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REPORT OF MUSIC. The Jewel-crowned Goddess is gotiation was commenced with Mastill wandering from town to town dame Catalani : that lady stipulated and from city to city (but not in to bring Rossini to conduct (which humble guise), avoiding only the she had no power to promise, it smoke and stir of this dim spot called afterwards appeared), six principal London and Westminster. At this singers, a leader, violoncellist, and present writing her chief priests, ma- double bass, and to divide the retrons, and virgins, are as far north ceipts with the Hospital, the comas Edinburgh and Glasgow, save mittee defraying all other expenses. only Madame Catalani, who is Had they assented, the Hospital wherever cash is to be got in ex- would have suffered a heavy loss, change for her own notes. These and Madame Catalani obtained a however, if the newly created Cheva- very large profit. But they were lier (her caro sposo) is to be believed, wiser, and more faithful to their trust. have been at a discount lately, for They rejected the proposal with just Newcastle is reported to be a loss indignation, and engaged Madame (we know it to be a gain) to the Ronzi de Begnis, Mrs. Salmon, Miss good lady. But she really does suf- Stephens, and Miss Carew, together fer by conducting; for had she been with Messrs. De Begnis, Vaughan, content in her own proper departe Sapio, Terrail, and Bellamy. Mr. ment, and to take engagements, she Sapio was unfortunately seized with would certainly have thriven better; so severe a relaxation of the throat and as those places where she has not after his arrival in Norwich, as to be been have thriven the best, the ex- compelled to relinquish his engageample will prove even more fatal ment; and the committee commisprobably to her future fame and pros- sioned a gentleman to immediate pects.
ly to town to procure the assistance Just at the moment we closed our of Signor Garcia, who was brought last report, the Festival at Norwich down in time for the last two evenwas terminating. It is the opinion ings. There were six concerts and of the ablest judges, including many a ball, and his Royal Highness the of the most eminent professors, that Duke of Sussex was present at every it rivalled York in every thing but concert. He was most enthusiastinumbers, and even surpassed, in cally received. The room where the some respects, this, the most glori- concerts were held, was a very fine ous previous assembly of minstrelsy and spacious Gothic ball, consisting of this our age. The public spirit of a nave and two aisles. At one of the inhabitants of Norfolk and end an organ was erected by Gray, Norwich had been worked upon dur- a noble instrument indeed; which ing four years, through the principal has since been purchased by the Corjournal of that district (the Nor- poration. At the other an extensive wich Mercury), before the proposal gallery for patrons. Galleries were for a meeting was made at the board raised also in the side aisles, the of Governors of the Hospital, whose seats and the fronts of which were funds were to be assisted by this covered with the splendid crimson means. The pulse of the public was cloth used at the King's Coronation. felt-a guarantee of three thousand It is a curious part of this relation, pounds from individuals was obtain that previous to the festival upwards ed to guard against the possibility of of 2301. was raised by showing the loss. The patronage of the King building in a state of preparation. and three Royal Dukes (York, Sus- The hall was lighted with gas, and sex, and Gloucester) was granted; when filled, as it was on one of the the names of a large number of no- evening concerts, with more than blemen and gentlemen enrolled as two thousand well-dressed ladies and Vice-Presidents; and a Committee of gentlemen, the spectacle was splenManagement appointed, who went did beyond example. The music conardently to work. Sir George Smart sisted of the usual selections, and was appointed to conduct, and a ne- went off with astonishing precision :
thanks to the unwearied attention performed modern, and at the other and taste of Sir George Smart. But ancient music. The festival lasted the capital perfection was the choral three days. We cannot forbear expart of the performance, which was tracting a very just, but quaintly extruly magnificent. His Royal High- pressed criticism, from one of the ness of Sussex, no mean judge of the local journals, with respect to Mr. art, was pleased to declare, that Braham, as highly endowed a singer although he was present at three of probably as ever lived, yet, fatally the Abbey performances, he had for his art and his age, deformed by never heard such effects before. The as monstrous faults.“ His best secuvastitude of the Minster at York, it rity,” says the critic,“ will be in was said by the professors who as- attending, we apprehend, to these sisted at both places, diminished the three things—not to sing too flat, volume of sound; and thus the Hall not to decorate too much, and never at Norwich being more compact, the to push his energies to a shout. Let results were not in proportion to him only be correct in his notes, numbers. Be this as it may, the chaste in his ornament, and limited amateurs of Norwich may well be in his strength, and if he cannot satisfied with being allowed a coin- preserve his elevation, he will at parison, and with so fine a series of Jeast less slowly descend from his concerts. The patronage of the high station.". The receipts were so aristocracy fell off shamefully, but near the expenses as to leave nothing the spirit of the middle classes was for the charities. Mr. Braham and strongly excited, and declared itself Mr. Phillips gave back 30l. of their nobly. The receipts were (includ- engagement, but their example was ing donations to the amount of not followed. Verily, some of our 611l. 18s.) 6,762. Os. 6d.;
musical friends would do well to repenses 4,3511. ls. 10d., leaving a recollect, that charity covereth a profit to the Hospital of more than multitude of sins. 2,4111., besides the property in the The Newcastle Festival came next orchestra, and music purchased for in succession. There Sir George the occasion.
Smart conducted, under an engageThe effects of the vocal band are ment, for Madame Catalani, who unchiefly attributable to the amateurs dertook the whole, stipulating to of Norwich, who formed a choral give the charity a fifth of the receipts. society, and, under the indefatigable We have in a former report named and able superintendence of Mr. Ed- the principal singers. Sickness, lowward Taylor, also an amateur, as- ever, thinned their ranks. Mr. sisted by Mr. Buck the organist of Sapio’s relaxed throat continued. Mrs. the Cathedral, were instructed so as to Bedford was Bedrid, Signor de Begsustain, in the manner above recited, nis was seized with ophthalmia, and almost the entire weight of the cho- Madame de Begnis with an indisporusses. The ball was crowded. sition to quit her husband, so that Eight hundred and eighty-seven all these mighty limbs were lopped pounds were taken at an admission off. Fortunately, Miss Goodall passof fifteen shillings, and no less than ed through on her way to Edinburgh, 711. 10s. for persons who gave five and was detained for the Messiah, shillings each to sit in the orchestra and the last evening, and was reand see the company. These parti- ceived with great eclat. She was culars may serve as useful informa- encored at night in Bid me discourse. tion to places who may desire to aid Still more fortunately, the Newcastle the funds of charity by means of audiences did not know how much music.
they lost in the absence of the De At Wakefield, were Mrs. Salmon, Begnises, whose singing surpasses all Miss Stephens, and Miss Travis, that we have of foreign art at this Messrs. Braham and Vaughan, Phil- moment. Madame de Begnis's exlips and Isherwood. The plan here ecution of Di Piacer at Norwich, is was singular in one respect. There described “ as the finest specimen of being no room capable of containing consummate art" that ever the expected company-two were heard, in “ the Critical and Historical opened-the Musical Saloon and the Record of the Festival," an entire Concert House.
At the one was journal (a curious attendant circum
stance we forgot to mention), which and the traces of national affinity was published there on the occasion still existing between their descendas a supplement to the newspaper, ants; adjudged to the Rev. T. Price, whose Editor has so long and so of Crickhowell. earnestly exerted himself to bring 2. On the propagation and estaabout the meeting. The total col- blishment of Christianity among the lected at Newcastle was about Cymry, by the three zealous families 4,000l. with the Ball money, the of Bran ab Llyr, Cunedda Wledig, receipts of which were included in and Brychan Brycheinog, as commethe general estimate, and of course morated by the Triad XLII. in Arch. were divided by the Chevalier with of Wales; to Mr. John Hughes, of the charity. Madame Catalani, Miss Wexham. Stephens, Mr. Braham, and Mr. 3. (In the Welsh language.) On Phillips, are highly extolled. Mori the Welsh language, its excellency, led with his accustomed fire.
the advantage of cultivating it, and Among these Festivals there is one the most likely means to ensure its which almost escapes the general perpetuity and success; to Mr. John eye-the Eisteddvod, or Cambrian Blackwell, of Berriew. Literary and Musical Session. This meeting takes its rise so far back as
Verses. previous to the Christian æra, and 1. For the best copy of Verses in has been muntinued at different pe- the Welsh Lyric Metre on the folly riods, under various auspices, until of belief in witchcraft, and all other the year 1819, up to which period, vulgar superstitions; to Mr. Edw. from 1771, it had been promoted by Jones, of Denbigh. the Gwyneddigion, a society in Lon- 2. For the best Cywydd on the don for the cultivation of the Welsh invasion of Anglesy by Suetonius language. Of late years societies Paulinus, and the consequence of have been formed in the four provin- that event ; to Mr. Wm. Jones, of ces of Powys and Gwynedd, in North Carmarthen. Wales, and Dyved and Gwent, in 3. For the best Awdl on the des South Wales, for the encouragement struction of Jerusalem by the Roof Welsh literature. The present mans. This prize was adjudged to Eisteddvod was held under the aus- Mr. Ebenezer Thomas, of Evionydd, pices of the Powys Cymmrodorion, who received the Bardic, and was inat Welshpool, on the 7th, 8th, and stalled by proxy into the Bardic 9th of September, Viscount Clive Chair of Powys. president. The main object of all The amateur silver harp was prethese meetings has been the cultiva- sented to Mr. Henry Humphreys, tion of the music and poetry of of Pool, for his performance on the Wales; and for this purpose, medals triple harp. ! are given to the authors of the best The premium for the best cataprose compositions in the English logue of MSS. in Welsh and English, and Welsh languages, who recite relating to Wales, was adjudged to them after the prizes have been ad- Mr. A. 0. Peighe, of Nantglyn. judged. With these recitations are The same gentleman gained the mingled Pennillion (epigrammatic reward for the best unpublished colverses) which are sung by the mountai- lection of old Welsh tunes. neers for prizes, and performances on Mr. R. Woodhouse, of Bettws, obthe triple harp by the minstrels. In the tained the prize for the best original evenings miscellaneous concerts are psalm tune in Archdeacon Pey's meheld, and one morning is devoted to tre, and Mr. David Harris a remuthe performance of a selection of sa- neration. cred music. The following were the The premium for the best original subjects of the essays and verses this hymn in one of the present Welsh year:
popular measures, was awarded to Essays.
Mr. D. J. Morgan, of Llangoedmore.
The prize for the best set of varia1. On the causes and extent of the tions on a Welsh air for the triple early intimacy and mutual intercourse harp, was adjudged to Mr. John between the Armoricans and Britons, Hughes, of the Royal Denbigh band. Nov. 1824.
In singing the Pennillion, or epi- month, with the exception of a brief grammatic verses, a fine trait of feel- notice of the very few compositions ing was evinced by two of the com- that are offered to an empty town, petitors, la sourers. Two were left Der Freischutz is got to Covent Garto contend for the prize; and upon den. Of all the music that has lately their coming forward to sing, they been produced, this is the most exdeclared that as they were neigh- traordinary. Its contrivance is the bours they must decline contending most curious, and it is wrought up against each other. The President in a few passages, tesșelated togestated that he would give a medal to ther, in a most singular manner. It the unsuccessful candidate, and thus is certainly not vocal, except in so terminated this friendly contention. far as respects a very few traits of
Mr. J. Jones obtained the medal melody; but the accompaniments as the best performer on the triple picture, in the liveliest manner, the harp, who had never obtained a silver scenes, passions, sentiments, and in. harp at any Eisteddvod.
cidents of this romantic drama. The principal performers were Miss Stephens, Miss Carew, Masters Smith Mr. Kalkbrenner and Mr. Cramer have and Parry, Messrs. Vaughan, Smith, two very splendid compositions for the Collyer, Parry, and Rolle. The Piano Forte. Lindleys, Nicholson, and Harper, as
L'Heureux Retour, a Divertimento for the sisted by an effective band of amá
Piano Forte, composed by Philip Knapton, teurs from Shrewsbury, led by Mr. march-are spirited, and perhaps the trio
is a tasteful lesson ; the introduction and Tomlins of that city, with some
recommends itself more particularly to our London performers, composed the notice from the resemblance it bears in its band, which consisted of nearly 100 concluding passages to a certain part of performers. The entire arrangement our old favourite There be none of beauty's and conducting was under the direc- daughters. The rondo combines originality tion of Mr. Parry, the Editor of the with much elegance, and concludes a very Welsh Melodies. The selection of agreeable composition. ancient music performed at the
The Rose, the Lily, and Lavena, three church was excellent; the neighbour- aits with variations for the Piano Forte. hood of Welshpool and Shrewsbury tion with pleasing melody, and thus carry.
Lessons combining much facility of execufurnishing upwards of fifty chorus singers greatly aided the perform- who are not far advanced in conquering the
ing their own recommendation to those ances. The whole performance gave difficulties of the instrument. the highest satisfaction; and when it
The arrangements consist of a tenth drais recollected that the Festival was matic Divertimento by Bruguier on “Ah held in a small town, amid the moun- perche la morte." No. 2 of Amusemens tains of Wales, the receipts, which des Sæurs, with No. 6 of Les Belles Fleurs; amounted to nearly 2,0001. may be also Mr. Klose's Operatic Divertimentos, considered as highly creditable to the Book 4, on the airs from Weber's Opera inhabitants. The surplus money is of Preciosa. applied, in donations, to aged and Flower, duet by Alexander D. Roche.
There was a time, ballad, The Paphian indigent bards and minstrels—in the These are light and pleasing, particularly publication of scarce MSS. tending the former, which has the rare merit to throw light on the early history of amongst these little things of being both the Bretons; and it is the intention original and agreeable. of the Cymmrodorion to send a qua- Where may sweetest Peace be found, a lified person among the Bretons, in ballad by I. S. Graeff, is not simple enough order to ascertain what affinity they either to do justice to the words to which bear in their customs, manners, and it is adapted, or to have much title to the language to the Welsh, and then to name appended to it, either as regards the publish the account.
voice part or the accompaniment. After the Festival Lord and Lady voice of a stranger, ballads by G. Herbert.
Here's a health to thee, Mary, and The Lucy Clive gave a most magnificent The first of these combines very sweet mefête at the Castle ; the splendour of lody, with the simplicity and plaintive tone the scene was beyond description. called for by the expression of the words, Upwards of 400 persons were pre- and both compositions do credit to the abisent.
lities of the composer. Thus must end our article for this
VIEW OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS.
Having in our last number de- --the republic—the empire-and all tailed the circumstances which pre. the different, and sometimes frightceded and attended the death of ful, phases of the revolution had glared Louis XVIII, we now resume our and passed ; and here, even by the narrative, which naturally falls into corpse of the first monarch of the the events which followed it. As restoration, sat the only man who had soon as propriety allowed, after his survived every change, and triumphdecease, the body of the King was ed through them all! Ex-royalistexhibited to the people. On a plain ex-republican--ex-priest-ex-bishop bed, surmounted by a green canopy, -ex-minister--there, he crouched, it was placed in a half reclining pos- the cameleon of the state; now livid ture, in its hands a crucifix, and on with death's hue, but contemplating its head a cap trimmed with lace; his brightest change in the beam of a melancholy spectacle, and one the successor! What a spectacle! which might have been spared. As He was in the room when Louis soon as the coffin could be com- died-watched, through his tears, the pleted, the royal remains were placed countenance of M. Portal the physiin it, and it was transferred to the cian, as he leaned over the monarch; throne room of the Thuilleries, where and the moment the decease was another public exhibition took place, authenticated" Go, go, and tell his to please those loyal subjects, who Majesty," said Talleyrand. That moseem to have flocked in greater num- ment and that speech might be said to bers and with as much homage round have concentrated the character of his bier as they were represented to his life. The funeral of Louis took have done around his throne. The place on the 23d of September, and ball of the Marshals, and the long was celebrated with all the pomp suite of apartments intervening be- which the occasion called for. The tween that and the throne room, troops under arms amounted to were dimly lighted and hung with 11,000, and the day passed off in the black; the meaning of this seems to greatest tranquillity, although, as have been to give greater effect to might have been expected, the entire the show-room itself, which was one population of Paris was in motion. blaze of gold and brilliancy! There, The procession set forth with the elevated from the ground, covered scund of cannon, and all the bells of with a gorgeous pall of cloth of gold, the city tolled a mournful knell. The and surrounded with innumerable housings of the horses were of black burning tapers, stood the royal coffin, cloth fringed with silver, and the upon which were placed the crown, heads ornamented with plumes of the sword, and sceptre. All around feathers. The funeral car itself was the platform were ranged mace- remarkable for its magnificence; the bearers and heralds, splendidly ar- upper part formed a canopy, surrayed, intermingled with the officers mounted by the crown of France, of the crown, and crowds, of course, supported by four genii, seated, and of ecclesiastical attendants, who with inverted torches. The canopy chaunted from time to time the ser- was adorned with velvet, enriched vice for the dead. Nearest to the with fleurs-de-lis in gold, and supcoffin, with downcast eyes and de- ported by four angels bearing palm jected countenance, sat the mourner branches ; at the head was the crown of many changes, the court-spectre, of France, and at the feet, the sceptre Talleyrand. The French are re- and hand of justice. Upon reaching markable for rendering their specta- St.' Denis, the royal remains were cles imposing, and this last touch was presented by the Grand Almoner to certainly par excellence; they should the Dean of the Royal Chaptre, prestop here, nothing can exceed it. ceded by the Canons and the Clergy. The old regime--the sans culotterie The coffin was then temporarily