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rising vanish on the note of each syllable, ex- | its close. Nor can a speaker or reader, who than those of merely showing the current mecepting the last, which takes an opposite di- does not apply this form of intonation to his lody, and that of the final cadence. It furnishes rection in the lowest note of the scale employed. final syllable on the lowest note of the scale an instrument upon which to exercise the voice. We now give a form of the melody referred to. | employed, even produce a satisfactory termi Nor will he who has full power over its varied nation to his reading or speaking.

successions of pitch, ever be likely to offend the The diatonic melody presents various forms ear, by that sameness of intonation, to which

of cadence, but the repose of the voice in the the term monotony has been so aptly and truly He dives into the mys. leries of na-uure's laws. Anal note of the scale is the prominent charac applied. By referring to the above diagram, it will be

teristic of them all. This must be reached, or We would strongly and urgently recommend seen that each syllable passes through the con

| the ear can never be assured that the subject to our readers, a perfect acquaintance with the

matter is closed. crete interval of a single tone, and that it is not

The most satisfactory form scale from which it is formed. When its notes removed, in radical pitch or change of note,

of cadence, is that in which the voice falls re- are once fixed on the ear, they can at pleasure

| gularly through the three lower notes of the form their own melody, and vary it according more than that distance above or below its fellows; while in some cases two syllables occupy

scale, with a downward vanish on the last, as to their will; nor will it, under all its trans the same pitch. The peculiarity of which we in the following:

mutations, be unpleasing.

We have now detailed the simple elements have spoken above, as regulating the final

of speech, and propose, in our following essay, cadence, may also there be observed. “Nature's laws" falls through three notes, with a

to examine their combinations under the term downward vanish on the final syllable. These Sweet is the

EXPRESSION OF SPEECH, divided into --Quality, breath of morn.

Time, Melody, Pause, Grouping, Aspiration, Ocwords might be arranged in various succes. Should the reader have passed to the penult sions of melody, almost ad libitum. With such syllable, without observing the period, and that

tave, Fifth, Third, Semitone, Downward Con

crete, Wave, Tremor, Force, Radical Stress, a resource for almost endless variety, does the syllable will admit of quantiry or prolongation,

Medium Stress, Vanishing Stress, Thorough diatonic scale and its potes furnish us. In the he may still reach the final note, and thus

Stress, Loud Concrete, Accent and Emphasis. simple distribution of the diatonic melody, there | accomplish the cadence, by extending that syl

If our readers have hitherto been amused is no emphatic impression. Whenever what lable through two notes, as the following dia

and instructed, we can assure them that a are called emphases, in other words, peculiar gram will show:

richer and wider field is before them; the and marked contrasts in pitch, fall upon the

flowers of which will expand into beauty and ear, it has been violated; for the correct repre

luxuriance, as they open to the view of the besentation of sense or expression, a certain suc

holder.
cession of its notes seem necessary at the dif-

With tur · ret crest and sleek en. am elld neck.
ferent points of punctuation. Under the old
The syllable "ell'd" in the above, oceupies two

FOR THE FAMILY MIX STREL. method of teaching, pauses alone were noticed

notes in one concrete. In other language, its
in giving continuity to expression, or vice versa.

REVIEW.
| pitch is through two tones, and the final note
A pause however, is a mere act of silence, and

A Guide to INSTRUCTION ON THE PIANO FORTE ; designed
of the scale is reached at the extremity of its
can have no relation to the impression of con-

for the use of both Parents and Pupils, in a series of vanish. This form of cadence, although infe

short Essays,- Dedicated to the young Ladies of the tinuity in sense. Intonation alone can accom

rior in its character, and audible to the first Musical Seminary. By W. Nixon. Cincinnati: J. Drake, plish that purpose. Peculiar successions of

presented form, is not unpleasing. It can how Pp. 96, 24mo.-1834. notes are therefore essential, to show remote

ever, only be used, where the penult will admit We have examined this little volume with ness or proximity in the relations of sense.

the necessary prolongation of voice. Should a great pleasure. Among the innumerable mul. These arrangements have been named by Dr.

short penult and ultimate syllable present them titude of modern books, we have nothing else Rush, the “ Phrases of Melody.” They are

| selves at the termination of sense, under the extant on the subject, that is at once so free represented in the following diagram :

condition to which we have above alluded, the from needless technicalities, and so well fitted | Falling DiMonotone. Rising | Rising

diatonic melody shows another form of cadence, for general circulation. Mr. Nixon is very tone. 7'rilone. Ditone.

which, although unsatisfactory, must be a last evidently a man of practical good sense, as resort, where the most successful method has well as an accomplished professor of his art. been neglected, as below :

He saw, with many others, the need of just

such a book as he has written ; but he has not May I lie low be · fore that fa · tal day,

been content with merely seeing this great Falling Tri. | Phrase of Alter. Triade of Ca. 1

want. What others have not done, he has tone. nation.

accomplished. In the above diagram, the second constituent The work consists of twenty chapters, in the of the cadence is omitted, and the voice passes course of which the author treats of the various

from the third to the final note. The disad | causes, why so many learners fail of ultimate Press'd with a load of mon · U · ment · al clay. I vantage attending the use of this form of success; and he exposes, with an unsparing

The rising ditone is essential, lo impress an cadence is great. We would not recommend | hand, the whole mystery of “ quack music intimate and near connexion of sense in the it, except in extreme cases. The transition of exhibiting at the same time the genuine prinvarious members of a sentence; the falling / voice by the omission of the second note, falls / ciples of the harmonic art. To illustrate these ditone points out a more remote connexion, upon the ear in an unpleasing manner, and it | observations, we make the following extracis : while the monotone denotes continuity, without not unfrequently happens in speaking and read

"A young lady who had been bungling for a year or two, relation to its proximate or remote character. / ing, that the final syllable, to the hearer, is lost

over a few simple marches and walizer, and accompani. The phrase of alternation is merely subsidiary in the low tone of the final note succeeding, mments 10 song, that exhibited nothing but diversifications to the purpose of variety, when a change of suddenly, the higher impression of the third

of the chords of tonic and dominant, was resolved CORI

mence Moscholles variations to the Fall of Paris!!! With sense occurs in the current of expression, while pote. It will be observed in the above forms,

this, she strove a quarter with one teacher, and a quarter the Triad of the cadence is applicable alone to that the last noie of the scale must be reached.

with another; till, on informing one to whom she applied, the close of the voice on the final syllable. The law which governs song is here applica that for two years it had been her ainbition to learn the

Having now detailed the progression of in ble to speech. The sentence cannot be finished, piece without effect, he, to her surprise, oligerved, that on tonation in the current of human expression, | unless the voice reposes in the final note of the

her present plan, luenty years would be insufficient for the and shown that the rising vanish is essential to scale employed, with a downward vanish. Yet

purpose. To illustrate his meaning, the teacher pointed to

a loriy house, remarking that in twenty years, a person the continuity of sense in all its relations, we how few there are, who in reading abey this could not be made to leap on to the roor; but that he might proceed to speak more particularly of the Me- rule. In the majority of readers, we are at a be son, there, were he to submit to the much more easy lody which appertains to the final cadence. loss to discover by any vocal intonation, that the

process of ascending the stairs :-1, e.) would adopt 'apro. As the rising vanish is essential to the continua- subject matter has terminated. The diatonic

gresyive system.' tion of sense, the falling vanish is essential to , melody has higher and more important offices, I and known as the preceptor of Joseph Haydn, Domenico

"Porpora, perhaps the greatest of the old Italian matters,

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Corri and others, the most eminent of the Italian school, | different given keys, as represented by their , might as well ask, why do any speak? If we asked one of his pupils, for whom he had conceived a great signs in the book, and such a power of instan- look at mankind as they are, we shall find that friendship, if he would have courage to pursue whatever

taneously taking those intervals with grace very few of their actions or muscular motions, course he, Porpora, might point out. On being answered in the affirmative, he wrote on a sheet of ruled paper the

and precision, as may make music, what it are performed without previous effort. A child diatonic and chromatic scales, ascending and descending; ought to be to those who study it, a written lan never walks without considerable effort, even together with the intervals, and a variety of shakes, turns, guage. Our author's third topic is Time, or a after it has all the strength necessary. Nor and other pri tices in vocalization.

possession of that habit of mind, which secures can it talk, until after a course of instruction “ Day after day, and year after year, was this page produced and re-produced. About the third or fourth year the

the accurate measurement of the distances, by the parents, who labor for months, before pupil began to murmur, but was reminded of his promise. and of the divisions and subdivisions of the they have the pleasure to hear it lisp the name The fifth year came also, and every day brought the same distances between the musical accents. His of pa or ma. And this course of training is everlasting leaf. The sixib too, was similarly attended ; fourth topic is EXPRESSION, or the capability of thought to be altogether right and necessary; but accompanied by lessons in pronunciation, declamation,

eliciting the soul of music, and evolving its and it is in no case ever expected that the &c. At the end of this year, the scholar, who still imagined himself only at the cominencement of his studies, was struck mysterious influence.

child will learn to speak of itself without it. with astonishment, on hearing his master exclaim, 'Go, my On each of these four points, we might Why then expect that any one will break forth son, thou hast nothing more to learn ; thou art the first singer

adduce apt citations. But our limits will not into sweet harmony of song, as if by magic or of Italy and of the world.' What he said was true ;-the

admit of this; and our simple object in this some divine impulse? The like was never singer was Caffarelli!

brief review, is to commend the work of Mr. exhibited in regard to walking or speaking; From not a little knowledge of the prevail

Nixon to our readers, as a very sensible and why then should singing be an exception ? ing state of things in many of our female

judicious, although brief and cursory, treatise Every thing is learned by effort of some kind, seminaries, we are struck with the great justice

on the subject wbich it presents. We cannot and that generally by effort proportioned to its of our author's criticisms, and can bear our

forbear, however, to quote one passage from | importance. And it will be found true by the decided testimony to the faithfulness of the

the concluding chapter, both as a specimen of experience of any one who should try, that a scenes which he so successfully depicts. He

the author's style and manner, and of the child of six, eight, or ten years of age, would may well be called a fearless preacher of the

earnestness with which he recommends the be made to sing with less, or at most, equal truth. And incalculable benefit would be ac

progressive system,-by which alone any satis- effort with that by which it learned to speak. complished, if his doctrines were illustrated by

factory and permanent results can be attained. | It evidently can be accomplished in less time. the practice of our musical instructors. Never “A musical ear, or the power, delicately to distinguish

The practice of many older persons in learnmore should we then hear of "twenty tunes in

sounds, is so susceptible of cultivation, that few, in com i ng to sing, is worthy of notice here. A gre six lessons ;" but a persevering study of the

parison to what is supposed, are incapable of making a mistake has long held the minds of many from sound principles of music, would enable the respectable progress in music. This being in all proba.

making the proper efforts on this subject, who industrious scholar to acquire a mastery of the bility indisputable, the requisites for becoming an accomsubject, which would prove a source of innoplished player may be enumerated thus:-A good ear, quick

might otherwise have become good musicians. perception, habit of attention, steadiness or presence of mind,

They hear the sweet sounds of music, and cent and rational enjoyment throughout life.

rapidity of sight, or ability to anticipate a knowledge of the desire to sing also. They repair to an inOne picture of the ills arising from a mere

succeeding phrase or passage, flexibility of finger, and lastly, structor, who very willingly offers to assist all desultory course of teaching, is given by our laste, or the capacity for perceiving, and being influenced by

that he can. Well, what is to be done? The what is beautiful in nature and impressive in mind : and it author, and is true to the very life. will then be obvious, that it is to industry and observation

teacher very wisely tells them, that they must “ The last general objection to the desultory' plan, that

we are to look for that improvement of the above faculties, all sing for themselves; for he can only tell shall at present be attended to, is, that after the young lady which can alone constitute the skilsuland pleasing performer. | them horo. “ Now, sound.” After a few hesihas left school ; (or, at all events, when, after marriage, time

" It is neither from intuition, nor from any talis,nanic ope- l tating efforts, they make a tone of some kind; becomes more precious, as the more important affairs of

ration, that we can hope for useful attainments. System and life accumulate around her,) the Piano Forte is closed; intellectual application are the road and vestibule to the

it may be correct. “Very well! Now rise and, but too frequently, closed for ever.

Halls of Science and the Laboratory of the Arts :-it is from with me through the eight notes.” They after "The husband perplexed, perhaps, by the toils of busi.

study or mental effort, that we derive mental improvement; a few more haltings, strike the first sound. But pers, and disgusted with the petty intrigues and overreach. and by practice that we acquire skill. Intellect is the lamp

when the teacher rises to the second sound, ings of those about him; or confined to the house by sick

that sways the Genii of science, and system the secret that ness, or the storns of a winter's evening, and anxious to

some still hold on to the first. "What does commands their obedience !" reort to music to unbend bis mind, to revive the memory

SIGMA. he mean by rising the eight notes ?” they inof time gone by, to increase the soft endearments of doinestic

quire. Some strike a fourth, others a seventh, society, and enhance the pleasures of home, invites his wife to accompany hini on the Piano Forte; but unfortunately,

and others still strike no sound at all, that be

SINGING, A UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE. she was never taught this or that piece of music, and

[The following article so well expresses our own views on

longs to music. Now as no one is so insencould not even attempt it.' 'Well, he observes, play

an interesting subject, that we willingly comply with the sible to harmony as not to perceive some jarsomething you are acquainted with.' "Why really I should, suggestion of a correspondent to insert it. It was first pub. ring and unpleasantness from such a combiwith pleasure;' she replies, but I am tired of playing the lished in the Pittsburgh (Pa.) “Friend."-En.)

nation of sounds, they feel that something is same tunes over and over; and besides, it is so long since I touched the Piano, that I must first of all, get tune for

It is often said by individuals, that they have wrong. What is to be done? Here is a failure practice.'

no ear for music; giving this as an excuse why in the very first attempt! It is well that people " Were the case analyzed, the following would he found they pay no attention to it. This may be true are sometimes persuaded to make the second. its constituent parts. First, the lady not living acquired

enough in one sense, if they mean that they l Or it may be that they summon energy enough those principles of fingering, time, &c., which, according to the attention devoted to them, would hare teen available,

have no relish for it. But why is it? As well to continue for a week or two, and are beginthe difficulty of reading new music without the aid of a might they say, that they have no ear for ning by that time to sound the notes with some teacher, and the inconvenience or affording time for its prac speaking. But it is not true, if they mean that facility in their different order and connexion. tice, even if a teacher were engaged, rendered the attain.

they cannot distinguish between sounds, espe- | But because they cannot sing to their satisfacment of it nearly impossible; while, secondly, the stock on hand, being mechanically set there, like little tunes upon a

cially if they can perceive any difference be tion, the conclusion is drawn that they cannot barrel-organ or musical enufl.box, had become monotonous; tween the sounds of a flute and the roar of learn at all, and so they give it up! Who ever and had ceased to yield either interest or gratification." thunder. Nor is it true, if they mean that they | accomplished any thing worthy of being ac

The 'Guide to Instruction' is not, however, I have not the powers necessary to make music. | complished by such an effort ? The truth is a critique only on prevailing evils in imparting If they have the natural powers or organs of simply, that such acting and thinking are perto the young a knowledge of our subject. Mr. / speech, they have all that is necessary to sing. fect nonsense. Nixon treats, from the IXth chapter to the For music is as natural as speech; that is, it is As to the readiness with which individuals close of his book, on the “ Principles of the as natural that persons should sing, as that learn to sing, there is no doubt some differ. Art of playing on the Piano Forte,"-first, of they should speak. This appears from the

ence. Ai do Position and Motion, that is, a graceful seat fact, that each operation is performed by the But the same difference exists in other departand attitude, correct position of the hands, and same organs, at the same time. We sing and ments of science and courses of human action; proper action of the fingers; and second, of the utter distinct articulate sounds or words. and I know of no reason why the same differPRACTICAL. KNOWLEDGE OF INTERVALS, or such But some one may now be ready to doubt, ence should not be found here. But it should a clear conception or well defined idea of the and to ask, if this be true-Why do not all sing not be inferred that some cannot sing at all, musical intervals, or distances between the l who speak? The answer is very plain; and I because with the same efforts others do. Some

learn to speak more readily than others, but no

BOSTON ACADEMY OF MUSIC.

| superior to any other with which they have one ever dreams that all cannot learn.

The third Annual Report of this institution, alluded to in

been acquainted, and some of them have been With these remarks I come to the conclu our last, exhibits, in a pleasing manner, a view of the suc. teachers of music for years, and of course may sion, that there never was an individual gifted

cess, with which its valuable efforts have thus far been be supposed to be competent judges. Letters,

crowned. The fair prospocts which invite it to go on in its with the common faculties of speech, who made

recently received from some of these, express good work, are truly cheering. From our heart we wish it proper efforts at a proper time to sing, and

the same favorable opinion, after having an all prosperity: and we doubt not, that it will realize the failed. Nor da I believe there ever will be. hopes which it has fostered.

opportunity of testing its utility by a course of This conclusion is supported by the experience At a future period, we propose giving a brief sketch of its instruction given to a large number of pupils. of the best teachers, who have also given this origin and history. We can at present, only make the fol

They also state, that wherever they have inlowing extracts from its last annual report now lying on our as their opinion. As to the time, I suppose

troduced it, their pupils, of an age qualified 10 table; and we commend them, with great satisfaction, to the that we should act in this, as we do in other favorable notice of our readers.

Ep. judge, concur in the opinion of its superiority, cases,-educate while young.

and express themselves highly pleased with it. The objection which old people might urge

JUVENILE CLASSES.

It is thought very desirable that this class against their ability to sing, has no force here, | Instruction in the principles of vocal music should be sustained. There is a want of teachand should not be admitted. Even in the case has been given by the professors, to between | ers properly qualified; and it is believed that of many of them, it would not be true ; for 800 and 1000 children, and from 4 to 500 adults. many would be willing to receive tuition, if many have learned who supposed they could | The school for gratuitous instruction to chile they were not deterred by the remembrance of not, and many others no doubt might, if they dren, is still continued, and is open to pupils the fruitless experiments of former years made would be persuaded to try. But of those who from all parts of the city, and of every religious under the old method of teaching. Though it cannot learn to sing, it may be said, without denomination. It is a pleasing sight to behold is possible for an instructor to succeed with the going far from the truth, that they would find them on a Wednesday or Saturday afternoon, help of the 'Manual' alone, yet it would be a equal difficulties in learning a foreign lan- flocking to the school-room to pass an hour in great advantage to him, if he should attend a guage, especially one of difficult pronunciation, learning to sing, which other children spend in course of instruction under the professors. In our estimation of music, it should ever be play. It is pleasant to see their countenances

CHOIR OF THE ACADEMY. borne in mind, that it is a language; not the glowing with health and lighted up with ani

The choir of the Academy, which the last language of brutes or of nations, but the uni mation, and to observe the progress which they

report mentioned as in its infancy, is now in a versal language of the human soul. Other make in an art which is capable, under judi

flourishing condition. It consists of about a languages vary with the different tribes and cious management, of contributing to their own

hundred members of both sexes, who, with a nations of the earth. But ihis remains the health and happiness, and to the enjoyment of

praise-worthy zeal have united for the purpose same among all, and is alike understood by others.

of their own improvement in the performance all, whether savage or civilized. It finds every

ADULT CLASSES, where chords in the human heart, which vi- ||

With regard to adult classes, it is encourag

of vocal music, and principally with the view brate in unison with its sweetest melodies. ing to remark a growing interest in the subject

of promoting a chaste and correct style of exof music. This is to be attributed in a great

ecution in sacred music. They hold regular Philo Melis. measure, to the facilities which the system in

meetings once a week, at which both the proSINGING CONDUCIVE TO HEALTH. troduced by the professors, gives to those who

fessors attend and give the necessary instrucMANY parents in encouraging the develop are desirous to learn. All who have paid at

tion. The punctuality with which the memo ment of musical talents in their children, have tention to it, give it their decided approbation,

bers attend these meetings, and the devotion to no other view than to add to the number of and its simplicity and comprehensiveness will

the object of them while together, is worthy their fashionable accomplishments, and afford inevitably supersede all those methods of in

of remark and commendation, and furnishes them a means of innocent solace and amusestruction which have preceded it. Individuals

ground to expect that they will prove highly ment. It was the opinion of Dr. Rush, how | now find that instruction does not consist in

efficient and valuable instruments in promoting ever, that singing is to young ladies, who by encumbering the mind with unconnected and

the cause for which they are associated. the customs of society are debarred from many unintelligible rules, but that it proceeds upon

JUVENILE CONCERTS. other kinds of salubrious exercise, not only to

simple principles easily understood. The stum The juvenile classes during the year, have be cultivated as an accomplishment, but as a bling blocks being removed, we may reasonably I given three concerts under the direction of the means of preserving health. He particularly expect an increase of attention and interest in professors. These have been of a character to insists that vocal music should never be neg- | music.

show that an improvement has taken place, lected in the education of a young lady; and

COMMON SCHOOLS.

both in the capacity of the children to read stales, that besides its salutary operation in

Instruction has been given in several schools music and to execute it. There have been and enabling her to sooth the cares of domestic

of this description, and with great success. It still are those who doubt if young children can life, and quiet sorrow by the united assistance is the testimony of the principals of these

be taught the principles of music, and whether of the sound and sentiment of a properly

schools, that it does not interfere with the regu all that they do in this art ranks any higher in chosen song, it has a still more direct and imlar studies of the pupils; that it is an agreeable

mental effort than the performance of a parrot. portant effect. “I here introduce a fact,” re- relaxation to their minds; and that it exercises

Some of these sceptics have had their doubts marks Dr. Rush, " which has been suggested a happy moral influence on their conduct. No

removed by these exhibitions and a visit to the to me by my profession, and that is, that the

teacher of youth who has once tried it, has school-rooms of the Academy; and we should exercise of the organs of the breast by singing, given it up

be glad to have others take an opportunity of contributes very much to defend them from

SCHOOLS FOR TEACHERS IN MUSIC.

examining for themselves, and use the same those diseases to which the climate and other One of the objects which the Academy con means of correcting the error into which they causes expose them. The Germans are seldom templated as subservient to the cause of music, have fallen upon this subject. We think we afflicted with consumptions, nor have I ever is the formation of a class for instruction in run no great risk in saying, that we have pupils known but one instance of spitting blood among the method of teaching music. The various in these classes of the age of twelve years, who them. This, I believe, is in part occasioned by subjects which pressed upon the attention of

can read music with more facility, and perform the strength which their lungs acquire by exer the government, prevented them from turning it in a more proper style, than many approved cising them frequently in vocal music; for this their attention to this point before the last sum- / leaders of choirs in our churches. constitutes the essential branch of their educa mer. In August last, a number of gentlemen,

ORATORIOS OF THE CHOIR. tion. The music master of our academy has principally from the country, associated for the In addition to these exhibitions of the furnished me with an observation still more in purpose of receiving instruction under the pro-younger pupils, the Choir of the Academy favor of this opinion. He informed me, that fessors. The method taught is that contained have given six oratorios, consisting of seleche had known several instances of persons who in the Manual, published by the Academy. tions from the most approved compositions of were strongly disposed to consumption, who The testimony of the gentlemen who composed the ablest masters in the art. These performwere restored to health by the exercise of their this class, is highly favorable to the merits of ances though without any other instrumental lungs in singing."

| the system. They unite in pronouncing it | aid than the organ, were of surpassing excel

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MR. SAMUEL DYER.

PRIZES FOR MUSICAL COMPOSITIONS. and the diligence with which they had used. It was with sincere regret, that we heard of The Directors of the Philharmonic Society the means of instruction which they have en- the death of this well known and justly valued of Philadelphia, offer three honorary medals, joved. The increasing numbers of those who musician and most estimable man. He died l as prizes for composition. have attended these oratorios, as well as the some days since, at Hoboken, near this city, lations :-a Gold Medal for the best Overture approbation which has been bestowed upon and, as we understand, was suddenly summoned for full orchestra; a Silver Medal for the best them by judicious critics, bear ample testimony to exchange the view of things which are tem instrumental Quartett for four instruments ; to the high character of the performances and poral for the contemplation of those which are and a Silver Medal for the best vocal compothe efforts of the professors in this department eternal. Of his worth, we held a high estimate. sition with English words, for not less than of sacred music. Besides the regular concerts He was beyond doubt, a very successful teacher four voices, and not to exceed from seven to given by the choir, they have been called upon of the art of music, and has largely contributed eight minutes in the length of its performance. to furnish music upon several public occasions. to the best interests of Sacred Harmony.

to the best interests of Sacred Harmony. It The compositions are to be the property of the

will afford us pleasure to insert a sketch of his į Society, and to be presented in score, with the THE FAMILY MINSTREL:

life, which a friend and patron has induced us author's name under seal, on or before SepNEW YORK, JULY 15, 1835. to expect for our columns.

tember 1, 1835. The judges will be chosen

from among such Professors as shall not be TO CORRESPONDENTS.

candidates ; and every care will be taken to The musical composition contributed by “D.

CLINTON FEMALE SEMINARY, (GEORGIA.)

preserve the strictest impartiality. Address come to liaud, and shall soon be inserted.

We hail with pleasure every testimony to "W. N." shall cheerfully have a place in our next ; and

The Philharmonic Society, to the care of we trust that he will furnish us with more of the results. the fact, that music is on the advance through. | Mesere Fiot Mejonen & Co. Music Store. which his practical knowledge of his subject has collected out our country. Not only in the New-England !

Chesnut-street, Philadelphia." This offer is A correspondent, in contributing an article, desires that, if States, but in “the far West," and in the South,

made by the Directors, through Messrs. L. inadmnissible, it may not be noticed among excluded com- are afforderl ausnices of good for our cause. IN unications. And as his words import, that our not ad.

Meignen, B. Cross, W. H. W. Darley, and J.

The “ Macon Messenger," and the “ News,"
mitting some articles sent to us, implies their wunt of meril,

C. B. Stanbridge.
we unequivocally and promptly correct the great mixappre-
published at Washington, Georgia, both speak

The Directors of the Musical Fund Society hension. Many papers of great value, may be thought un.

of Philadelphia, offer two medals, as honorary suitable for our columns, because the same general train of observation has been previously presented in our subscribers,

prizes :-a Gold Medal for the best Overture or because other articles on the same topics are in prepara. Clinton (Georgia) Female Seminary. He has

for full orchestra ; and a Gold Medal for the tion by our friends. In the particular case of our present

our best wishes for the continuance of his

| best vocal composition for not less than four

b correspondent, however, such is not the facı; and he may prosperity, especially as his system is com

om- | voices, with English words of either a gay or soon expect the insertion of his valuable essay,

mended for being peculiarly practical, and as“1. N.'," Music, entitled 'The Request' is very wel.

serious nature, and not to exceed eight minutes sociating music with the highest domestic and come, and shall have a place.

in performance. These compositions are to be religious obligations. We feel well assured, The Essay in answer to the question, " What is a Com.

the property of the Society, and must be adposer ?" shall appear in the next number of the Minstrel. that it is from the proper cultivation of this art

dressed, with the author's name under seal, on in our schools and seminaries, that we may

or before September 15, 1835, to the care of hope for the preservation of the most hallowed

Messrs. Loud & Co., Music Store, Chesnut-st., SUNDAY CONCERTS. sympathies of life.

Philadelphia. The medals will be awarded by In a former number of our work, we men

five judges, Professors of Music, none of whom tioned that, in Paris, every Sunday evening is appointed for the musical performances of the

shall be competitors for the prizes.

NORFOLK CONCERTS.
Comic Opera. This egregious profanation of The reputation of Mr. Masi, who has been
the Lord's day, is too palpable to need one so successfully employed in the cause of music MUSICAL FUND SOCIETY OF CINCINNATI,
comment, by way of deliberate reproof and i at Norfolk, calls for at least a passing tribute We hear very favorable accounts of this in-
condemnation. It bears distinctly upon it its from our hands. We have now before us the stitution, which is said to be fostered both by
own foul mark. But in principle, how do our ! “ Norfork Herald,” containing a detailed ac wealth and influence. Its present officers are:
New York Sanday Concerts differ from the count of a private concert, in which a number

President, MORGAN NEVILI E.
Parisian Operas? Is it said, ours are Sacred of young ladies, pupils of Mr. M., are said to Vice-Presidents, JOHN P. Foote, Peyton S. SYMMES.

Trensurer, SAMUEL E. FOOTE.
Concerts,-theirs are Profane Operas? We have acquitted themselves with the greatest

Secretary, LINDEN Ryder. Librarian, Jony WINTER. apprehend, from some minute inquiries on the , credit. The performances on the occasion,

MAXAOERS. subject, that very little of the occupation of the were certainly arranged with judgment; and, T. D. Carneal,

J. Vairin attendants at Niblo's and the Vauxhall Gar- | from the editorial and other statements which Jerman Cope,

S, Wiggins,

Nicholas Longworth, W. G. W. Gano, dens, on Sunday nights, is the worship of we have seen, we are led to augur good things,

William Price, M. D., S. S. Smith,
Almighty God, the Lord of the sabbath. To | in regard to our Southern votaries of “the har-

Robert Buchanan,

Win. Yorke, the spectator's eye, there is very little to be monic art." In a private letter, one of the

David T. Disney,

J. S. Armstrong, seen, that can be called sacred, either as re auditors of the concert, has thus expressed Alexander Flash,

Darid Benson,
gards the place of the exhibition, the object of
himself:

John W. Ryan,
Wm. Greene,

Wm. R. Foster,

George Grailam, jr.,
the performers, or the prevailing sentiments
"Since my departure, I have often, and with pleasure,

James Hall,

J. F. B. Wood, and feelings of the auditory. It might be recollected that delightful little Concert with which Mr.

E. Haynes,

Jos. R. Fry,
Masi favored the good people of Norfolk; and sometimes, I
deemed invidious, or some facts might easily

C. S. Ramsay, M. D., J. F. P. Meline.
even doubt if I have not been dreaming --lor, certes, I had
be stated, in corroboration of the justice of

Physicians, Alban G. Smith, M. D., V. C. Marshall, M. D. never for an instant supposed it possible that children, babies

Counsel'ors, Robt. T. Lyttle, Bellamy Storer.
these comments. The responsibility which I may call some of them, could by any instruction, atain so
rests on

excellent a tlegree of perfection on any instrument, -least of
all, one so ditult as the Piano Forte; and nothing, I assure

MUSIC
gardens, on the Lord's day, under semblance

you, but the evidence of my own senses, could have ever ** Come, thou enchantress, Music, with thy strains, of religious worship, is such as we should convinced me of the face. I am no admirer of what are

Alternate wake delight, or calın our pains; tremble to assume. The money gained by ex called pieces of music; I suppose, simply, because I don't Thou canst aftune the heart to every change hibitions of this character, is not worth naming

understand them; but really, in this instance, there was a Of feeling, as the fancy loves to range:
in the estiinate of their immoral tendency. In
grace and buoyancy of touch,-a taste, skill and correct-

Thou art mysterious Harmony, by Ileaven
ness of execution, which very unceremoniously seized my

To man, a solace for his sorrows, given. our view, they are the entering wedge, for the attention from the beginning, and was decidedly a touch

The Hermit dreams of Music in his cell, future introduction of something still more above any thing I have seen or heard lately.

Of voices heard in Heaven the choral swell: "a la mode de Paris.” Our authorities, who The accompaniments upon the harp were beautiful in.

The Pilgrim hears the resper bell at close
are our patres conscripti, the municipal fathers

deed. Oh, it is 'killing' sweet--sweetly sealing o'er the Of day, and nears the city of repose,
senses, hushing each restless and unholy passion, and in-

Cheerful, yet pensive; while the minetrele come
of our city, should keep an eye to foreign inno-
stilling a thrilling calm _such

With merry sounds, to cheer the Burgher's home. vations, and, if possible, nip this poisonous I "As when Seraphic hands an hymn impart,

Now rouse the warriors' souls; now in the lute, weed while in the bud.

Wild warbling nature all above the reach of art.'"

With thy fine touch, the lover's ear salute." -LEICH.

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