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Music.—Mr. J. L. Hatton, an English The natural tendency in man to continue to pianist who has recently arrived, has given love what he has long loved, and to feel an several musical entertainments during the attachment to or repugnance for certain places month, which ought not to pass without favoraccording to the associations with which they able notice. Mr. H. is one of the neatest and may be connected, is one which, in these day's most fluent pianists we have ever heard ; he of electricity, it does no harm to encourage. uses the pedal and wrist less than the latest It is a disposition which promotes quietness players, but his touch is delicate, and his exeand a propensity to prefer the established order cutive powers very great. To hear him play of things. There is always plenty to claim from MENDELSSOHN is a treat which our musical our attention in the novelties that are perpetu- readers here and in other cities (should be ally springing up around and before us without make the usual tour) must not neglect. our particular care; they force themselves upon In addition to his merits as a performer he us and rest simply on their merits--indeed they is an excellent singer-not with great powers are so many and various in a city like New of voice, but with admirable elocution, and the York that those who go about to enjoy them ease imparted by true feeling and thorough selves have much ado to prevent being quite education. His song from Handel, “ Oh, rudcarried away by them so as to lose their per- dier than the cherry," was the best in its sonal identity and the power of reflection. It way we have had an opportunity of hearing. seems wisest to keep an eye as much as possi. But it is as a singer of comic songs, and pieces ble to old times; the present will take care of mixed up of song and recitative, that he itself.

chiefly depends for making his performances Hence it is not weakness but wisdom, to successful. In this respect he is worthy of cherish feelings of kindness towards “Old great praise ; his singing is characterized by Drury," and to be gratified at seeing it re-opened true humor, and his command of the keyboard under auspices which promise success. With enables him to produce the funniest accompain its walls old times were pastimes, and to sit niaments imaginable. Besides, all that he there now and enjoy good acting restores the does in this way has the merit of not being sensations of youth. There is more of illusion low or

He is witty, humorous, connected with its stage than with any other; laughable, yet he does not transform himself in its boxes the fancy is more docile than any into a buffoon; he does nothing, in short, where else. Moreover, we experience there which a singer may not do, and still give the more of the delightful sense of the sinfulness impression that he is a gentleman. of stage performances than in any other theatre; This is a difficult matter to accomplish, and in witnessing plays there we have superadded it is one not always attempted or required. We the sweet reminiscence of stolen pleasures- | were never able to admire, for the absence of the recollection of college days, huge cloaks, it, the comic songs of the Hutchinson family. false whiskers of enormous proportion, Shak- There was a sneakingness in them, which, speare carried under the arm, and tears at though no one born and bred in the New Eng Booth’s Iago. We can enjoy tho other thea- land country could help understanding, yet to tres in their way; the tawdry Broadway, the which it seemed degrading to give way. But merry Olympic, the beautiful Opera House ; a Yankee song on the stage, and in approbut none of them inspire the old Park feeling ; priate costume, is well enough. There is an innone of them, if we except the musical associa congruity in seeing a well-dressed man assume tions of the Opera House and those of its a clownish voice and manners; in costume, brilliant audiences, awakens the peculiar ele- this is avoided; the singer leaves his own vated state of mind with which we wish to sit character, and takes the one he sings in.

Then we see not one of ourselves, but another

sort of person gorgeous Tragedy

Sir Walter Scott, in the preface to an ediIn sceptered pall come sweeping by." tion of his novels, published after his confes

sion of their authorship, compares himself to a We hope the enterprise under Mr. Hamblin's

certain harlequin, who, on being once permanagement may prove all that could be de suaded to appear without his mask, lost bis sired by the many lovers of the legitimate reputation, and could never perform after. drama in the city and all over the country who

We have those who are able to assume the must have similar agreeable associations. The

manners and outward guise of vulgarity, not house has been elegantly fitted up, and is now

in the concert-room only, but on all occasions, what it never was before, comfortable and beau

without the defence of any mask, except a very tiful. At present the Monplaisir ballet com

thin one of hypocrisy, which they are willing pany are drawing crowded houses.

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