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JOURNAL OF MUSIC,
2 Paper of Art and Literature.
JOHN S. DWIGHT, EDITOR.
VOLS. VII. AND VIII.
1 8 5 6.
sic vii : Overture to here's L'Art dui tarp of Italy.sk
Adam, Adolph, his opera of Falstaff,........... viii, 167
36, 83, 119, 125, 142, 199.
...... vii. 132
49, 58, 66, 74, 82, 90, 106, 114, 122.
mann; his Mass in D, vii. 12; his instrumental music,
-, Statue of, by Crawford ; its completion cele.
Statuette of, by W. W. Story,.........viii, 38
10; Sig. Masoni, 106, 114, 121, 129.
works, 188; George Sand's account of, vii. 194, 201
......vii. 5, 14, 21; viii 205
J. P. Groves, benefit,........
...vii. 55, viii. 54
....vii 157, 166
.......... viii. 14, 46
.viii. 54, 63
165, 175, 190
..... viii. 71, 78
... viii. 102
......viii. 109, 126, 143, 190
.viii. 118, 174, 189
..................... viii. 198
.... vii, 182
126, 205 ; viii. 6, 13, 28, 36, 52, 60, 68, 76, 83, 92, 100, 108,
.... vii. 196. 203
10: Graun's Tod Jesu ; Breslau ; amateur club; the mass,
zart's father, 132.
Field, John, Memoirs of, vii. 139; and Hummel,....148 Paradies, Mme., the female composer,.....Fetis, vii. 66
ments in, 125, 159, 199, ; letter about, by « Well-
........ viii. 26 Playing people out..................... Punch, vii. 155
... Putnam's Mag 37
The Days of June,.....
......J. R. Lowell, 67
The Consecration of the Infant, from A. Griin, C. T. B , 75
Invita Minerva,...........................J. R. Louell, 83
Robert of Lincoln,, ..
.........W. C. Bryant, 115
The Three Fishermen ; Song,.... Charles Kingsley, 132, 133
Stanzas............................. Household Words, 133
..... Mrs. Browning, 140
Songs from "Maud," ...
........... Tennyson, 148
To the Cieada, From the Greek,............ Allingham, 188
Wishing, a nursery song,..........................Do 188
The Ancient Gondolier, From the German,....W., viii 20
The Bridge, From Count Auersperg,............. ..... 27
Elegy, (cento verses).................................. 28
Instrumentation, Modern, from A. B. Marx,......vii. 66 Signs of Fall,..........................B. P. Shilaber, 36
Echo and Silence, a Sonnet,.....
.... Brydges, 59
C. P. Cranch, 124
Masterllugues of Saxe-Gotha,. ............. Browning, 155
........... viii. 5
Jenny Lind, From Punch,........
The Lot Church, translated from Uhland,....0. T. B. 18
Prologie, recited at the Beethoven Festival, w. W. Storv. i
Popular Amusements, ...... .......... vii, 117, 205
Pratt, G. W., his return from Germany, vii, 207; his
-Quaker aversion to music,............. Tribune, vii. 76
Reminscences of a Summer Tour: vii. 17, 25, 33, 41,
49, 15 ; viii, 1, 9.
Ditson's Publications : Songs of Mozart; Harp of Italy, vii.
54.184, viii. 199; Thalberg's L'Art du Chant, vii. 54, viii.
87.199: Overture to Tannhäuser; Zeuner's Church Mu-
music, viii. 94 ; Mendelssohn's Four-part Songs, 197 :
Sogs, &c. of Mozart; Satter's compositions; Henselt's
Eudes; Concone's Exercises, 199.
Richardson's do : Songs of Schubert, Franz, &c., vii. 55.
vii. 87: Field's Notturnes, vii. 141 ; Song from “ Comus"
........B., viii. 188 Clementi's Sonatas, viii. 199.
Sehool, vii. 182; Carols for Christmas Tide, viii. 87 :
Novello's Musical Library ; Seidel on the organ, vii. 22.
Reed & Co.'s publications: Trotatore; Czerny ; Satter ;
Taubert; vii. 135 ; Stephen Heller; Czerny; Spindler,
Brunner, 142; Operatic arrangements for piano, vii. 150;
from Italian Operas ; Beauties of Mozart and Beethoven ;
Horace Waters's publications : Son
Schuberth & Co.'s do.: viii. 159.
Ries, Ferdinand,................H. F. Chorley, vii, 19
Ristori, the actress,.................. Tribune, vii. 133
Rosini, his William Tell, vii. 29, 62 ; his Conle Ory,
59; anecdotes, vii. 93, 99, 107, 159; Richard Wag-
ner's view of, vii, 131 ; his respect for Germans, viii,
4; his Tancredi, viii. 20; Ferd. Hiller's chat with, viji.
51, 65, 73, 81, 89, 97, 106, 113, 131, 138.
Rubinstein, A., ...............vii. 6, 143; viii, 141, 143
183, viij. 51, 52.
Schubert, Franz, his E flat Trio, vii. 5; Quartet, viii. 94;
S. compared with Robert Franz,.............viii. 169
Schumann, Clara, by Franz Liszt, vii. 1,9; and Robert,
viji. 17; her concerts with Joachim........viii. 77, 85.
Schumann, Robert : his Carnival, vii. 5 ; estimate of by
Sobolewski, 18; S. and Rubinstein, 143; Robert and
...... viii. 17
Signor Masoni, (a Fantasy Piece, )viii. 106, 114, 121, 129
Something for Chorus Singers, .............B., viii. 110
Southard, L. H., vii. 61; his music performed, 166, 173
St Cecilia,..................................viii. 197
Sunday Evening Concerts, stir in Providence, viii. 30
Symphony at Rome,................... Berlioz, vii. 36
......... vii. 107
Symphouy Programmes,...................... viii. 125
'Touch, as to instrument and finger,.... Salamun, vii. 155
Truth before Effect, or “Lind versus Italy,"....viii. 117
Verdi, his Trovatore, vii. 45, 70, 83, viii. 134, 146; Rig.
............. viii. 100
oletto, vii. 74, 87; Sicilian Vespers, vii. 115, 112.
Very Classical.....................Mus. Gazette, vii. 2
Virtuosos and Virtuosity, from the German of "Well.
Vivier at Baden, viii. 27; and his French Horn, 187
Vocal Teaching in Italy,........................ viii. 5
45, 68, 149, 173, 205 ; viii. 6, 19, 83, 116, 123, 131 from, 178; his Tannhäuser overture, vii. 84, 106;
& Co., 38; organs at Dublin, London, Freyburgh, Weber, C. M., von, his Derniere Pensee,......... viii. 4
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the excellencies of the one will after-times enjoy ; a long time she had to battle courageously to Translated for this Journal.
those of the other they will only be able to esti avoid harsh reproaches, to which such tender, CLARA SCHUMANN.
mate from the testimony of contemporaries. The excitable, proud and introverted natures, which BY FRANZ LISZT.
works of Robert will remain, while Clara Schu bear within them the mysterious birth-throes of [Probably no other woman ever reached so high a
mann's talent only blooms for us! Have we not a fair future, are doubly sensitive. We have place as an artist, in the sphere of rure, or instrumental music, (if we except, perhaps, the sister of MENDELS
then all the more urgent occasion to pay the been told that the young artist, to wlm tey left SOHN, whose death was the precursor of his own, and
tribute of our homage, our admiration and our so little leisure in those years for the pleasant whose art was only exercised in private,) as the wife of sympathy to the great artist, to the noble lady, round of games and sports, which are the forethe composer, ROBERT SCHUMANN, formerly celebrated who is consecrated by the fire-baptism of the most charm of childhood's life, felt a partiality as a pianist by her maiden name of CLARA WIECK. holiest glow? the glow of Art and Poesy, whose for kittens, and knew no greater joy than to posSince the melancholy illness of her husband (from which
flames played around her from her early youth, sess several of these at a time, and devote every recent accounts encourage us to hope that he has recov
of love, whose noblest feelings lived in her, of free moment to them; in short, so infatuated was ered) she has again been making a concert tour through Germany. Our “Diarist” has already reported of her
quickening, efficacious virtue, and lastly of mis- | she with these pets, that obliging friends frein Berlin, in company with JOACHIM. She also played fortune, sorrow? To characterize this singularly quently found themselves moved to help her to a few months since in Weimar, where Liszt was in high individuality, it would be hard to find better elude the watchfulness of the school tyrant, so spired to write about her a very long and glowing article words, than those with which her future husband, that she gained a few free moments, when his in the Leipzig Neue Zeitschrift für Musik, for Dec. 1,
as editor of this very paper, noticed her first back was turned, to take the little purring favor1854. We propose in two instalments to translate the latter half of it, the first half being altogether general
appearance in Leipzig : “ Others make poetry ites into her lap and stroke them. When she and speculative.-ED.
she is a poem.” If one were to undertake to add came back, she would resume her scales with
anything to these words now, he might say: “ If fresh indifference, without wasting a complaint There can be no more happy, more harmoni- | many make more noise, few give so much music.” over her fingers often bleeding from the caresses ous union in the world of Art conceivable, than We see too often in our day, unfortunately, of her little play-fellows. that of the inventing husband with the executing parents, who, relying upon certain brilliant ex Through much playing, or rather in spite of wife; of the composer, representing the idea, amples, and actuated by motives, which have much playing, there grew in her at last, instead with the fair virtuoso, realizing it; both standing actually nothing in common with the love of the of ennui and satiety, as one might well believe, on the highest steps of the Art, altar in re Beautiful, wear out and exhaust their children, an inward understanding of what she played. gions to which the mists of commonness can never when they show a spark of talent, by merely Without doubt she understood music very differrise. Poets, both, by feeling; zealous cherishers mechanical studies, if the slightest prospect of ently from the way in which they sought to teach of their faith, severe guardians of its purity, sub- their acquiring some facility affords them the least it to her, and that saved her! Thenceforth her tile expounders of its mystic rites; with loftily | hope of gain. They waste all upon the attain- spirit strove to mount up ever higher into the aspiring hearts; their souls glowing with the divine ment of a fruitless virtuosity, a for the most part mystic realm of poesy. Soon it required no more afflatus; with spotless nobility and a pride proper soul-less, often senseless delivery of masterworks, the presence of a master to keep her to her study; to their rank, and armed with personal character which for sheer thumping and thrashing cannot she had found the golden gate of everlasting corresponding to this nobility and pride, they be comprehended, or else of mediocre produc dreams and plunged with ever growing rapture both, in the most shining moment of their youth- tions, which do not gain value by a momentary into the element, whose high attrrction she had ful development, in the first bloom of endeavor, success. The fledgings remain strangers to all felt and known. She pressed more and more tofull of ecstatic ardor and enthusiastic dreams, other intellectual development, and are in danger, ward the equator, to breathe amid the flames of felt themselves drawn to one another, and each if they be not prominently gifted, of running Art, at an age, which otherwise is little fitted to saw in the other the most sympathetic, most be- wild into a purely material sleight of hand. Clara approach these flames without danger of being loved, most exalted image of the god of Art, | Wieck is one of those who have come out un consumed by them. The singular energy of her
constitution, which has held out since, in spite of
concerts in Vienna. The "pianism,” to use a word of such manifold trials, exertions and sacrifices, in [The following letter, addressed by the Count de
New York coinage, I believe, was of that immensely spite of uninterrupted cares, allowed her even
powerful, passionate character, which despising all the Rossi, husband of the late celebrated vocalist, to a
mere finenesses and niceties of the schools and salons, then, without injury to her health, to live con- friend in Paris, is translated, by the London Musical
exerts its perfect command of the instrument, only for tinually and ever longer in the glowing tropics of World from Le Ménestrel.]
the purpose of expressing feelings and musical ideas. the soul. Thus she grew up in the land of the It is now nearly five months since I left her
As with JOACHIM and his violin, so Rubinstein has no Ideal, to which youthful spirits undertake dreamy tomb, and I am still as broken-hearted and mise
more difficulties to conquer. One of our musicians of rable as on the day of her death. The generous excursions, unsuspected by the world around her,
some note here found this, that and the other fault with but useless endeavors of my relations to alleviate which is unacquainted with those spheres and
Rubinstein's playing. It came to the ears of one of the my loss, and even the presence of my beloved
oldest and most distinguished professors. “Tell him," children, sadden rather than console me, particudoes not know the imperceptible but sure signs, with which the travellers in that wonder-land are larly when I think of the happiness their dear
said he," he may think himself happy when he begins mother would have felt in witnessing the great
to play like him!" quite familiar. There in the silence of her success of her favorite daughter, whom all find so
As to the first part of the concert all agree. The earnest meditation was that highest wisdom hers, charming in those qualities of education, heart,
greatness of Rubinstein's playing, the originality and which suddenly discloses to the artist, what it and musical feeling, which my lamented Henriette
depth of his musical thoughts, and the extreme skill made such efforts to develope under her own with which upon the piano, he expresses them, admit is sought in vain to teach him after the prescripdirection. All now is lost forever, to me, to my
of no dispute. For the first time in my life have I heard tions of the schools.
children, and to the world, which she knew how a pianist play his own compositions, without wishing he When we heard Clara Wieck in Vienna fifteen
to charm as much as she did her own domestic would leave this finger trash and give something from years ago, she drew her hearers after her into circle, by a talent which was never more perfect CHOPIN, MENDELSSOnx, or older composers. Because her poetic world, to which she floated upward in
than when the decree of Providence arrested it I speak of the immense power of his playing, do not a magical car drawn by electric sparks and
in its career. It is impossible for me to tell you imagine that he cannot be delicate-the softest zephyrs what myself and my poor children suffer from a
breathe after the terrific thunderstorm-1 am generally lifted by delicately prismatic but nervously throbwound that time will scarcely heal; more espe
more impressed with the little beauties than with the bing winglets. The poets in this graceful appa cially my little Marie, who is only beginning to
giant sublimity of Niagara. rition recognized a daughter of their Fatherland, recover somewhat from the terrible blow given to
As to the Symphony, it is hard to speak of it, after educated on the same shores, and nourished on her dearest and best affections. Pious as she is,
once hearing. There are those, and indeed of the first (and permit me to add as I am myself,) we have the same flower pollen; they strewed pearls and appreciated in the highest degree the proof of
class, which are as well understood on the first hearing songs before her and fêted this Benjamin of their affection shown by Mlle. Alphonsine Lemit (in
as on the hundredth; there are those which are beneath tribe, who gazing round with wandering and the services at La Madeleine) in favor of one
all rank, which are never understood. It is equally im
possible to see the bottom of Lake Superior and of Lake inspired look, strangely smiling, seemed like a
wbo bad vowed to bestow upon her a mother's
Erie-the former is deep, the latter muddy. My comsilent Naiad, ill at home here in the land of
Almighty had permitted her to realize the project panion was exceedingly pleased-he felt it to be entirely prose. At her performance of the F minor So of fixing her residence in Paris, as we bad de original--and indeed its power and originality seemed to nata of BEETHOVEN all the listeners believed cided. Alas! it only remains for us now to honor be its grand characteristics. I agree with him in a what Grillparzer related : .
her memory in our prayers, and to endeavor to great measure; he was perhaps most pleased with the
stifle the bitter feelings which all of us experience Andante; I thought the most striking and original moveA weird magician, weary of the world,
in thinking of the fate of that unhappy mother ment to be the Scherzo. RellstaB's article apon the In sullen humor locked his charms all up who, as the price of her noble and indefatigable
first concert contains much with which I must sympaWithin a diamond casket, firmly clasped, devotion, died, and died even at the moment
thize. It does seem as if Joachim was pursuing And threw the key into the sea, and died. when she was counting the days and the hours
the wiser course in devoting himself to a most thorough The mannikins here tried with all their might; that would bring her back to her beloved chil
study of the Orchestra, and gaining a wide experience In vain ! no tool can pick the flinty lock, dren, and recompense her for all her troubles and
in the art of expressing his ideas before coming before His magic arts still slumber, like their master. anxieties. Let us hope, my dear and good friend,
the public as composer on so grand a scale. At A shepherd's child, along the sea-shore playing,
that Heaven, in its just mercy, has reserved for Watches the waves, in hurrying, idle chase. her the reward of her good works, in the enjoy
times I thought it not difficult to see, that Rubinstein ment of a happiness of which we cannot measure
had not fully succeeded in making his idea clear, while Dreaming and thoughtless, as young maidens are, the extent; and in truth it is not she, but our
the grandeur of the thought was evident. Beethoven at She dippeth her white fingers in the flood, selves, who are the most to be pitied.
his age was again going through a thorough course of And grasps and lifts and holds it! 'Tis the key.
I am waiting for the arrival at Hamburg of harmony and counterpoint with ALBRECHTSBERGER, Up springs she, up, her heart still beating higher,
her dear mortal remains, in order to go there and and was three years older before he produced an orchesThe casket glances as with eyes before her.
| meet them; I shall then accompany them to their tral work in public. The key fits well, up flies the lid. The spirits
last resting place, in the Convent of Maria Jbal, I have heard this winter many orchestral works of All mount aloft, then bow themselves submissive near Dresden, where her sister is a nun, and young, or at least not much known, composers; but To this their gracious, innocent sweet mistress, where, in consequence, the holy prayers of those nothing has approached in importance what was last Who with white fingers guides them in her play. who loved her most will not be wanting. I am night produced in the theatre hall. If he should not
having a small chapel built there, with two tombs, What other passion besides love could bring
split upon the rock on which so many have been lost-a and, after satisfying this wish of my heart, I re
want of thorough, severe study in the grammar and back to this earth a genius so naturalized and turn to my family.
rhetoric, so to speak, of music-in the technicalities of made at home upon the heights of musical thought I shall meet you, no doubt, in the spring, but
the Art, why may we not expect great things of him? and feeling? And for whom could she feel a love | will not promise you that the pleasure of seeing
I never think of him but as a young Beethoven-can you will be exempt from all sadness. It will be worthy of herself, her dreams and longings,
there be a higher compliment ? impossible for me to separate your presence from except for an artist like herself, who silent, intro the remembrance of my dear Henriette; the idea Feb. 11 – One thing occurs to me, worthy of a place verted, musing as she mused, was wont to wander of being able to talk of the angel whom I have
in my jottings, in connection with Rubinstein's concert. through the balsam groves of the Ideal, to relate lost with those who feel as you do, has, however,
And that is the conduct of the audience. A large proin the language of tones the wonders there reits consolation. Besides, it will be delightful to
portion of those present come with free tickets, and renew the friendship of Mlle. Alphonsine and my vealed ? Two souls in their essence so entirely
showed their appreciation(!) of the concert giver by dear Marie, by bringing them together again for kindred must have kneeled before each other on a short time.
talking, laughing, going out before the close, and all that
sort of thing, in a manner I had not dreamed of here. first meeting, as the chronicle relates of the first
I had to leave the main floor and seek a place in the interview of Maria of Burgundy with Maximilian
Diary Abroad.-No. 14.
gallery, to hear at all. The worst behaved audience, by of Austria, which adds; tant emerveillés furent BERLIN, Feb. 9-RUBINSTEIN again! Last evening in all odds, at the performance of good music, which I ever ils de leur moult grande beauté et gentillesse the concert hall of the theatre he gave his second con
saw was that-mostly young women, which last winter mutuelle. Did not our artists also, like that cert with the following programme:
and winter before I used to see (and hear) at the Phil.
harmonic rehearsals in New York. But these were royal pair of lovers, inwardly exclaim after the
only rehearsals. Rubinstein's audience bore the palm at first shock of wonder and amazement: “Oh,
Rubinstein. regular concerts. how beautiful!” 2. Aria from Euryanthe, by Fraulein Valerius.
Ah, how the Germans love and appreciate music! And must they not, merging 3. First and Second Preluder, by Rubinstein. themselves in the concord of their two natures,
4. Songs sung by Fraulein Valerius.
VERY CLASSICAL.”-A recent number of the have mutually dedicated and yielded themselves
Musical Gazette has the following clever jeu up to one another? Their destinies were ful 6. Second Symphony in B flat, by Rubinstein. filled in this mutual love blossoming under the
What to record of my impression I do not know. It benign beams of Art, and thenceforth * his life seemed to me during the whole evening that I was car. Not long since, as a gentleman who is well was all for poetry, her poetry was in her life." I ried back sixty years to one of BEETHOVEN's annual | known in this city as a thorough musician and an
through and through, only enlist my admiration of his skill.
But of Heller's “Drum of the Spirite,” “Mar. vellous Orange Tree," "Second-Sight Mystery," I have no words to express my admiration. The Second-Sight produces the greatest excitement here, and convinces many that Robert Heller is certainly a near friend of Robert le Diable.
I was better pleased with the first Song without Words, as I heard it two evenings afterward at Mr. L.'s, than as Heller performed it. Before the quar. tet assembled, it was performed on the piano and violoncello. I wish those beautiful arrangements of Czerny's were more common. We also had on this occasion Mendelssohn's first and second Quartets. The first of these I have heard several times now. It has always struck me as more constrained than Mendelssohn's usual style; somewhat as the first Symphony of Beethoven has, as being not exactly individual and natural. We had, as a conclusion, the Eroica, which I listened to in the light of Wagner's analysis; which, however, like every other analysis I ever read of Beethoven's music, did me no good, and was soon forgotten.
accomplished artist, was contemplating from his would be very nice. But the lady wished Mr.
From WASHINGTON, D. C.
ever has been a prevalent pneumonic coughing. ver-plated harness; a fashionable and costly car
Whether it is the President's vetoes, or the Soulé riage; a sumptuously dressed and beautiful lady, balf reclining on the cushions; a burly coach
correspondence, or the Czar's death that have man on the box, and two footmen behind, adorned
been sowing the wind, we have certainly been with dashing livery. Where, soliloquized our
reaping the whirlwind. Under such circumstances, musical friend, where can this beautiful creature though I had heard some good music, and had be going? He was answered by the carriage read the Journal, it was impossible to have writ. stopping before his own door; and before he
ten a good-natured letter, as I wanted to,-even if could overcome the astonishment consequent
there had been a possibility of getting it to the thereupon, his servant-girl brought him a card, on wbich was inscribed the name of one of the
post office without being blown away. richest ladies in New York. The lady sought
Since I last wrote we have had two or three him most unequivocally; and with mingled feel. pretty fair concerts here,-the best of which was ings of surprise and vanity, he awaited her ap PAUL JULLIEN's; whose violin reminds you of that proach, in his modest little parlor. She soon famous one whose maker caught in it the spirit came. She hoped she had the pleasure of ad.
of his dying mother, and which ever after gave dressing Mr. SYMPHONY: she had. She was
forth a tone as of an imprisoned soul. But glad of it. She was going to give a classical musical soirée, on a scale of magnificence hitherto
the latest thing is something which for originaliy, unprecedented, and utterly regardless of expense.
individuality, and all that sort of thing, beats even It was to be strictly classical ; and of course a your own city of Isms and Eccentricities. This strictly classical musical soirée could not well be is no other than a Soirèe of Robert Heller's, given without tbe aid of Mr. Symphony and his | held at Carusi's Saloon last week. Part 1; Piano. band. Would Mr. Symphony and his band as forte music. Part 2; three grand experiments sist? The price was of no consequence; the utmost classicalness, at whatever cost, was to be
necromantic! Heller's a genius. He saw what secured. Mr. Symphony was charmed-equally
Washington wanted; he gave the supply, it with the good taste and the liberality of the lady; brought him money and reputation. he would be happy-exceedingly happy to con The concert was opened with the Sonata Pa tribute bis feeble aid, and he would also insure the thetique. I was agreeably surprised. Or all Beet. attendance of his band. But when was the soirée HOVEN's music this was the last I should have as. to take place ? Oh! it would take place very soon.
sociated with Heller. I had many Boston memo. But would Mr. Symphony be so kind as to call at
ries of Heller: of how at our afternoon concerts the lady's residence, on the following Thursday, for the purpose of giving his valuable opinion as to
he used to come forth, sit down quickly and in the arrangement of the room so as to secure the
nine cases out of ten play that little scherzo of best musical effects, etc.? Mr. Symphony would Mendelssohn's youth-until once some of us be bappy to call. The lady retired; the carriage raised a hiss, which attracted a gaze from the rolled away, and Mr. Symphony began to indulge crowd similar to little Oliver when he asked for in a brighter dream for musical Art in America.
“more.” It was clear Heller was not aware of That lovely creature, so enthusiastic for the classi
the importance of our Wednesday afternoons. cal in music, and so regardless of expense, would certainly give Art an impetus, etc. Mr. Symphony
And then at the subscriptions he played concertos permitted himself to cherish the wildest hopes, faithfully. and ordered a barrel of lager-bier. Mr. Sym His fingers are manifestly in better plight now. phony was impatient for the arrival of Thursday. And the Sonata was charming. The second part He said to himself that it would never come; but of the first movement, Allegro molto e con brio, it did come, nevertheless, and with it came the
was given to a wonder. But I trembled for the carriage, coachman, and footman, and a note from
second. I had heard Dresel play it, and sup. the lady, informing Mr. Symphony that the carriage had been sent for him. What an honor !
posed I should never hear it again. But Heller How considerate! Mr. Symphony entered the
had studied it thoroughly, and the fascinating carriage, and soon arrived at the stupendous man Adagio did not suffer. The other good music he sion of his fair patroness, in Fifth Avenue. He had, consisted of the following Lieder ohne Worte : was usbered into an imposing and gorgeously fur No. 1, first book ; No. 6, third book ; No. 6, fifth nished suit of rooms. The lady soon entered, as
book. Rather ambitious certainly, but still such handsome and classical as ever, and seemingly as
a treat to hear at all. that I had not the heart to regardless of expense. She greeted Mr. Symphony cordially. She conducted him here; she
criticize. Thalberg's Sonnambula Fantasie, and conducted bim there. How will this do? how some selections from his own (Heller's) works at. will that do z Remember, Mr. Symphony, every tracted more applause than the others. thing is to be of the most classical order. O yes ! Heller is certainly a remarkable performer, Mr. Symphony keeps that constantly in mind,
chiefly so from his marvellous intrepidity, cool. and ventures a compliment on the lady's taste.
ness. The most rapid prestidigitation (a phrase I He then mentioned various compositions of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and others, which he thinks
remember you used to apply to him as apropos of it would be well to introduce; not the entire
his profession) does not seem to excite anything works, that would perhaps be to tiresome for such more than his knuckles. I rather suspect it was an occasion ; but the most effective and best appre the lack of a better piano that made his performciated movements of them. Yes, certainly, that lance of pieces that have so often penetrated me
From ITALY. LEGHORN, FEB. 12.-I promised to tell you some. thing about what I had seen, or rather heard, in the musical way since I have been wandering in that land known, par excellence, as “the Land of Song." From my experience it appears rather a misnomer. Almost as much so as the hackneyed epithet of " sunny clime;" which the alternate storms of snow and rain, which have attended our Italian pilgrimage in search of sunshine, have most wofully belied.
In Venice, where we stopped some weeks, we heard a sufficient quantity of Opera, to be sure, but it was VERDI-VERDI! The Venetians very naturally like to hear I due Foscari, even when performed, as we heard it, by a tenor, who shouted through his nose in an exasperating manner-a basso, who reminded me of the man in the Picwick Papers that was requested to "send a boy home, to see if he had not left his voice under his pillow;" and a prima donna, who probably sang very well indeed ten years ago. National partiality and memory of the past may excuse the weakness wbich submits to be amused three times a week by a most doleful series of alternate inaudible solos and deafening choruses; but no tenable reason could, 1 opine, be alleged for the en. thusiasm with which a certain production, calling itself an opera and denominated L'Ebreo (the Jew) was received. Perhaps the aspect of the beautiful Teatro la Fenice put the audience into good humor. Certainly, without, exception it is the most beautiful theatre I have seen. The Berlin Opera House may be equal to it, but not superior. There are no dark reds, no deep greens, giving to a place of amusement the aspect of a misapplied cathedral. All is light, graceful, airy. The boxes are closed at the sides, which adds to the completeness of the aspect of the house, though it destroys the individuality of the groups in the boxes, only leaving visible the fair, flower.crowned heads, and graceful shoulders of the beautiful Venetian women. Beautiful they are, not with the airy grace of our lovely countrywomen; but with a certain heavy, monumental grandeur, that is quite as fascinating in its way.
They would be more agreeable neighbors at the Opera, however, if they came there to listen instead of to talk, which appears to be their sole object in coming. Then there are those insupportable white-coated Austrian officers, who go lounging about, talking in German, and, with the proverbial insolence of conquerors, utterly disregarding the hush! hush! which precedes the prima donna's grand effort, coolly continuing their audible cbservations on the ladies in the lower row, during the last dying speech and confession of the unlucky tenorwho sings away in the agonies of death, as is the won. drous fashion of that class of humanity-without in the least attracting their high and mighty attention. But I am forgeting L'Ebreo.
This opera is the production of an individual denomi. nated Signor GIUSEPPE APPOLLONI, who appears to have