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Receive not with disdain this product from only speak to its abstract poetical my hand,
beauties. Some of the versions were O mart of all the world I O flower of Ne executed, we suspect, with but a
therland! Fair Holland ! Let this live, though I may the part of the translator ; such for
slight view to posthumous fame on not, with thee;
instance as the “ Hunter from Greece," My bosom's queen! I show e'en now how fervently
a specimen from which we beg leave I've loved thee through all change-thy to quote in support of our hypothesis : good and evil days—
She seized his arms and grasped his horse's And love, and still will love, till life itself reins, and hied decays.
Full seventy miles, ascending with him the If here be aught on which thou mayst a mountain's side. thought bestow,
The mountains they were lofty, the valleys Thank Him without whose aid no good deep and low,from man can flow.
Two sucklings dead, one on the spit he If errors meet thy view, remember kindly ther
We should have had some difficulty What gathering clouds obscure the feeble in perceiving that these verses were
eyes of men; And rather spare than blame this humble intended for poetry, had not the latter work of mine,
rhymes brought it home to our ear. And think “ Alas! 'twas made—'twas It is but fair to state, however, that made at Louvesteijn." (P.112.) the Hunter from Greece is a transla
tion of a Dutch Provençal poem (if They are valuable, however, as a
the epithet is allowable), where exact proof that Huig de Groot, out of a harmony of verse was a matter of philosopher's wig and gown, was as but secondary moment, and the transgreat a fool as any of us. Heinsius, or in homely phrase, Da- metre of their originals with scrupu
lators appear to have followed the niel Heins, the cotemporary of the
lous accuracy. This upon
the whole last-mentioned very bad poet and
was a judicious proceeding, for the reagreat philosopher, affords another comfortable proof of how nearly the with the matter but the manner of
der is thus made acquainted not only wisest, in some moments of their life, the Dutch poets (as far as this can be approach to the weakest among us : exhibited in another tongue): it is we are told in the brief memoir af
not always, however, equally successfixed to his name, that “there is more ful, some metres adapting themselves of elegance than of energy in his
more readily than others to the genius writings ;" we confess our inability
of our language. Thus for example to discover either the one or the other
we cannot away with such a proquality in the subjoined Hymn:
tracted hitch as this: Where'er the free clouds rove, or heaven Adieu thou proud but lovely one, whose extends,
all-surpassing charms, Our dwellings shall be blest,--while on
Allured me on to hope for rest and bliss our friends
within thine arms No slavery-fetters hang,-that land 's our
Whilst the chief beauty of the song Where freedom reigns and fetters are un- at page 197, or the following, consists known.
in the lightness and fantastic grace of The bird may cleave with joyous wing the its measure:
air, The steed o'er moor and plain his rider
What sweeter brighter bliss
Can charm a world like this, bear, The mule beneath his charge may patient be; Two spirits mingling in their purest glow,
Than sympathy's communion; But man was born,—was born for liberty.
(P. 103, 104.)
And bound in firmest union
In love, joy, woe! We have now given specimens sufficient in number to enable our readers
The heart-encircling bond, to judge of the Batavian Muse and
Which binds the mother food her offspring. With respect to the
To the sweet child, that sleepeth merits of the volume before us, as a
Upon the bosom whence he drinks his food :
So close around that heart his spirit translation, it is hard to decide: we
creepethhave no means of bringing its faith
It binds the blood. fulness to the test, and ean therefore
Many of the poeins are turned Upon the whole, if the Translators, with admirable felicity of expression as they profess, wished merely to and the most perfect ease of manner; give the British public some proof nay, there are some in which it is that poetry was not incompatible with pretty evident that the whole merit the Dutch manners, mind, and lanbelongs to the translator, inasmuch guage, they have more than accomas the original thoughts are of little plished their purpose; their book is value:
not only an interesting document of Maiden I sweet maiden! when thou art this kind, but a pleasing collection of near,
elegant little poems. Though the stars on the face of the sky We wish the editors had been appear,
somewhat more diffuse in their meIt is light around as the day can be. moirs of the several writers; the InBut, maiden ! sweet maiden! when thou’rt troductory Essay might bave been
away, Though the sun be emitting his loveliest exchanged for the same quantity of
biographical information, with no тау, All is darkness, and gloom, and night to me.
greater trouble to the writer, perhaps, Then of what avail is the sun or the shade, and certainly with more benefit tó Since my day and my night by thee are
the reader. made ?
REPORT OF MUSIC. MADAME CATALANI is at length say this much, because, as we have advertised to appear at the King's in previous reports asserted, the deTheatre in a comic opera, called Il mands of principal singers are arrivNuovo Fanatico per la Musica, on the ed at a most scandalous pitch of 28th of February. Verily the pro- shameless extortion. Our English prietors must have bid high for the females of the first class get from lady's services, since she positively fifteen to twenty-five guineas a-night refuses to accept any sum in the way for singing at a great public concert of stipend, contending absolutely for or a theatre, and subsequently extract a share in the profits of any thing fifteen more for a private party from in which she appears, and it is re- the persons who are so weak as to ported, that she is to be paid one en- indulge the passion (fashion) for tire half of the receipts at the above first rates, of whose performance theatre nightly! That such was the three-fourths of the company neither offer made her we have the best rea- hear, nor care to hear, a single note. son to believe, but by what subse- The sums paid at provincial concerts quent terms it has been modelled and meetings are of course proporeven more to her satisfaction, we tionally increased, because, say the have not learned. Nor is it yet performers, we are to be recomknown whether she extends her ser- pensed for travelling, and for lost vices to the Concerts Spirituels, six time in town. And worst of all, are of which are now positively an- the demands of the Italians, who innounced to be given on the Fridays sist upon as much for three concerts, in Lent at the Opera House. This as they could earn upon the contiis rather an unexpected blow upon nent in six months. What marvelMr. Bochsa, the proprietor of the lous fools do they make of the En- : Oratorios, who in order to secure glish nation! And why are we thus himself against competition, had en- gulled ? gaged both Covent-Garden and In spite however of these facts, the Drury-Lane theatres. It will pro- success of the Birminghain, York, and bably reduce both speculations to a Liverpool festivals, has infused an Joss. Such a termination will scarce- increasing spirit for the enjoyment of ly be a subject of regret, except in music throughout the country. We as far as the individuals who hazard mentioned in our last report Madame their property and time for the ge- Catalani's tour through the north. neral amusement are concerned. We She has since been at Hull. Sub
scription Concerts at York are going 2. Lectures upon different branches on, and Miss D. Travis has sung of the science, or periodical readings She also appeared at Dr. Camidge's and conversations relating thereto. Benefit Concert, and is a great fa- 3. The formation of a musical livourite, from the purity, delicacy, brary, not only of the works of the and taste of her manner. This young great composers, but also standard lady is notwithstanding very little treatises, histories, &c.connected with known in the metropolis beyond the the subject. walls of the Hanover Square Rooms,
4. The direct encouragement of where she constantly assists in the musical talent and ingenuity by the Ancient Concerts, being or having distribution of rewards or prizes for been the musical apprentice of the composition, essays, &c. A concert Archbishop of York and the Royal room, library, and apartment, it is and Noble Directors of the Ancient proposed, are to be built by shares of Concert! Mr. Greatorex is her mas- 251. each, and let to the future society ter, and she is a polished English at a rent. The holders are also to singer, with perhaps the purest and be invested with other privileges. The the best knowledge of the true school subscription for the power of attendof Handel of any female now in Lon- ance and access to the library, &c. don. There seems indeed to be a is fixed at two guineas per annum. noble rage for music in Yorkshire. Non-residents may be honorary A grand festival it is agreed shall members; and professors, associates. be held in the autumn of the present Meetings are to be held weekly, and year at Wakefield, in the fine gothic public concerts given monthly. cathedral there. The Archbi- At a society called The Enquirers, shop is at the head of a nume- established in that city, Mr.Cummins, rous list of patrons. Edinburgh, the gentleman who received the doit is rumoured, takes Madame Cata- nation of a snuff-box from the prolani as the virtual conductor for a fessors at the York festival, has deligreat meeting; and it is even assert- vered two most interesting lectures ed, that this lady meditates a round on music. Illustrative copies of anof Festivals, taking with her the prin- cient musical manuscripts of great cipal singers and instrumentalists. beauty and rarity were exhibited. The series of concerts at Bath is Mr. Cummins embraced a vast field of going on very successfully. The musical history, and treated the subaim of the conductors is to vary the ject not only in a most masterly but principal vocal performers nightly. in a most entertaining manner. Mrs. Salmon was there on the fifth The grand performance on the night ; and Mr. Moscheles should 30th of January at Drury Lane was have attended, but he is not yet re- very fully attended. A part of the turned from Germany, in which Messiah,' - the Day of Judgment, country, by the way, he has been re- an oratorio, by Schneider, a German, ceived with the marked admiration composer to the King of Prussia's his great talents every where excite. chapel--and a motley selection of Mr. Kalkbrenner has enjoyed simi- ballads and Italian songs, made up lar honours, particularly at Vienna. the selection. A performance in At the sixth Bath concert, Miss worse taste than that of the Messiah
Mr. Phillips seems could hardly be found ; with the exgradually to be rising to considera- ception of the air, But thou didst not ble repute as an orchestra singer, leave, which was very chastely sung since his successful debüt in the Bath by Miss Goodall, there was not a Italian Operas.
single piece that had the slightest A novel mode for the promotion of pretension to legitimate style: alas! musical science, and diffusing a love alas! what woeful havoc have the of the art, has been adopted at Bris- Catalanis, the Brahams, and the tol. A plan of a society to be called Rossinis made with the simplicity “ The Bristol Harmonic Institution,” and grandeur of fine expression! It has been put into circulation. The is to be regretted that those of the objects are
vocal tribe who do know better, as i. The regular performance of well as those who do not, have not classical compositions principally by received a public lesson upon the nemembers of the society.
cessity of distinguishing betwixt the
mannerism of the opera and the style worthy the end of the writer, for of the church-between what delights Mr. Horsley shows at once his love the galleries, and the sober-minded both for the art and for the man. sound judge. A good deal of hissing Attainments such as those made by (a little would not suffice) would such a musician, under such circumtend greatly to the restoration of Mr. stances, well deserve to be recorded, Braham to his senses, and to the and to be held out to young profes bettering of Mrs. Salmon's taste, sors. The Life is, indeed, distinguished
The Day of Judgment was a misera- hy none of those amusing particulars ble business-at once too light and which often diversify relations, but too heavy ; mechanically good, but it presents to us a good man and a in every other sense bad; besides, the man of genius, labouring honourably singers did not know their songs, and and successfully; to advance himself gave them
as if they were reading at and his art ; and it attaches our symsight. The Day of Judgment will pathy still more strongly, by the menever be heard of again, it is to be lancholy termination of such a ca. hoped, at Covent-Garden; we speak reer of effort and ability--the failure musically however, not morally, be it of such an intellect, under the too known. It appears a very ill-chosen incessant exercise of its best and nosubject for music. An unlucky pro- blest faculties. Of such a man it is due fessor in the band said in the green- to art to record some particulars here: room, with all the bonhommie ima- Dr. Callcott was the son of a ginable, that if he was Mr. B. he bricklayer and builder, at Kensingwould cut the Day of Judgment. ton, and was born on the 20th of
The subscription to the Nine Con- November, 1766. Even during incerts at the Argyll Rooms fills slow. fancy, he gave indications of his love ly. The Philharmonic commences of literature, and thirst for knowon Monday, the 23d of February, and leelge. He took no pleasure in the there is to be a Morning Concert by common pastimes of children. Books the pupils of the Royal Academy at were his chief delight; and when he the Hanover Square Rooms, on Wed- quitted them, it was for some purnesday the 25th. They probably, suit which had science for its object, like swans,
will sing just before they and in which he engaged with great expire, if we may trust the symptom energy. At the school of a Mr. of exhaustion we stated in our last Young he made some classical aereport.
quirements. His attention seems Our space permitted us only to first to have been attracted to musie allude briefly to the posthumous by attending his father to Kensington publication of Dr. Callcott's Glees, church, which was undergoing some &c. by his friend, and son-in-law, reparation. The organ excited, inW. Horsley, Esq. Mus. Bac. Oxon. deed, so much of his observation, If the musical writers of our own that he endeavoured to construct country have been particularly dis- one. He subsequently obtained an tinguished during the last half cen- introduction to the organist, and attury for any species of composition, tended the organ-loft on Sundays, their title to strength, beauty, and where he acquired some insight into originality, stands mainly upon glees. the first rudiments of music. His We have a long list, and many emi- destination was surgery; but the nent names are upon it, but none shock he received on witnessing an that stand before Calleott, except it operation determined him to abanbe Samuel Webbe ; and, if Webbe don all thoughts of medicine as a is pre-eminent for the beauty and profession. He then studied music delicacy of his melodies, Callcott is ardently, but at the same time, more scarcely less excellent in the gran- than one language; French, Italian, deur of his designs, and the splen- Hebrew, and Syriac, by turns emdour of their execution. Mr. Hor- ployed his mind, and he also gave sley has given sufficient proofs of his attention to mathematics. He this in the remarks he has ap- became acquainted with Drs. Cook pended to his Biographical Sketch and Arnold, who were strongly atof Dr. Callcott, prefixed to the pub- tached to him on account of the simlication, which is written with a plicity of his character, his enthuclearness, simplicity, and truth, well siasm for art, and his industry in its pursuit. In 1789 he was made as- (The Way to speak well made easy sistant organist at St. George's, for Youth). In 1804 and 1805, he Queen Square, and obtained some wrote that most excellent treatise, other musical appointments. Till his Musical Grammar, and he shortly this period his writings were se- after succeeded Dr. Crotch, as Lecrious, but he afterwards directed his turer at the Royal Institution, but thoughts almost solely to the pro- " the fatal injuries which his constiduction of glees. From the Catch tution had received from excessive Club, he received three medals in one exertion, now showed themselves, year (1785); and in 1787 he sent in and he was all at once rendered inca nearly one hundred compositions for pable of fulfilling any of his engage the prizes, of which he obtained two. ments." A long indisposition folIn 1789 he presented only twelve, lowed, and it was not till after an but he carried off all the five medals. absence of five years that he recoHe did not, it seems, so well under- vered. He resumed his teaching, stand writing for an orchestra ; and and carefully avoided all subjects of having asked Stephen Storace to look irritation, but his health again sunk, over a composition of this kind, and and, on the 5th of May, 1821, be strike his pencil through such parts died, giving exemplary proofs in the as did not please him, Štorace struck end of his life, of the piety and reout the whole, and returned it with signation to the will of Providence, the monosyllable “ THERE!”
which had marked the whole term of In 1789, a severe contest took his existence. Such was this excelplace between Mr. Callcott and Mr. lent man, and eminent musicians Evans, for the place of the organist Mr. Horsley has spoken (and no one of St. Paul's, Covent Garden, which is better qualified to speak) of Dr. ended in a division of the duty and Callcott's writings, justly and hoemoluments. Mr. Callcott had risen nourably. They present, indeed, to great eminence, and was con- many specimens of beautiful exprestinually employed in teaching, when sion, and fine composition. The work Haydn arrived, and he anxiously is published in a manner worthy of sought some instruction from that the subjects, and cannot but be conmaster of orchestral effects. During sidered as a noble addition to the their friendly intercourse, he wrote musical collections of all who have a the beautiful bass song, These as they true taste for vocal harmony. change, which perhaps exhibits the most complete knowledge of accom- A collection of new German Waltzes, paniment of any thing he has ever composed for the pianoforte, by T. Moswritten. Subsequently, it was ob- cheles. The legitimate style of the Gerserved, he wrote his glees in fewer man waltz is very rarely to be met with parts. From 1789 to 1793, when the amongst the immense number of melodies Catch Club discontinued their an- which daily assume that title. Mozart's nual prizes, he was a successful can
three waltzes afford the most classic speci. didate. He vow began to study the men of this species of air, while they at theatrical writers on his art, intensely, the same time display as much character as a disposition which was greatly in any of the greater con positions of the master
The author of the Blemoir of Rossini, in creased by his intimacy with Over-speaking of the music of Mozart, remarks, end, the organist of Isleworth, a
that " its distinguishing characteristic is that man of very deep musical research. of touching the soul, by awakening meHe now formed plans of various mu- lancholy images, by bidding us dwell upon sical publications, and, at last, of a the sorrows of the most tender, though Dictionary of Music. His energy in frequently the most unhappy of the pascollecting materials was astonishing. sions." This observation applies exactly In 1800, he took his doctor's degree to his waltzes, and to our minds describes (Mr. Horsley proceeded MB. at the the real character of the German waltz. same time) at Oxford, and he occu
Mr. Moscheles' collection approaches more pied himself in learning German, and nearly to this definition than any reading the works of the German they are decidedly of the German school.
recollect in sentiment and expression, and musicians, with a view to his dic- We prefer the first, third, and seventh tionary. He also engaged in some amongst the waltzes, and the trios at elementary works on language, one pages 3, 5, and 7; but they are all beauof which he published with success tiful.