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rapidly itinerant musician in another expression like his. There are no fortnight at Southampton, giving chorusses that even approach the two Concerts, with the aid of her old magnificence of his combinations. friends, Mr. and Mrs. Bedford, with The Messiah is held in such respect, whom she last year traversed the that the very religion of the country north and west, Mr. Loder, with as it were dictates its performance Mr. Bishop at the pianoforte. Here at every festival. Hence there will in addition to Non più andrui, Rode's of necessity be a certain sameness in air with variutions, Rule Britannia, the selections. This sameness has of and the National Anthem (a new late been varied by the introduction piece of titular affectation), Sweet of Italian music, and we must do the Tlome was added to the list of Ma- Italians the justice to say, that they dame Catalani's wonders. Having were anxious to increase their stock descended to the simple English bal- by as many additions as the genius of lad, style has no more variety for her. their countrymen will enable them to These Concerts did not take so well make : our modern musicians, conas the others. The first produced ductors and singers, composers and only 971. Her next appearance will instrumentalists, are all ready enough be at Newcastle, where, in truth, to complain of the increasing inthere will be a most extraordinary fluence of foreigners; but when we list of principal singers. There are look at the bills of their festivals, it Madame Catalani, Mrs. Salmon, Miss almost ceases to be a matter of wonStephens, Mrs. Bedford, and Ma- der. Here we have on the tirst night dame Ronzi de Beguis, Messrs. Bra- as concerted English pieces, There ham, Terrail, Bedford, Phillips, Sa- is a bloom that never fides (so it should pio, and Signor de Begnis. The seem), Peace to the souls of the heroes, heavy charge thus incurred will and 'Tis the last rose of summer. lay a tremendous expense upon the Among the single songs is Mr. festival, of which " several of the Vaughan's never dying Alexis. This charitable institutions of Northum- worthy gentleman has not sung more berland, Durham, and Newcastle,” than half a dozen songs in Concerts are said to be the objects. Sir George (we exceed the number) for the last Smart conducts, and he is to have a twenty years, and yet he probably chorus and a band of about fifty per- wonders that he is likely to be superformers under his orders. There seded! The music of the Tempest, will be sis concerts and a ball. - very good—but just as antique as

The Worcester meeting, the first Purcell, and almost as threadbare as of a second century, since the three poor Vaughan's Alexis.

Nor are we choirs of Gloucester, Hereford, and vastly struck with the good taste of Worcester first established this an- his competitor, Mr. Braham, who ‘nual junction of their forces, com- repeats Kelvin Grove, Smile again my menced on the 15th of September. bonnie lassie, and such trash ad nnuCompetition and example have, it seam. We are not at all surprised that seems, inspirited the managers to ene singers should be anxious to introlarge their plan ; for this year double duce what they know they sing well, the usual number of instrumentalists what has pleased, and therefore what were engaged, and the vocal strength may please again, besides it spures included not only Mrs. Salmon, Miss them the labour of thought and pracStephens, and Miss Travis, Mr. tice. But we marvel exceedingly at Knyvett, Mr. Vaughan, and Mr. committees and conductors, who Bellamy, but also Signor and Ma- ought to have some feeling in the dame Ronzi de Begnis, and Mr. matter, as they surely have some Braham. Every one is aware that character at stake. But the taste of there are a certain number of standard the inhabitants of Worcester is, it is compositions, in sacred performances to be presumed, for variety; and they especially, which must be given for must have no slight personal powers; the simple reason that their intrinsic for after a morning and evening perdignity and excellence cannot be re- formance of no less than seventy placed by any others. Thus it is pieces, tossing all the recitatives into that Handel occupies so vast a por- the bargain, there was a ball. Pretty tion of the bills of fare. There are strong appetites for pleasure they bu songs of simple majesty and pure must have, tu say nothing of the



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"thews and sinews" of the males, of the metropolis in the ensuing seaor the nerves of the ladies: we re- son, at any length. The absolute commend the conductor to open his suspension of the Oratorios, and the next festival with the appropriate total embarrassment of the affairs of chorus of Philistines in Samson To the King's Theatre, would leave it song and dance we give the day," and yet very uncertain whether the pubif he can introduce “ the night" also, fic will be gratified with the one very it will make the description the more cheap and the other most costly encomplete. There is little to be said tertainment. But we look upon the about the execution of these concerts. absolute cessation of the opera to be They are much alike in all places, impossible. The world of fashion allowing something for the more could not get on without such an inpractised skill of a metropolitan con- strument to promote the various pleaductor. The meeting of the choirs, sures and intrigués that depend altohowever, has been eclipsed by the gether upon this place of elegant superior magnitude and splendour of resort, to say nothing of the interests Birmingham, Liverpool, and York; which are involved in the opening of and this year, by Norwich, where the house. An Oratorio may prothe attempt being new was made bably be taken up by the proprietor with the proportionate energy that of one or other of the great houses, usually attends novel enterprises. But this depends upon circumstances. Wakefield, Newcastle, and Edin- In the meanwhile we cannot fail to burgh, are yet to come with such notice one scheme, which has for little interludes as Madame Catalani some little time been before the thinks right to introduce at every town, and which promises immense town which presents a chance of to- things, and is, we are told, though lerable remuneration. Thus the dif- we scarcely know how to credit the fusion of music will this year be as- fact, to be tried with some modificatonishing, and when we regard the tions. The scheme is for “ Sunday magnitude and excellence of the sacred music assemblies,” and the preparations,at the great meetings es- outline of it is as follows: pecially, we can hardly believe that “ The expenses, which will be England, unmusical as the foreigners very great, are to be defrayed by the repute her, can be the patron of such subscription tickets, and limited to numerous and such vast enterprises four hundred in number; and to enin the art. Be it owing to example, sure the selecTNESS of the combe it owing to fashion, be it increas- pany,' the admission tickets are to ing opulence, or be it what it may, be transferable to such as are dothe experiment of propagation is now mestically one family, and not genein the most energetic progression, rally. Å house is to be taken for the and the question is, will it make the express purpose. Signor de Begnis is country more or less musical? In so to procure from Italy a classical colfar as money is concerned, these fes- lection of Oratorios and other sacred tivals will have an extraordinary music, at present totally unknown in effect. An expenditure of at least this country. Mr. Braham, Signor thirty thousand pounds may be taken de Begnis, and Sir G. Smart, are as a fair estimate in any town where engaged, and every fourth Sunday an they are held; and in some cases, Oratorio entire will be performed." York, Birmingham, Liverpool, and Three fancy balls are to be given Norwich, for example, even much during the season, the first on the more money will change hands. The third Thursday in March, the second London professors will earn much on the last Thursday in April, and the more than in any other preceding third on the last Thursday in May. year of their lives, for nearly the The terms of subscription for the seasame names are to be found in every son are,-Tickets for single gentle band according to its proportionate men, 30 guineas each; married persons, strength.

taking two tickets, 25 guineas; for The record of these transactions the daughters of a family, where more in the provinces occupies so much of than two tickets are taken, 20 guiour space, that we have not now neas. The Assemblies will commence room to write upon the various spe- on the second Sunday in February culations afloat, relative to the music next, terminate on the last Sunday in

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June, and be continued annually. Mr. Cramer is, perhaps, most successful

The performances will begin precisely in this species of composition, and in this at 10 o'clock, and a suite of aparte instance he has been more than usually forments on the ground floor will be tunate. The title brings bis Midsummer appropriated for refreshment rooms. Day to our recollection, and when we say, No less than 30 principal singers are

it will bear a comparison with that elegant enumerated, and the list indeed in lesson, we can hardly give it a better re

commendation. We have seldom seen a cludes every name of eminence, both

more beautiful subject than the theme of foreign and English. Sir George the second movement, and the rest of the Smart is to have the direction, and to piece has almost equal claim to our admipreside at the pianoforte.

ration. If graceful melody, united to It is to be questioned whether an smooth and elegant passages, be the right academy upon so extensive a scale attributes of the divertimento (and surely will find supporters; but perhaps this we may translate this word diversion), then very circumstance, and the novelty of has Mr. Cramer fulfilled the promise of a Sunday evening performance, may.

amusement his title page holds out. give a new stimulus to our already air, with variations for the harp, by Nader

Le Départ du Gi enadier, a favourite over-stimulated aristocracy. “ To close with an innocent and moral as

man, is recommended by its spirit and viwell as delightful entertainment the ment, while the observance of regular harp

vacity. It is well adapted to the instru. day set apart for religious exercises passages is by no means strict: it is too (says Mr. Robinson, the projector) is limited as to difficulty. the chief object," and he moreover Nos. 5 and 6 of Les Petits Amusements, avows that “ the project has received by Calkin, evince the same judgment as the highest eulogiums of many indi- the preceding numbers. viduals, as deservedly esteemed for Mr. Bruguier is continuing his pubtheir private virtues, as they are lications, the Dramatic Divertimentos, and eminently distinguished by their ele- the Popular Melodies, the former containvated rank in life !” Nous verrons.

ing Crudele Sospetto, and Oh Quanto LaWe foolishly thought that nothing airs of Storace, Shield, Reeve, &c.

grime ; and the latter, the most favourite more extravagant could well be con

The arrangements are Weber's overture trived than these enterprises, which to Der Freischütz, arranged as a duet, by have ruined their conductors, but Mr. Latour ; and also the airs for the pianoforte Robinson has shown us our mistake. and fute; a selection from Ricciardo e.

Zoraide, for the harp and pianoforte, with Un Jour de l'Automne, a divertimento for accompaniments, and the same for the harp the pianoforte, by J. B. Cramer.

and flute.




and that his book has all the charm History, Memoirs, and Biography. of aromance; but others pretend that A work lately published is said to this style is not suited to history:give some curious information, rela- The Memoirs of the notorious Fouche, tive to the families of the Greek Duke of Otranto, in one volume, 8vo. princes. It is an Essay on the Pha- have given rise to some controversy, nariots, with some reflections on the the family of the author disclaiming present state of Greece, by M. P. them, and declaring that he never Zallony; but we have not been able wrote any memoirs. The publisher, to see it.-M. Barante's third and however, positively affirms that they fourth volumes of the History of the are authentic, though the family, for. Dukes of Burgundy have now ap- very intelligible reasons, disavows.

The success of the work them; the public, in general, are in-. appears to increase; but the critics clined to give him credit. The mein the journals are divided in their moirs are certainly very curious and opinions on its merit; the greater interesting. They end with the number are in raptures with the au- marriage of Napoleon: the second thor's style, and say he has the same part, to 1815, is not to be published kind of talent as Sir Walter Scott, tilla later period.—The Biographie des


Contemporains has reached the 15th Gingis Khan to Tamerlane, has been volume. The 14th contains the ar- published, and the second and last is ticle Napoleon, by M. Norvins, who to appear shortly. The materials for has treated his subject with ability, this work are chiefly taken from and with as much impartiality Arabic and Persian manuscripts in the perhaps, as can yet be expected in King's Library. A M. Fabre d’Olivet speaking of this remarkable man.- has written what he pleases to call a The different editions of M. Michaud's Philosophical History of the Human History of the Crusades being out of Race. This philosophical history cerprint, the author has spent two years tainly never existed but in the ravings in rendering the work still more of the author's imagination. It is a worthy of the favour of the public. rhapsody, equally at variance with Though M. Michaud has spent fifteen common sense and revelation. Thus, years of his life on this work, he was according to him, Orpheus, Moses, fully sensible that it was susceptible and Fo, were all equally inspired; and of great improvement; he was not the various religions they preached, deterred by the difficulty of the task ; however different from each other, the second volume, which contains were perfectly adapted by Provithe History of the Kingdom of Jeru- dence to the several nations to which salem, the crusades of Louis VII. they were given. As M. F. d'Olivet and Conrad, that of Richard Cæur is a man of learning who has pubde Lion and Philip Augustus, is lished many books, we have judged entirely re-written; and the first vo- it worth while to notice this new lume, unfolding the grand drama to production, which however is not the Crusade of Godefroy, has been likely to do any harm, as very few enriched with important additions ; people will have courage even to read the same care will be bestowed by more than a few pages; and those the author on the remaining volumes. who do will be bewildered by its abBesides the six volumes of the his- surdity, or disgusted by its blastory, M. Michaud has undertaken to phemy.–Of the historical collections compose a Library of the Crusades, which we formerly noticed, that of consisting of extracts from the con- the Memoirs (of the Revolution) has temporary Latin and French chro- reached the 17th livraison, containing nicles, the diplomatic documents, the those of Rivarol, and the Political Greek, Arab, and other historians. and Military Memoirs of Carnot : This new work, consisting of two the Memoirs relative to the History very large volumes (900 pages each), of France, the 10th volume, and the may be had detached from the hisa works of Froissart, the 7th volume. tory. These volumes, and the first The success of the numerous collectwo volumes of the history, will be tions already commenced has induced published in January, and the re- the eminent bookseller, Panckoucke, maining volumes in two livraisons, at to undertake a new one of still greater intervals of three months.

extent, viz. Translations of all the Some liberal writers have lately Greek, Latin, Italian, English, Spataken upon themselves to write mi- nish, German, &c. Classics. niature histories of various countries, Voyages and Travels.-Some numsuch as the history of the United bers of the Natural History belongStates, by C. O. Barberoux ; of Eng- ing to Freycinet's Voyage round the land by Felix Bodin ; and of Portugal World have been published, but no by Alphonse Rabbe. The object of part of the Narrative of the Expethese writers seems to be, to advocate dition. per fas et nefas the principles of their Fine Arts.-M. Duchesne, sen. is party. The collection is to make 40 going to publish an Essay on the or 50 little volumes, under the general Nielles, or engravings of the Goldtitle of Resumé de l'Histoire de tous les smiths of Florence in the fifteenth Peuples, anciens et modernes, par une century. The author came to EngSociété de Publicistes Litterateurs. land last year for the purpose of seeAmong these authors we find, besides ing the unique specimens in the colthe above-mentioned, Cauchois-Le- lections of the late Sir M. Sykes, of maire, Chatelain, and other well- the Duke of Buckingham, and other known names. The first volume of amateurs. His work will form a the History of the Mongols, from volume in 8vo. of 300 pages. M.

Hittorff, the King's Architect, who mention à small pamphlet by Vishas made a considerable stay in count Chateaubriant on the death Sicily, has been uncommonly suc- of the King. Though only what the cessful in his researches into anti- French call a Pièce de Circonstance, quities, and made a great number it is deserving of some 'notice, both as of valuable drawings; he is expect- coming from the pen of so eminent a ed to publish the contents of his rich writer, and as speaking the sentiportfolio.

ments of a large party. An anonyNovels.-La Mère Frivole, four mous writer has published « Revols. 12mo. by Madame Dejoüye flections on the present State of Desroches, is spoken of by all the South America, and on the Arrival of journals in the highest terms; the M. Hurtado, the Agent of Colombia, first edition was sold in ten days. at Paris.” The author is decidedly The second volume of the Hermits hostile to any recognition of the inat Liberty, by Messrs. Jouy and dependence of the Spanish colonies. Jay, is published ; though this is a The question is of such great imwork of fiction, it should properly portance, that all parties interested be placed under the head of Politics, will find it worth their while to lisbeing written entirely with a politi- ten to the arguments of those whose cal view. In truth, but for the kind opinions are different from their own. of reputation which M. Jouy has Divinity.--"A friendly Discussion acquired, we should hardly have no- on the Anglican Church, and in geticed this publication at all. It seems neral on the Reformation, dedicated to us that the adversaries of M. Jouy to the Clergy of all the Protestant and his principles may be well communions, drawn up in the form pleased if they are never assailed by of letters, 2 vols. 8vo. by the more powerful arms. The extrava- Bishop of Aire,” was printed in gant encomiums on the prosperity London, when the writer, with and liberty enjoyed under Buona- thousands of his brethren, were enparte, and the lamentations on the ty- joying in England an asylum from ranny of the present government, are persecution. We do not understand ridiculous. This youth of 20 whether a new edition has been pubyears of age recollects that, when lished in France, but it appears to he was a child, he heard only of be now first noticed by the French victories, patriotism, national great- journals, and for that reason ness, acquired knowledge, philoso- mention it here. The object of the phical virtues ; but he looks round author is to show that the Reformahim, and the objects he beholds offertion was not necessary, that it did only images of defeat, corruption, not remedy the abuses and corrupfanaticism, and ignorance. What á tions which were the alleged motives contrast. Voltaire and the Abbé de for it, and that the re-union of the La Mennais ! Ships of the line, churches is not only desirable, but and the Auxerre coach! Pretty wo- would be possible. men and the Jesuits! Light and darkness ! Philosophy and supersti- Our German correspondence aftion! Liberty and the Gendarmes !” fords us hardly any thing worth noWas the French marine then so flou- tice this month. The third and rishing under Buonaparte, that the fourth volumes of Raumer's History sea was covered with ships of the of the House of Hohenstaufen are line, and is it now so wretched as to published, and the remaining two be comparable only to the Auxerre promised by the end of the year. Diligence? Was there liberty un- The second volume of the Travels in der Buonaparte and no Gendarmes ; Brazil, by Drs. Spix and Martius, is, and under Louis XVIII. nothing but we fear, delayed, as we see no adverGendarmes and no liberty? There tisement respecting it. The authors may be more Jesuits than formerly, seem to be much occupied with the but surely there are not fewer pretty publication of the Natural History of women? From M. Jouy the tran- Brazil, and this is probably the reasition to Politics is natural; but son of the delay of the narrative. We we might have almost spared our- do not mean to say that the German selves the introduction of this arti- press is idle. Numerous botanical cle, did we not think it necessary to works, new editions of the Latin and




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