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IMPARTIAL AND CRITICAL REVIEW OF MUSICAL PUBLICATIONS. An Air, with Fariations, for the Piano very useful to promote equality of exeForte, by T. N. Hummel.
cution in both hands,-The 6th variaThe theme of this composition ap- tion is a piece of rare workmanship : pears to be a national melody, in which the fugal imitations are most dexteris very little variety; the modulation ously inanaged, and the transitions masbeing confined to the dominant and terly in the extreme.—The 7th variatonic alone, but this defect is amply tion in Arpeggio is busy, and brilliant, supplied by the ingenious and rich ma, although of simpler construction than nagement demonstrated throughout nine beautiful variations, every one of any of the former:- Variation 8, in
8 which is characterized by harmony in- slow time, is very elegantly conducted dicative of the great master. The first throughout.---The 9th and concluding pursues an agreeable conversation be- one is spirited and effective, and the intween the treble and base, interspersed froduction of the subject in the base with scientific combinations: the effeot (in the ed bar of the coda), is ingenious of the lat 7th in the base at the Hth and masterly, and well followed up in bar is very fine, aud rendered niore so the 9th page: the series of chromatic by the leap of a 10th, instead of the sixths and diminished sevenths, from near interval of a 3d, which, although the 21st to the 26th bar, are demonit would form the same chord, were strative of the profound knowledge of comparatively weak and uninteresting. harmony and modulation possessed by
- The 2d variation in triplets is happily our author, and the playful see-sate in disposed and judiciously connected: the the last page (10) beginning at the 26th chromatic progression of them both in bar, produces an agreeable suspense on treble and base in the 10th bar is parti įhe ear, and the concluding seven bars cularly attractive. - The 3d variation is are satisfactory and appropriate. We highlý ingenious, the first bar of treble wish that some of onr fashionable descant proceeding in tempo imbroglio, pianists would take sach music as the resembling the progression of triplels above for their model; for here we have rather than of fours, which, however, good melody, good harmony, good mo. is the mode of distribution. -- Varia- dulation, and, consequently, good sense, tion 4 is composed most skilfully in instead of the owly characteristic which four parts, and much in organ style, and is usually substituted for them all, mere on that instrument its effect would be celerity of execution, at best a low de. improved by the power of prolonging gree of excellence, in which feeling and the sound (a valuable property of which scatiment have no part, and in which the piano forte will be ever incapable), the most accomplished masters of such -Variation 3 is in brilliant style: the legerdemain may be easily surpassed by passages in 3ds, or, literally, in 10ths, a steam engine. which is only their octaviau ratio) are
SUŅE 25.—This day, at two o'clock, ship, and is valued at 200 guineas. Its of Mr. Robert Palmer (the FATHER the decorations are peculiarly adapted of the Drury-lane stage) the magnifi- to the occasion of its being presented. cent vase which the Committee of Per. The twisted handles are formed hy vine formers had recently voted to his supe- stems, which connect a wreath of grapes rior talents, and which is an exact copy and foliage, surrounding the margin of from the antique stone vase at War the cup; and its cover is ornamented wick-castle. This highly fiattering tri- by a bordure of similar design. Bebute to professional ability, is silver. ncath these are the heads of Shagsgilt, of the most exquisite workman. PEARE and MassisGER, and the masks
of Tragedy and Comedy, with appro. Would ask an angel's tongue, and yet then
end priate mottoes.
In silent admiration!"
Beneath the masques of Melpomene "Out of his self-drawing web he gives us
and Thalia, note,
“ All the world's á stage!" The force of his own merit makes his
Around the lower part of the Vase, way.”
and on its pedestal, is engraved the folTo Massinger,
lowing inscription, with the names of " But to speak the least part to the height, the donors :
In the name of
Hon. Douglas Kinnaird
J. Davies, Esq.
Mrs. M. Horn W. Maddocks
Miss S. Boyce W. Oxberry
W. Penley, sen.
Mrs. Sparks Rubert Palmer; Mrs. Billington J. Hughes
: J. Whitaker Ch. W. Ward J. P. Barnard R. Chatterley Edw. Knight
J. P. Harley R. Peak
i R. Wewitzer
S., Penley, juo,
S. V, Elrington
Miss A. Smith T. Dibdin J. S. Snaith
Miss C. Tidswell T. Greenwood
Mrs Orger W. Dunn
Of his transcendant talents,
Sir GILES OVERREACH,
On the 12th day of January, 1816:
Have serv'd but to confirm." Mr. Palmer, in presenting the vase to Permit me to wish you long life, conMr. Keax, said, it would be impossible tinued health, and happiness to enjoy for him, by any observation of his own, it.” to add to the bigh and merited euiogium Mr. KEAN then returned thanks nearwhich had been unanimously expressed ly to the following effect :- Gentle by his colleagues in the tribute which men, if I ever lamented the want of they now offered to Mr. Kean's admira- eloquence, it must be upon the present ble talents.
** But believe me, Sir,” occasion, when I feel how incapable I added Mr. Palmer, you cannot feel am to express my feelings, or to reply more satisfaction in receiving this cup to my friends in the glowing language than I bave pleasure in presenting it by, which they have used.
I can but la. the desire of the Ladies and Gentlemen ment my deficiency, and trust they will whose sames are inscribed upon it accept the bonest dictate of my bcart
in the declaration, that I consider this following very appropriate address, eis as the proudest moment of my exist- lempore from the head and heart. ence. In public favour there have heen-there will be, those who hold a
“ LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, superior rank to myself: I truly value
" The performances of this evening the public approbation, but
the favour will terminate a season, throughout ! have gained in the opinion and attach: which it has been our study to cultivate ment of my professional colleagues is and promote the Legitiinate Drama most ilattering to the best feelings of (loud applause): and for the flatiering my heart, and the recollection of it approbation with which
you have shall never be defaced from my memory.
honoured our efforts, we beg leave It has ever boon my study to obtain to offer our grateful acknonledgments their good opinion, and this token of (applause), "The successful revivals of their regard I proudly conceive to be a
ancient authors have been numerous, I testimony of the success of my endea. may venture to say without a precedent,
Amoog the novelties presented to you, “ I shall study to be brief, but I must which, with very few exceplions, have be insensible if I did not truly appreci- been successful also, que has lately apate the honour. conferred upon me în peared, the offspring of the Sister Kingthe present tribyte, aud the past atten. dom, upon which your approbrition has tion of the father of the stage. A just betowed a reward, which, we bope, will and commendable prejudice exists in- animate and encourage the efforts of favour of early impressions, and a com
contemporary genius, until the highest pliment is increased when it comes from tragic honours shall not exclusively beá veteran who remembers and venerates long to our forefathers. ; This, Ladies the old school - by whom the talents of and Gentlemen, is the cheering retroGARRICK, of Barry, and King, are
spect of the past, I will not detain you beld in reverence, and who trod the by a detailed anticipation of the future. stage along with them. The approba. The time that may clapse before we tion of Mr. Palmer, therefore, comes
meet again shall be employed in preto me with peculiar gratefulness.
your entertainment, with ibe “ Perniit me to conclude by saying,
sąme deterimination to support legitithat however honourable to my feelings i mate taste, native genius, and the natishould receive this valuable mark of your onaf drama (great appli148) venturcommendation with diffidence, did not ing to hope for a renewal of your kind. my heart whisper ine that my profession- ness and protection. The performers, al success gratifics me the most, by its Ladies and Gentlemen, beg to offer affording nie the means of serving those their sincere thanks for the liberal prowho may not bave been so fortunate as
tection and paironage with which you myself, for I trust that no one, how. bave honoured then--a continuance of ever hostile, can say of me that I ain which it will be our study to inerit, and changed by good fortune. I now beg our greatest pride to oblain. We releave to offer yoy, collecțively and in spectfully bid you farewell." dividually, my sincere thanks, assuring. We admit the truth of this statement you that it shall always be my study to, in ils more pure and fullest extent. The preserve your good wisbes, and that new inanagement of this theatre have the memory of this bour will be en- been remarkable, possibly without pregraven ou my heart until its latest pul- cedent, for their perseverance in resiorsation."
ing legitimate drama lo a kindred preWe need not add that this speech eminence on their classic boards. They was received with high satisfaction, and have personally adapted, as well as that the scene was truly grateful, both revived, the sterling works of departed to those who gave, and to him who re- genius, and graced original thought ceived the compliment.
with a text acceptable to the refinements of the nineteenth century. For
these laudable efforts, they have been This magnificent theatre closed a bril- lampooned by Covent Garden-Psha ! Jiant season on Friday the 26th of June. They have moreover testified to the When the green curtain dropped upon public, that unprotected talent is accesthe comedy of the Jealous Wife, Mr. sible to the penetralia of their Green Rae, as Manager, presented bimself be. Room; for they have had liberality
and fore the audience, and delivered the discrimination to foster the modest, yet glowing labours of an obscure indivi: Grimani, considering her youth,' was dual, by chasing tears from a cheek fa- like the neglected rosebud, which time miliar with sorrow, and gladdening it would otherwise have expanded into with incipient joys-joys which, we sio- diffusive loveliness. Miss Somerville, cerely hope, may blossom and flourish. nurtured with the tenderness of a hotWithout violating our pledge of can- house exotic, withers in'a preinature door, we may surely be permitted, under bloom. This may be quite correct alt circumstances, to speak of" Bertram” but is not very comprcheosible. We with benevolent criticisin. The pierc- bave another complaint, which is, that ing eye of Satire might discover many plays have been sometimes annonnced, individual blemishes; but, as a whole, and afterwards cbanged so that per: we proclaim it to be an unquestionable sons taking places for 'one entertain-; test of educated talent, every way ho- menţ have found themselves deceived nourable to the author and to the age, into sitting out another. This disapand pregnant with future promise. 10 pointment ought to be guarded against Mr. Kean we desire to offer allt due with scrupulous care - Mr. Rae, as we praise, for the activity and zeal with understand, has been solicited to underwhich he has, indefatigably, coatributed take the future sole manage nent of the to this splendid improvement in the re- stage. We anticipate the public satia. putation of the stage. Our various faction at this announcement: because criticises throughout the past season we have frequently wituessed the ardous are fraught with our ambition to do with which Mr. Rae has been called for him bonour, as the hero of Magsinger, whenever accidental malheur disturbed of Beauinont and Fletcher, and of our the harmonies of the evening This Hibernian bard: we do not consider it Manager, upon such occasions, has disour province to pass the personæ of the played so gentlemanly a respect for pubdrama in general review. Each has had lic opinion-insinúated his hopes with a share in our notice; and although our so much elegance of diffidence-andremarks may have been more agreeable pleaded for casual error with so benevoto some than to others, we entreat ALL lent a motive - that the charm of reto believe, that if we do not speciously conciliation has united him ever with extenuate, we set down nought with his audience. A little more time, and malice. One performer, however, does his endowinents, although not electric, claim our particular attention -- she is a WILL be perfectly understood, and conslandered female, deprived of her na- sequently valued. To Mr. Dibdin, on tural protector, and, therefore, the re- his retirement from this theatre to the vered object of our benevolence. We Circus, we wish every success. His ta.' allude to Mrs. Mardyn, an actress of in- lents cannot fail to give éclat to his new fimte laughter-loving meril, as every undertaking; as is manifest from the seone can testify who has witnessed the veral good farces he has introduced to: native playfuluess and arch simplicity Drury Lane. When we spoke of his with which she has delightfully romped “What Next,” we believe we made through a variety of interestilig charac- some allusion to the German afterpiece ters. Her letter inserted in the Morn- of “ Der Gefangene" (the Prisoner); ing Chronicle, is in itself so modesi, so but we now trace it to a more correct unobtrusive, und so pathetically con- source-that of Scbilier's Der Neffe riccing, that we believe every little to als Onkell” (the Nephew as the Uncle) : be truc, because we have noi heard of we do not, however, less admire the any attempt to coutradictit, and it bears English dress he has given lo that enterthe starup of noble ingenuousness-We taining bagatelle. -- We deeply lament had ainost forgotten to speak of the to add, that the economy prescribed io' tragic debutan: és of the season. Every Drury Lane has compelled the Manafernale, whu, now-a-days, presents a gers to discharge many old servants. tragic heroine to the stage is expected This word_" DISCHARGE"-goes to the to be an O'Neill-as if O'Neills sprung heart: Humanity weeps for those famiup like mushrooms! Mrs. Barnes, nota lies, who, from being unfitted to other withstanding, was deserving other treat. callings, nay now chance to pine in ment than she received: she promised want and wretcheduese. to become an excellent second-rate actress Miss Murray, without a single stage trick, was young, handsoine, ac- SHERIDAN IS DEAD!- In that short complished, graceful, and susceptible of phrase, we comprehend the loss of the every species of improvement. Miss Wit-the Orator-the Politician-the
Manl......of a Wit, who united bril- Hitherto, we have spoken of this de liancy of conception to solidity of judg. parted Genius, rather from others than ment with unparalleled grace:-of an from ourselves. We will become per Orator, celebrated by Mr. Pitt, as pos- sonal. Fenelon, the celebrated Archsessing all that genius or art could fur- bishop, thus sums up his opinions on the nish to agitate and controul the human eloquence respectively of Cicero and of mind; by Mr. Fox, as having eclipsed Demosthenes : “ Je suis charmé de ces the eloquence of the Greek and Roman deux Orateurs: mais, j'avoue que je suis schools'; by Mr. Burke, still more ela- moins touché de l'art infini et de la mag. borately* _“ No boly seer, no sage, no nifique éloquence de Ciceron, que de la statesman, no orator, no man of any rapide simplicité de Demosthene.” description whatever, has come up, in Thus, taste gives the palm to Demosany one instance, to that variety of thenes, and candour is just to the claims knowledge, force of imagination, pro- of Cicero. But the eloquence of the priety and vivacity of allusion, beauty latter was enriched by dazzling qualities and elegance of diction, strength and most congenial with the soul of Sheri-, copiousness of style, pathos and subli. dan. We, therefore, apply the trans. mity of conception, to which we have lated language of Cornelius Severus, on this day listened with ardour and admi. the proscription of Cicero, to the neration. From poetry up to eloquence, MORY of Sheridan! there is not a species of composition of
“ 'The tongue of Latian eloquence is mute; which a complete and perfect specimen Grief smitien. He, of anxious Romans erst might not, from that single speech, be The guard and safety : He, bis country's called and selected :" - of a Politician,
head, who was the firm adherent of party, The senate's champion: He, the public and the unalterable advocate of liber
voice ty:-of a Man, wbose life was a capri- of sight and lasv ; the forum's oracle, cious association of the sublimity and And organ of the gowat-IS SILENT NOR!" infirmity of human naturel...
J. B. E.
COVENT-GARDEN. This classic theatre closed on Monday, and with the radiance of her departing July 15: At the end of the Opera of beams, illumined the pages of our imArtaxerxes, Mr. Fawcett came forward mortal Bard. To adoro his masterto address the audience:
pieces - to represent the works of Shaks“ LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,
peare, in a manner worthy of his sur" The termination of another season
passing genius, is the pride and boast of calls fortb another tribute of grateful this Theatre.- And it is worthy of reacknowledgment from the Proprietors mark, that this year, exactly two cenof this theatre for the very liberal en
turies after Shakspeare's death, one of couragement you have afforded them, his most poetic dramas has been restored through a year not the most favourable
on the Covent Garden Stage.- ('ntil for theatricals. Supported by a com
the second Monday in September, the pany, whose varied talents you so kindly usual time of re opening, the Proprieappreciate, the Proprietors have been tors most respectfully bid you farewell. enabled to produce both novelties and
--The Performers, Ladies and Gentlerevivals, with a strength of cast which
men, through ne, express their grati. has insured their attraction.
Miss tude for your uninterrupted kindness and O'Neill, in tragedy, has fully sustained indulgence; and we hurubly take our the brilliant reputation she acquired on
leave till next season.” Tbis speech her appearance last year; and her per.
was extremely well delivered, and reformance in comedy seems to promise ceived general applause from a house that she will beconie the favoured child crowded to excess. We, however, do of Thalia, as she is of Melpomene. - rot join in unqualified greetings. The At the desire of our illustrious Princess company at this house is powerfully (who has graciously condescended to
diffusive ju talent; but the managers patronize the national drama), Mrs. Siddons re-appeared for a few nights, † Mr. Sheridan studied in the Middle
Temple; but we believe, was never called • Vide Hasting's Trial,
to the Bar.