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The Euterpe, or' a choice collection of Rode's alr, sus sung by Madame Catalani, Polonaises and Waltzes for the pianoforte for the harp. They are of an easy and by foreign composers, books 1 and 2. We agreeable description, but have no other know many amateurs whose pianoforte qualities to entitle them to distinction. playing hardly extends beyond the per. Mr. Knapton's Arrangement of an Air, formance of a waltz, quadrille, or any na. from Nina, with variations, is executed tional air, and yet their execution has a with taste and elegance. The theme is delicacy and expression that might put to well preserved ; and

the piece, without make shame the professed lesson player. To ing any pretensions to originality or difsuch persons we recommend the Euterpe, ficulty, avoids the usual common place of it contains much that is beautiful and new. airs with variations. The Polonaise by Ognisky, is an exquisite Mr. Kiallmark has also been more sucbit, as well as the waltz from the Freys. cessful than usual in his second Fanfare. chutz in the first number. In the second, It bas much to recommend it as a lessoni the quick movements of Di piacer, and Ah for players of moderate acquirement. se puoi così lasciarmi, are ingeniously Two pieces for the harp, by S. Dussek. turned into waltzes, and there are others The one, The White Cockade, with vari. by Weber, from the Freyschutz.

ations; the other, Charmant Ruisseau, Harp players will reap the same degree are judicious, and not inelegant petites of pleasure from the collection of the like picces, calculated to give the learner neat. kind, called Amusement pour les Dames. ness and rapidity of execution in the most We have already spoken of the first num. prevailing passages of harp music, while ber ; the second is, perhaps, a little inferior they are not unworthy of the attention of to it in the elegance and novelty of the the more advanced performer. British and selection, but it suffers only by compari. foreign popular airs arranged as familiar

rondos and variations for the pianoforte, by Variations on a favourite German air by Joseph de Pinna. This work consists of Joseph Mayseder. The subject is very twenty-four numbers, which may be pur. sweet, and the variations light and brilliant, chased either separately or in a handsome The fifth and the last (a Polonaise) are volume. It is intended for beginners, and particularly happy.

contains airs of every character, adapted in Grand Variations on the national air of a light and agreeable style, and to each of Rule Britannia, for the pianoforte, by them is prefixed a prelude. Many of the Ferd. Ries. The extreme difficulty of this pieces are little more than an easy arrangepiece places it beyond the reach of any but ment of an Italian song or duet, such as first-rate players ; indeed it should seem to Non più andrai ; Giovinette che fate all' have been intended as a vehicle for the dis- amore, &c. while others are favourite Engplay of the great attainments of the com. lish airs from operas, catches, &c. with poser himself; for we can imagine that he variations: alone who could conceive, could execute. The arrangements are the second book of For although it is not more difficult than the airs in the ballet of Alfred le Grand, the finest compositions of the great masters by Mr. Latour. The second book of se. of the present day, yet each has its parti- lections from Il Barbiere di Seviglia, and cular excellencies, and these are as distinct La donna del lago, by Mr. Bochsa. Book as they are peculiar. The piece, therefore, I. of Mr. Bruguier's arrangement of must be appreciated according to the airs, from Zelmira, and the first number powers it calls forth and confirms, rather of popular melodies, selected from Engthan according to its merits as a composi- lish operas, and arranged in a familiar tion.

style for the pianoforte, also by Mr. BruMr. Bochsa has added new variations to guier.

son.

THE SERVICES OF MR. RICARDO

TO THIR

SCIENCE OF POLITICAL ECONOMY,

BRIEFLY AND PLAINLY STATED.

I do not remember that any pub- honoured his extraordinary talents. lic event of our own times has for great intellectual merit, wherever touched me so nearly, or so much it has been steadily contemplated, with the feelings belonging to a pri- cannot but conciliate some personal vate affliction, as the death of Mr. regard; and for my own part I acRicardo. To me in some sense it knowledge that, abstracting altowas a private affliction and no gether from the use to which a man doubt to all others who knew and of splendid endowments may apply 1924.] The Services of Mr. Ricardo to the Science of Political Economy. 809 them-or even supposing the case held the dignity of human nature, that he should deliberately apply. Participating most cordially in these them to a bad one, I could no more feelings of reverence for Mr. Ricaron that account withhold my good do’s political character, I had besides wishes and affection from his person a sorrow not unmixed with self-re-than, under any consideration of proach arising out of some contheir terrific attributes, I could for- siderations more immediately relating bear to admire the power and the to myself. In August and September beauty of the serpent or the pau- 1821 I wrote The Confessions of an ther. Simply on its own account, English Opium-Eater : and in the and without further question, a great course of this little work I took ocintellect challenges, as of right, not casion to express my obligations, as merely an interest of admiration-in, a student of Political Economy, to common with all other exhibitions of Mr. Ricardo's “ Principles" of that power and magnificence—but also science. For this as for some other an interest of human love, and (where passages I was justly * attacked by that is necessary) a spirit of tender- an able and liberal critic in the New ness to its aberrations. Mr. Ricardo Edinburgh Review--as for so many however stood in no need of a partial absurd irrelevancies: in that situas or indulgent privilege: his privilege tion no doubt they were so; and of of intellect had a comprehensive this, in spite of the baste in which I sanction from all the purposes to had written the greater part of the which he applied it in the course of book, I was fully aware. However, his public life: in or out of parlia- as they said no more than was true, ment, as a senator-or as an author, I was glad to take that or any occahe was known and honoured as şion which I could invent for offering a public benefactor. Though con- my public testimony of gratitude to nected myself by private friendship Mr. Ricardo. The truth is—I thought with persons of the political party that something might occur to interhostile to his, I heard amongst cept any more appropriate mode of them all but one language of respect conveying my homage to Mr. Rifor his public conduct. Those, cardo's ear, which should else more who stood neutral to all parties, naturally have been expressed in a remarked that Mr. Ricardo's voice direct work on Political Economy, -though heard too seldom for the This fear was at length realized not wishes of the enlightened part of in the way I had apprehended, viz. the nation - was never raised with by my own death—but by Mr. Riemphasis upon any question lying cardo's. And now therefore I felt out of the province in which he happy that, at whatever price of reigned as the paramount authority, good taste, I had in some imperfect except upon such as seemed to af- way made known my sense of his fect some great interest of liberty or high pretensions—although unfortureligious toleration. And, wherever nately I had given him no means of a discussion arose which transcended judging whether iny applause were the level of temporary and local po- of any value. For during the interlitics (as that for example upon cor- val between Sept. 1821 and Mr. Riporal punishments), the weight of cardo's death in Sept. 1823 I had found authority-which mere blank ability no leisure for completing my work on had obtained for him in the House of Political Economy: on that account Commons-was sure to be thrown I had forborne to use the means of into that view of the case which up- introduction to Mr. Ricardo which

Not so however, let me say in passing, for three supposed instances of affected doubt; in all of which my doubts were, and are at this moment, very sincere and unaffected ; and, in one of them at least, I am assured by those of whom I have since inquired that my reviewer is undoubtedly mistaken. As another point which, if left unnoticed, might affect something more important to myself than the credit of my taste or judgment,--let me inform my reviewer that, when he traces an incident which I have recorded most faithfully about a Malay—to a tale of Mr. Hogg's, he makes me indebted to a book which I'never saw. In saying this I mean no disrespect to Mr. Hogg ; on the contrary, I am sorry that I have never seen it: for I have a great admiration of Mr. Hogg's genius; and have had the honour of his personal acquaintance for the last ten years. March, 1824.

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$10 The Services of Mr. Ricardo to the Science of Political Economy. [March, I commanded through my private pating in the common error of moconnexions or simply as a man of dern times as to the value of artificial letters: and in some measure there. logic, he has taken for granted that fore I owed it to my own neglect the Aristotelian forms and the exthat I had for ever lost the opportu- quisite science of distinctions matured nity of benefiting by Mr. Ricardo's by the subtilty of the schoolmen can conversation or bringing under his achieve nothing in substance which is review such new speculations of mine beyond the power of mere sound good in Political Economy as in any point sense and robust faculties of reasonmodified his own doctrines whether ing; or at most can only attain the as corrections of supposed oversights, same end with a little more speed as derivations of the same truth from and adroitness. But this is a great a higher principle, as further illustra- error: and it was an ill day for the tions or proofs of any thing which he human understanding when Lord might have insufficiently developed, Bacon gave his countenance to a noor simply in the way of supplement tion, which his own exclusive study to his known and voluntary omis- of one department in philosophy sions. All this I should have done could alone have suggested. Diswith the utmost fearlessness of giving tinctions previously examined-proboffence, and not for a moment believe ed—and accurately bounded, togeing that Mr. Ricardo would have ther with a terminology previously regarded any thing in the light of an established, are the crutches on which undue liberty, which in the remotest all minds--the weakest and the degree might seem to affect the in- strongest-must alike depend in many terests of a science so eminently in- cases of perplexity: from pure ne debted to himself. In reality can- glect of such aids, which are to the dour may be presumed in a man of unassisted understanding what weafirst-rate understanding—not merely pons are to the unarmed human äs a moral quality--but almost as a strength or tools and machinery to part of his intellectual constitution the naked hand of art, do many per se; a spacious and commanding branches of knowledge at this day intellect being magnanimous in a languish amongst those which are manner suo jure, even though it independent of experiment. should have the misfortune to be As the best consolation to myself allied with a perverse or irritable for the lost opportunities with which temper. On this consideration I I have here reproached myself,—and would gladly have submitted to the as the best means of doing honour to review of Mr. Ricardo, as indisputa- the memory of Mr. Ricardo,--I shall bly the first of critics in this depart- now endeavour to spread the knowment, rather than to any other per- ledge of what he has performed in son, my own review of himself. That Political Economy. To do this in I have forfeited the opportunity of the plainest and most effectual mandoing this is a source of some self- ner, I shall abstain from introducing reproach to myself. I regret also any opinions peculiar to myself, exthat I have forfeited the opportu- cepting only when they may be ne, nity of perhaps giving pleasure to cessary for the defence of Mr. RicarMr. Ricardo by liberating him from do against objections which have a few misrepresentations, and plac- obtained currency from the celebrity ing his vindication upon a firmer of their authors or in the few cases basis even than that which he has where they may be called for by the chosen. In one respect I enjoy an errors (as I suppose them to be) even advantage for such a service, and in of Mr. Ricardo.-In using this langeneral for the polemic part of Poli- guage, I do not fear to be taxed with tical Economy, which Mr. Ricardo arrogance: we of this day stand updid not. The course of my studies has on the shoulders of our predecessors; led me to cultivate the scholastic logic. and that I am able to detect any Mr. Ricardo has obviously neglect- errors in Mr. Ricardo

_I owe, in ed it. Confiding in his own consci- most instances, to Mr. Ricardo himous strength, and no doubt partici- self.

X. Y. Z THE DRAMA.

COVENT GARDEN THEATRE. has been pointed to as the author.

-However, let the opera belong to Native Land.

whom it may: to Mr. Morton, Mr. A very agreeable and spirited opera Peake, Mr. Dimond, Mr. Planché, has at length been produced at this or Mr. Soane, we can say it is an theatre; and, as if success were a extremely lively and pleasant producthing to be shunned or dreaded, the tion, and likely, we think, to benefit name of the author has been carefully actor, author, and treasurer. shrouded within the innermost re- The plot of the opera is simple, cesses of the theatre, safe at once yet interesting :--Aurelio, a noble of from the curious and the critical. Genoa, betrothed to Clymante, hayWhether it has been thought that an ing been seized as prisoner by the anonymous opera would become more corsairs, is expected to return to his popular than those whose papas“ are native land with other liberated capregistered where every day we turn tives. All his letters and commisthe leaf to read them;” or whether sions have been intercepted by Giuit has been apprehended that the seppo, a villainous guardian, who author's cognomen would give a wishes to secure his estates. At the plumper against the piece's celebrity, opening of the piece the return of the we have no direct means of judging. prisoners is very spiritedly and affectBut since the publication of the ingly managed; and Aurelio is ac Scotch novels, perhaps the most pro- tually amongst them, though, to safitable « deed without a name on tisfy his suspicions of his mistress's record, every masquerade trick iş faith, he has prevailed upon his libepractised in literature, and the Argyll rator, Captain Tancredi, to pass him Rooms must quail in domino-folly to off, browned and robed, as an Abysthe Row. A very eminent lover has sinian. During his absence from asked “What's in a name?” Might home, the father of Clymante has it not have been more to the purpose died, leaving all his wealth to his to have inquired “What's in the daughter, on condition of her marrywithholding of a name?”The pub- ing by a certain day: and Clymante, lic love to guess at little penny mys- in the hope of her lover being yet teries: it matters very little whether “ in the wheel,” induces her cousin it be a novel or a murder, so as the Biondina to put on the disguise of a perpetrator of either be not easy of young gallant, to save the property discovery. In the instance of the by a pretended marriage. The represent opera, which has undoubtedly turnof the prisoners is on the very eve caught more eyes and ears than any of this innocent fiction of a wedding, musical piece for the last season or and of course the Abyssinian is in two, the author stands aloof ; and high phrenzy. He is invited, with every person connected with the the Tancredi, to join the festival, and atre, endeavours to put a different much good jealousy attends him. name into your hand: you are pes- The discovery of the lady's unaltered tered with variety, quite as much as feelings, the guardian's roguish conat an election for Ale-conner at Guild- duct, and the mock marriage, is all hall. Mr. Dimond is suggested in a brought about by the contrivances of whisper by one; but then another has Aurelio's servant, Peregrino, who, seen Mr. Morton in town, and he can to prove his wife's love, comes home have been in town for no good. With with an imaginary loss of an arm, a this person Mr. Reynolds is accused, leg, and an eye. The opera ends in but then he is dethroned at Covent- a marriage and a chorus. garden; and Mr. Peake has been The piece is admirably acted linked in with the Poachers, so as to throughout. Mr. Sinclair, though be compelled to prove an alibi to get tame in speech, is fiery iu song, and out of that scrape. Mr. Planché has produces his jealousy of a very conot altogether escaped suspicion, as Inurable kind-perhaps it is scarcely he has been observed lurking about green enough in the eyes. Farren has the premises; and Mr. Soane, also, little to do, but he makes the most of

it. Mr. Cooper plays a foreign sea Chronicle), we protest that the wricaptain with English sea terms, with ters of the Della Cruscan poetry were a good deal of spirit; but the cha- Miltons and Shakspeares compared racter is not exactly what we are ac- with the poet of Native Land.-And customed to in our native land. Faw, yet feeble as are the songs, and simcett as Peregrino is all ease, impu- ple as is the plot, we are compelled, dence, and pleasantry; but he never either from the ease of the dialogue fails to be amusing in the half-lover or the excellence of the acting, to and half-servant.

confess we have not been so well The ladies, however, lord it over pleased for many a day. the gentlemen bravely in this opera,

The Poachers. and make the heads of the creation to A dull and indelicate piece under look a very inferior race. Miss Paton this title has been supplanting the performs with great gaiety and dis- pantomime for a few nights, and cretion, keeping several little affecta- ruining the morals of Mr. Blanchard tions of which she is proprietress in and Miss Love. We are surprised at the back-ground : she executes her two things relative to this piece; the songs too with great determination, first is, that innocent pun-loving Mr. and sings as though she were wrestling Peake should have been accused of its with music. The talents, however, dirty dulness; and the next is, that for singing and dancing do not meet the audience do not hoot it from the in this young lady—but we must not stage. When a father dare not take expect “ better bread than's made his daughter to the theatre, which is from corn.” Miss Love is becoming really the case when this dramaticle shrewder and shrewder ever hour; is played, some purifying may be inshe will anon be able to throw an arch dulged in. over the Thames : in Zarlina she is

DRURY LANE THEATRE. mightily agreeable, but once or twice The pantomime is gone. The Flywe trembled at seeing her on a pre- ing Chest is broken up for old firecipice-one step more would have wood, and Elliston has returned to carried her ladyship fifty fathoms the Cataract, which he has placarded deep. She cries too much — and, all about the streets, as if it was a pray has that yellow petticoat a tuck? new water-work. Lodoiska has been Sa leetle lower would not be inju- revived ; and its overture and guns rious to her—it is not every person go off well together. Elliston still that can afford to exhibit an acre of keeps his foot in his stirrup-himself ankle!

in the saddle.- Pray, sir, when do But oh! Miss Tree! How the troop go to the country fairs ? shall we ever do justice to her ini- The Merry Wives of Windsor, mitable archness, delicacy, vivacity, no very dull comedy as originally and feeling !She is grace itself. Not written by that prince of poachers, only does she act up to the spirit of Warwickshire Will, has been got up all that is to be desired, but she at some cost, with a profusion of acsings in her own deep nightingale tors, dresses, scenes, and songs; and, tones enough“ to conjure three souls strange to say, it drags on tediously out of one weaver : and then she and unsatisfactorily, in spite of Dowdresses, and carries that fair form of ton, Miss Stephens, Harley, Miss hers so beautifully; and dances so Povey, and Braham. The music modestly and well,—and looks so in- meddles with the wit ; and for the nocently throughout-that, if we sake of “their most sweet voices," were not critics, thrice removed from Braham and Miss Stephens are pressall the softer affections, we should ed into the King's service, without inevitably be lost! The Spanish being very well qualified to bear his dance in itself makes the opera worth arms. Shakspeare and Braham seem seeing—that is, as far as Miss Tree to keep different shops. To be sure is concerned.

Master Fenton is no very mad wag, The dialogue of the opera is not but he is one of Shakspeare's crea“ London particular," but it is better tures for all that, and not a pupil of than any we have lately heard. The Mr. Leoni only !

“ This opera” songs, alack ! are absolute nonsense, (opera forsooth!) has evidently been and in spite of the praises of every got up hastily-Herne's oak is hardnewspaper save one (the Evening ly dry. Where was Madame Vestris

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