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labours --be brought before a jury. restrain the tremulous motion of the For our own parts, our wish is in muscles about his mouth, is quite favour of the authors. In France a capital. We feel that the world is dramatic writer is splendidly repaid; about to lose a creature that loved every theatre in which his play is re- it, and the tax on our sympathy is presented yielding him a share of the resistless.--Madame Vestris is a profit; but in England it is ordered charming (Cassio would have called otherwise. We do not know what her“ an exquisite”) actress. Where Mr. Elliston, in his liberality, gave did she hide her comic spirit so to Mr. Haynes for his tragedy of long? She is a treasure to DruryConscience; but we have heard, that lane, and ought to be the pride of farces at that house used to pro- the manager. There is no actress duce a matter of ten pounds or more at that theatre at all equal to her, to an author. We hope that tra- excepting always Miss Kelly ; but gedies and comedies are not in pro- then she has notes which Miss Kelly portion advantageous.
cannot rival, and so the matter is She Would and She Would Not is a even between them. comedy of Cibber's (altered from, or The Benefits.-We see several of founded on, a play of Fletcher's, if these anounced.--Mr. Macready's we recollect truly), and a right (who plays Hamlet for the first laughable comedy it is. Harley is time),-Mr. Charles Kemble's (who Trappanti, and Madame Vestris the has not published particulars),-and Hyppolita' of the piece, and they Miss Kelly's, who intends giving a are both excellent. Harley seems Concert, and “A Bold Stroke for a always to come amongst the au- Husband,” which cannot fail to be dience, and put himself upon a level attractive. Munden will revive a cowith the pit. There is none of the medy, and give us to see him once artificial reserve of the theatre about more in Crack, m the Turnpike Gate. him; he appears to belong rather Who does not know Munden in to the spectators than to the com- Crack ? and who that knows him pany, while he distributes his jokes will not wish to meet him once more? and his laughs pretty equally be- We must see him perform his circuit tween both. We always expect him round the mug of beer, and smack to walk forward without any hesita- his coach-whip again. If there be a tion to the front of the stage and to man with a heavy heart, let him go to look at us over the lamps, and we this worthy for his cure: he is an infalare never disappointed. This person Kble remedy for all hypochondriacal absolutely overflows with fun, and complaints. The man who is not the sound of his voice is an alarm to merry after next- -(what is the day gravity :- there never was, perhaps, of the benefit?) must keep his mesuch an instance (in appearance, at lancholy at home: he will merit no least), of animal spirits in any man: compassion, if he should not go to it amounts to restlessness, and is as the theatre ; and if he should go, he perpetual as it is pleasant. Would will need none. When the King we could purchase a cup of that foun- went to Drury-lane he was overtain whence his merriment springs powered by the grotesque accomforth !-Did our readers ever see this plishments of this inimitable old coactor perform Popolino ? Do they median. Sam Dabbs came upon him, remember his countenance and his we suppose, like a vision of his youth, actions, after he believes that he when he was wont to mix with the is poisoned ? — if not, it is worth common people at Newmarket and a journey much farther than Drury- other places. Since that time he has lane. When the maids affect to pity seen nothing but lords of the bedhim, and to lament his early fate, he chamber, gold-sticks, and swordsighs in sad concert with them, till the bearers,fine specimens of art, laughable almost verges on the pain- doubtless; but not to be compared to ful. His manner of saying, that he is that exquisite specimen of village life, « only thirty-one,” after two or three —the industrious Mr. Samuel Dabbs, suffocating sobs, and an attempt to the country apothecary's apprentice.
REPORT OF MUSIC.
The Opera is proceeding with the which he determines to found the full gale of the public approbation, plot of his piece; and this absurd noand fashion favours enterprize and tion (one, however, of which the talent. His Majesty has again visit- English theatre in our Dramatist can ed this theatre, and the presence of exhibit the prototype) is kept up Royalty has certainly had a power- through nearly all the remaining ful effect ; but the vigour which ap- scenes into which this personage pears in the several departments, we is introduced, solely that he may hope, is quite as beneficial as the be represented as forming the drama, patronage of the monarch; and al- as it were, during its progress. though we could by no means under. Selim, a Turk and a Prince, lands, value the countenance of authority, just as the gypsies have expounded it would be a lamentable satire upon to Geronio, the character of his the spirit, as well as the taste, of the wife, for which the poet had precountry, if a visit from the King viously prepared Zaida. She recogwas necessary to ensure success to nizes her inconstant lover, who is no art, whatever honour it may reflect sooner ashore, than he meets Fiorilla, upon the undertakers.
falls in love with her, and she takes Since our last report, Madame him to her house. Narcisso, her Albert, Signor Curioni, Signor De cecisbeo, is perpetually introduced as Begni, Madame Ronzi de Begni, watching her. The rest of the have severally appeared. The style drama is made up of attempts on the of the lady first named is very much part of Selim to possess himself of that of France; and neither her voice, Fiorilla, first by purchase, and afternor manner, was of a kind entirely wards by elopement; of the endeato refute what has generally been vours and hopes of Zaida to concisaid of French singing, or to satisfy liate her former admirer ; of the folpersons accustomed to the Italian lies, and disputes, and miseries of school.
Geronio and Fiorilla; and, finally, the On Saturday, May 19, Rossini's wife is reformed by being expelled Il Turco in Italia, was performed, by her husband, upon the authority to introduce the two latter singers. of a divorce fortunately obtained Signor Curioni also sustained a prin- some years before. Selim is reconcipal character. Nothing can well ciled to Zaida. Narcissa declares his be more absurd than the plot of this purpose to lead a new life : all is Opera, nothing can be much more as it should be ; the poet contem-' meagre and gaudy than its music. plates the completion and catastrophe The scene is laid near Naples; and of his piece, and anticipates the the piece opens with a view of the public approbation. Such is the bay, where a company of gypsies are absurd jumble of which this piece is assembled on the sea-shore. A poet, compounded. The music is slight, who, it seems, is in search of incidents and affords the worst specimen of for a new Opera, enters, and soon Rossini's mannerism that has yet after, Geronio, the old husband of been exhibited. It abounds in florid Fiorilla, a young coquet, comes to passages, but has neither the agreehave his fortune told by the gypsies. able melodies, nor the peculiar exZaida, a female in love with the pression, of most of his pieces. There faithless Zelin, and Albuzar his ser- is certainly a great deal of vivacity, vant, who, being ordered to put her but its unmeaning, and would pato death, has escaped with her from rallel as a musical composition with Turkey, are disguised as gipsies the conversation of such a character The poet overhearing this relation of as is frequently met in the worldher misfortunes, as the mistress and a fool with lively parts. the servant are conversing, is struck "Signor Curioni is a tenor, with a with so romantic an incident, upon not very powerful, nor very extensive voice; but his manner is pure, but they have hitherto presented nohis execution neat, and his general thing out of the common course. style pleasing. His compass is ra- The long promised number, (the ther confined in the range of his eighth) of the Irish Melodies, is at natural voice, but he adds a note length come forth; and whatever may or two of falsetto without any very have been the cause, neither the inte disagreeable effects arising from the rest nor the fire is weakened by the junction. His person is fine and delay. It is by far the best of al} manly; and, though not equal in the numbers. The more we see of science to Crivelli or Garcia, he is a Mr. Moore's song-writing, the more singer of unquestionable ability. impressed we are with the amazing Signor Ronzi di Begni is a Buffo concentration of force and tenderness. Caricato, and has a free full toned His soul is flame, he stirs the spirits voice, and a good manner. He is a like a trumpet, or subdues them, like far better singer than Ambrogetti; the swell of that wild music which but though a good and promising melts the heart, when zephyrs breathe actor, is below that admirable pere their softest sighs over the responsive former in genuine play of fancy and chords of the harp of the winds. comic expression.
This number contains twelve songs, Madame Ronzi de Begni has been and four of them are moreover adapta great favourite at Paris; but she ed in several parts. There is such appears to fail here for want of the a singular felicity, both in the poetry volume, compass, and force, necessary and the music, that those which to fill so large a theatre. The ge- should seem from their subjects to neral quality of her tone seems be fitted only to particular moments, therefore thin ; and it varies, or as ministering to time, place, and particularly in the higher parts circumstance, are yet superior to of the scale, sufficiently to indicate them all, for the simple reason, that an imperfect method both of forming they have our affections at comand producing it. Her execution is mand. The airs are all singular neat, rather than brilliant, and her and striking; and whether the words power of invention, as to ornament, suggested their selection, or the pewe should expect to be limited. As culiar character of the music gave a whole, she is below the first rank; birth to the poetry, it is impossible and though Il Turco in Italia cannot for expression to be more quaintly be said to allow any extraordinary complete. room for display; yet, as the debu- Mr. T. Rovedino has composed tante has the liberty of choosing in a dramatic fairy scene,” which is the Opera in which she first appears, sent forth with the general elegance it must be presumed, that Madame of the publications that issue from Ronzi considers Fiorilla to be the Mr. Power's house. As a first work best, or amongst the best of her cha- it is very creditable, and is light, racters.
agreeable, and effective. The subThus, novelty and variety have ject is, the presentation of his desbeen found, rather than very superior tined bride to an eastern prince by excellence, particularly in the females Genii in a dream, and her remoral. hitherto produced ; and as a singer The fairies who perform this feat renone of them approach Miss Corri, late it to their master. The scene whose exclusion, it is whispered, commences with a fairy march, a arises from a determination formed pretty little variation upon a wellin the interior cabinet, to entertain known theme; but whether conno talent of English birth or growth. sciously or unconsciously adopted, The justice of the principle, as it we have no means of discovering. applies to this establishment, cannot The rest is divided into recitatire, perhaps, he questioned; but where a song, and trio, for two sopranos and discretion can so easily be exercised, a bass. The first glee, Hither flock the public will probably lament that the elves of night, is airy and eleit has not been exerted in behalf of gant, and the polacca is of the same superior and acknowledged ability. character. Indeed, the whole is ca.
The benefit Concerts have been pable of effect; and if it does not rise this month particularly numerous, eminently high in the scale of com
position, it is yet very pleasing as a cution, yet it demands expressive cantata, and we may commend it, as performance to render it at all effece a novel, and by no means inelegant, tive. bagatelle, pour le concert de famille. Mr. Meves has composed a diver
Mr. Wesley Doyle's second volume timento, upon the double themes of of ballads has also appeared. This “Gente e qui l'Uccellatore;” and amateur has a natural taste for the the march in “ Il flauto magico.” The species of simple and pensive me- subjects are happily announced in lody, that affects a mixed audience. the introduction; and, perhaps, like He bestows capability upon his songs, Mr. Cramer's, this may be esteemed and he brings their compass within the best part of the lesson. From the powers of almost any singer. the beauty of the airs (particularly His model is quite obvious, for he the march), the whole is, however, draws from his own particular objects much more attractive; and the last and attainments. While we praise movement, though a little too much his music, we cannot help pitying broken, is still capable of brilliant this gentleman for having fallen so effect. Mr. Logier, in his contro frequently amongst poets, who are versial writings, taunted Mr. Neate decidedly “ persons of quality." with having given the world but one
Mr. Horn's Polacca, introduced by composition. Opera 2, has, howMiss Wilson, into Love in a Village, ever, now appeared, and it is A “ O listen to your lover,” is so like Grand Sonata, a regular, elaborate, all other airs of this character, (par- singular, and original work. It is ticularly Storace's No more my fears written in three movements, and the alarming,) that a critic, who doats subjects are very peculiar. They upon detecting similitudes, might be are also learnedly treated, and the pardoned for saying they are all va- entire performance shows the comriations of one subject. Mr. Horn's, mand of his instrument which Mr. however, has the recommendation of Neate possesses. But we think the being very showy, without laying whole is rather fanciful than pleasing, much difficulty upon a singer whose on account of its characteristic want compass is tolerably extensive. of melody. It is very long and some
Mr. Sola has an agreeable ballad, what difficult. “ The nightingale."
Light as the No. 5, of the Quadrille Rondos, by shadows of evening descend," by Sir Peile, is one of the best of the set. J. Stevenson, is also pretty, but by It is very elegant and melodious. no means in his best manner.
The Wild Rose of Dijon, with variInvitation,” by Mr. Turnbull, upon ations by Klose, and a Venetian air, words from Shakspeare, is by far by Hummel, are of the easiest de the best of this month's collection, scription of lessons for the Piano which, though numerous, hardly Forte and Harp. presents another worthy of notice. Heroic Fantasia for the Harp, on
Mr. J. B. Cramer's thirteenth die Rule Britannia, by Bochsa. Mr. vertimento commences with an intro- Bochsa's introduction is richly induction elegantly fancied, particu- terspersed with casual gleams of the larly in the cadenza, but the rest of air, and this is by far the most imathe lesson bears few of the marks of ginative, and best part of the comhis style: there is little of graceful position ; for the variations have flow; and though there is that vari- too little resemblance to the subous progression, which characterizes ject. No. 5 is an exception; for his productions, yet in this instance here again Mr. Bochsa's fancy has it lacks the charm of melody, which been felicitously applied. The last, is so peculiarly the property of his too, is well worked up, and the lesson writings. The allegro also wants concludes brilliantly. diversity. It is rather easy of exc
[Soon after the close of each year, it is our intention to take a retro spective glance at the losses sustained by literature and science during the course of that which has preceded; and to present our readers with a List of Names appearing worthy of record, in this collective form ; which is more convenient for future reference than the columns of our monthly obituary. The present is but a brief Catalogue Raisonné, without any pretensions to memoir ; for had this been adopted, our Table would have been expanded to a biographical volume, instead of being, as at present, the mere skeleton of one. It will, however, we trust, be found useful in exhibiting the names of those who, if not all pre-eminent for their genius or talents
Quique sui memores alios facere merenda have at least enjoyed a certain temporary and popular reputation, and are so far worthy of being distinguished from the crowd of those whose celebrity rests solely upon their rank in society. ]
Áixix, EDMUND, architect, son of Dr. John Aikin, and brother to Arthur Aikin,
Esq., and Miss Aikin, author of the Memoirs of Queen Elizabeth. This gentleman has written some professional works. Died at Stoke Newington,
March 13. Balzac, M. architect, and Member of the Institute of Egypt. This artist produced
many exquisite drawings of Egyptian antiquities, which have been engraved for that magtiificent work on Egypt, published by the French Government. He was not only
a zealous cultivator of his own art; but likewise of poetry, of which he published a volume in 1819. Died at Paris, March 23. BANKS, THE Right Hon. SIR JOSEPH, Bart. GCB. Such a distinguished name,
known wherever civilization has extended itself, speaks more than any record that we could introduce within the limits assigned to the present catalogue, which do not admit of biographical memoir. His time, his fortune, his talents, his labours, and his influence, were all devoted to the extension and cultivation of science,
particularly natural history. Died, June 19. BEAUVOIS, BARON DE, Member of the Royal Institute, and a celebrated botanist,
who explored the country of Oware, in Africa, a tract whose frightful climate had deterred all preceding travellers from investigating it. Of this he published a Flora. His Agrostologie is a valuable work, of great utility to those who wish to
obtain a complete knowledge of grasses. Died at Paris, aged 67. BELL, John, the celebrated anatomist, and one of the most eminent surgeons of his
day. He was the well known author of a number of professional works of estab
lished reputation. Died at Rome, April 15. BENNET, THE Right Rev. W., DD. Bishop of Cloyne. This learned antiquary
and exemplary prelate was the school-fellow of Dr. Parr and Sir William Jones; and the correspondent of those celebrated archæologists, Richard Gough, Esq. and
the Rev. William Cole. Died, July 16, aged 67. BOULAGE, THOMAS Pascal, author of various literary productions, especially of
one on the antiquities of Roman law, entitled, Conclusion sur la Loi des Douze Tables. He has also left behind him a work, published since his death, Les Mys
tères d'Isis, of which a high opinion is entertained. Bowles, John, author of various political pamphlets; likewise of Reflections on the
State of Morals at the Beginning of the Fifteenth Century, and Reflections on
Modern Female Manners. Aged 67. BROWN, Thomas, MD. Professor of Moral Philosophy at Edinburgh. He was
a celebrated metaphysician, and hardly less distinguished poet ; author of the Paradise of Coquettes, a production of particular fancy, elegance, and poetical taste ; and of some other poems_The Bower of Spring, Agnes, &c. He published likewise Observations on Darwin's Zoonomia, 8vo. 1798; and two volumes of Poems, 12mo. 1804.