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MUSIC AND THE DRAMA.
Gowrie ; or, the King's Plot. A Whim and I ble thing of its kind. This number contains
ils Consequences. By G. P. R. JAMES. New The Kite-fliers," “ The Seven Boys and the York: Harper & Brothers.
Monster," from the German; “ The Guest,"
a Dalecarlian Legend ;" Which of these is the eldest, or whether
Leonora, a little Drama in two
&c. &c., all well they be both of twin birth, written (as some learned contrapuntists have had a faculty of written, and some excellent. writing music.) with both hands at once, we have neither leisure nor curiosity to inquire. To say that we have read either of them would be to confess a capacity for mental subjection, or self-compression, which ought to disqualify
The season for novelties in these departments us in the opinion of most readers for the office has set in with great promise of fertility, during of criticism. We do not feel required to adınit
month. anything which would thus criminate ourselves
At the Park Theatre, Madame Bishop has and interfere with our profession ; it is enough drawn very full houses, by appearing in unsupto say: “ Gentle Readers, here are two more
ported scenas, bravura songs, and a not very novels by James, republished by the Harpers. elaborate or tasteful dramatic piece, got up to You all know what this author can do, from
exhibit her fine powers. what he has done during the last fifteen years.
At the Astor Place Opera House, Mr. MacHe has been writing all this while, and there is ready has also drawn good audiences, but has every probability that he will continue to do so
not, in general, been so successful as was anduring the term of his natural life. It is im- ticipated on bis arrival. He is not thought to possible to read all his productions and scan
have lost any of his ability, and his reputation the particular merits of each of them. They
as the first living actor is not, we believe, dis
His performpossess a strong, or rather weak, family like piited, among the best judges. The first of these last two commences :
ance of Hamlet alone should secure him this
pre-eminence. We hope to find room during 'On the 15th of August, 1599, a young man
his visit to speak of his merits more minutely. was seen standing on one of the little bridges in
Maurice Strakosh, a pianist of great skill in the town of Padua.' The second opens
the De Meyer school, gave a grand “ festival thus:
at the Tabernacle, on which occasion that “ A solitary room at midnight; a close, single building was lighted with a thousand extra wax candle lighted on the table; the stiff, dull, candles, much to the inconvenience of the crimson silken curtains of the bed close drawn; audience, both on account of the glare and the half a dozen vials, and two or three glasses."
dripping. The great feature of the evening to So far as we have read, our opinion inclines lovers of good music, was the performance of to the first. The title sounds more romantic, Beethoven's Egmont, by a well-proportioned and the sentence is short. In the second, when orchestra, numbering thirty-two violins. This we come to the “ stiff, dull, crimson silken,' we overture is, perhaps, the greatest piece of mnfeel that ihe author is going to draw the wire sical tragedy ever written in that form, and its this time to the utmost degree of tenuity. It performance on this occasion was highly efwould require considerable courage to attempt fective. a novel beginning with such a sentence; one We have also had concerts by an excellent need to be sure of several days to allow the band recently arrived, the Germania Society. It mind to recover a healthy tone.
is not too much to say that this is the best orStill, we have all been indebted to Mr. James chestral playing ever given in the city. At Mr. for many pleasant hours; and while we smile Pirsson's, the piano forte maker, they played at some of his defects, it would be unbecoming some quartets of Beethoven, in a manner which not to speak of him with respect, as a writer who few amateurs in this country have ever had a enjoys an unsullied reputation in a departinent chance of hearing. But in public their bills where bad qualities most readily manifest are mostly made up of German waltzes-injuthemselves. It is a pity habit or necessity diciously, we think. Such music is not popular should compel him to write so much, he loses here and ought not to be anywhere. The most art of writing well.
exquisite playing in the world could not make whole evenings of it attractive to our citizens.
A new young violinist named Ikelheimer, has The Playmate, a pleasant Companion for spare just arrived from Paris. Ile is we believe a
hours. (No. 12.) New York: Berford & pupil of Vieuxtemps, and he gives promise of Co., 1848.
becoming a very great artist. But upon the
only occasion when we have had an opportuniThe masterly sketches that serve to illus- ty of hearing him, the instrument be used was trate this excellent child's book, together with so very unpleasant and screaming, we should the tales, some of which are translated from have preferred lending him a better one to enthe German, make it, together, the most desira- | deavoring to form an opinion of his merits.
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