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ORIGINAL COMMUNICATIONS. | one element rarely uttered with grace or percussive voice, to one of a low fine bass cha
beauty-the ringent or vibrant R. It is either racter, and will inevitably so do if industry and LINEN.
100 greatly trilled. as in the Irish pronuncia- | ardor attend the trials of the pupil. BY A. CLEVELAND COX. LIVEs there a man who sheds no tear,
tion, or utiered as the smooth R. The correct When force as been acquired and the voice To think that all is mortal here,
pronunciation of the ringent R, as heard in strengthened, the pupil should turn his attenWho sees the flower that dies at noon,
riot, rough, trial, &c., is produced by striking tion to the notes of the diatonic and concrete And weeps not that it fades 80 soon,
the tongue rapidly once or twice against the scales. It will be best to begin with the former. Who views the leaves ro bere and sirown, When Autumn's biting blast hach blown,
roof of the mouth, while the vocalized breath Let him commence on the lowest note and And sheds no tear, to think that thus
is passing over it. But it is in cases where gradually ascend to the octave: With the imDeath and disease shall sport with us?
this element follows a consonant, as in dread, pression of this eighth note on his ear, he Alas! alas! on all we see
tread, bread, &c., that the greatest difficulty in should now descend to the key-note. By a Peep lies the stamp of vanity;
its ulterance occurs. The reason is obvious : daily practice, such as is here detailed, his ear The dinnpleri seat of every grace
in the formation of the element D, the tongue will become attuned to that variety in intonaMust be the grave worn's feasting place; The ruby lip of loveliness
presses against the upper teeth near their junc- tion which invests the most simple thought in That tempis the kiss, and fond cares,
tion with the gums; to form the R, after such a richness and beauty, and throws over narrative And the fur cheek where heauty blooms,
position of organs, the tongue must be with and descriptive reading the charm of musical Must be corruption's and the tomb's.
d:awn and applied by one or two rapid strokes harmony. Should his ear not be sufficiently Pale Death stays not his murd'rous arm,
to the roof of the mouth, as before observed : acute to discern the simple gradations of the For beauty, excellence, or charm,
The necessity and the dithiculiy of accomplish diatonic scale, he musi then either learn them But like a whilwind, sweeps the earth Of all its loveliness and worth,
ing this change, in the time allotted to the pro- | by referring to the octave of the natural note With finger stern, the way he shows,
nunciation of a word in which these Subtonics C, of the piano-forte, (speaking instead of singAnd struggling Nature yields and goes;
directly succeed each other, occasions that im- ing the accompanying sounds or words,) or by He strips the Monarch or his pride
perfection in their utterance to which we have practising with a teacher. The latter mode, And lays him by the Beggar's side.
above alluded. We would recommend to the when a professor can be obtained, will be preOh! when the noble and the brave
reader the frequent practice on syllables thus ferable. From the diatonic scale, he should Prove but the bubble on the wave,When excellence and virtue pass,
formed, as the only mode of remedying the proceed to a practice on the upward and downAs dries the dew-drony (roin the grass,
evil of which we have spoken. He will pro ward lengthened concretes: The upward will When beauty withers, and decay
bably in the first attempts, substitute a short acquaint him with the varied range of interSweeps every ling'ring grace away,
vowel, ú, as heard in cut, between the two rogative expression,--the downward with that What mortal breathes, that sheds no tear, To think that all is mortal here?
subtonics, pronouncing dread, düred,-tread, of affirmation and command. Should be at
tủred. A daily practice on the combination, times be uncertain as to the vanishing pitch of AN INQUIRY
will soon give the required facility of utterance, his concretes, in either progression, let him INTO THE ELEMENTARY CONSTITUTION OF THE
and the pupil will think the cost of the accom graduate them by the notes of the diatonic Human Voice,LOR
plishment as trifling compared with its value. scale. Should the doubtful interval be a conSPEECH, AS A MUSICAL SCIENCE. The smooth R resembles the sound of the crete third, its vanish will, if correct, corresNO. XII.
syllable "er.” Wherever this element begins a pond with the radical pitch of the third note in As a recapitulation of what we have already syllable or immediately follows a consonant, the diatonic scale: A fifth and octave will advanced, we now add to our previous remarks, | the ringent impression should be given to it: obey the same law and give corresponding reRules for ELEMENTARY INSTRUCTION IN ELOCU- In all other cases, the smooth sound is applica sults. From the practice of the scales, we TION.
would direct his attention to the Melody arising It is the great beauty of the science, the prin- A full power over the sound of the elements from peculiar arrangements of their notes and ciples of which we have thus far detailed, that having been acquired, the pupil should proceed tones. Let him take words, or even letters, she does one thing at a time. Elocution has to utter them, in reference to the concrete or | and arrange them under any notation of the heretofore been considered as an imitative art, radical and vanish of the voice. In a former diatonic notes, most suitable to his taste : let and like all other arts, not dependent on paper, we described this concrete as equal in him read them thus arranged, again and again, science, has had no fixed criterion by which its its opening and termination in speech, -extend until he has satisfied his ear that the diatonic merits could be judged. Under our present ed in its vanish in Song and prolonged in radi melody has not been broken by the ascent of analytic system, it is a science, in which the cal in Recitative. Let the pupil, therefore, the voice through an interval wider than that whole is seen beautifully rising from its varied now pronounce every literal element with of a tone on each word, and that the successive constituents,--presenting a model for copy and strict reference to the equable concrete of radicals have not been uttered at a higher pitch a standard for appeal.
Speech. When the full and perfect execution than that of a second or tone from each other. The student in Elocution, cannot, satan-like, of this object has been accomplished, and I The diatonic melody is acquired with diffibound over the wall, in approaching the objects | neither drawl or percussion preponderates, he culty. The habits of daily life are not of that of his pursuit: He must. approach by the steps, may proceed to the practice of force, that is, a
ay proceed to the practice of force, that is, a character which fit the organs for the calm the gates of the scientific temple, ere he can loud and forcible utterance of the tonics and and unimpassioned melody of which we are hope to behold the treasures within its walls. subtonics. For the accomplishment of an ob- speaking. Our conversation with mankind, That he may be enabled in Elocution, to ac- ject so important to the future character of the is continually mingled with those higher incomplish this object by easy gradations, we voice, we would advise him to seek the open flections of the voice which indicate feeling : would advise him in the first place, to become air and to join the most forcible lowo utterance | Hence the obstacles which arise to a perfect intimately acquainted with the sound of the al- daily to each of the tonics, until his voice has command over the diatonic melody. Its acphabetic elements: among the tonics, particu- / acquired depth and gravity, which it will quirement is, however, an indispensable object larly E, as heard in "end"'-I, as heard in "it," l necessarily do, if the practice has been strenu
to an accomplished reader, to him who believes and E as heard in “err,"—and with the whole ous and subject to the rules we have laid down. that whatever is worth doing at all is worth class of Subtonics. Among the latter, there is l Such a vocal exercise can alone reduce a high I doing well. The Triad of the Cadence, in this
ble to it.
melody, is rarely executed even tolerably. I produces utter confusion in apprehension. To | am convinced that parents know their duty. When the ear expects repose in the sinking counteract such an evil and to restore the mu- | whether they do it or not. My only wish is to note of the last constituent of the cadence, it sical harmony which the absence of accent on remind them, that if the government of their meets with expectancy in the improper di its rapid succession produced, the ancients di families is not what it should be, the fault lies rection which has been given to the vanish of vided their poetry into feet, in which the ac at their own doors. the concrete. The downward vanish is essen cents were separated at equal distances, and on | Many persons, no doubt, without pausing to tial to the conclusion of sense; and he who which the rythmus of their poetry was based. | reflect, will be ready to say, family government cannot execute it, will fail in every endeavor Taking the ancients for his model, a Mr. can be sustained without continually impressing to satisfy the ear in the closing of his subject STEELE published, more than half a century the principles spoken of, upon the infant mind; matter. We would recommend a strenuous since, a work, entitled, “ Prosodia Rationalis," others, perhaps, will assert, that if this moral practice on the final cadence, as given in a pre in which he, successfully, endeavored to trans jurisdiction be not fully maintained, the whole vious diagram, over the words,
fer the mode of the ancient rythmus to Eng fault will not rest upon the parents. I am, how"Sweet is the breath of morn."
lish poetry and prose. In this work a musical ever, inclined to think, that a candid examinaWhen the ear has fully felt the impression of bar ( D furnished an index to the accented tion of the subject, will convince them of the the downward vanish on the final note of the syllable, and a musical rest (1) accounted, in | truth of my assertion. Tripartite Cadence, the organs will quickly be a pause, for the time of such accent, whenever I might give many reasons in support of my enabled to execute it, satisfactorily. the foot was deficient in its constituents. B.
views, but deem it entirely unnecessary to do How far quality of voice may be improved,
so at present. I acknowledge that a species of can only be known to those who, like the THE INFLUENCE OF A MUSICAL EDUCATION family government may exist under other cirwriter of this essay, have reaped the reward
cumstances than those I have mentioned as its of perseverance in this particular. We would, 1 MR. Editor, -I shall now proceed to show proper basis. But it will not be the pure and however, assure the aspiring student, that the the influence of a musical education upon beautiful system which ought to direct and voice is susceptible of the highest degree of Family Government. By family government,
amily Government. By family government, / govern the ductile mind of youth. For, while improvement; that it may be reduced, by prac we are to understand the controlling or direc the latter government is sustained by its own tice, an octave in its pitch,-clothed with rich tive relations. It has been an acknowledged internal merit and moral perfection, the form
her ness and increased in power. We have known fact, in all ages, that to sustain such govern is compulsory, and consequently cannot secure voices so improved. The students themselves ment, and preserve it in all its beauty, great cheerful filial obedience. We now see that the have been astonished at the effects produced wisdom and skill are requisite. No one, I pre domestic relations cannot be fully and purely by a determination of purpose to the great ob
se who will give this subiect a candid cx- | maintained without the aid of such moral prin. ject in view. In a preceding chapter, we have amination, can pretend to deny this fact, let his ciples. It now follows as a matter of course, detailed the mode of improvement, and must views of morality be ever so sceptical. Per that some method must be adopied, by which refer the reader to that paper for a more full haps there may be some, who are at a loss to these principles can be brought to bear upon development of it.
know what is meant by the preservation of this the mind of the child. The great object of the Rapidity of speech is one mode of strength government in its beauty; this, I think, will be parent should, therefore, be to ascertain in what ening the vocal organs, and as such should not more fully understood hereafter. How this manner this may be most easily and beneficial: bę neglected; but it must be a rapidity subject wisdom and skill should be employed, is very ly accomplished. Principles thoroughly unto decidedly distinct articulation, as its base : obvious. Let the question be asked generally, derstood, brought before the mind through the Without such a foundation, it can only injure and I venture to say, that no one who has pro- medium of reading, may be as essentially good, the current of delivery. The pupil should perly considered the subject, will give an im as though communicated verbally by the parent. practice, in this department of elocution, on proper answer. Ask a parent, how the strict Generally speaking, however, the reverse has short words expressing excitement; such as obedience of his children is to be secured, and been supposed. We will, therefore, look at the dialogue between Satan and Death, in if he be honest, he will tell you, by diligently both mei Milton,-the seige of " Harry before Har seeking to impress upon their minds those great I have osten observed a certain restlessness, fleur," in Shakspeare,—the impassioned portion moral principles of action, which alone can be manifested by children, while the parent was of Halleck's Marco Botzarris, &c.
expected to insure their cheerful submission. endeavoring to turn their attention to imporWe have thus endeavored to furnish the The openly sceptical may ridicule this idea as tant subjects: but I never knew an instance pupil with a Gamut on which to try his notes. much as they please, but I affirm,—and I chal when a child was apparently in a hurry to His reward will be proportioned to his labor. lenge contradiction, -that it is an utter impos cease singing. Let him reflect, if disappointment should some sibility to sustain this government in its purity, In my first number, I gave an example to times throw a cloud over his efforts, that the without it. It is a lamentable fact, however, show that the combined energies of poetry and
Elocution, of antiquity, spent ! that the generality of parents, in all ages, have song exert a most powerful and salutary influyears in cultivating their vocal powers: Let more or less turned aside from their own con ence upon the human heart. In my second him look at their effects, and be persuaded that victions of duty on this subject, and have won number, I showed the difference between perseverance is superior to genius.
dered that they were not able to exercise pro Music cultivated and ancultirated ; that when Among the numerous defects in reading, the per moral authority over their familics! it is cultivated, it will with the assistance of want of proper accent and pause is the most I have heard a mother mourning over the parental instruction and advice, gain a comglaring. We frequently meet with individuals | ungrateful conduct of her son. "Oh! how plete asendancy over the wicked passions of whose articulation is distinct,—their quality | can it be !" she would exclaim ;“ I have been nature, and sweeten all the enjoyments as well of voice, good; yet we feel, in their reading so careful to instruct him in his duty, to warn as elevate the affections of a family. I also and speaking, that something is wanting to him of dangers,—to correct him when he erred. showed in my last, that many children doubtdraw and fix the attention to dissever the va- | How can these things be!" when, at the same less derive their very first moral impressions rious conditions of sense,-to unravel the in- | time, the truth has been, that her own neglect through the medium of infant school exercises. tricacies of syntax. When we speak of accent, or misconception of her duty had been the It is, therefore, entirely unnecessary to advance we beg to be understood as meaning a marked | proximate cause of the depravily she lamented. further proof on this point at present. We vocal impression on the accented syllable. The This is no imaginary theory, but plain matter must successfully, from the premises, come to want of such an impression, produces, in most of fact. There is no parent who does not know this conclusion, that the most effectual way of readers and some speakers, a feeble monotony, I and feel it to be the case.
impressing pure principles upon the minds of not dependent on want of variety in intonation, Be it far from me to accuse parents of de- children, is through the medium of Song. We but of force in utterance on the accented sylla- signed neglect of their children. I know they can now see more plainly why a musical edubles. Again, we meet with others, who, pos do not wilfully neglect them; yet, it is a cation should go hand in hand with parental sessing the accentual power in a remarkable solemn truth, that they are loo frequently the instruction. degree, pronounce their following accents with negative causes of the errors they deplore. It! Having shown that parental jurisdiction such rapidity that the ear has not lost the im- ' is not my design to lay out a plan for training
is not my design to lay out a plan for training cannot be properly sustained without the aid pression of one ere another falls upon it, and 'children, which is not already understood. I of moral principles, we can see what a power
ful influence a musical education would have | scape, or enjoying the perfume of the exquisite | over the emotions and feelings, will be liable upon it. We may suppose it to be almost flower. Sin is excess, not temperate enjoy- | to the charge of exaggeration from those who an impossibility for that child to be a griev ment; and I am far from denying that there are less sensible to it; and at the same time, it ance to his parents, who has been brought un may be excessive devotion to music. But it is is so great over the majority of persons as der its influence. The child who acts from a not asserting too much to say, that there is a hardly to be susceptible of exaggeration. If sense of moral responsibility to his parents and refinement, a mixture of intellectual occupa the mind is to be excited or soothed, thrilled his Maker, acts by the impulse of pure love; | tion in this pleasure of the ear, which can with horror or with delight, touched with while another whose obedience is only in hardly be found in the gratifications of the kindness, or hardened into severity, softened sured by compulsion, may, at the same time, other senses.
with pity, or filled with awe, or stirred to have a heart entirely averse to the will of his Our puritan forefathers thought otherwise. sudden mutiny against the better affections, natural guardians.
AMICUS. They eschewed all kinds of instrumental mu what can produce these effects with more
sic for the same reason that they rejected the certainty or power than music ? Even lanS ELECTIONS.
robes and the ceremonial of the church from guage, unaided by music, has perhaps less IXTRACTS FROM MR. ELIOT'S ADDRESS, ON THE
which they separated themselves, as partaking effect than music without the aid of language. OPENING OF THE BOSTON ODEON.
too much of the frivolity, or the priestcraft, But when they are combined for a given pur. Concluded from p. 138.
they despised and abhorred. Notwithstanding, pose, when melody is wedded to immortal An advantage of the mode of teaching adopt- therefore, the frequent and complacent men verse, then it is that every feeling is under the ed by the Academy, of numbers together, over ' tion of instruments of music, of many kinds, control of the musician, and he can rouse or the old mode of drilling one at a time, is the | in their favorite books of the Old Testament; subdue every emotion of the human breast. increased delight which is felt by the learner. and notwithstanding it was an employment of This must necessarily be stated in general A simple melody may be charming, but a well the prophet and king of Israel to compose po terms, as there is not time to illustrate the arranged harmony is far more so to every ear; etry to be sung in public worship, and accom position in detail. But I appeal to the recol. and by the combinations of the different parts, panied, probably, by those very instruments, lection of every one who hears me; I ask, if every class of pupils may be gratified with this they confined the natural impulse to music there is any thing which has left upon your additional charm, and every school may judge which can scarcely be repressed, to the harsh memory a deeper impression of tenderness, of of their own progress, not merely by their in sound of their own untrained voices, repeat reverence, of awe, of beauty or of sublimity, creased skill, but by the increased pleasure ing the somewhat uncouth verses of their than has been produced by the concerted pieces, arising from their own performances.
psalm or sacred song. Perhaps the unnecessary the accompanied airs and choruses, of eminent And what a pleasure is that derived from severity, not to call it a slight tinge of cruelty, composers ? music! There are many refined and high which was one of their characteristics, may not Does the mother ever fail to sooth the little gratifications, which, by the goodness of God, unfairly be ascribed, in part, to their contempt | irritations of infancy by her gentle song? Was we are permitted to taste. Every sense is made for an art that would have softened their stern ever a soldier insensible to the angry blast of the means of enjoyment. Every nerve conveys ness, if any thing could have changed the un the trumpet ? Is it possible to listen without pleasurable sensations to the perceiving mind. | bending quality of their strength.
strengthened affection to the voices of those we We cannot look on the works of the Creator, | In later times, too, even in our own day, a love? Or is there any doubt that music has we cannot open our eyes, without pleasure; we feeling of distrust, if not absolute dislike of mu given additional power to the seductions of vicannot satisfy our appetites without at the same sic, has pervaded the serious, and I may safely cious amusement, as well as greater strength time gratifying our palates. We cannot breathe call that the better portion of the community, | to the aspirations of our holier feelings? We the fragrant air without delight. But though from its association, and till a reeent period, its must cultivate music of a pure and refined chaevery sense has thus its appropriate pleasures, almost exclusive association, with the danger racter, not merely to counteract the effect of which are neither few nor small, which are ous attractions of the theatre, or the bacchana that which is not so, but that we may give a spread around us, if we will but observe them, | lian festivity.
new power to the better tendencies of our nawith an abundance which nothing but infinite! But we must learn in this, as in other things, I ture, that we may have its aid in raising what beneficence could have drawn from the stores | to distinguish between the use and the abuse, in us is low, reforming what is wrong, and carof infinite wisdom and infinite power; yet I the proper and natural connection, and the ar- | rying forward to perfection whatever is praise. eannot hesitate to place foremost in these grati- | tificial and unnecessary combination. If there worthy. fications of sense, that which flows in upon the is danger in the character of the public amuse If this be so, is it any thing less than a duty ear from the sweet, the rich, the ever-varying | ment, let the child be interested in the domes we owe to ourselves and to society to watch combinations of music.
tic concert; and what more charming picture well what kind of music is to be cultivated Is there any thing which can be compared to | of innocent and improving relaxation can be among us, what kinds of passion are to be exthe liquid harmony of well selected instru- presented to the mind's eye, than that of a cited by it, what kinds of feeling are to be ments; the graceful air upon the soft reed; or | family, happy enough to have acquired in | stimulated by its sympathetic power ? It is for the delicate touch of the vibrating string; or youth the requisite skill, and combining their the purpose of attempting our part in the per: the noble swell of the soul thrilling organ;
several powers and attainments in the produc formance of this social duty, that we now dedianless, indeed, it be the simple strain of a rich tion of heavenly harmony ? It can hardly cate this hall to pure, and elevating, and holy voice, or the skilful modulations of one well fail to produce that harmony of heart, of which harmony. No corrupting influence shall hencecultivated? But when these are united and that of their voices is a sweet and suitable em forth be spread from these walls; but here shall combined as scientific composers know how to blem.
the child be early taught the beauty and the use them ; when we listen to the air, the chorus, It certainly will not fail; for music has a charm of an exquisite art. Its own voice shall the overture, the accompaniment, the vocal and moral power which, under such circumstances, aid in the development and expansion of the the instrumental sounds which are mingled, cannot be resisted by any human heart. Who, best feelings of its heart; and love to its fellow and varied, alternately separated and joined to indeed, can resist its power under any circum mortal, and a holy fear of its God shall grow gether in exquisite melodies, or grand harmo stances? Can we hear animated music with with its knowledge and its stature. Here shall ny, we drink in a delight which nothing else out cheerfulness, or sad music without sympa the adult practice on the lessons of youth, and in nature or art can give; we revel in an ec thy, or solemn music without awe? Is there with maturer powers bring a stronger feeling, stasy, waked by the living lyre, which cannot any feeling of our nature to which music is not and a more cultivated understanding to the be produced by any, the happiest combinations, or may not be addressed, and which, when pro 1 execution of the most expressive music. Bere of the other senses. And we enjoy all this with perly adapted, it does not heighten and in shall the ear be feasted, and the heart warmed, the accompanying conviction of the purity, in crease ? One is almost ashamed to state a and the soul raised above every thing base or nocence, and elevation of this mode of spend proposition so like a truism. Its power is, in impure, by the sublimity, the pathos, the deliing an hour of leisure. Music has been called some degree or other, acknowledged by all, cate expression which music only can give to "the only sensual pleasure without sin." I while it is, of course, most felt by those whose language. Here shall be trained those who cannot go so far, as I should be sorry to think sensibility has been improved by cultivation. not only feel, but shall acquire the power of there were sin in admiring a beautiful land- / Whatever may be said of the power of music / making others feel those emotions of love,
gratitude, and reverence to God, and of sym
THE MINSTREL. y Theatre or the Opera-house, and also by Lecpathy and kindness to men which are most
tures on the elementary principles of Music,
NEW YORK, DECEMBER 1, 1835. suitably expressed in the solemn services of the
as well as on its moral influence,-to be given Waonan; and here too, shall be sung those an
by a Professor appointed for that purpose.
ERRATUM-The words set to the Music in our last num. thems of praise to the Most High, which, if ber, p. 178, second score, treble staff, should read “If I pre
The number of members is already large, they delight us now, will constitute and ex- | fer not," instead of “I forget not.”
and the prospects of the Society are very flatpress the fulness of our joy in the more visible
tering. The stated meetings for rehearsal, presence of Him whose “name is excellent in
are held every Wednesday evening, at Broad- Many thanks are due Miss "E. J. R.," of Bristol, R. I, all the earth."
way Hall, between Grand and Howard streets, for several musical compositions and poetic eflusions,
Some of them shall most certainly appear in the pages of ORIGIN OF YANKEE DOODLE.
the Minstrel. The Congressional March" has never CINCINNATI MUSICAL SEMINARY. (Whenever and wherever heard, the spirit stirring air of reached us. Another copy is solicited.
In our last, we alluded to the examination "Yankee Doodle'' is the same thing, and awakens a feeling “Evils of existing customs, No. 1," is received. We
| of the pupils of this Seminary, and promised, of high enthusiasm in the bosom of every true American. thank the author for his conir bution; but should like to This and “llail Columbia" are the only two national airs see some of the other numbers of the series before we
conditionally, to give in the present pumber, that we can claim as "homemade." Long may they be promise to publish this.
some further particulars. And for this purheard in freedom's happy land! The following account of
| pose, we insert with pleasure the the origin of the first named, is "scissorized” from the
SIMPLICITY IN MUSIC.
REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE OF EXAMINERS.
The undersigned were invited by Mr. Nixon, to act as a In the simultaneous attacks that were made other name for Poetry. Trite as it is, how
committee, at the annual examination of his pupils. upon the French posts in America, in 1755, that ever, but few understand its full import, and This iv.eresting ceremony commenced, agreeablv to ad. against Fort Du Quesne, (the present site of fewer still practice on its teachings. How un
ngs. How un- vertisement, in the Baptist church on Sycamore-street, on Pittsburg,) was conducted by Gen. Braddock, intelligible and jargon-like do the most sub
the morning of the 20th ult., and continued through the
evening of the saine day, before a crowded audience of the and those against Niagara and Frontenac, by lime strains of Poesy appear, when sung by
first respectability. Gov. Shirley of Massachusetts, and Gen. John- some of the popular performers of the day. Filty of the pupils participated in the ceremony and reston of New York. The following is an exUnder such caterwauling sounds as so often
ceived certificates with appropriate inscriptions. Of these, tract from Judge Martin's History of North proceed from those who minister at the gaudy
eighteen received peniums, for punctuality, attention, inCarolina, giving an account of those expedi
dustry, and consequent general improvement; eight, viz : shrine of Fashion, who can enter into the true
Misses CAROLINE WATSON, JULIA SMITH, CAROLINE RY. tions : spirit and meaning of the Poet? We often
1 LAND, JANE PATTERSON, HELEN WALLACE, CATHARINE “ The army of the latter, (Shirley and John hear it said, that certain orators have “mur FOOTE, SARAH WOOD, and CORNELIA NEVILLE, ston,) during the summer, lay on the eastern dered the King's English;” but most of our
were presented with Medals and Accessils, for perseve. bank of the Hudson, a little south of the city of fashionable squallers are not satisfied with mere
rance in those habits, (punctuality, &c.,) and for the culti.
vation of the voice, and one, Albany. In the early part of June, the troops murder,-they even eat the unofl'ending victims
Miss Mary E. OBERDOAF, of the eastern provinces began to pour in, com of their murderous taste! Oh, the Cannibals ! obtained a medal of the Order of farmony, for company after company; and such a motley assem In aiming to bedazzle (and speculate on our pleting the prescribed course in the Theory of Music, and blage of men never before thronged together on modern Republicans, they exceed in barbarous
for excellence in Composition.
The committee cannot let this opportunity pass, without such an occasion, unless an example may be allusions the Gladiators of Rome. What a
expressing the great satisfaction they experienced in witfound in the rogged regiment of Sir John Fal gnawing of words have we witnessed! What
nessing this scene. The accomplished and able principals staff. It would have relaxed the gravity of an a mastication of stanzas! What a ravenous of this Institution, consisting of Mr. and Mrs. Nixon, and anchorite, to have seen the descendants of the
Miss Isabella Nixon, richly merit the thanks of all connect feast of poems! And the lovers of sweet
ed with the pupils, and of the public generally, who may puritans, marching through the streets of that i sounds had caned over a sounds had gaped over and gazed on the gor
feel an interest in the cultivation of the delightful science of ancient city, (Albany,] take their situations on mandizers of bright and beautiful poetic crea
music. The system of the celebrated LOGIER, which the left of the British army, some with long ' tions, without being aware of the horrid opera- (adapted to circumstances) has been intraluced into this coats, and others with no coat at all, with colors tion performed before them!
Seniinary, has been attended by the happiest results; and as various as the rainbow; some with their hair!
the great progress made by the youngest pupils, in what Perhaps we may give some instances here
may be called the nathematical part of the science, was cropped like the army of Cromwell, and others after lo illustrate our meaning. At all events
truly surprisin. with wigs, the locks of which floated with
we shall not be satisfied but in using our best The examination presented the best possible evidence, not grace around their shoulders. Their march, and most constant endeavors to cultivate a
only of the capacity, but of the perseverance and of the punetheir accoutrements, and the whole arrange simpler taste in music-a plain enunciation of
tuality of the teachers, --qualifications unfortunately 100
rare in professors in this branch of science. The committee ment of the troops, furnished matter of amuse the words designed to be expressed.
were particulary struck with two qualities in the pupils, viz: ment to the rest of the British army. The
an extraordinary attention to time, and great ease and beauty music played the airs of two centuries ago, N. Y. HANDEL AND HAYDN UNION SOCIETY. in fingering. Upon these depend, entirely, the superstruc. and the tout ensemble, upon the whole, exhibit This is the name of the new Sacred Music
lure, which future practice and study are to produce: withed a sight to the wondering strangers, to which Society, mentioned in our last, as having been
out them, it is impossible for a pupil ever to become a good
performer. they had been unaccustomed. Among the club recently formed in this city. It was organ This examination is the sixth periodical exhibition which of wits that belonged to the British army, there ized on the 11th of Nov. last, and the following has been given by the teachers, since the establishment of was a Doctor Shackburg, attached to the Staff, gentlemen were chosen officers for the ensu their Seminary in this city; and the increasing number of who combined with the science of surgeon the ing year :
pupila, and the excellent specimens which exist among the
graduated scholars, give assurance that the school is now esskill and talents of a musician. To please the CHARLES II. ROACH, President.
tablished on a firm and permanent basis. It merits and has new comers, he composed a lune, and with A. B. RUM&EY, Vice President.
received the confidence of the public.
CHARLES DINGLEY, Corresponding Secretary. much gravity recommended it to the officers
The undersigned cannot conclude without doing Mr. Nixon
Norwood Bowne, Recordi 4 Secretary. as one of the most celebrated airs of martial
and his family the justice of stating, that their exemplary
THOMAS F. DE Voz, Treasurer. music. The joke took, to the no small amuse WILLIAM II. WILLIAMS, Librarian,
characters, their excellent education, and proficiency in ac
complishments unconnected with their present profession, ment of the British: Brother Jonathan ex WILLIAM J. Edson, Conductor.
all unite to entitle them to the respect and patronage of an
J. E. CHALLIS, Vocal Leader. claimed, it was nation fine, and in a few days
enlightened and refined society.
J. B. PRICE, Instrumental Leader. nothing was heard in the provincial camp, but WILLIAM J. Edson; J. E. CHALIIS; J. B. PRICE; C.
JOHN P. Foore,
B. P. AYDELOTT, the air of Yankee Doodle. Little did the au
MORGAN NEVILI E,
WILLIAM VRICE, DINGLEY; A. Humphr "Y, Music Committee.
GRIFFIN TAYLOR, thor, in his composition, then suppose, that an JOSHUA HALI, Professor.
WRIGHT SMITR. air made for the purpose of levity and ridicule, The particular design of this Institution, (as | Cincinnati, Nov. 2, 1833. should ever be marked for such high destinies. expressed in the Constitution,) is, “the imIn twenty years from that time, the national provement of its members in the science of INFORMATION FROM MAINE WANTED. march inspired the heroes of Bunker's hill, Music, as exclusively applied to sacred pur- ! Will some of our friends in Maine please and in less than thirty, Lord Cornwallis and poses.” And this is to be accomplished by forward us an account of the proceedings of his army marched into the American lines to Weekly Rehearsals, preparatory to the Public the Musical Convention, which was held not the tune of Yankee Doodle."
| Performances, got up without the aid of the long since at Gray corner, Cumberland county?