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others? Is it, that we have lost Kean Sir G. never fails to set before his auand O'Neill; or does the taste for the dience. rarities of the first kind, and drama decline? No:--the theatres are often at considerable cost. Mr. KIESEtoo large for the purpose; not half the WETIER made his first appearance company can discern the motions of upon the violin, and exhibited very the countenance which depict the pas. singular and masterly powers.

His sions. If the cheeks were not painted style is purely German, dark and fora tremendous red, and the nose a spark- cible; he has none of the glitter of ling while, the features of the face Vaccari or Mori, but he has the strength would not be seen in the farthest of Yaniewitz, and the polish of Baillot. boxes; but music can be heard as It is worthy of remark, that the pupils well by the remotest listener as the of the new school are good composers, nearest, and often with a better effect : as well as great performers. Mr. Lindbesides, a taste for music is rapidly ley and the piano-forte Cramer may be increasing, and we like to go and hear mentioned as instances where the finest that well done, which is a favourite practical talents are constantly exhipursuit with ourselves. I should not bited in music of the most commonhave been so well satisfied with the place order. opera of Artaxerxes, had not I heard At these performances, we are first Dirce the night before, the recitation presented with the new choral compoof which was drawled out in the com- sitions of the day-the Seasons, the mon-place modulation of a parish Mount of Olives, the oratorio of Judah, clerk. Artaxerxes is now becoming &c. Notwithstanding the orchestra old-fashioned, and may be said to be is numerous and well chosen, there almost wholly destitute of the graceful wants that weight of sound in the loud inflexions of modern melody. Many and magnificent parts, which is necesof its ornaments are as quaint as the sary to the production of the sublime. lace and ruffles of the last century. A theatre, from having no ceiling above Much has been said of the talents of the stage, is ill adapted for such perMiss Wilson, who performs Mandane, formances, as inore than half the sound -she certainly is pretty, sprightly, and is lost. Liverpool and Manchester have engaging; but she possesses not that their Music Halls; but the Metropolis volume of tone and clear articulation, is without an edifice in which the sowhich are indispensable requisites in a

lemnities of oratorio music can be disgreat singer. Her animation is consi- played. The Concerts form a most derable, but in many instances ill di. distinguished part of the musical searected. Her long holding notes, and son: there are not less than fifty given occasional bursts, are instances of a from January to June, in which all the mistaken effort to achieve that which talent of the country is engaged. The should be sought with more feeling and first is the Ancient, or King's Concert, art. Her enunciation in recitative lies which was established a century ago. too much upon the teeth and nose: in It is conducted by twelve noblemen, this particular there is a striking con- who'direct in turn, and no composition trast in the superior manner of the de- is allowed to be performed of a more lightful Madame Vestris. Nature has recent date than fifty years, under the certainly done more for Miss Wilson penalty of 500). The orchestra is most as an actress than a singer.

ably conducted by Mr. Greatorex, who The great attraction at Drury-Lane communicates to the choir that fire and is Mr. BRAHAM ; but it is to be la- spirit which Mr. Bates first introduced mented that he should so often address into the grand performances at the Abhimself to the gallery. No one sings so bey. The Vocal Concerts are open to well and so ill: in his “ mezza voce" he the public; and though the materiel of is graceful and enchanting, and always which they are formed is the same as in tune. When he sings the least, he the Ancient, yet it has been found nesings the best; but in pouring forth the cessary to consult the public taste, and

mighty strain” intended for the gods, to introduce the modern compositions he often outrages the feelings of mortals of the day. These concerts will suffer below.

much by the death of Mr. Bartleman : ORATORIOS.

there is no one left that can at all vie In this theatre are given the ora- with him in sentiment or torios under the direction of Sir G. Mr. Bellamy is at present his only sucSMART, which are certainly the great- cessor; but surely this gentleman canest musical treat open to the public. not be aware of the inelegant way in


which he delivers his tones: his manner second rate song of Handel's, she has is too complicated, and there wants raised into importance by the inimimore nature and simplicity in his table style of her execution; and such enunciation. By a circuitous motion is the versatility of her powers, that of his mouth, he puts his words upon there is no department of the vocal art the rack, and produces deformity and in which she is not pre-emineni. dislocation. These defects are much Miss STEPHENS next claims our adto be lamented, as Mr. Bellamy has an miration, by her very interesting and excellent voice, great energy, and is a unaffected manner. There is a pensive good musician. Mr. Kellner has re- tone iu her voice that indicates a sweetcently made the tour of Italy, by which ness of disposition- so far the voice he has learnt every thing, but the fa- may be said to be an index of the mind. culty of singing his own language. He Her style is that of nature and simplihas a fine bass voice, and accompanies city; and as her articulation is clear himself on the piano-forte with great and good, she never appears to more skill and ability, but every word he advantage than in singing an English attempts to utter seems imprisoned in ballad; but beautiful and pathetic as his mouth, and when they escape, it is many of these national compositions with such violence and bluntness, as are, it is to be lamented that the music more to annoy than delight. If he is so seldom worthy of them. would begin de novo and learn the first It is said that Mrs. Dickons has sung rudiments of a correct and polite enun- one song in England three hundred ciation, he certainly might become the times, and it is probable that Miss Stefirst bass singer of the day.

phens will double that number in her MRS. SALMON'S CONCERT. performance of “ Auld Robin Gray." This lady gives two concerts in each

The NoBLEMAN'S Catch CLUB, at season, at which all the first per difficult of access. It has been kept

the Thatched House Tavern, is very formers appear, and the best attend. Mrs. SALMON is, I believe, up with great spirit for sixty years. the first instance in which the requi- The society consists of forty-four memsites of a great singer have been found bers, among whom there are two princes, united in an English woman; and she twelve nobles, with several baronets is a striking example of what genius and honourables. It is a law, that each and industry will do, unaided by tui. member shall possess 5001. a year in tion and patronage. Her vocal talent land, and sufficient talent to take a is entirely her own- she has had no part in a glee. The members dine tomaster, and is purely original. Like gether every Tuesday from January to the sweet chantress of the grove, “ she June, and twenty-two of the first prosang unheeded and unknown, but the fessional singers are admitted as honoinfluence of her voice has broken the rary members at this Anacreontic board. spell which envy sought to throw around It is not wonderful, that in so illusher. Her voice is not extensive or

trious a company, the genius of Webbe, powerful; but it is of the richest co

Cooke, Danby, Paxton, and Calcot, lour and quality : her execution is re

should have been stimulated to promarkable for its brilliant rapidity, and duce those admirable compositions, for the grace and facility with which which this society has rewarded by she takes up or concludes her passages.

their gold medal These meetings had She is the only singer who has disco- their origin in the time of Charles II. vered the art of varying her tone to

and the following composition by Purthe sentiment or passage she has to ex

cell has never been equalled :press. In her divisions, the beauty of Sum up all the delights the world can the flute is succeeded by the rich and

produce, mellow tones of the clarionet, and in the darling allurements now chiefly in use:

You'll find, when compared, there's none her“ mezza voce," the flageolet is sur

can contend passed in delicacy and beauty. Her With the solid enjoyments of bottle and knowledge of the science gives her a friend. great advantage over her contempora. For honour, or wealth, or beauty may ries; and it is only in the encore that her fancy and creative power are fully Those joys often fade, and rarely do last : displayed. “ From mighty Kings," a They're so hard to attain, and so easily None, like wine and true friendship, are in showers of harmóny. This won, lasting and sure,

lost, Du-ark-ness-she-ah-dow-le-oy-t. That the pleasure ne'er answers the trouim-me-agine-av-noyn-ted.

ble and cost.



derful performer is a young man, and From jealousy free, and from envy secure. a pupil of Beethoven; and his appear Then fill up the glasses until they run o'er, ance in the waning light of his master A friend and good wine are the charms we adore.

may prove a fortunate thing for the

musical world. The PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY is composed of the first performers of the

THE CHAPEL KOYAL. age, who agree to lay aside all party The French say that our palaces are feelings, and to co-operate for the pro- not equal in magnificence to their royal motion and improvement of the art.- stables. We certainly cannot boast of This concert is for the exclusive study our Chapel Royal : a more incommoof instrumental music, and is the only dious place could not be attached to an band in Europe where effect can be alms-house. Here, we might have given to the Sinfonias of Haydn, Mo- thought, the service of the church zart, and Beethoven. The simulta- would have been given in a style of neous effect of forty masters upon the the greatest excellence; but, on the stringed instruments, performing with contrary, it is in general carelessly peran identity of taste and expression, is formed, under the disadvantages of an truly astonishing. The force of this incomplete choir and a bad organ. combinatio- . is ten times that of a Most foreigners are in the habit of vicommon band of equal numbers, and siting this place, to see the reigning fa-the sudden transitions from loud to mily and our court religion; but, after soft are as striking upon the ear, as the paying at two places for admission, how effects of lightning in a dark night miserably must they be disappointed ! upon the eye But we must hear the Our church music is distinguished for its performance of Beethoven's Pastoral simple grandeur above all others in the Sinfony before we can appreciate the world, and it would well become a great talents of this extraordinary orchestra. nation that there should be at least one This piece exhibits, by the power of place in the country where it might be sounds alone, a picture of the events heard in perfection. What we have of a summer's day,—the sunrise—the expended in gun-flints, in the late defreshness of the morning--the singing structive war, would have built a of birds — the buzz of insects — the sumptuous palace, with all its appenstorm—the calm—the rustic song and dages. dance and the close of the evening. If we go to the Museum and view As it is the first object of this society the marbles, we ask ourselves--what to exhibit the art, and not the per- have we done that was not done by former, no solos are admitted; but the the ancients three thousand years ago ? finest talents are displayed in the most In sculpture and architecture we have elaborate and scientific compositions. not yet equalled them, but in the beau

Moscheles, a German, made his first ideal, in music and the arts of deappearance this season. This perform- sign, we have left them in their first er, by the peculiarity of his touch, gives lessons. The Egyptian tombs will to the piano-forte a new language and convince us how little the imagination character, and impresses us with an was concerned in their drawings and idea that the powers of this instrument the rude structure of their instruments are but just developing, and that, like how little they knew in music. But it the harp of Terpander, there still lie in was reserved for this age to unite all it hidden treasures. The velocity of the charms of the fine arts, in that his execution is more striking than grand dramatic spectacle, the ITALIAN brilliant, as he elicits a series of new OPERA. Immediately on entering this effects. Those Arpeggio passages which house, our sensations are strongly ex

common to the instrument, he cited by the grandeur of the place. If weaves in a new and beautiful texture, we pass from the hall to view the inseldom resorting to the ordinary rou- terior, at the door which enters the pit tine of modulation, but enchants, like by the orchestra, we cannot but be Mozart, with the simplicity of nature. struck with the sublimity of the sight. But it is in the sublime that he excels. A spacious dome opens upon you with “ In his left hand lieth the thunder, and 240 boxes piled one upon another to an the lightning in his right.At a blow immense height, filled in every part by he will strike the scale of sounds into the nobility of the land, glittering in a thousand pieces, and re-collect them the richest costumes; and the eye wan



ders over the thousand objects present. the Dramatis Persone surround Don ed to view, in admiration and delight. Giovanni, charging him with his If we place ourselves upon the sixth crimes, together with his defiance and form on the violoncello side, we shall intrepidity, is the very acme of dramafind it the best place to enjoy the music tic and musical effect. The conclusion and to see the ballet : as in this situation of this extraordinary production is not we shall just catch the feet of the dan- less striking than its commencement. cers. The overture announces by its At the moment when the Ghost gripes dark harmony, the fatal career of Don the delinquent by the hand, the screams Giovanni. Ambrogetti's performance of the wird instruments, mingled with of the Hero is the finest specimen of the howl of the trombones, are truly acting exhibited in this country. His appalling. The musician has displayed vocal powers are not even of a second all the terror of his art-discord on rate order, but his fine cu aceptions, discord mounts,' until the effect behis spirit and vivacity, so counterba- comes almost overwhelming, and we lance every defect, that the impulse have no hesitation in asserting, that for which he gives to our feelings, carries those to whom the slightest cultivation us over all his faults as a singer. De of the ear has opened an additional Begni, in Leporello, is scarcely infe- avenue to the imagination, the comrior to Ambrogetti as an actor, but as bined effect of the sounds and scenery is a musician he ranks much before liim. superior to any thing the dramatic art He has a fine bass voice_execution, has yet attempted. science, and taste. Madame Ronzi July 10th, 1821. WM. DELHARP. de Begni, his wife, takes the part of Donna Anna, and most beautifully For the Monthly Magazine. does she perform it. Her superior LETTERS from POMPEIT, with illustrascience, both in singing and acting,

tive Engravings. makes her a great acquisition. In

Pompeii, June 20, 1819. former years this character was ill supported, but in the hands of Ronzi it

SHALL now proceed to describe I

this city, which has been preserved, becomes the finest part of the Opera. to all appearance, by the ashes from Madame Camporese has long been a fa- Vesuvius, in order to shew us that the vourite for her refined manner of act- pretended fection of the exist ing; but her singing is characterised state of things, is not so obvious as the by a rusticity that ill accords with conceit of the moderns has prompted the elegance of her person. Her tones, them to believe. Situated about fourthough rich and powerful, are, at times, teen miles from Naples, Pompeii leaves vulgarly broad--they emanate from a Vesuvius to the north-west ; it is wrong part of the throat, and are desti- scarcely upon the declivity of the tute of those fine inflections which the mountain, and it may be imagined that songs of Batti batti and Vedrai carino its inhabitants believed themselves demand. It is more than probable completely sheltered from the effects that the Opera would be improved, if of its eruptions. Strabo, who flourished she and Ronzi were to change places. some years prior to the destruction of The latter has the prettiest tone that can this city, tells us, that he conceived be conceived ; in accent and neatness it Vesuvius to be an extinguished volcano. resembles the haut boy, and in tune it is A vehicle which is procured at Naperfection itself. Miss Mori's voice has ples, conducts you in three hours to been much beautified by the introduce Pompeii, when you traverse Portici, and tion of the “ mezza voce,” which renders even the royal palace, which is found her singing much more agreeable. Ca- in perfect reparation, and furnished by talani was unquestionably the finest Murat. Under Portici, Herculanum actress and singer that ever appeared lies buried; you then proceed by Torre upon this stage, but her knowledge in del Greco, and Torre del Avnunziata, music was not sufficient to carry her the former of which is rendered famous through the elaborate compositions of by the reiterated devastations to which Mozart, and the Opera was sacrificed it has been subjected by the volcano. to her individual performance; but One might be led to believe that each now we have a greater distribution of shock of the mountain had communitalent—though not so brilliant, the su- cated its effects to the neighbouring periority of its combined power is stri- people, but, on the contrary, they live in kingly shewn in the sestettos.

a state of the most perfect indifference. The finale of the first act, where all After having passed the Torre del An


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nunziata, you enter a fine valley sltuated ones less elevated, but broader than the between the lengthened slope of Vesu- others, being covered with marble. It vius, and other mountains skirting the is conjectured, though I do not join in sea ; and upon their declivity is Castella- such opinion, that they were formerly mare, near to Stabiæ, where Pliny, the all decorated in this manner, but af. naturalist, was stifled and buried under terwards divested of their marble ornathe ashes of the famous eruption, which ments; and what leads me to conjecture took place in the 79th year of our æra. otherwise is, that the tiers of lava are He commanded the Roman forces at evidently worn in parts. The orchestra the Cape of Misenum, which forms the is semicircular, and very small, and other extremity of the gulf of Naples. the stage is not more than eight or ten Upon the appearance of the phenomenon feet in depth. The theatre contains a be embarked, came to Castellamare, and species of longitudinal chizelled canal, advanced towards Vesuvius. He could the use of which I cannot comprehenıl. not have been in a worse situation ; for The populace entered the building the aperture in the mountain and the through two corridors, one above, and north-west wind directed the lava and the other almost level with the orchessmoke to that side, and he perished the tra; and over the door is an inscription victim of his love for the sciences. I preserving the name of the Consul under was aware of my approach to Pompeii, whom this monument was erected. If and bent my regard around in order to this theatre presents something novel to observe it, when a mass of earth heaped the modern eye, it has nothing tending together, and forming a slope, led me to excite that degree of admiration to conjecture such to be the spot which which we are so frequently obliged to covers the remains of that unfortunate accord to the Romans. From hence city. I quitted the carriage, and you pass into a small street about 20 mounting the acclivity, beheld the ves. feet wide, conducting to the forum, tiges of columns and the remnants of which is paved with large blocks of monuments, which are rescued by de- stones of no regular form, but carefully grees from the oblivion wherewith the chosen, so as not to leave open spaces ; ashes had covered them, presenting but whenever such happen to occur, to the view the appearance of our burial the apertures are filled up with lead. grounds, if we suppose the marble with The whole length of the street is skirted which they are decorated, not so new, on either side with flag-stones, the and less brilliant in appearance. In a pathway being three feet wide, divided short time we arrived at the portal, at equal distances by square pilasters, where we found the Ciceroni, and a covered with white, red, or blue stucco, guard house occupied by veteran sol- upon which are painted objects indidiers. The garden is surrounded by a cating the profession of the inhabitants colonnade of brick, stuccoed and paint. together with their names, in irregular ed red, producing a good effect, where letters, in black or red. At the door several inscriptions are found, indicat- of a milkseller, for instance, a she goat ing that it was formerly the barrack oc- was sculptured in the stone; the shops cupied by soldiery. It is difficult to contained counters formed of brick, obtain permission to make drawings in wherein are still to be seen the vases Pompeii, but which I had obtained which contained the milk, wine, oil, from Mr. C. M., the

artist employed by and other liquids, and to the left of the Prince Leopold. This title of painter vendor's-place are small marble steps, to the Prince, together with some gra- whereon were probably deposited the tuities, ensured me the consideration glasses or measures. I was a considerof the guardians of the place; and I able time occupied in ascertaining how soon promenaded in those streets, and the doors were closed; grooves which upon that very pavement which had I perceived in the pavement and around been trodden by the Romans eighteen the angle of the pilasters, led me into hundred years ago.

an error, as I thence pictured to myself On quitting the barrack of the mili- some species of hinge; but a door, altary, you behold the ancient theatre to most calcinated, and still preserving its the right, forming a half circle, sur- primitive form, which I found among mounted by tiers of seats, and sur- the ashes, couvinced me that the pilasrounded by a wall which supports the ters were cased with wood-work, which pillars, whereto was attached the cloth entered these grooves, and that the panwhich entirely covered the theatre. nels slid, similar to those used in The seats are formed of lava; the lower Paris for closing up shops; and like


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