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highly cultivated than our own. Fa- whole of this last branch has been shion has aided their endeavours; there notoriously secondary to that of and all these circumstances have the ballet. But the King's Theatre combined to favour the introduction is now announced as being under the and ascendancy of foreign music, so direction of a committee of the nobithat it appeared necessary almost to lity, with the Count Saint Antonio, the preservation of English music, it is presumed, at the head, and as well as to the encouragement of the opera is likely to be again very native talent, that some measure fashionable. should be taken in their behalf. The The only new singer of pretension, King, we have reason to think, has that has appeared at present, is Malistened to the reasonable represen- dame de Moncke, under her maiden tations, which have been made to appellation of Signora Rosalbina Cahim on this subject, by some of the radori, who personated the page, most eminent professors, and hence, Cherubino, in Mozart's opera. Her we believe, the late reception of voice is a soprano, sweet and rich in Messrs. Vaughan, Knyvett, Sale, and its tone, but of apparently insufficient other English vocalists, at Brighton. volume for so large a theatre. It is -Hence the introduction of glees, alike in quality for the compass of and the performance of Handel, on nearly two octaves. Her intonation recent occasions.

is more correct than is generally obConsentaneously with this fact, so served amongst Italian stage singers. favourable to our own school, it has she took the exquisitely expressive been stated, that a meeting of seve- air, Voi che sapete, which has usually ral noblemen and gentlemen has been been assigned to the Contessa. At held, for the purpose of originating present Signora Caradori is to be an establishment for the instruction considered rather as advancing in her of young musicians. Little, how- acquirements, than as having arrived ever, is yet known beyond the mere at their maturity. It is, however, circumstance that such an institu- probable, that her success will be tion has been the subject of some limited by want of power, rather than consideration. It has long since of polish, and that she will be better been proposed, and its utility advo- heard in an orchestra than on the cated in the established journal of stage. The rest of the dramatis permusical science, the Quarterly Musi sonæ were nearly as last year. Amcal Review.

brogetti's acting and singing in the In our last we announced the ar Count are completely at variance; the rangements for the King's Theatre, one is as excellent as the other is exewhich opened on Saturday the 12th crable. He is certainly the very worst of January. The Opera of Pacini, a singer that ever took the rank that composer who follows in the train of he maintains with so much populariRossini, which was understood to be ty. Madame Camporese is as elegant in rehearsal, has given way to the and scientific as ever, and deficient everlasting Le Nozze di Figaro, an in nothing but the true compass of opera which certainly deserves, if her voice, which is something brassy any one can deserve, 'its eternity of and restricted; but in knowledge, representation. There was reason to taste, and feeling, she is admirable. suppose last season, that the exclu- Angrisani was the Figaro; Placci Barsion of English talent made a part of tolo, and Righi, the perdurable Righi, the design of the noble board of ma- the Vicar of Bray under all changes nagement. The expulsion of Mr. and administrations, held two or three Ayrton this year, and the substitu- other inferior characters. A Signora tion of Signor Petracchi, who has Graziani, who has succeeded Mabeen sent for from Milan, corrobo- dame Gattie as Marcellina, is vastly rates the supposition, and also the below criticism, and almost beyond probability, that the ballet will be endurance. more highly cultivated than the mu Madame Mara has revisited her sical department. Il Teatro della native place (Cassel), where she has Scala, from which the new director met with a distinguished and flattercomes, is more celebrated for its ing reception. A grand concert was dunces than its singing ; indeed the given at court to welcome her, and

on her departure her horses were gra- course, one of the latest and best of tuitously provided.

his productions. The resemblance is Mr. Moschelles is returned to Lon- indeed very curious, and not less don, where he purposes to remain ingeniously wrought.

Mr. Bishop during next season.

may also be accused of paraphrasing The concerts of the Philharmonic his own thoughts in the duet, On a society are to commence on Monday day, which, in style, more than in the 25th of February.

passages, is analogous to As it fell The first article of our monthly ca upon a day, and Orpheus, two of his talogue of publications is the music most successful efforts. All these new and selected, by Mr. Bishop, for things are, however, elegant, and at the Two Gentlemen of Verona, lately the same time popular. There is a revived at Covent Garden theatre. round, a chorus, and a finale; the This sort of substitution for what the second has a singular and effective English public has been accustomed conclusion; the last is so good an to consider as their regular opera, imitation of Rossini's mannerism, indicates a pause in composition, that Mr. Bishop probably intended which may, perhaps, be followed by the likeness. As a whole, the music a nearer approach to what opera is of a class to take with a million of should be ; for it indicates the ex- English auditors, players, and singers. haustion of the taste for musical pana Asioli has published eleven Italian tomime, or melodrames, half dialo- ariettæ, in which there is variety and gue, half song. There is some very beauty of style. pretty music. The first air, When Amongst the single songs are two I have seen the hungry ocean 'gain, is pre-eminently beautiful ballads, by obviously limited by being written Mr. Latour, who has but of late struck for a voice of short compass, in point into this species of writing. The of fact, for a child. The duet which parting; and, O wake no more that follows, Say though you strive, is con- lay of love and gladness, are delicate fined by the same restriction, but and impassioned: not difficult to sing, both are simple and sweet melodies. and very effective when sung well. The latter, indeed, is a second My Mr. Sola has a very elegant Italian pretty page, which has attained so duettino, Mi guardi sospira. He has much popularity in Henri Quatre. O also arranged the French duet Renever say that I was false of heart, is posons nous, to English words, Bethe aria d'abilità for Miss Hallande, neath this deep embowering shade, and and has the same recommendation of this also makes a good addition to agreeable melody, with more preten- our stock of elegant trifles. sion. Mr. Bishop has next harmo Mr. Moschelles has published 'La nized Dr. Arne's fine song, If o'er Tenerezza, a rondaletto, dedicated to the cruel tyrant, for four voices, but Mrs. Kalkbrenner,

The opening to other words. He has added a passages are airy, but very gracesecond movement of his own, which ful; these with other occasional subthough very inferior to Arne's, yet jects are worked upon with the satisfies the ear after it ; no slight skill and contrivance throughout commendation. When in disgrace that mark the genius of that comwith fortune, opens with a very ex poser. pressive andante, and ceases with an The fourth, and we believe, the allegro brillante that resembles a po- last book of Hümmeľs Fanchon, ara lacca, and yet is not a polacca, but a ranged as duets for the piano forte, nameless something of superior in- by Novello, is not undeserving of the terest.

great commendation we bestowed on Who is Sylvia, a glee, is Bishop's the former numbers. own By the simplicity of Venus' doves, Compositions for the harp are beharmonized with Pray Goody, for a come extremely numerous, and alsecond movement. That time of most equal to those for the pianoyear, a cavatina, and Should he up- forte. Amongst the duets for the braid, are both elegant songs. The two instruments are a fifth book of the first is more original than the latter, airs from Il Barbiere di Siviglia, hy which might almost pass for a pa- Bochsa, with a divertimento from rody on the composer's Bid me dis- Rossini's airs, by the same master.

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LITERARY AND SCIENTIFIC INTELLIGENCE, &c. German Translations.- The Germans his exquisite statue of Jason, after an in. are not only great original writers, but terval of ten years from its commencement; great translators also. Among the works and also another of his masterpieces, the which have recently appeared in a German Mercury, intended for the Princess Esterdress, are many of the latest and most po- hazy. One of his most recent productions pular of our books of travels; among is the bust of the Crown Prince of Bavaria, these may be enumerated, Dodwell's Clas- which, independently of its merits as a work sical Tour in Greece, Hughes's interesting of art, worthy the chiscl of this admirable work on that country and Sicily, and Kin. sculptor, is interesting for the extreme reneir's Travels through Asia Minor. Anas- semblance it possesses to the original. tasius bas also been translated by Lindau, Russia.-Mittau, the capital of the prowho has familiarized his countrymen with vince of Courland, is distinguishing itself many of the celebrated Scotch Novels. by the progress it is making both in LiteTranslations of the following works have rature and the Arts. There are there now also appeared of late in Germany, viz. Several important private collections of Luccock on Wool, Busby's History of paintings; and the Literary Society and Music, Greenough on Geology, and Mal- Museum, established about four years ago, thus and Say's publications relative to the are at present in a very flourishing condiDepression of Commerce.

tion. The members of the former have Geology.--The labours of the Natura- produced several interesting scientific palist D. G. Brocchi promise to be of consi- pers; while the latter now contains a vaderable importance to this science : his last luable collection of curiosities in natural work, entitled, Sulto Stato Fisico del Suolo history, antiquities, paintings, &c. Much Romano, is the fruit of a long residence at too has of late been done, and is now doRome. It consists of a large coloured ing, for the general embellishment of the chart, in royal folio, representing the va- city: the Emperor Alexander has assigned rious superficies of the soil, with two co the sum of 80,000 roubles to be expended loured tables, and descriptive letter-press. on the market, where all the old and mean The author is now employed upon a similar shops which choked up and disfigured the work, which cannot fail to prove interesting area are pulled down, and a large basin is to naturalists, as it will treat of the geolo- constructed in the centre, into which a subgy of Latium, and of the Ciminian (Viter- terráneous canal discharges itself. In conbo) mountains, respecting which but little sequence of a regulation, which in England is yet known.

would be considered somewhat arbitrary, Natural History.- A plant very cele although it prudently restrains the 'bad brated at Chandernagore in the East Indies, taste of individuals, the façade of every under the name of Chirayita, has been im- new building throughout the province must ported into France, where a memoir has be erected according to some design, which been published by M. Virey on the subject the proprietor is permitted to select from of its medicinal qualities, which he states to an extensive collection deposited for that be very powerful. It is a strong bitter, and purpose with the magistrates of each place. is celebrated in the East for its efficacy as a Owing to this, Mittau now exhibits a variety febrifuge. There is no doubt but that it of elegant buildings which have been erectmight be advantageously employed in Eu. ed within the last three years : some of rope for the gout, and for weaknesses of these have the appearance of palaces. Inthe digestive organs. · At present we have deed, this city promises to become one of no accurate and complete botanical de- the finest in the north of Europe. In other scription of this plant; but M. Virey con parts of the province also, many very fine jectures, both from the flowers and from the palaces and seats belonging to the nobility traces of the fructification adhering to the have been erected. specimens he has received, also from the The Dying Gladiator.--No doubts were details respecting it in the Asiatic Re- entertained as to the character of the stasearches, that it is a species of gentian, and tue thus designated, until the time of accordingly denominates it Gentiana Chic Winckelmann, who rejected that appellarayita.

tion as erroneous, although without bestow. Thorvaldsen is about to execute, at ing on it any other. Nibby, the Roman Cracow, a monument of the young Count antiquary, and translator of Pausanias, Potocki, who fell in battle, at the age of has published an Essay, in which he at26. The youthful Hero affords a fine sub. tempts to prove, from a passage in the ject for sculpture; as he was a perfect model 10th book of Pausanias, that this celebrated of manly beauty at the period of its com- figure, which corresponds neither with any plete developement. The artist finished other representations of gladiators, nor the model for the statue in the short space with the descriptions of Juvenal and Livy, of five days. He has now nearly completed originally belonged to the temple of

Apollo at Delphos, where it formed a part of appearance of the remainder. His allegothe sculpture decorating the tympanum of rical epic production, Gylfe, although so the pediment, being placed in one of the patriotic in its subject, has been received angles. And from the torques, or chain of more coldly than his other works, being gold, hitherto mistaken for a rope, the horn, more imperfect, and less polished. Several the form of the shield, the fashion of the of his poems are in the Danish language, hair, &c. all which circumstances he eluci- in which he composed a collection of poedates by numerous passages from ancient tical pieces during his stay at Copenhagen, authors, he conjectures that it represents Sweden possesses also at the present day a one of the Gauls who were slain in their poetess of no small talent in Me. Asping, attack

upon the temple. This statue is at a lady as accomplished as she is amiable. present in the Capitol, where it was placed Her Lapland Girl, which appeared in the in 1815, on being restored from Paris; it Poetical Calendar edited at Upsal by the is of a very fine grained marble, dissimilar ingenious poet Atterbom, is a composition from that of any other antique, yet most of peculiar merit. Afzelius and Professor resembling that of the Laocoon. It belongs Geijer have published some beautiful Sweto the best era of Grecian sculpture, and dish ballads; and the former, in contriexpresses, with wonderful skill and beauty, buting also to a new edition of the Edda, the agonies of death suppressed by a deter- has rendered a most essential service to the mined effort not to manifest them.

literature of his country. Swedish Literature.- Sweden has hi. Danish Literature.-Among the literary therto contributed but little towards the novelties of Denmark, one of the most imstock of European literature, but can boast portant is a new Journal, entitled Her. at present of Ling, a poet, whose compo- moder, which contains both original Essays sitions are not only stamped with origina- and Translations of the most classical and lity, and pregnant with fancy, but charac- esteemed foreign productions. It is edited terised by strong nationality and raciness. by Broch, a Captain of Engineers, and Among his productions, the subjects of Lieutenant Halsith. Another periodical, which are generally borrowed from north- entitled Bland singer the Medley), has been ern and Swedish history, the most promi. lately established, and contains several vanent are his Agne, a tragedy of superior luable articles. In Norway, also, a new beauty; his Idyll, entitled Love; Eylif Journal has been started ; it is published the Goth ; and the Diet of 1527. Besides twice a week, and contains not only crithe above-mentioned tragedy, he has pro- tiques of new works, but interesting intelduced several others, and some dramatic ligence respecting the literature of other compositions of a different species ; but the countries, and biographical sketches of latter are not so successful as his offerings men of learning and eminent writers : this to the tragic muse. Ling is at present is so much the more valuable, as until its occupied upon an epic poem, entitled Die appearance there was no regular channel Asen ; a portion of this appeared in 1816, whatever for the communication of literary and its merit justifies the interest with intelligence, nor any repository for detached which ḥis countrymen look forward to the and fugitive papers.

ABSTRACT OF FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC OCCURRENCES. Our abstract this month must ne- have come to Greek houses in the city, cessarily be confined within narrow the heads of whom are, doubtless, limits, as the public papers present much interested in the fate of the pendan umisual dearth of intelligence; ing negociations, and so far may be and, indeed, the little they give upon considered as of some authority; howforeign events is of so contradictory ever, nothing official has yet apa nature, that it is not easy to know peared upon the subject; and later to which side to incline. Letters rumours, but of no very definite chahave arrived from Constantinople by racter, state a sudden movement on way of Odessa which state, that the part of the Russian armies, inafter a long conference between the dicative of renewed hostility. In Austrian plenipotentiary and the Di- the meantime the Greeks are indefavan, the Russian ultimatum, which tigable, and have dispatched a conhad been previously presented to, siderable force to co-operate with and approved by, the leading powers their countrymen in Candia, who of Europe, was finally accepted by the are vigorously besieging the Turkish Turkish government. These letters troops shut up in the fortresses of

that country; another Greek force other, and a more cogent reason, has proceeded from Tino and Psara however, may perhaps be found in against Scio: there has not lately the general discontent which their been any remarkable capture or en- remaining in office, notwithstanding gagement since the taking of_Tripo- repeated public remonstrances, had lizza, but the state of the Russian excited. The news froin Barcelona mind, by the operation of which, per- is, we fear, but a specimen of the haps, alone this contest can be de- spirit which universally prevails cided, may be inferred from the fact throughout the interior of Spain. of a munificent subscription having On the 30th of December, say the been set on foot in Moscow, with accounts, this city proclaimed its inall the merchants and nobles of the dependence. General Villa Campa land at its head, in favour of the in- endeavoured, but in vain, to oppose surgents. The Schah of Persia has, it the change; he addressed every reseems, formally disavowed the war giment separately, in order to bring against Turkey, but his sincerity is them back to obedience, but all anrendered more than doubtful by the swered him by shouts of “ Live the fact of his disavowal not having in Constitution, Down with the mithe least impeded the progress of the nisters.”—The General immediately Prince Royal. It is amongst the quitted Barcelona; the movement most striking incidents of the day, was directed by Colonel Costa, comthus to see one body of Mussulmen mandant of the National Guard. arrayed 'against another, when the The situation of a king, under such very existence of Islamism is me- circumstances, requires no comment. naced by the successful enemies of Acounts from Italy announce the that faith.

alarming illness, and expected death The King of Spain has been obliged of his Holiness, the Pope. Few soat last, to yield to the repeated de- vereigns, who have filled St. Peter's mands of the Cortes and the nation, Chair, experienced greater trials and with respect to his obnoxious minis- vicissitudes than Pius the Seventh; ters. Bardaxi, the minister for fo- alternately a prisoner and a pontiff, reign affairs, Felice for the interior, it cannot be denied that by his paSalvador for the war department, tience, his fortitude, and his inflexiand Valleyo the finance director, bility of principle, he well sustained have all retired from office, a step the dignity of his important office. which the King notified by a message It is said, that he will be succeeded to the Cortes. Their places are not by Prince, the Archduke Nodolph of yet filled up, and the three remain- Austria, who was about two years ing ministers are charged with their ago made a Cardinal, for the express port-feuilles ad interim. It is sup- purpose of this succession. This posed that the conduct of the ex-mi- will be an important appointment for nistry will be made the subject of Austria, as she will thereby obtain discussion in the Cortes, and their a paramount control over Italy, consequent impeachment is not im- which, particularly Romagna, was probable. Madrid is for the present far from tranquil

. tranquil, but the disturbed districts In France, the new ultra-adminisremain as discontented as ever. Ge- tration have begun to develope the neral Riego has made a fresh de principles upon which they have come mand for an inquiry into his conduct, into office. `M. de Chifflet has made in which he disclaims the republican the Report of the Committee apprinciples imputed to him by his pointed for the regulation of the enemies. It is very plain that the French Press. It is a modification, dismissal of his ministers was a com or rather a paraphrase, of the measure pulsory measure upon the King, for of M. de Serre, which excited the in a second message to the Cortes he Chamber to the overthrow of the late distinctly, and somewhat pettishly, Ministry, and is, if possible, still more tells that body, that he was quite objectionable. It goes, in fact, not satisfied, both with the services of merely to annihilate all freedom of his ministers, and their attachment discussion, but to subject even private to his person, and that he received property to the most unqualified destheir resignations only in consequence potism. By this notable scheme, of their repeated applications. An- juries, in cases of libel, are super

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