Imagens das páginas
PDF
ePub

DWIGHT'S

JOURNAL OF MUSIC,

2 Paper of Art and Literature.

JOHN S. DWIGHT, EDITOR.

VOLS. VII. AND VIII.

CHICAGO
HISTORICAL
SOCIETY

BOSTON:
PRINTED BY EDWARD L. BALCH, No. 21 SCHOOL STREET.

1 8 5 6.

117.

................Do. 156

[ocr errors]

sic vii : Overture to here's L'Art dui tarp of Italy.sk

Adam, Adolph, his opera of Falstaff,........... viii, 167
American Students and Debutantes Abroad, vii. 13, 27,

36, 83, 119, 125, 142, 199.
American musical talent,.... Hartford Calendar, vii. 82
American National Song; question raised, ......viii, 12
Analogies between Music and Painting,.. Avison, vij. 26
Arditi, his opera La Spia, &c.,................ viji. 203
Auber: his Masaniello, vii. 75, 78; Jenny Bell, vii. 106 ;
list of his works........

...... vii. 132
Automaton Clarinet player,...... ........ viii. 205
Bach, J. S.: his life and works by Forkel, viii. 25, 33, 41,

49, 58, 66, 74, 82, 90, 106, 114, 122.
Beethoven: his Choral Fantasia, played by Clara Schu.

mann; his Mass in D, vii. 12; his instrumental music,
(Hoffmann.) 43, 50.57 ; his Symphonies, (by a “Friend
of Art,'') 73, 81, 89, 97; bis Choral Symphony, vii. 97,
viïi. 171,'172, 179, 182, Seventh Symphony, viii. 69;
Pastoral do., 102; C minor do., 133; Leonora Overa
ture, viii. 86; Sonata, les Adieux, &c., viii. 118; Sep.
tuor, 133; Trio in E flat, op. 70, 174; Trio in G, op.
1, 175; Adagio in Sonata, op. 106, 190 ; B. and Goethe,
Lewes, 139.

-, Statue of, by Crawford ; its completion cele.
brated in Munich, vii. 51, 61, 91, 93; described, 93;
its inauguration in Boston, viji. 164, 167, 173, 181.

Statuette of, by W. W. Story,.........viii, 38
Bellini, V...............N. Y, Mus. Gazette, vii. 58, 91
Berlioz, Hector: his Te Deum, vii. 85; Harold, 140.
Birmingham Town Hall.......................vii. 199
Bishop, Sir Henry, his death,...................vii.?
Blind, Music among the,..................vii. 111, 125
Bobolink, The,......................... Irving, vii. 58
Boott, Francis, A Te Deum by ,................vii. 199
Boston Theatre, vii. 107; Music Hall, viii. 108.
Braham, John, his death....... London Times, viii. 187
Brabros, Johannes, Trio in B flat,...... viii. 102, 109, 110
Bristow, G. F., his “Rip Van Winkle," viii. 6; his
. Jullien” Symphony, 180.
Britton, Thomas, * the musical small coal man." viii. 75.
Brown, Mister, from the private papers of, vii, 179; viii.

10; Sig. Masoni, 106, 114, 121, 129.
Cadenzas in wrong places; Gluck's testimony,...viii. 54
Cantata at short notice, A,..................... viii. 59
Chappell, W., his Ancient Songs and Ballads of Eng-
land, ............

.............viij. 163
Charity Children's Anniversary at St. Paul's, vii. 146
Chopin, F., “an Opus II.," vii. 113; his posthumous

works, 188; George Sand's account of, vii. 194, 201
Church Music, “Counterpoint's " hints,....vii., 165, 174
Classical Music, Taste for, by W. Keyzer ........vii. 59
CONCERTS IN Boston:
Gustav Satter,......

......vii. 5, 14, 21; viii 205
Musical Education Society,...............vii. 6, viii. 71, 87

J. P. Groves, benefit,........
Mendelssohn Choral Society,.............vii. 21, viii. 86,93
Musical Fund Society,.......

vii. 30
Mr. Bendelari and his pupils,.....

..vii. 39
Mlle. G. de Lamotte,...

.vii. 55
Pyne and Harrison Troupe,..

...vii. 55, viii. 54
The Lagrange Troupe,.......... ...........vii. 85, 95
Miss Elise Hensler,...........

..vii. 102
Musical Conventions,.......

....vii 157, 166
Orchestral Concerts, ....viii. 5, 68, 85, 101, 117, 133. 149. 204
Miss Adelaide Phillipps,....

.......... viii. 14, 46
Mlle. Parodi,.....

.viii. 22
Artisan's Recreative Union,.....

.viii. 54, 63
Handel and Haydn Society,.....viii. 62. 71, 78, 101, 109, 165
Mendelssohn Quintette Club, viii. 63, 78, 93, 110, 127, 143,

165, 175, 190
Mr and Mrs. Leach,...

..... viii. 71, 78
William Mason,

... viii. 102
The German Trio,

......viii. 109, 126, 143, 190
Otto Dresel,........

.viii. 118, 174, 189
Beethoven Festival ; inauguration of Statue,.......viii. 181
Mrs. De Ribas,...... ....................... viii. 198
Amateur Orchestra,.. .......

..................... viii. 198
Connecticut Fairy-land,.......

.... vii, 182
CORRESPONDENCE:
New York: vii. Il, 20, 27, 28, 29, 37, 44, 60, 68, 87, 92, 100,

126, 205 ; viii. 6, 13, 28, 36, 52, 60, 68, 76, 83, 92, 100, 108,
127, 141, 148, 165, 173, 180, 205. Philadelphia : viii. 36, 45,
52, 61, 76, 84, 119, 156 Germany, vii. 12, 118, 127 ; viii, 77,
85, 93, 148, Italy, vii. 3. Paris, vii. 10. Bethlehem, Pa.
vii. 108. Washington, D. O., vii. 3, 20, 100. Milwaukie,
Wis., vii. 27, 45. Taunton, Mass., vii. 87. Chicago, Ill.,

vii. 101.
Costa, his oratorio of Eli.................. vii. 196, 203

.... vii. 196. 203
Country Singer Teacher, Letters,viii. 18, 27, 34, 42, 50,139
Country Singing School, The..................viii. 202
Covent Garden Theatre, Burning of,........... viji. 203
Cruvelli in Paris,............................... vii. 19
Darley, F. T, S., his “ Cities of the Plain,".......viii. 84
DIARY ABROAD :
Rubinstein's Symphony, vii, 2; Don Juan; Music in Paris.

10: Graun's Tod Jesu ; Breslau ; amateur club; the mass,
60; opera in Berlin; Gluck, Meyerbeer, Mozart, Beethoven,
Wagner: Schneider's Last Judgment, 116; Reminis-
cences; young Meyerbeer, 150; Liebig's Concerts, &c.,
169: Prof. Dehn ; Rossini ; his respect for Germans, &c.,
viii.' 4 : Berlip, the Dom Choir ; Mozart'e sacred music, 13;
notes on Don Juan; Rossini's Tancredi, 20; Des Adler's
Horst; the Messiah, 85; Mendelssohn as a creative gen-
ius. 44: alleged discoveries of works by Weber and Handel.
51 Italian opera ; strictures on the Tribune, 59; Lenz on
Beethoven; the spider story, 83, 91; Chorley's “ Music
in Germany;" Haydn's "Farewell Symphony;" Mo-

zart's father, 132.
Didiée, Nantier, viii, 76 ; in opera,........134, 142, 151
Eisfeld, Theodore.................. Mus. World, vii, 42
Emidée, the negro musician.....................vii. 66
Erard. Pierre, Death of,............ Galignani, vii. 187
Everything in a great name............F. Liszt, vii. 140
Festivals at Hereford and Birmingham,.....vii. 190, 196

Field, John, Memoirs of, vii. 139; and Hummel,....148 Paradies, Mme., the female composer,.....Fetis, vii. 66
Fine Arts , vii. 22; new museum in Berlin, 43, 51; Phillipps, Adelaide, vii. 142, 188, 206 ; viii. 6, 14, 87, 101,
Gothic architecture, 140; Chandler and Clapp's new
rooms, 143; “ Mister Brown's" views, 179; T. Ball, Piano Forte, The, Fireside Journal, vii. 34; improve-
the sculptor, viii. 191.

ments in, 125, 159, 199, ; letter about, by « Well-
Franz, Robert, his songs....... vii. 52; viii. 169, 177, 185 known," vii. 185; its uses, 189, 198.
Garcia, Manuel, the elder, Sketch of,...........vii. 204 Piccolomini, Signora Maria,...... ........... viii. 91
George JV., his band..........

........ viii. 26 Playing people out..................... Punch, vii. 155
German musical festival in New York,..vii. 99, 100, 117 Pleyel, Camille, death of,......................vii. 76
German Theatre. Statistics of,................. vii. 174 POETRY:
Glees, English, Hogarth, vii. 35; a rosary of......viii. 43 The Bells of Venice,. .......... .............. E. J., vii. 12
Gluck, Life of, reviewed, Athenæum,....... vii. 178, 186 Fishermen's Glee,...................... Dr C. Markay, 19
“God save the King," Origin of,............... vii. 203

Oliver Basselin,........

... Putnam's Mag 37
Goldschmidt. Mme. Jenny Lind, her advice to one

The Days of June,.....

......J. R. Lowell, 67

The Consecration of the Infant, from A. Griin, C. T. B , 75
learning to sing, viii. 5, 117, 143; her reappearance in

Invita Minerva,...........................J. R. Louell, 83
London, 108, 123, 124, 148 ; anecdote of, 111.

Robert of Lincoln,, ..

.........W. C. Bryant, 115
Gouvy, Theo., his Trio in E, viii. 94; short notice of Sonnets to Night, From the Una, .....................124
him, 110; his Symphony in F, 117.

The Three Fishermen ; Song,.... Charles Kingsley, 132, 133
“ Harp of a thousand strings ;" queer sermon, viii. 28

Stanzas............................. Household Words, 133
A Dead Rose,.....

..... Mrs. Browning, 140
Handel: his “ Solomon” described, viii. 53, '61; his

Songs from "Maud," ...

........... Tennyson, 148
Messiah performed in Boston, viií. 86, 93, 101, 109, The Letters,.....
126; his own publisher, viii. 147.

To the Cieada, From the Greek,............ Allingham, 188
Harvard College, Music at,....................vii. 126

Wishing, a nursery song,..........................Do 188
Hauser, Miska, in the Sandwich Islands, &c., vii. 52, 182 OrientalImages, ..................

............ 19
Hensel, Fanny, her Trio in D minor............viii. 171

The Ancient Gondolier, From the German,....W., viii 20

The Bridge, From Count Auersperg,............. ..... 27
Hensler, Elise,.. vii, 27, 55, 79, 91, 92, 102; viii, 142, 151

Elegy, (cento verses).................................. 28
Hiller. Ferdinand.............................. viii. 78 An Old Ballad,......................... Phila. Bulletin,
How shall the Orchestra be placed ? A. W. T.. viii. 67 The Autumnal Equinox,....... Rev. N. L Frothingham,

Instrumentation, Modern, from A. B. Marx,......vii. 66 Signs of Fall,..........................B. P. Shilaber, 36
V Italian Opera. its structure..... Broron's Letters, viii. 162

Echo and Silence, a Sonnet,.....

.... Brydges, 59
The Painter and his Sitter,.....

C. P. Cranch, 124
Italian Song and German music; letters of Jenny Lind

Masterllugues of Saxe-Gotha,. ............. Browning, 155
and Clara Wieck,..........

........... viii. 5

Jenny Lind, From Punch,........

Ch............................. 170
Jaell. All
..........., vii. 13 Ilymn to Joy, from Schiller, ......

172

................

The Lot Church, translated from Uhland,....0. T. B. 18
Joachim, the violinist,......................viii. 77,85

Prologie, recited at the Beethoven Festival, w. W. Storv. i
Kreutzer, Conradin, from the German of Riehl, vii, 161 II Tror tore, a burlesque,.............. Phila. Bulletin, 188
Lablache, Louis,....
................. viii. 195

Popular Amusements, ...... .......... vii, 117, 205
Lagrange, Mme. De, vii. 47. (see Opera.)

Pratt, G. W., his return from Germany, vii, 207; his
League for Truth, proposed to musical critics,... viii. 38 death. viii, 183.
Lehmann, Caroline, in Amsterdam............. viii. 103 Prize Songs,.............

..........viii. 204
Lortzing, Albert, from the German of Riebl,....vii. 169

-Quaker aversion to music,............. Tribune, vii. 76
Lyrical Dramatic performance, Weber's remarks, viii.156

Rachelin Boston........

..........viii. 31
Malibran and Mendelssohn,..... Novello's T'imes, vij. 90

Reminscences of a Summer Tour: vii. 17, 25, 33, 41,
Manners in the Concert Room,........ Courier, viii. 102

49, 15 ; viii, 1, 9.
Maretzek. Max, Sketch of, vii. 91 ; his book,viii. 70, 147
Marseillaise, The, vii. 195, Rachel in,.......... viii. 12

REVIEW, MUSICAL:

Ditson's Publications : Songs of Mozart; Harp of Italy, vii.
Marx, A. B., Translations from, vii. 121, 129, 137, 145, 153

54.184, viii. 199; Thalberg's L'Art du Chant, vii. 54, viii.
Mendelssohn: Conversations with, by Prof. Lobe, vii.

87.199: Overture to Tannhäuser; Zeuner's Church Mu-
162, 171, 177; his Symphony in A minor, viii. 85, his sic vii. 134 ; Oliver's Vocalist's Companion, 142; Judith;
Birth-day observed, 141, 149; his Christus, by Mac Schulboff ; Osborne, 159; Moses in Egypt, 182; Organ
farren, 195; his Four-part Songs, 197.

music, viii. 94 ; Mendelssohn's Four-part Songs, 197 :
Metronome, the Electric,.......... ............ vii. 36

Sogs, &c. of Mozart; Satter's compositions; Henselt's

Eudes; Concone's Exercises, 199.
Meyerbeer, estimated by Wagner, vii. 147, 154; his

Richardson's do : Songs of Schubert, Franz, &c., vii. 55.
youth, 151 ; his Prophete in Boston,..... viii, 156, 166

vii. 87: Field's Notturnes, vii. 141 ; Song from “ Comus"
Military Bands, Our ..... vii. 102, 119, 125, 134; viii. 15 by 0. Dresel, 158; Parker's Manual of Harmony, viii. 94 ;
Minor Music,..........

........B., viii. 188 Clementi's Sonatas, viii. 199.
Mozart, A. W., Wagner's view of, vii. 130; his grave Notello's do.; Organ melodies, vii. 63; Rinck's Organ
discovered, viii. 93; his air, O cara immagine, 94; his

Sehool, vii. 182; Carols for Christmas Tide, viii. 87 :
hundredth birth-day, viii. 135, 141, 149, 167, 187;

Novello's Musical Library ; Seidel on the organ, vii. 22.

Reed & Co.'s publications: Trotatore; Czerny ; Satter ;
his Mission (by Oulibicheff,) viii. 137, 145, 153, 161,

Taubert; vii. 135 ; Stephen Heller; Czerny; Spindler,
170, 178, 186, 193, 201; his Nozze di Figaro, 141;

Brunner, 142; Operatic arrangements for piano, vii. 150;
Don Giovanni played in Boston, 150; his manner of Rossini's Soirées Musicales, viii. 94, 199 ; Songs and Trios
composing, 154, 175; his MSS. remains, 187.

from Italian Operas ; Beauties of Mozart and Beethoven ;
Mozart, Leopold,.............................viii. 133 Czerny ; minor pieces, 199.
Musical Apologist, The, from Punch............vii. 123

Horace Waters's publications : Son

142.
Musical Chit-Chat: vii. 4, 12, 36, 51, 61, 68, 76, 93,

Schuberth & Co.'s do.: viii. 159.
101, 109, 117, 125, 133, 141, 156, 173, 181, 197, 206 ;

Ries, Ferdinand,................H. F. Chorley, vii, 19
viji.' 6, 14, 22, 28, 38, 47, 55, 79, 94, 103, 111, 118, 127,

Ristori, the actress,.................. Tribune, vii. 133
134, 159, 167, 175, 183, 191, 199, 205.

Rosini, his William Tell, vii. 29, 62 ; his Conle Ory,
Musical Clubs and Parties.................... vij. 53, 68

59; anecdotes, vii. 93, 99, 107, 159; Richard Wag-
Musical Conventions, The,................ vii. 150,157

ner's view of, vii, 131 ; his respect for Germans, viii,

4; his Tancredi, viii. 20; Ferd. Hiller's chat with, viji.
Musical INTELLIGENCE :
Loral (Boston and New England): vii. 7, 15, 23. 39, 55, 175,

51, 65, 73, 81, 89, 97, 106, 113, 131, 138.
190, 197 ; viii. 55, 63, 71, 95, 118, 127. ' New York: vii. 7,

Rubinstein, A., ...............vii. 6, 143; viii, 141, 143
23, 31, 39, 149; viii. 15, 47, 118. Philadelphia: vii. 23, Satter. Gustav..................................vii. 5
207. Paris : vii. 10, 28, 69, 85, 140, 156, 183, 197 ; viii. 15, Sare-Coburg, the Duke of, his opera, Santa Chiara, vii.
47, 52, 95, 108, 124, 135, 149, 167. London : vii. 27, 52, 84,

183, viij. 51, 52.
103; 140, 149, 190, 196; viii. 52, 108, 118, 124, 148. Ger
many: vii. 95, 98, 103, 156, 191, 197 ; viii. 15, 46, 109, 125,

Schubert, Franz, his E flat Trio, vii. 5; Quartet, viii. 94;
149.' Italy: vii. 103, 149, 181.' St. Petersburg : vii. 197;

S. compared with Robert Franz,.............viii. 169
viil. 29, 125.

Schumann, Clara, by Franz Liszt, vii. 1,9; and Robert,
Musical Libraries, vii, 109; Boston Public L.,....vii. 21

viji. 17; her concerts with Joachim........viii. 77, 85.
Musical One-ideaism, “Counterpoint,".....vii. 165, 174

Schumann, Robert : his Carnival, vii. 5 ; estimate of by
Musical Taste; has it improved among us ?......vii. 78

Sobolewski, 18; S. and Rubinstein, 143; Robert and

Clara S.,..................................
- Music in Boston,.....

...... viii. 17
............. vii. 198
Music in England in the olden time,.. Chappell, viii. 155

Signor Masoni, (a Fantasy Piece, )viii. 106, 114, 121, 129
Music, The Life of, by Marx, vii. 121, 129, 137, 145,

Something for Chorus Singers, .............B., viii. 110
153, the exponent of emotion, J. H., vii. 123, 133,

Southard, L. H., vii. 61; his music performed, 166, 173
163, 172; its uses, vii. 186; by steam,........vii. 195.

St Cecilia,..................................viii. 197
New York Philharmonic Society,............... viii. 37

Sunday Evening Concerts, stir in Providence, viii. 30

Symphony at Rome,................... Berlioz, vii. 36
Ney, Jenny,.........

......... vii. 107

Symphouy Programmes,...................... viii. 125
Onslow, G., Halevy's Eulogy on................viii. 51

'Touch, as to instrument and finger,.... Salamun, vii. 155
Opera by a Spirit.......... Spiritual Telegraph, viii. 189

Truth before Effect, or “Lind versus Italy,"....viii. 117
Opera, English, Sir H. R. Bishop,...............vii. 35

Verdi, his Trovatore, vii. 45, 70, 83, viii. 134, 146; Rig.
Opera Houses in Paris,......

............. viii. 100

oletto, vii. 74, 87; Sicilian Vespers, vii. 115, 112.
OPERA IN Boston:

Very Classical.....................Mus. Gazette, vii. 2
English Opera, Pype and Harrison, vii. 21, 31. 39.
Steffanone and Maretzek Troupe, vii. 62, 69, 77, 87.

Virtuosos and Virtuosity, from the German of "Well.
Lagrange Troupe, vii. 95.

known." .......

............vii. 193
Mr. Paine's Troupe ; Lagrange, Hensler, Didjée, &c., viii.

Vivier at Baden, viii. 27; and his French Horn, 187
134, 142, 150, 156, 166.

Vocal Teaching in Italy,........................ viii. 5
Opera in New York, (see Mus. Intelligence,) vii. 29, 37, Wagner, Richard, in London, vii. 14, 67, 125; letter

45, 68, 149, 173, 205 ; viii. 6, 19, 83, 116, 123, 131 from, 178; his Tannhäuser overture, vii. 84, 106;
Opera, Wagner's views of, vii. 108, 113, 130, 138, 147, 154 Tannhäuser in Berlin, viii. 149, 159; extracts from his
Opera, the question of prices....... viii, 19, 116, 123, 131 « Opera and Drama,” vii. 108, 113, 130, 138, 147, 154:
Organ-playing of Mr. Morgan,.................vii. 157 Diarist's impressions of, vii. 117; letters about, by
Organs; Seidel's book, vii. 22; new organ by Simmons Prof. Lobe,................................ vii. 170

& Co., 38; organs at Dublin, London, Freyburgh, Weber, C. M., von, his Derniere Pensee,......... viii. 4
Stuttgart, Ludwigsburg, &c., vii. 17, 33, 49, 105, viii. 9 | Whitsuntide Music on the Rhine, H. F. Chorley, vii. 98

[ocr errors]

for

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

in Pro

Berlioz

. 122

13.107

[blocks in formation]

Dwight's Journal of Music,

« GEORGE DUTTON, JR......

before whom both bowed down in the same fer scathed from a training almost wholly absorbed

vent adoration. In the traditions of Art ROBERT | in the practical learning of an instrument. She PUBLISHED EVERY SATURDAY. and CLARA SCHUMANN will remain a shining practised from her earliest childhood as long and TERMS: By Mail, $2 per annum, in advance.

example of one of the finest bounties of nature, often longer than her physical strength held out; When left by Carrier, $2,50

that did not separate by time and space these two but since she was one chosen among the many

artists and lovers, who only in and through each called, her sensibility did not become blunted in J. S. DWIGHT, EDITOR AND PROPRIETOR.

other could be happy upon earth, but gave them dry toiling after the necessary manual dexterity, EDWARD L. BALCH, PRINTER.

their being at a favorable moment in a common or extinguished by too long dwelling in the rare D OFFICE, No. 21 School Street, Boston.

country, so that they might meet, unite their des- atmosphere of Art, as flowers wilt in the beams

tinies in one stream, and merge their hearts in of a too Southern sun before their opening; in SUBSCRIPTIONS RECEIVED At the OFFICE OF PUBLICATION,....21 School St. Boston.

one sea of deep intuitions. In no relation will spite of all this danger it acquired an early By NATHAN RICHARDSON, 282 Washington St. " the annals of Art separate the memory of both, strength, and unfolded harmoniously, which in a

GEORGE P. REED & co... 18 Tremont Row, " " A. M. LELAND,.................... Providence, R. I. posterity cannot name them singly, the future feminine organization is to be deemed doubly for6 C. BREUSING,.............701 Broadway, New York. " SCHARFENBERG & LUIS, 769 Broadway, “

will surround both heads with one golden halo, tunate. In the beginning it cost her painful ...... Rochester, N. Y.

and over both brows cause one star to shine, as efforts to compel herself to a persistent toil, re«G ANDRE & co.... 19 South Ninth St. Philadelphia. " JOHN H. MELLOR,...

..... Pittsburg, Pa. already in our day the profiles of the immortal pugnant to her as to all artist natures, which are “ MILLER & BEACHAM,..181 Baltimore St. Baltimore. " COLBURN & FIELD,.

Cincinnati, O. pair have been united in one medallion by a cele- | afflicted with a roving imagination, an indolent “ HOLBROOK & LONG,..

...Cleveland, O.

brated sculptor, (RIETSCHEL.) But alas ! only and dreamy spirit, slow to digest its lessons. For

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

[ocr errors]

constitution, which has held out since, in spite of

Madame Sontag:

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
interest, and would have kept the vow if the

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

Part I.
1. Third Concerto for piano-forte with Orchestra, by...

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.
5. Nocturne and Caprice, both by Rubinstein.

VERY CLASSICAL.”-A recent number of the have mutually dedicated and yielded themselves

PART II.

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

d'esprit :

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.
parlor window the antics of a monkey, belonging Symphony “to open the whole affair," and to
to an organ grinder in the street, who was tor commence the performances with something very
turing his organ and our friend with a vindictive classical. She had made a selection for him : the
pertinacity, of which only organ grinders are ca opening chorus of Ernani. Next, she would have
pable, he-the tortured friend and musician—was played the sextet from Lucia; next, Jullien's
surprised at the appearance of a dashing equi Firemen's Quadrille ; next-but here, to the as-
page threading the humble street in which he re tonishment of the lady, Mr. Symphony executed
sided. So seldom was anything vehicular of a fugue across the parlor, through the hall, out at
more recherché and pretentious quality than the the door, and down the avenue; and she has
butcher's, baker's, or milkman's cart, seen in the never been able to set eyes on him since.
street, that the appearance of the equipage
caused much commotion among the simple-minded
inhabitants, and completely eclipsed the organ Musical correspondence.
grinder and his monkey, who indignantly retired;
the latter taking its revenge in making hideons
faces at the footman, who formed a portion of the

From WASHINGTON, D. C.
new arrival. Our musical friend observed that March 29,-For about a week past our city has
the approaching establishment consisted of two been a wind-instrument, whose only music how-
spanking bay horses, arrayed in resplendent sil-

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

« AnteriorContinuar »