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Corri, to be attributed to a judgment eminence and attraction, though yet so mature as his: an interior cabinet, in her infancy as a singer. a power behind the throne, is there- Mr. Ashe, the veteran conductor of fore to be apprehended ; and, if such the Bath Concerts, has introduced be the fact, the season of success will two daughters to the musical circles be short. The choice of operas has of the metropolis. They are singers not been felicitous; but there is reas of brilliant acquisitions. son also to suspect, that judgment is The novelty of the season has, cramped, and fettered, by the want of however, been crowned by the arrival greater vocal talent. Il Tancredi was of M. Moschelles, from Vienna. M. destroyed by Marinoni ; and Il Turco Moschelles is a piano-forte player, in Italia, in every sense a paltry pro- and his reputation had preceded him. duction, was the choice of the De He played at the last Philharmonic Begnis. La Gazza Ladra was not Concert, and his performance greatly eminently successful. No other no- exceeded even the most sanguine exvelty has yet been furnished. We pectations. He combines expression hope to see the King's Theatre re- and execution in a very extraordinary vive ; but we warn the present pro- degree, and while he has introduced prietor, that the Public is the only much novelty in the latter branch of real or valuable patron, and its good his art, his style has perfectly satisopinion can alone be conciliated and fied the feeling and the judgment of retained by the exertion of vigor and the soundest critics. The concerto talent.

itself was also highly esteemed ; and The Benefit Concerts have been professors of the best taste declare, remarkably numerous, the Argyll they consider M. Moschelles' playing Rooms having been engaged almost “a prodigious performance” in every nightly during the months of May respect. M. Moschelles is about and June. Le jeune Hyppolyte Lar. thirty, and is an exceedingly modest sonneur, the French boy, whose ar- and sensible man. rival we alluded to in our fifteenth Mr. W. F. Collard, of the house of Report, has played at some of these; Clementi, Collard, and Co. of Lonand a very extraordinary child he is. don, has obtained a patent for an His person is very handsome ; but, improvement of the piano-forte, from the manner of curling his hair, which promises great advantages. It and his general dress (which closely is alike applicable to grand horizonresembles that in the miniatures of tal, upright, cabinet, and square inthe young Napoleon), his air and ap- struments. The objects are general; pearance are feminine. This, how- and a large addition to the volume ever, totally disappears when he and richness of tone is the first desibegins to play. His attitude is com- deratum obtained. This is effected manding; and the motion of his bow- by giving a lengthened vibration, arm superior to that of any player we similar to that produced by raising ever saw. His execution is very the dampers ; without, however, any perfeet; and, bating that it yet lacks of the confusion which attends the a little of the bolder lights and sha- latter. Mr. Collard has introduced dows of expression, his performance what he terms a “ bridge of reverwould be held to be superior even at beration;" being a third moveable an age far more advanced; for he bridge parallel to the side of the case; seems not to be more than twelve by the action of which, a consentayears old.

neous vibration of other parts of the Miss Angelina Corri, a third daugh- strings than those struck by the hamter of Mr. Natale Corri, appeared at mers, takes place; in the way in the concert for the benefit of her sis, which strings in unison are known to ters. Her voice is of the same fine vibrate, when another of the same quality, and will, we anticipate, be pitch is sounded. By this invention, more rich and powerful than even the player is now empowered to use that of the Signora. Her execution, three degrees of tone, and thus greatly too, is of the same light and finished to modify and vary the expression of kind. In person, she is also very his performance. The instrument handsome; and if sufficiently exer- upon the new construction which we cised, she promises to rise to great heard, appeared perfectly to satisfy

expectation in these several points; rious and frequent modulation ren. and, indeed, to offer an improvement ders this sonata as difficult as does Par beyond what could have been an- the expression. sxcipated, after the long attention that Mr. Neate's Military Air, with Vahas been given to the mechanism of riations, and Fantasia on the Savage piano-fortes.

Dance in Robinson Crusoe, have much A German, named Buschmann, has merit: but they have also the great brought to this country an instru- defect of a general want of melody ; ment, called a terpodion, which pro- and the ear is wearied by the unceasduces some beautiful and noveleifects. ing succession of rapid passages. This Many of our readers will probably very rapidity, however, confers great have seen the ædephone, which was brilliancy. The Fantasia suffers prinsome time since exhibited in Cathe- cipally from the poverty of the subrine-street, in the Strand. To the ject: the Military Air is a better ædephone the terpodion bears a close motion ; although, in the selection of resemblance, both in structure and his themes, Mr. Neate has not done tone: indeed, we believe the mecha- justice to his own powers; for every nism to be exactly the same, but thing depends on the choice of a subapplied to wood instead of metal; for ject in pieces of this description. the inventor describes the sonorous Mr. Webbe has arranged Rossini's body to be of beech. The sound Overture to Elisabetta for the harp is produced by a cylinder set in mo- and piano-forte, with accompaniments tion by the foot; and the instrument for the flute and violoncello. is played by keys, like a piano-forte, Mr. Burrowes is adapting Handel's being, however, not so large. choruses on the same plan.

It occupies about four feet by two: The Eighth Number of the Operatic The tone of the principal portion of Airs is by Bontempo. "The air from the ter podion resembles a French horn Alessandro in Efeso is by no means finely played, and the upper notes adapted to be the subject of variaare exactly those of a flute. Our tions, for it is uninteresting: and limits deny us the power of describing this want of attraction pervades the more minutely the mechanism of these whole piece. The variations are cominstruments; but they who are in- plicated, and somewhat difficult. M. clined to the search will find an accu- Bontempo has avoided the beaten rate description in the second number track in their construction ; but his of the Quarterly Musical Review. anxiety to be original has led him too The terpodion would be an admirable far; and the ear cannot follow him substitute for wind instruments in with sufficient facility, to derive pleaconcert rooms; provided it can be sure from the exertion. made to speak with sufficient rapid- The Sixth Number of the Quadrille ity. M. Buschmann came to England Rondos, by M. Latour, is light, lively, with a view to dispose of the art, and elegant. and the right of making the termodlion; Mr. Novello's Second Number of which, for that reason, has not been Airs from Himmels Fanchon, arranged yet opened to the public.

as duets for the piano-forte, has apMr. Kalkbrenner has published a peared.

has published a peared. This adaptation comprevery elaborate and difficult, but beau- hends some exquisite pieces of melotiful, grand sonata ; which he dedi- dy, and affords a delightful series. cates to the memory of his great Nor are Mr. Bennett's Duets upon master, Joseph Haydn. It consists Ceuse your Funning, and Hope told a of three movements; and opens in a Flattering Tale, less meritorious : style of dignified melancholy, which they are very full of brilliant effects. is finely sustained by various passages

The vocal music this month is far descriptive of the agitations of a beyond the common range. Some of wounded spirit. The second is upon the songs, indeed, are truly beautiful. the singular subject of “ the call of Mr. Horsley's Laura is classically so; the Quail :” simple in itself,—but and, though a ballad, does no diswrought with all the powers of art honour even to the author of Gentle through a minor movement, and a Lyre, and The Tempest. Mr. W. F. return to the major. The last is not Collard has written words to the song less singular and original. The va- which Shakspeare is said to have

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a duet. This also is very pretty; appropriate symphonies to it. Lorenzo and the duet seems especially fitted to Jessica (the title it bears) is a pa- to be sung without accompaniment. raphrase of some passages in the scene Our catalogue closes with a ballad of the Merchant of Venice, to the by Mr. Barnett, and a song by M. tune of “ Light ó Love,” “which Cianchettini. “ Lady! the silver muon goes without a burden.” It is an shines bright,by the former, is not excessively simple and touching me- without rays of the author's talent. lody. The same hands have been We must, however, blame him for employed in the restoration of the faulty accentuation, in making the old English air, The Dusty Miller, to bar commence with the beginning of its place of natural beauty. This the line “ Her beams," instead of metamorphosis affords a strong proof concluding it with the first syllable. that much of pathos may be given to This is an error throughout. M. melody by a mere change of time. Cianchettini's is the Ode to Solitude, Again we find these gentlemen's names freely translated by Pope from Hoin connexion, to produce an original race's “ Beatus ille.It is a curious composition—“ With love fraught subject for a ballad, and contains eyes”—which is, perhaps, more sin- some such very awkward and unmugular, and not less elegantly express- sical words as unconcernedly;but ive, thay either of the others. M.Cianchettini has displayed a chaste

The Maid of Valdarno, the words fancy, and strong feeling, in setting by Mr. Collard, and the music by Mr. it. The song is quaint and curious — Field, is set both as a single song and yet elegant and melodious.

LITERARY AND SCIENTIFIC INTELLIGENCE, &c.

Canova.—This artist has just com- silky material. The specimen which pleted a work that is said to be su- M. Lainé has sent to the Editors of perior to any of the former produc- the Annales de Physique et de Chimie, tions of his chisel. It is a colossal appears to bear some analogy to the groupe, representing Theseus slaying silky filaments which are occasionally å Centaur." The hero has seized hold to be seen in the environs of Paris, of the neck of his enemy, whose where they are borne through the air human portion of his figure appears in every

direction. to be still making some impotent Monument of Copernicus.—The coefforts against his vanquisher, who lossal bronze statue of Nicolaus Cois wielding in his other hand the pernicus, about to be erected at massy club of Periphatus. This Warsaw, will be placed in front of composition is intended for the Im- the magnificent edifice (belonging to perial Court at Vienna.

the Society of the Friends of Science), Rogers's Human Life.-Among the in the Cracow suburb, not far from recent translations from our own lan- the site of the church of the Dominiguage into that of Italy, is a version cans, which has been taken down. of Mr. Rogers's last poem, by Signor This illustrious man will be repreVittorio Pacciotti, who has added sented as seated upon an antique some annotations.

chair, finely dressed in an academiRain of Silk. - M. Lainé, the cal toga, and holding in one hand a French Consul at Pernambuco, says, celestial sphere, marked with astroin a letter, dated Nov. 1, 1820, that nomical circles. The expense of this at the beginning of the preceding monument will be defrayed by vomonth there was a shower from the luntary contributions. sky, consisting of a substance re- Scientific Travels in Egypt.--M. sembling silk, of which many persons Frederic Caillaud has set out from preserved specimens. This pheno- Syene for Dongolah. Ismael Pacha, menon extended to the distance of son of the celebrated Mohammed Ali 30 leagues inland, and nearly as Viceroy of Egypt, has obtained a many off to sea. He adds, that a signal victory over the Mamelukes, French vessel was covered with the whom he has expelled from the latter

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place, where Abdi Kachef, who is Zoology.-M. Diard, a young a great friend to the Europeans, has French naturalist, found at Sumabeen placed as governor. The jour- tra, in 1819, a tapir, an animal ney from Syene to Dongolah, along which, until then, had never been the left bank of the Nile, occupies met with, except in the New World. about a month. It is the intention It does not differ from the American of M. Caillaud to make astronomical tapir, except in colour; the extreobservations during his route, and mity of the ears, the rump, the back, to collect whatever information he the belly, and the sides, being white; can respecting the antiquities of the while every other part is of a deep country, which are at present almost black. This fact is the more worthy unvisited and unknown.

of notice, as it overturns the reasonMechanical Inventions.-M. Kuhai- ings of Buffon, respecting the differewsky of Warsaw, a very excellent ence between the animals of Asia, mechanist, has produced the follow- and those of America. ing inventions, viz. 1. A Threshing. Switzerland.-Literary and ScienMachine, which has the advantage of tific Pursuits.- The want of an acabeing very simple in its construction, demy of sciences, an institution of durable, economic, and not expen- which an assemblage of small repubsive; and is likewise superior to every lican states does not admit, is judicontrivance hitherto formed for this ciously supplied by a general annual purpose, being the only one that in- meeting of all those who cultivate jures neither the stalk nor the grain such pursuits. These meetings, which in separating the former from the commenced in 1815, are held alterlatter. The machine consists of se- nately at the principal towns, and veral wheels, two of which (one at are numerously attended, there being either end) are furnished with 48 now upwards of 300 members. This flails : these are put in motion by year, Geneva is the place of rendezone man as he walks to and fro with vous, as Berne will be next. Switin the machine, and thus a single la- zerland possesses many literary sobourer is enabled to perform the work cieties. At Zurich is one, instituted of a great number. The most com- for the purpose of promoting the plete success has attended the expe- study of natural history: it posriments that have been made, and sesses collections in zoology, entothere can be no doubt of the effici- mology, ornithology, botany, and ency of the invention. 2. A Sawing mineralogy-and has, moreover, an Mill, which is also worked by a single observatory. Dr. Horner, of this person, without any assistance from city, has lately published his obserwater. 3. An Astronomical Watch, vations, made during the expedition which indicates the difference of time of Capt. Krusenstern round the in the principal places in different world. M. Schintz is publishing an parts of the globe: this has been ac- ornithological work, containing decepted as a present by the Emperor scriptions of the birds of SwitzerAlexander, who has sent M. Kuhai- land and Germany, and a series of ewsky, in return, a magnificent snuff- coloured plates which represent the box, and has assigued him a sum to nests, and the eggs of each species. enable him to continue his important Berlin-Fine Arts.The last exhilabours.

bition of paintmgs contained many Prophecies.-Counsellor Lillien- by the students and pupils of the stern, of Frankfort on the Mayne, Academy of the Fine Arts, most of has published a very singular work, whom, after passing several years, in which he attempts to prove argu- either in France or Italy, are now mentatively and methodically, that returned to this capital, which they the predictions respecting Antichrist will embellish by their productions. are now on the eve of being accom- Those who have most distinguished plished. Antichrist, asserts, wil themselves are, M. Schadow (son of appear in 1823; his arrival will be the celebrated sculptor of that name), succeeded by ten years of religious and M. Wach, who exhibited an exwars; after which the millenium, quisite portrait of an Italian peasant as he assures us, is to commence in girl. This picture was universally 1836.

admired for its delightful colouring,

and its delicate finishing. The ex- 7000 pieces of music, by upwards cellence of Zimmerman's pictures of 700 different composers; and these was such, that it adds to the regret also are catalogued both in alphaof the public for the untimely end of hetical order, and according to their this young artist who drowned himThemes. The same society has self last summer. M. Rauch, an likewise a museum of Turkish and eminent sculptor (the same that is other singular musical instruments, now employed in executing marble and curiosities; with a collection of statues of the Generals Bulow and more than 500 portraits of composers, Scharnhorst), exhibited a very fine singers, &c. For the most of what bust of the King, and another of the has been done, the public are inGrand Duchess of Prussia. His mo- debted to the real and the ability del for a statue of the hero Blucher, of Baron von Knorr. He it was has been greatly admired ; it is in- who accomplished, in so admirable tended as a decoration for one of the

a manner, the extremely difficult task public squares at Berlin.

of systematizing and arranging the Institute.—The prize proposed this various compositions. The catalogue, year, by the Academie Royale des containing very valuable critical and Sciences,' in the class of Physics, is- biographical notices of each compoto determine, by means of accurate ser, is alone sufficient to attest the inexperiments, what are the causes of dustry, information, and enthusiasm, animal warmth,—whether chemical with which he labours to promote or physical? The academy expressly the excellent views of this institution requires that the quantity of caloric – to render it of real service, to emitted in a given time, by a healthy advance the art, and to animate its animal, and the quantity of caloric professors. produced by its respiration, be ascer- Fine Arts.--The Cavalier Tamtained with the utmost exactitude; broni is editing at Rome, a work, also that this caloric be compared entitled, Istrazioni Pittoriche. It with that produced by the combus- will throw considerable light on the tion of carbon, in forming the same practice of painting in Italy at the quantity of carbonic acid. The prize revival of the art, and supply much will be a gold medal, of the value of information relative to its history, 3,000 francs, to be adjudged at the being an authentic production of sitting of 1823.

Cennino Cennini, a pupil of Giotto. Belzoni.—The city of Padua, of Among other intelligence to be gained which this celebrated traveller is a from this valuable document, we native, has struck a medal in com- here find recorded, that oil colours memoration of his discoveries, and were employed in that country bein testimony of their gratitude for fore the period usually assigned for the valuable gift he made to this their invention. place, he having presented to it two Lisbon.-sholition of the Punishment curious pieces of antiquity,—two of Death.The Portuguese Cortes lion-headed statues of granite, now have, by the application of a longdeposited in the hall of the Palazzo violated principle of justice and hudella Ragione.

manity, abolished this dreadful puThe Austrian Society of Musical nishment, so opposite in its effects Amateurs.—This admirable institu- to the interests of society, and so tion possesses a very fine library of degrading to civilization ;-one which about 900 volumes; all of which are has been so deservedly reprobated on subjects belonging to the litera- hy Beccaria, and a number of other ture of music. Many of the books eminent philosophers and writers on are exceedingly rare and costly; the criminal and penal system. Pubamong the more valuable articles are lic morality would be much better many inedited MSS. particularly one consulted by the adoption of solitary containing materials for a continuam confinement as a punishment for tion of Gerber's Kunstler-Lexicon. crimes, than it is at present by the All these works are classed and de- spectacle of death. scribed in a catalogue raisonnè. In Aquatic Pedestrianism.--Three years addition to the literary publications ago, kaleidoscopes were the univerand MSS. there is a collection of about sal hobby-but these were soon laid

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