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On Saturday the 24th of April to obtain the same conformation; the Madame Pasta made her appeare very effort (for we have seen it made)

at the King's Theatre, will carry conviction to the mind. which seven years ago she left with – But to Madame Pasta. One of the discredit attached to a second her chief excellences arises out of rate singer, whom nobody would what, in others, is a defect. Her ever care to hear again. Nature, it scale is of different qualities, by was universally thought, was against which she contrives with singular her, and she was condemned to dis- art to vary the lights and shades of tance and oblivion by the polished her tone and expression. Her sensijudgment of the British publíc. But bility is as exquisite as her judgment Madame Pasta, it seems, was deter- is mature; and, far from seeking to mined neither to bend submissively take the mere sense of the auditor by to such a verdict, nor even to ac- surprise, she wins her easy way to quiesce without an effort in the ap- the heart by an expression as plain parently more irreversible decree of as it is just and captivating. As she Nature. If the Goddess had refused came out in Otello, and has played in to her that physical attribute which Tancredi only sinee, she has sung goes so far in the constitution of a nothing besides Rossini's Music, singer as to induce the Italians to which is in itself florid enough in all compute upon it as ninety-nine out conscience. But her singing is more of the hundred requisites, she had at judicious and less figurate than the the same time gifted her with the in- manner of the present day, yet her tellectual power that has a mastery comparatively plain style is not the over, and can even supply, that effect of the want of science, but of which, malgré les Signors, should a purity of thought and expression seem to be an endowment of far less which are her own. We may doubt value than they estimate it. Certain whether her praises have not been a it is, that she has contrived to make little exaggerated, but she is unques. mind superior to matter; she has tionably very great, even considered set a great example of what industry relatively to singers of the first class. and study can effectuate ; and, in As a proof of her originality, may be spite of a voice contracted in com- mentioned her “Oh quante lagrime," pass, volume, and even quality, there (in Otello,) to which she gave a beauare few singers who have made more tifully pathetic effect, by taking it successful or more touching appeals slower than it was sung by ber truto the feelings than Madame Pasta. ly admirable predecessor, Madame

The best judges are of opinion Camporese. In the grand entrata of that her style, in so far as respects Tancredi, “ O patria," and the farthe delivery of the voice, and in famed aria which follows, Di tanti point of grandeur, is inferior to Ma- palpiti,she also made her success dame Colbran Rossini ; while, how. by marking the grandeur and transiever, her tone on the whole, though tion of the strong passions exhibited rather acidulous in certain notes, is in the brief but rapid sketch, rather rounder and fuller, and consequently than by varying the notation of pasfalls upon the ear more agreeably. sages, in themselves sufficiently florid She has evidently more power. Her and melodious. Yet she can execute compass is from A to C or D, seven- with neat and polished articulation; teen or eighteen notes. Colbran's but she takes the more certain aim, portamento is really superb, certainly and addresses herself directly to the the finest we ever heard, and its de- heart. licacy and finish are so distinctly On the 1st of May Madame Ronzi visible by the formation of the mouth di Begnis resumed her duties (after and lips, that a singer can hardly her accouchement) at this theatre in receive a finer lesson than first accu- her favorite part of Fiorilla, in Il rately observing their position and Turco in Italia. Her vivacity, feelmovement during the utterance of ing, and facility are so well known, the note, and afterwards endeavouring that it is needless to enter into

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any description. Her voice, how, acting, as his voice and science must ever, is mellowed a little by rest; and, do in singing. Never, perhaps, did as the greatest of her defects appears any man maintain so high a place in to be a slight sharpness in her upper a musical theatre with so little real notes, when she forces them, which musical qualifications, either from she does in a way peculiar to herself nature or from art, as Ambrogetti; in a volata, she may be said to be scarcely erer did a man enjoy or obimproved. Never certainly did any tain more from both than Garcia. singer make a more sudden advances Signora Caradori is now known as ment th Madame di Begnis in her a singer of exceedingly high finish performance of Elena, in La Donna and very delicate taste, though her del Lago. She is a great favorite with volume is very inadequate to fill the the English public, and was warmly vast space of the Opera House. She greeted.

sang the airs of Zerlina exquisitely, This Opera also introduced Signor though failing in force. Remorini, a bass, who has enjoyed Rossini's new Opera, Ugo, Re a good share of reputation on the Italia, is advertised as being speedContinent. His voice is powerful, ily to be brought out, but the truth somewhat limited in compass, but we believe to be, that it is not yet coarse though flexible, and upon the above half written. Yet the Maestro, whole not calculated for those ex- must be in Paris very shortly, if he pressive passages of tenderness and keeps his engagements there; and a pathos, which are now more fre- few weeks will empty London. We quently than formerly assigned to doubt, however, from the informahis species of voice. The music in tion we have received, whether it can the part of Selim is, howerer, gene- be produced before the middle of rally speaking very figurate.

June, and then with the imperfecThe benefit of Madame Caradori tions which such haste must inevits (who is married to an Englishman ably entail upon a composition so of the name of Allan) introduced rapidly put together ; except, indeed, Signor Garcia as Il Don Giovanni, he has recourse to new modelling his and the Signora herself, as Zerlina. old works; and for arie di baule, Ambrogetti was brought hither by his want of foresight, and his abund Mr. Ayrton, during his very success- ant confidence in his own fertility ful year of management for Mr. Wa- when pushed to the minute, leave ters, almost expressly to play this him heinously unprovided. Which part; and it will be recollected that, of his heroines he is writing for is in the trial between Mr. Ayrton and not yet known. He has an ample Mr. Waters, Signor Ambrogetti was choice-Catalani, Colbran, Pasta, and examined. He therein stands record- Di Begnis. In the mean time Romeo ed, in the questions of the counsel e Giulietta is getting up for Pasta. and his own answers, as the most Giulietta is one of her most favourite perfect representative of the Libertine characters, and Rossini's lively biothat Europe had known. There was, grapher mixes hisencomiums upon her however, a vulgar confidence in his performance of it with a very elaborate delineation, which, though it might detail of her qualifications as a singer. pass with the Zerlinas of Italy, or Hearing her is even to effect a reforthe soubrettes of France, would scarce- mation in the taste of the composer ly have recommended him to the himself, for he says good graces of the Donna Elviras, the Comtessas and Marchesas, whom After having heard her in the prayer of Leporello enumerates in his Catalogo. Romeo e Giuglietta, that touchstone for The same coarseness was more appa- the talents of a singer ; after having obrent in his representation of the Count served the fine shades which she can imAlmaviva, in Le Nozze di Figaro; yet part to her portamento di voce, the power Ambrogetti made a strong imprese which she can unite and sustain a long

of her accentuation, the admirable skill with sion upon the public. Garcia, how- musical period ; I have no doubt but that ever, has made a stronger, for he he would consent to sacrifice to her a porsupported the character with all his tion of his system, and consent to be more animation, and with a superiority of economical in the use of that multitude of manners, that has set him as far little notes by which his cantilenas are overabove his great competitor in the charged.

a cause.

Fully convinced of the feeling and good by any degree of known talent, withtaste of' Madame Pasta, of which she gives out sacrifices of other kinds that are such unequivocal proofs in the fioriture of either injurious to the general effect her song, and persuaded how much more of the performance or ruinous to the certain the effect of that pleasure is, which conductors neither of which things is produced by the native feeling and spon: ought to be allowed to happen from laneous invention of a singer, Rossini would doubtless leave the embellishments

such of his song to the genius and inspiration of

These observations naturally lead this great singer.

us to an innovation of another kind,

and one which appears to be totally All the musicians in Europe will a- at variance with British notions of gree that the sooner he hears Madame the powers and privileges of the Pasta the better, and more especially Aristocracy, and not less disgraceful those who are enamoured of his ge- to those who can consent to be the nius when displayed in such traits as agents of its introduction. Signor Mi manca la voce, or Questo cor ti Rossini advertises that he intends to giura umore.

give two Concerts at Almack's, under Madame Catalani seems to have the patronage of certain titled ladies vanished strangely from the boards -the names of subscribers to be of the King's Theatre, and to have sent to the Signor, and thence transappeared no less strangely between mitted to the lady patronesses, who the plays and farces of benefit nights will give vouchers, which are to be to roar out Rule Britanniu to the exchanged for tickets at a guinea a great delight of John Bull. A heavy piece. Several persons of fortune, declension this, and one in every way education, and respectability, not (except as it shows her good nature) quite clearly perceiving that this is a unworthy such exalted talents. But means of excluding all but those this we suspect comes from grasping whom these titled managers may more than the arms can hold or the choose should breathe the same air strength support. Madame Catalani, with themselves—a mode of keeping it was said, was to play ten nights out improper people, as they would before and ten nights after Easter, phrase it, (the Marchioness Conyngbut she has not performed half a ham stands at their head) sent for dozen. And yet she is to have a be- vouchers, and were rejected. This nefit! for what services we ask, in has occasioned such a sensation, th at the name of right and justice? This it is apprehended other persons of is one of the most impudent speci- fashion, who are not quite so exmens of experimental extortion that clusive, will demand an explanation, was ever tried. What! after sharing and that there will be some interrupno less than half the amount of the tion at the next Concert, which will receipts at the doors besides other be very shocking to “ ears polite." emoluments—demand a benefit for If the Aristocracy entertain a serious four or five nights' performance? We intention of bringing themselves (the trust such cupidity will be mortified few) into a dangerous degree of con-or rather, we should say, we hope tempt with the nation (the many), the public are not such fools as thus they cannot adopt a readier mode; to encourage the demands even of the and such a division, they need scarcely first of the vocal tribe. For we can- be told, will go dreadfully against not blame Catalani, if she can treat the powers that be. We hope, howsuccessfully with managers upon such ever, that these poor rich women terms. But they must ruin our pub- will be taught a useful lesson of lic entertainments eventually. See moderation? One of the most cuwhat has been the fate of the latest rious parts of the first Concert is proprietor of the oratorios! He has the announcement of Catalani and been ruined more by the inordinate Rossini, for Cimarosa's celebrated demands of the singers than by the duet, Se fiato in corpo avete.

It want of public attendance. It can- is written for two bass voices, and not be too often repeated that the re- is, of course, sung by two men in Il wards of favourite individuals in pub- Matrimonio segreto, and relates to the lic life have risen to a pitch 'that exchange of one daughter for annever could have been anticipated, other, which the lover solicits of the and that never can be fairly earned old inan, the father. What can its


duce such a choice for such singers, often so much sooner ripened, than we are wholly at a loss to undere ability applied to any other of the stand. On whatever other grounds fine arts ? it may rest, one is pretty obvious—a The Royal Academy of Music has perverted and vitiated taste.

had a dinner to collect its friends, We perceive Master Aspull has and to recruit its exhausted finances. announced a second benefit. This About 850l. were thus gathered. seems to be troppo--troppo San An- Surely if the advantages of the detonio.

sign, and a judicious management of The benefit Concerts have been the funds, were made apparent, there continual during this month. One would be no occasion for having res of the best attended was M. Sapio's, course to such a means of collecting and what redounds even more to his money-a means which seems to be reputation was, that he stood promi- infra dignitatem, when it is considera nently out by the side of Braham ed whỏ are the patrons, directors, and Sinclair-owing to his manly managers, and subscribers to an in style-the fine quality of his voice, stitution which has for its object the and his comparatively) plainer style. advancement of national art. A younger brother, M. A. Sapio, appeared for the first time as a bass. He has a fine round tone, a good deal

The publications are numerous, but not of flexibility, and altogether much of primary note : promise. Miss Paton's singing seem- introduction, and ten variations, for the

Pauvre Madelon, a French air, with an ed to confer more general pleasure pianoforte, by J. B. Cramer. than that of any other person--Bra

Mr. Cramer is usually most successful ham in Kelvin Grove (o che gusto!) in the composition of variations, and alexcepted. The Misses Cawse did though he does not display as much genius themselves credit in Paer's Vederlo and invention in their construction as some sol bramo, and the youngest sung La of his cotemporaries, he manifests an eleci darem, with Ambrogetti. The ef- gance of taste, and an ease and gracefulfect was derived (as it must be) from ness of style that can be more universally the dramatic manner of Ambrogetti, felt and understood. The piece before us but the initiation of such a mere

has not the sentiment of many of his earlier child into such a scene was revolting works, it is altogether lighter, but it gives alike to sound taste, and to the moral ample, scope for finished, delicate, and

playful execution. sense. They are, however, girls of

Mr. Calkin's Divertimento, introducing extraordinary promise.-We have ata

a Spanish Waltz, has a good deal of merit tended several of the concerts which

as an easy lesson. It is somewhat diffi. are past, and have looked over the cult to unite simplicity of construction various bills which are to come, but and intrinsic excellence: thus the earliest we perceive scarcely any novelties. reading lessons for children are usually At the Philharmonic on the Joth of absolute nonsense, or, at best; a mere tran. May, Madame Szimanowski, a Po. script of their own prattle. În music it is lish lady, played a concert

as desirable to cultivate the taste, while the pianoforte, in a very good style.

hand is forming for execution, as it is ne. A young Frenchman, a harp cessary to strengthen the mind even in the

earliest stages of literature. player of very extraordinary execu

Mr. Peile, in his Variations on the air, tion, has, we understand, lately been Aurora che sorgerai, has departed so much invited to this country by M. Erard. from his subject, that in many parts it is It is said that he will make it neces- hardly possible to recognize it. There is sary both for Bochsa and Dizi to re- ability in the piece, but not enough to over, novate their practice. Young Leist, come this defect. the German Pianist, a child of eleven The fifth number of Les Belles Fleurs, years and a half old, is also come to consists of Waters of Elle, with variations England. His performance is truly This collection of duets for the flute and wonderful. He extemporizes with pianoforte, is of a kind to suit the taste and perfect ease, yet with a degree of of the first instrument. The parts are con.

ability of players in general, particularly feeling that is perceptible in every structed with attention to its character, and note he plays. The frequency of the difficulties are sufficiently limited, withsuch instances leads us to inquire out the interest being ever allowed to lanhow it happens that musical talent is guish.

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Mr. Coggin's Six Divertimentes are so servatory of Music, in Paris, is just pubmany proofs of poverty of imagination. bished. In the preface, the author observes, We are aware that they are only arrange that “ this method not only teaches the ments, and these intentionally adapted in nature of the chords, but also their use, it the easiest way, but surely the two instru. Saves the pupil the trouble of loading his ments need not have proceeded almost en memory with a numerous series of isolated tirely in unison. Neither is the selection of combinations, which, considered as so many the best or most interesting kind, although different chords, render harmony difficult the airs bear the names of Mozart, Bee- to be understood, and intricate in practice. thoven, &c.

This treatise not only teaches harmony, but The third number of Mozart's Grand the first principles of counterpoint." The Symphonies, arranged by Hummel, has character of the work is sufficiently de. appeared, also Andreas Romberg's over- scribed in this extract, and we have only ture to Don Mendoza, arranged by Mr. to add, that it has been adopted and printHorncastle.

ed for this school of national instruction, A translation of Monsieur Catel's Trea- which, at this moment, perhaps takes pretise on Harmony, written and composed cedency of all other similar institutions. for the use of the pupils at the Royal Con.

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VIEW OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS. We are sorry to have to commence self, who was known to have been our abstract this month with an ac- wounded twice during the action, count of the defeat of the British were either killed or made prisoners. troops, and that in a quarter where The fate of the Governor is quite unit was little to have been expected certain ; he had not been heard of on the coast of Africa, and by a race subsequent to the battle, and those of semi-barbarians, called Ashantees. who know the sanguinary character This nation had, it seems, of late of these people would even prefer his nade many incursions on the British death to his captivity. They are said territory, near Cape Coast Castle, to relax from their rule of refusing and in one of these had taken a quarter only for the enjoyment to be English sergeant prisoner, whom derived from the protracted torture they first murdered, and afterwards of their victims. Such is the melanmutilated in a savage manner. Sir choly account which first arrived Charles M'Carthy, our governor at here through a Barbadoes paper, and Sierra Leone, could not, of course, which, though not yet confirmed overlook this insult to the national officially, has still been corroborated flag, and prepared an expedition for through so many different channels, an incursion into the Ashantee ter- that it would be only trifling with ritory. The expedition was formed our readers were we to affect to into three bodies, to arrive from three doubt it. It is but little consolation several points, and then co-operate. to add, that these sarages suffered in Before, however, the junction could proportion. We grieve to subjoin be formed, an Ashantee force, a- that the enterprising Belzoni has also mounting to between 10 and 15,000 fallen a victim to this fatal climate; men, attacked the division under the he died at Benin, of dysentery, after command of the governor, consisting every thing had been arranged for of about four thousand men, and his progress into the interior. It is completely overwhelmed them. The difficult to say what remuneration battle was fought on the 21st of Ja- these arid desarts of Africa can ever muary, and lasted from two in the make to us for the continual sacrifice afternoon until six, at which time our of British enterprise and genius. ammunition failing, the British were In several of our late numbers, we surrounded and completely destroyed. have alluded to the long promised, The havock appears to have been and as long protracted amnesty of dreadful; out of fourteen British Ferdinand ; and in our last, we proofficers, only one, a Lieutenant Ers- phesied its postponement till “ the kine, is said to have escaped! All Greek Kalends." Little, alas ! did the rest, including Sir Charles him, we dream what the cunning of Le

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