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tic drama, of matured conception, " Ah! why display those charms, genial and original in its ideas, free fair maid," a Ballad; the Words from plagiarisms and imitations, we by T. Pontifex, Esq.; the Music shall be gainers by humbly con- | by W. Eavestaff. Pr. 25.—(W. tenting ourselves with a selection Eavestaff.) formed, like the present, from bor- The melody of this ballad is disrowed but good materials.
tinguished by a tasteful smoothness, “ La Solitude," a popular French Air, good distribution and proportion in
with Variations for the Piano- its constituent periods, and its geforte, composed for, and inscrib- neral congeniality with the sense ed to, Miss Ware of North End, and metre of the text. The harmoIlampstead, by W. Eavestaff. Pr. nic arrangement also is throughout 2s.6d.—(W. Eavestaff.)
correct and effective. In the latter . A considerable space of time has half of the introductory symphony, elapsed since we have had occasion | a greater degree of rhythmic reguto notice any of Mr. Eavestaff's com- larity would have been advantageous. positions, the general propriety and The favourite Air,“ Faint and weagood taste of which seldom failed to rily," composed by Dr. Arnold; produce a very favourable impres arranged, with Variations for the sion upon us: we therefore feel the Piano - forte, and dedicated to greater pleasure in being able to re Miss Christina Bird, by S. Lillysume our acquaintance upon terms crop. Pr. 2s.6d.-(Goulding and equally advantageous. The present Co.) variations ingratiate themselves at Although these variations present the threshold by an able and very no studied or striking combinations pleasing introduction. The theme of melody or harmony, nor any feawhich follows is stated to be a French tures approaching the grand style of air, without which information we the more celebrated musical writers, should have taken it for a German we are free to say, Mr. L.'s labour waltz. Of the seven variations, the has afforded us not only satisfaction second is rendered interesting by an but considerable gratification. His effective middle part, and an apt manner is free from affectation; his harmonic arrangement in the second ideas throughout possess, in a prostrain; the third variation exhibits a minent degree, regularity, good muwell-conducted range of passages; sical sense, and a constant vein of the fourth, which reminds us of “ Ro- attractive melody. The latter merit bin Adair," if faithfully executed ac- is particularly conspicuous; and alcording to the author's intention, is though in variations the composer sure to gain approbation; the free- is naturally guided by his subject, dom and selectness of the active the gift of infusing into the changes passages in the fifth deserve great and amplifications of the theme the praise. In the sixth we observe ancharm of connected and rounded appropriate system of crossed-hand melody is by no means a matter of arrangement; and the seventh and course, last variation, although of simple be- In the second part of the first vaginning, merges into an elaborate riation some good passages are inand highly effective coda.
troduced; the second variation pro