately, during respective countries. his progress a dreadful storm of wind A plot has been just detected at and rain came on.
The zeal of the Lisbon, the objects of which were, the Parisians was not proof against the deposition of the King of Portugal, elements, and they fled in all direc- the nomination of the infant Michael as tions, leaving prince, priests, bishops, the head of the regency, the dissolusisters and all, to propitiate the tion of the Cortes, and the establishgenius of the storms by banners, ment of a new legislative body-the crosses, and prostrations: the rain Upper Chamber was to have been
composed of the hereditary nobles, to the House of Commons, the state and it was supposed, also of some of of pauperism in four parishes, of the the higher order of ecclesiastics. It county of Sussex, appears to be as was also agreed upon to murder such follows:- In the parish of Northiam, members of the present Cortes and the total population, according to the Ministry as were supposed to be fa- last census, amounts to 1,353—pauvourable to the principles of freedom. pers 636. Salehurst, population 2,121 It is mentioned, we hope without -paupers, 1,062. Burwarsh, popufoundation, that a private secretary lation 1,937–paupers 1,053. Mayto a late British Commander in that field, population 2,698 — paupers country, has been deeply implicated 1,391 ! Thus in these four parishes in this base and sanguinary conspi- the number of paupers equals half rasy. The discovery of the plot was the amount of the entire population ! said to have taken place in conse- The Court of King's Bench has quence of an application of M. Janu- granted a new trial to the defendants ario des Neves, the secretary just in the case of “the King v. Conant, alluded to, to General Luiz do Nego Collins, and Mills,” who were lately Barello to join them. The General convicted of a conspiracy, corruptly declined giving an immediate answer, to refuse a license to Mr. Meek, a and desired a further conference on publican. the following day. The minister of The sum received from the Comjustice was informed of the circum- mittee for the management of the stance, and Januario unguardedly ball, lately given at the King's Thedeveloped the whole plot before con- atre, for the relief of the distress in cealed witnesses; of course he was Ireland, amounted to 3,500l. It is immediately apprehended. Many singular enough, that this was the persons of high rank are suspected of only one of all the attempts made to a participation in this conspiracy, raise money by public amusement, but the arrests hitherto have not been for this charitable purpose, which numerous. The affair will, howe has not failed. Mr. Kean's benefit, ever, doubtless undergo a full in- which, he so munificently approprivestigation.
ated to this fund, at Drury-lane The plague has hroken out at Al Theatre, only netted 21!-A clear giers, and incalculable numbers are proof, that proverbially benevolent stated to have fallen victims. The as England is, she does not wish streets are represented as being in a to blend any other pleasure with state of silent desolation. While charity, except that which charity upon the subject, we may just re- itself originates. mark, en passant, that a report was In the details of our domestic invery current last week in London, telligence, Ireland still unfortunatethat this dreadful disease had ap- ly takes a prominent and melancholy peared in one of our hospitals; on an station. The accounts from that official investigation, however, it ap- wretched country, transmitted to the peared, that there was no foundation City of London Charitable Comwhatever for the apprehension, and mittee, and but too well authentithat the hospital was never so free cated, are enough to fill the soul from all contagious complaints as it with horror. is at present. Such rumours ought In our Parliamentary report for not to be lightly circulated amidst the month, some questions of consuch an immense population as Lon- siderable importance appear. The don contains — they may lead to the first in the list is undoubtedly the worst consequences.
discussion on the revision of the criFrom returns lately made to Par- minal code. This was brought be liament it appears, that the debts of fore the House of Commons by Sir six thousand and ninety discharged James Macintosh, in a very able and debtors amounted to upwards of five lucid manner. The learned gentlemillions and a half, while the amount man stated some strong facts to prove of property received by the assignees that, in place of an improvement, was 1,4991. being, on an average, the present criminal code of England about four shillings from each estate! was producing a rapid demoraliza
By an official return, also made tion in the country, not to be ac