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we have been able to learn, our country owes the took place July 5th, at 5 P. M., in Chauncy of reading music. We have heard him play correctly credit of having first given an oratorio entire. Place church. Some of the pieces sung were and clearly at sight a pretty difficult prelude and During the first four years of its existence, it the choruses : “ Hail Judea, happy land," "The fugue by Mendelssohn; and from memory various gave a number of concerts of miscellaneous horse and his rider,” “ Hailstone,” “Welcome,
fugues of Bach, Mozart, &c., of which he carries
some thirty in his head and fingers. sacred music. For instance, at Christmas, 1815, welcome, mighty King,” “ Achieved is the glori
The Afternoon Concerts have been a success. We it engaged the orchestra of the Philharmonic ous work," &c., &c. Among the solos was Shaw's
| have no doubt they might go on successfully for a Society,* and gave: Part I., the “ Creation,” as sweet song: "Were not the sinful Mary's tears.”
month more. far as the chorus: “ The Heavens are telling ;” Another fact which will ever stand in honor of and for Parts II. and III. miscellaneous select the Society, is that some of its members sent an
Boston CHORISTERS' School-To nothing for ions, mostly from Handel. order to Vienna, to have BEETHOVEN compose
some time have we listened with more fresh and
peculiar interest than to the concert given by Mr. The performers were about one hundred, says an oratorio for it, without limiting him in any
H. S. CUTLER, on Wednesday evening, at the Trethe Centinel, and appeared to embrace all the manner as to price, subject or style—and this
mont Temple. Its objects were to give the audience musical excellence of the town and the vicinity. only from the specimens of the master, which
some idea of English Cathedral Music, and to exhibit The performances the concert was in the Stone they had sung from the “ Christ on the Mount of
the practicability and proper use of boy choirs in the Chapel-drew a crowded house, at a dollar for a Olives."
Episcopal service. The pieces of the first part were single ticket, five for $4, and eight for $6, and The society, like other musical associations, has prefaced and interspersed with very instructive and pleased so much that the concert was repeated at times had its firmament clouded, but a large interesting explanations and historical notices by on the 18th of January.
minded and generous policy will, we sincerely Mr. ALEXANDER W. THAYER, who won the warm But the Society determined to do something trust, be followed at length by an appreciation on thanks of the audience. We hope to give our readmore than as yet had been accomplished, and on the part of the public, which shall enable it to
ers his entire lecture in our next. the 22d of March, 1817, they announced a series remain as it now is, one of the institutions of
We have no room now to do much justice to the of concerts which, considering the extent of Bos- | Boston.
concert, or to treat, as we hope some time to be able
to do, several important questions which it raised ton at that time—not so large as several other We have other things to say in this connection,
anew in our mind. Of the real artistic worth, or New England cities are now—the condition of but our article is already long enough. If musi
creative genius, of this old English music, we are the community still suffering from the effects of cal taste be higher in Boston than in other Amer
still unprepared to judge with confidence. But as a the war, and the small advance which a true taste ican cities, as is sometimes claimed, we do not
ritual, as a branch of a church service, it has at least for music had then made, we think shows a de hesitate to attribute it to the long and well-direct the merit of uniform dignity, and freedom from poor termination and spirit which might well be a ed influence of our noble old Choral Society. triviality and sentimentality. Some of the pieces model for imitation at this day. All honor to the
sung that evening impressed us very deeply. We few that still remain, that took part in that musi
are no believer in the old Church Modes as absolute; cal enterprise !
TAALBERG has gone! The last of the half-dollar and permanent types; we see in them only rude, imThe announcement was as follows:
concerts, being the fifteenth and last of his second perfect efforts to get at the only complete Scale SACRED ORATORIOS.
visit to Boston, took place in the Music Hall on yet in their very limitations there is a certain quaint The Handel and Haydn Society propose to perform
Tuesday afternoon. The storm thinned the audi grandeur of effect, which no one will deny. We felt in King's Chapel, on the first week in April ensuing, ence. The character of the entertainment was such it and enjoyed it in the two first pieces, the Gregorian those two celebrated musical compositions, the “ Mes
as we have many times described, and with the usual Venite, and the Te Deum by Tallis. Both these and siah," by Handel, and the “Creation," by Haydn. The first performance, which will be on Tuesday
assistants, D'ANGRI, JOHANNSEN and Herr Schrei. the quite elaborate fugued Te Deums and anthems of evening, the first of April, will consist of the first BER. With all their names and shapes Protean later date (by Farrant, Webbe, Rogers, Travers and part of the “Messiah" and the first part of the * Creation," together with an intermediate selection.
Thalberg's concerts simple, Thalberg's concerts Boyce), seemed (to judge from that experiment) to The second performance, on Thursday the third of grand, Thalberg's oratorios, festivals, children's con be most fitly rendered by choirs in which the soprano April, will consist of the second part of the “Crea
certs, matinées, soirées, piado recitals, &c., &c.—they part is sung by boys. tion" and the second part of the Messiah.” with an intermediate selection.
are all over now. They always had delighted audi But leaving for the present all discussion of the The third performance, on the fourth of April, will ences; they have given us a great variety of fine compositions, we would simply bear our testimony consist of the third part of the “Messiah” and the third part of the “Creation," with an intermediate
music, and a great deal of pleasure, in which a very to the rare charm and perfection of the execution of selection.
large part of the community have been participators. the entire programme. The two choirs were arranged Books containing the words of the oratorios, and
antiphonally at opposite ends of the stage, each con. the order of the performances, may be obtained at The AFTERNOON CONCERTS, too, are over. The the several places where tickets are for sale. Tickets
sisting of six boys (or choristers), two counter-tenors, for admission to the three performances for $2, and last, on Wednesday, drew a crowd, and programme
two tenors and two basses. The boys were from the tickets for performances separately at $1 each, may
and performance were particularly good. Beetho. be obtained at the bookstore of 0. C. Greenleaf, Court
Church of the Advent; among the older singers, ven's Eighth Symphony-in more than one sense street; West & Richardson and Monroe & Francis,
called in for the purpose, we noticed Messrs. MOZART Cornhill; S. H. Parker's circulating library, No. 1 one of his happiest efforts, was a delicious treat.
and GARRETT, basses, Messrs. HOWARD and Adams, Water street; Franklin Musical Warehouse, Milk The Tannhuüser overture told well, too, for a conclustreet; G. Graupner's, Franklin street, and David
tenors, &c. The choirs had been marvellously well Francis's bookstore and library, Newbury street. sion; though we would rather have heard the Leono
drilled, and sang, sometimes without accompanira just at this time. There was a fine set of Waltzes It appears from a notice of a rehearsal, that
ment, long and difficult anthems, with such perfect by Lumbye, a spirited Gallop by Zerrahn, and an the Philharmonic orchestra was engaged for these
truth and clearness as we rarely hear in any concert. elaborate Fantasia for clarinet, composed by Reisconcerts; and from another source we have learn
The boys' voices were all pure, sweet and musical, siger and played by Ryan. Much interest was creed that an organist was brought from New York,
always in time and tune, and they sang with an ated by the remarkable piano-forte playing of Master owing to some difficulty in relation to the pecuni
earnestness and an unaffected joy in what they did, ERNST PERABO, a lad only eleven years and three
free from all sign of vanity or individual self-conary consideration demanded by Dr. Jackson. (?) | months old. The motive for this single public exhi.
sciousness, that was refreshing to witness. The As a specimen of the intermediate selections,” bition of his talent was a good one: it was simply to whole behavior of these young gentlemen was as the following is a list of the pieces in Part II. of
show that he has talent such as should not be allow commendable as their musical accomplishment
ed to run to waste, and to interest our music-lovers the second concert:
Three of them sang the Trio from “ Elijah”: Lift
thine eyes, without aid of instrument, with delightful Chorus-From Handel's “ Joshua:” “ The Great if possible enough to give him the means of seeking
sweetness and silvery purity of harmony. Jehovah is an awful theme."
solid education in Germany. Of course the child The song from Handel: Come unto Him, by young Solo-Oliver Shaw, (“Blind Shaw" of Providence): did not do his best ; and yet what he did was evi- Master White, was so beautiful as to elicit an en". This world is all a fleeting show." Chorus
core. In the place of another lad, who was unwell, dence enough of most decided musical talent. He Moses and the children of Israel sang
Mr. C. R. ADAMS sang: If with all your hearts, very this song unto the Lord.”-Handel.
played the first Song without Words, by MendelsRecitation-Handel: “He measureth the waters in
finely. Choruses from the “ Messiah" and from the hollow of His hand."
sohn, clearly, (but of course without the expression “ Samson” were sung by the two little choirs Solo- Thou dost blow with Thy wind." which such pieces require) ; a florid melodie varie, by
united, and with an effect and volume of tone that Chorus—"He gave them hail-stones for rain.” Döhler, in the modern style; a Souvenir de Mendels.
surprised us. Mr. Cutler, who is one of our best
organists, accompanied. He is plainly quite in ear. Three months later, when President Monroe sohn, by Krug, in which he made the melody stand
nest in his devotion to this school of church music; came to Boston, the Society was invited by “the distinctly out amid a wealth of accompaniment; he modestly and simply merged himself in his work ; committee of arrangements of the town of Bosand finally a composition of his own, a sort of minor whatever might be our doubts and prejudices about
the English music, here was a genuine opportunity to ton,” to give a select oratorio in his presence.
learn about it, and all who embraced it could not dozen variations, astonishingly clever for a boy. His but feel rewarded and grateful to Mr. Cutler and to • Who can give us any account of this society ? | musical memory is remarkable; and so is his power | Mr. Thayer.
from Haydn. I heard the air from the “Creation," || remain some months. He has been playing at the With verdure clad. It is not possible to imagine it Hague and Brussels, and before the king of Holland.
better, so pure and simple was its style. The king, Among the notices of new books abroad, we read : BERLIN, MARCH 8th.-(From a private letter.)
who eighteen years ago had her often come to the “ Germany has sent us a thick octavo teatise on I have just been looking through a book, which
palace to sing Handel's music, attends her concerts, Beethoven, his critics and glossators, and a new bioperhaps has not come under your notice—“ BEET
which she may consider as a high honor, (if she was graphy, (six vols.!), of Mozart, with an analysis of HOVEN, ses Critiques et ses Glossateurs, par OULI.
an American, not, perhaps ?) as he now goes to no his principal works, by A. OULIBICHEFE, both writ. BICHEFF.” It does not strike me as a very valuable concerts but those of the Dom Chor.
ten in French.” We wonder if the new biography work; but noteworthy are the criticisms which he
We have had no new operas but DORN's “Day in of Mozart, in six volumes, is anything more than a has therein collected; for instance, what Wagner
Russia,” which has not given satisfaction, and is no new (perhaps enlarged) edition of his old one, in and Berlioz have said upon the Ninth Symphony
longer repeated. A kapellmeister who is continually three volumes, a work with which the readers of this Oulibicheff divides Beethoven's works into three
directing operas, thinks too easily, “Such an opera Journal should by this time be somewhat familiar. periods, and is of opinion that during the third
you can also compose;" but the public has often Few composers ever found so appreciative a biograBeethoven was already so deaf, that he no longer more judgment than it has credit for, and does not
pher; but now that M. Qulibicheff has taken Beetretained fully in his memory the separate tones, allow itself to be dazzled by beautiful decorations.
hoven in hand, we trust that he has found out how with the good and bad effects which they may pro
to appreciate him better than be did when Mozart duce, and hence composed and combined things, Musical Chit-Chat.
filled his whole horizon.... New York papers menwhich, if he could have heard them, he would have
tion the death in that city of William H. Reeves, avoided. Oulibicheff even gives some passages Bound volumes of our Journal, for the past year, the English tenor, who came to this country with from the Ninth Symphony as proofs of this point. will soon be ready.... Mrs. Mozart deserves a large Mme. Anna Bishop. He leaves a wife and children But he seems to me, to use a German phrase, "to attendance at her concert this evening. She has one in a state of destitution. He was a brother of the be quite in a bye-way"; for how is it possible that of the richest soprano voices, and is one of our best famous Sims Reeves. Beethoven should have so missed filling his soul
singers. The concert is prior to her departure for with music and its effects, that he needed to hear Europe, where she will seek musical improvement his compositions with the physical ear? in the best schools of Paris, Italy and Germany.
A dvertisements. On the other hand I believe that he only can fully She will have excellent assistance to-night, and the
MRS. J. M. MOZART, understand these later compositions, who has first programme will be rich and varied. We have just
(Formerly Miss SOPHIA BOTHAMLY,) made himself master of the earlier works, and who is had a good specimen of English church music, and
Will give her first and only thus enabled to follow Beethoven into his thoughts now we are invited, by Mr. WERNER, to a concert
GRAND CONCERT and feelings. of purely Catholic music, including Mozart's Requi.
In Boston prior to h-r departure for Europe, We have not been this season, as in so many
em, to be sung by Catholic choirs, Sunday evening, | AT TREMONT TEMPLE, winters past, overwhelmed with too many concerts, May 3d... Read Novello's advertisement, if you
Saturday Evening, April 18, 1857, and (what is especially worthy of honorable notice) would find choice, abundant and cheap supplies of
Assisted by all mediocre talent has been so prudent as to turn Madrigal and Glee music, both of the English and
Miss TWICHELL, Mr. ADAMS, Mr. MOZART,
Mr. L. H. SOUTHARD, Mr. W. R. BABCOCK, its back upon our city and bless other places with the German schools.
THE GERMAN TRIO its presence.
Fry, of the Tribune, says of Mme. GazzaNIGA,
And the MENDELSSOHN CHORAL SOCIETY Herr STERN (Star), the conductor of the great that “her voice is an absolute soprano-rich, full,
Tickets 50 cents..... To commence at 7% o'clock. choral association, (Singverein,] has done honor to loud, potent, true, steady, tearful, passionate, heroic," his name, and has caused a star of the first magni- | and that although deficient in some respects, she is
he is Mozart's Grand Requiem Mass tude to appear to us—the Grand Mass of Beethoven, I in others the greatest singer that he
| in others "the greatest singer that has ever been in will be performed (for the first time in public hy a Catholic which was also given last year. This work is so America."....A “Grand Verdi Festival,” at Exeter
Choir,) at the BOSTON MUSIC HALL, effective and mighty that one is completely carried Hall, London, was announced for Tester Monday, at
On Sunday Evening, May 3d, 1857,
BY THE away by it, and never thinks of passing judgment which all the choicest music of Il Trovatore, Rigoletto
| Choir of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Franklin St. upon it; as when one euters the cathedral at Cologne | and La Traviata was to be performed " in a more per
Assisted by members of the
Choirs of SS. Peter and Paul, Sout) Boston, St. and feels as if it was not built, but had stood so from fect manner than ever before attempted;" the list of
Patrick's, Northampton Street, and of the the beginning of things, and that every stone pust distinguished artists includes Mr. MILLARDI, besides
Holy Trinity, Suffolk Street, from necessity lie just so ; so it is with this mass of CLARA Novello, Miss Dolby, Sims Reeves, &c.
Accompanied by a Full Orchestra, selected from the first pro
fessional talent in Boston. Beethoven's. The parallel with the cathedral is also ...." Dr. Mark and his little men," is the title of | Under the direction of Mr. A. WERNER. carried out in this, that it is so perfectly catholic. a juvenile orchestra, of 30 instrumental performers
The proceeds to go toward the erec'ion of the contemplated
new building for the House of the Angel Guardian. For instance, introducing the Dona nobis pacem, and 40 singers, composed of little English, Scotch
Part I. (the prayer for peace,] suddenly are heard the bright and Irish boys, from five to fifteen years of age,
MOZART'S GRAND REQUIEM MASS. notes of the horns, which impresses the hearer with
Part II. whom Dr. Mark has taught gratuitously, to illustrate
SELECTIONS from some of the most distinguished Catholic the idea that Beethoven intended to convey the idea his new system, and with whom he is giving concerts Composers : i.e. Palestrina, Haydn, Hummel, Cherubini and of war instead of peace. I had opportunity to attend
Beethoven. in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Liverpool, &c. one of the rehearsals. In this way, through the fre They have what is called a “Tonic Sol-Fa Asso
G Tickets 50 cents. Family tickets, admitting three per
sons, $1. To be had at the Music Stores, Catholic Bookstores, quent repetitions of the separate parts, one is enabled | ciation " in London, which was to hold a Choral of the Ticket committee, and at the door.- Programmes with to get an idea of their full beauty. And this is the
Latin and English words to be had at the hall.
Doors open at 6% ; Concert to commence at 7% o'clock. work, which twenty years ago it was said must have would be taken by W. E. Hickson, Esq., author of been composed by a crazy man!
“ The Singing Master,” and an essay on “ The Use MENDELSSOHN MUSICAL INSTITUTE. The Singakademie has performed another work of of Singing." and when a choir of 800 voices, e
MHE Summer Terin commences April 30th. Pupils may Handel, “Saul,” which is far less important than
I receive, as amateurs or teachers, a thorough education in without the aid of any instrumental accompaniment,
every department of Music. Also in the Modern Languages, the " Messiah," " Alexander's Feast," &c. At would sing selections from Mendelssohn, Nägeli, Drawing, Painting, &c., and biglier English branches as
accessaries. Situations secured to pupils who become qualified Easter, as has been done I believe for twenty-five Becker, Spofforth, Webbe, and other eminent com
to teach. A few vacancies for young ladies in the family of years, that society will sing Bach's Passions-musik. posers.....BALFE has composed a song to Tenny
the Principal. For circulars, &c., address
EDWARD B. OLIVER, PITTSFIELD, MASS. That is music to which the auditor needs to bring son's "Come into the garden, Maud,” and Sims only bis heart; no need of musical knowledge there; REEVES sings it. ....Our old friend Badiali, bari. L. WATKINS de Co. and therefore I am always sorry, that it is not sung tono superbo, sang last month in Paris at a concert
(Successors to REED & WATKINS,) in a church. given by Henri Herz, who brought out some new
Wholesale & Retail Dealers in CLARA NOVELLO is singing here with éclat, as she piano pieces of his own; namely, a fantasia on La did many years ago. She has a voice of great com Favorita, a Galop brillant, and Le Chant du Pélerin.
PIANO-FORTES pass, which it is true fails in many points, but many Mme. VIARDOT GARCIA sang at the same concert
AND MELODEONS. of its tones are of truly wonderful beauty, real Aute two of Chopin's Mazurkas, set to English words, and
From the most celebrated tones, and neither the Lind nor our Johanna Wagner | an antique air or recitative by Lulli. BOTTESINI
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fresh greensward leads the visitor along the bank cel were a few invited guests, among them
Madame GAETANO MURAT and a noble Polish
Savannah, Ga. A visit to the garden of the Cascine, on Sun- exile, Count PotockI.
Madame Catalani chanted the Litany with that
Cleveland, O. | day, is a charming Italian recreation. It is a
weekly Long champs. Two long rows of vehicles, magnificent voice which all Europe has heard and For Dwight's Journal of Music. mingled with parties of equestrians, move through admired. She had on this occasion, for an audiSunday in Florence--A Visit to the Villa
the principal avenue,
while those on foot wander ence, neither the pit of La Scala nor the boxes Catalani.
the side-walks of the wood. The whole of San Carlo; neither an assembly of Parisians, Translated from “Les Nuits Italiennes,” by Méry. scene forms a quiet picture, elegant and graceful, Russians and English, nor a congress of kings.
Sunday is indeed a beautiful day in Florence. like everything in Florence. There is no shout- Only poor peasants were listening to her, openThe indolent city enjoys it with the calm delight ing among this peaceable crowd ; the liquid and mouthed; their faces were expressive of enchantof reflective happiness. When I recall my mem silvery Italian of beautiful Tuscany falls melodi- ment-ecstacy. I have rarely seen a picture so ories of Tuscany, it seems to me that Florence ously from every mouth, forming harmony delight touching. The celebrated singer, kneeling at reserves for her Sundays a peculiar sunshine, a
ful to the ear. There is no strife, no quarrelling, the foot of the altar, was as beautiful and majessofter light, a river of deeper blue, a more luxu no rude language. This is not from the absence we had so often seen her at the Italian rious shade in the walks of " the Cascine.” In of passion in these people; they are passionate opera, in Paris; her eyes as brilliant, and her other cities, the people pass their Sundays in enough when they are aroused. They are a face trembling with emotion. It was beautiful to coarse pleasures abroad, or in idleness at home, truly artistic race, who do not think it
see Semiramis thus abandoning the Babylonian that they may forget the toils of the week. At waste their energies in street riots. They walk people to give pleasure to a whole village, by her Florence, the people walk about, quietly; they so peaceably m the garden of the Cascine, be- Prayer to the Virgin, pouring forth the solemn have an appearance of wealth, dignity, comfort cause they are unwilling to create a disturbance notes of the Christian invocation. It was delightand respectability. It is, doubtless, the only city in the open street. But see them at the theatre. ful to me to hear those earnest prayers which in the world, where there are no rags to be seen There they weep-laugh-stamp their feet. burst forth in their rich, sonorous Latin from Italamong the lower classes. What an excellent They encore a song, twenty times, with all the ian lips. The simple village chapel had never argument in favor of the happiness of the masses frenzy of the South. Or watch them listening to thrilled to such sounds before. To those sublime can be drawn from the fact that the peasant a sermon at the Duomo, where one of those elo- invocations, “Mystical Rose,"
" " Tower of Ivory," women wear feathers in their bonnets, while quent monks, such as I have often heard, preach “ Comforter of the Afflicted,” the village choir their husbands wear kid gloves ! I believe es in Advent, or during Lent. Every phrase of responded, “ Pray for us.” The harmonious that no where else but in Florence do the country the preacher tells upon the expressive faces of
with wonderful effect, people wear gloves.
the immense audience. They clasp their hands and with that natural precision of note and perThe first impression made on the mind on tighter together to keep from applauding. After fect harmony which belongs to every Italian ear. entering a new city, is always the deepest. I the sermon, the preacher is prudently placed in a The arrangement of the chants and responses was fortunate in entering Florence on Saturday covered litter, for the people, in their zeal, would
and simple, just as it was written by evening. The next morning the city appeared carry him off in triumph. They are obliged to St. Bernard, the great servant of Mary. The to me under an aspect of strange beauty. Never guard the priest against this ovation.
singer did not alter the original simplicity of did the sun shed a more brilliant light.
One fine Sunday in spring, I went out of the hymns, but she uttered each address with an I prefer • the Cascine” to the gardens of the Florence by the Porta San Gallo, to answer an inspired ardor and deep enthusiasm, that gave an Tuileries. The trees of the Tuileries seem to urgent invitation, that I had received the evening unexpected beauty to the delicate poetry of the look down upon you with a patronizing air, like before; I was going to hear the “Litany of the prayer.
Her divine voice seemed to rise to the oak in the fable. One feels almost inclined | Virgin,” in the chapel in the village of Loggia. | Heaven, full of faith and hope, and then descend to wipe his feet at the gate, as if at the entrance Madame CATALANI was to sing with her daugh- to earth to be lost amidst the full response of the of a richly-furnished drawing-room. Cincinnatus ter, Madame Duvivier. The country-seat, congregation; these alternate chants were not and Spartacus would hardly be admitted there; / which by the command of the Grand Duke, bears broken by a pause, agreeably to the written law
which declares that “the prayer of the Church unknown in Italy. They spoke of “ Robert,” | ers into a delicious reverie. Madame Catalani shall never fall to the ground,” and that the silent which had never yet crossed the Appennines. sang the Dies Irae of the English Church, a mouth shall receive the last pious sound from the The Italians look upon this as a serious misfor hymn which embraces all the terrible poetry of lips that have just closed.
tune. Some have even gone from Florence to the Puritans. This grand chant might have been I have heard many concerts in Italy, but I Paris to see it represented, and have paid a written upon sepulchral marble, with a branch of have never heard anything that would compare thousand crowns for their balcony tickets. In cypress. The slow notes of the English horn with this village service. In the Sixtine Chapel, music, the Florentines know no narrow system accompanied the hymn; they resounded like the at Rome, during the performance of the divine no exclusiveness. They are passionate lovers of knell of the archangel's trump. Never was there Miserere before the frescoes of Michael Angelo, anything beautiful, and do not ask whence it a more unexpected pleasure. How ingenious I have recalled with emotion the Litany of Loggia. comes. I was present at the first representation and inventive is the hospitality of the Villa CatThe Pope, the Cardinals, the Sacred College, of the Symphonies of Beethoven at Florence. alani ! An exquisite repast, served between the even Michael Angelo himself, more imposing than “ The Heroic” and “the Pastoral” were re singing of the Hymn to the Virgin and the Dies all the Court of Rome, never caused me to forget ceived with a perfect ecstacy of delight. At the Irae. At dessert, vulgar ostentation introduces that quiet audience of villagers, responding to first hearing these masterpieces were thoroughly songs in praise of wine and love; while here, on Madame Catalani, in that poor, dilapidated chap- understood, appreciated and adopted. In the the banks of the Arno, our glasses filled with el. While I was thinking of the Litany, I was evening, the same people who had already admir- French wines, seated between beautiful women moved by the Miserere; and if God listens to the ed Beethoven, went into raptures at La Pergola, of France and Italy, we listened with delight to prayer of assembled men, He may have lent a over Donizetti, the maestro of the season. I a funeral hymn. The breeze played among the favorable ear to the peasants of Loggia, which inquired if the opera of Robert would never be orange-trees upon the terrace; noon came on would be closed against the Soprani of the Chapel brought out at La Pergola. The company at with its strange Italian languor; a soft light shone of the Vatican.
that theatre might execute it with success. They through the windows; transparent shadows floated After service, Madame Catalani invited us to had a French tenor, Dupré, whose voice was de- | over the frescoes; it was a scene like that. in the her villa. Artistic Europe has built this splendid liciously sweet; an excellent basso, whose name triclinium at Tibur, when Horace says to Sextius : residence. Florence cannot boast a more beauti- I have forgotten, and two talented singers of “Nunc decet aut viridi nitidum caput impedire myrto, ful country-seat. The Villa Catalani is surround- great merit, Persiani and Delsere. I was told
Aut flore, terrae quem ferunt solutae..
Pallida mors æquo pulsat pede pauperum tabernas, ed by a belt of lemon and orange trees. It is that Robert would always be excluded from their Regumque turres. O beate Sexti, built on a plain, its winter front facing the sun, stage on account of the scene in the church at
Vitae summa brevis spem nos vetat inchoare longam." its summer front the woods. It has a court-yard, 1 Palermo, in which nuns, monks and priests
This whole day was one long concert. The surrounded by a colonnade, where are displayed appear. These scruples were too ill-founded to
days in Florence are made up of music, and they four pieces of sculpture, by Luca della Robbia, give me a moment's hesitation.
often last late into the night. The piano was the great artist, who might have worked upon L “ It is astonishing to me," I replied, " that diffi
seized upon, the audience filled the couches of the Panathenaic procession of the Parthenon, | culties so slight should not have been removed,
the saloon, the music books were arranged upon from the scaffold of a Phidias. since there is so strong a desire to hear Robert.
the stands. Madame Duvivier, Madame CataOne feels a thrill of pleasure as he enters this It is not necessary to be strictly confined to the
lani's daughter, has, one of the finest contralto perfumed villa; an air of unostentatious luxury | French libretto; a few alterations, which would
voices ever heard in Italy. She sang duets with refreshes the eye; amidst the heat of the South, not injure the effect of the music as a whole,
her mother, and they exhausted Norma, La Donone feels as if in a marble bath ; in every direc would give you an expurgated Robert, which
na del Lago and Semiramidle. The elegant and tion are marble and rich pavements of Mosaic. would not offend even the most fastidious and
artistic Parisian " Salon" was worthily representOn all sides is seen Italian elegance, artistically exacting of Tuscans.”
ed, at the piano, by Madame Gaetano Murat, the disposed to repel the heat of summer. Venetian “We should like nothing better—but how
daughter of M. de Méneval, who was the friend blinds in a hundred windows wave in the breeze would you do all this ?” “Instead of nuns, bring
of the Emperor. Visitors arrived constantly from the Arno, and carry fresh, cool air into the other ghosts on to the stage, (there is no reason
from Florence; but neither the sound of wheels galleries and staircases. Graceful arabesques why these ghosts should have a large cross on
nor the stamping of horses on the flag-stones of cover the walls, lemon trees perfume the corri- | their breasts), and let them dance before the
the court-yard, nor the pompous announcement dors, sweet odors from the gardens fillevery alcove. tomb of Saint Rosalie. Then, in the fifth act,
of the illustrious names of the Tuscan nobility, We seem transported into one of those palaces you will all admit that the Church of Palermo
interrupted the music for a moment; nothing that painters love to build upon their canvass, as plays only the part of a decoration, like the Ve
could stop the excitement of musical execution. if to console themselves for never finding them | suvius in the Muette. If you leave out the
The mistress of the mansion was Norma or Semiupon earth, while the frame of this picture is the church scene and finish the opera with the Trio,
ramide and we, her guests, here at Babylon or in Campagna of Florence. From every balcony can' you will lose nothing of importance. With true
the forest of Irminsul. No one noticed what be seen that luminous expanse of azure, crowned lovers of music the spectacle is always subordi
was going on outside of the hall. It was the with deep blue mountains, bathed by its caress nate to Art. Monks, priests, nuns, cathedral and
passion for Art, in all its divine ecstacy, of which ing river. silver lamps might all be dispensed with, without
I had so often dreamed. There was none of the Beautiful Florence is seen thus under the hills the sacrifice of a single note of this masterpiece,
condescension of the artist or singer; no effort of the Villa Strossi and San Miniato. It seems amidst the destruction of scenery. When I re
to escape dulness or fatigue by the diversion of to rest luxuriously on the banks of the Arno, turn to Paris, I will ask Herr Meyerbeer if he
music; no intervals, during which people exchangwith its Duomo and two colossal towers, like an approves of my idea, and if the composer does
ed compliments and congratulations. No proindolent woman, stretching our her arms as she | not object to this mutilation, I will procure for
gramme had laid out the order of our entertaingoes to sleep. you an orthodox libretto, even if you have to
ment; no time was lost in unmeaning preludes, A sumptuous breakfast was prepared for us in take such apparitions as you have at hand in the
or in pretended unwillingness. No: everything a beautiful hall adjoining the orangery. The Castle of Udolpho, between Sienna and Poggi
floated on with vigor and true passion-cavatina, priest who had said Mass, had been invited to Bonzi.
cantilena, polonaise, duet, trio, romanza. The breakfast. He came, but begged to be excused | My reasoning convinced the most incredulous,
singer was always ready and the audience were for not sitting at the table with the other guests. and I have no doubt that my idea will be carried not detained in long anticipation; they would Madame Catalani urged him, warmly, in her out, some day, on the Italian stage.
have prolonged the concert forever! The parts beautiful Tuscan, which can hardly be resisted, Our breakfast ended according to the precepts
were promptly executed, and the piano gave no but the priest smilingly persisted in his determin- of the ancient philosophers. In that brilliant,
rest to the voice, nor the voice to the piano. This ation. He would take nothing but a cup of perfumed hall, adorned with Tuscan grace, in
is the way a concert is given at the Villa Catalani. chocolate, which was served in another room. the midst of the orange groves, glowing with life, These scruples seemed to me appropriate and where the air of the Florentine spring seemed
THE AFTERXOon Concerts.--delight of gay
young Boston and especial consolation of desolate right in the old man. almost to inspire us with immortality, a solemn
suburbans, -are now discontinued, their glory has The conversation at table turned upon Music, funeral chant began, forming a strange contrast departed, and the Music Hall shall know them no and especially upon the French Operas that are with the scene around us, which threw the listen- / more—at least, for a season. The last of the