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general mass of good piano-forte mu should our approbation of the present sic; and, by consequence, máy be piece encourage Mr. Rimbault, to considered as forming a valuable ao- oblige the public with further speciquisition to the musical libraries of mens of his talent for the production of young students.
such serviceable trifles. Parody on the Overture to Lodoiska, for Elementary Elucidations of the Major the Piano-Forte, with an Accompania and Minor Keys, exemplifying the ment for the Flute. Composed by T. Diatonic Scales; by Richard SteHaigh. 28. 6d.
phenson 28. Od. Kreitzar's overture to Lodoiska has The object of this little publication, so long been a prominent favourite is to present the public with a progreswith the public, that, singular as is the sive creation and reduction of the instance of a musical parody, we are sharps and flats, and the relative affiniby no means surprised at Mr. Haigh's ties of the major and minor keys. imposing upon himself the present This is effected in a short and easy undertaking. The idea was not an way; and the mode of conveying the unpromising one; and it has, we think, promised intelligence transcends its been too ably realized to tail of proving own pretensions, since it includes the a successful speculation. The great explanation of the gamuts, and comdifficulty Mr. Haigh had to encounter, pares and elucidates the uses and was that of constantly and closely ap- powers of the several cliffs. The idea proximating to his original, without of giving “ God save the king,” in all actually coming in contact with its the different keys, by way of illussubstance. Now, though strictly trating the theory of transposition speaking, he has not, in the conduct of was as favourable to the author's intenhis piece, sacredly abided by that in- tion as any that could have been dispensable rule; yet, has he so gene- adopted. In no science does visible rally respected its obligation, as to example go further than in music, nor subject himself to very little censure can it be more effectively resorted to on that score. Curiosity excited as in the province which the present pubmuch as ours was, by the novelty of lication exclusively concerns. this publication, naturally induced a ..
THE DRAMA. vigilant inspection of its component COVENT-GARDEN.-Oct. 2, after a parts; and, we must say, that we were' recess considerably longer than, for somewhat surprised, and much pleased, several years, had been allowed to at meeting with so few bars in which elapse between the closing and replagiarism was substituted for parody commencement of the winter theatres, or imitation. The ear, as the com- this splendid temple of Melpomene poser intended, is continually re- and Thalia again opened its doors to minded of the production which con- the public. The spectators, on their stituted his model, but seldom recog-, entrance, were not a little gratified nizes the actual adoption of a previ- with the repairs and improvements ously known passage. This we consi- which challenged their notice. Among der as argumentative of considerable the various changes for the better, no talent of a certain description, and as one of them, perhaps, more deservedly carrying with it a claim to our enco- attracted the attention of the visitors of miastic acknowledgment.
the boxes, than the removal of what New Variations on the Celebrated Air of was not inappropriately called the “In my Cottage near a Wood.” Com- basket; we allude to the former sepaposed in a Familiar Manner by J. F. rated back seats, which, in more senses Rimbault, for the Piano Forte. 18. than one, were generally occupied by
This little piano-forte exercise cor- individuals peculiarly annoying to the responds, both in length and style, with more respectable company in front. its title-page announcement. In its The play selected for the opening of production, the author has uniformly the season's career was Shakespeare's consulted the powers of the juvenile Twelfth Night, which was faithfully student, and so arranged the passages, and forcibly represented by Bartley in as to qualify them to promote a com- Sir Toby Belch, (his first appearance mand of finger. So convinced are we at this theatre,) Miss Love in Olivia, of the utility of these initiatory compo- (the substitute for Miss Stephens,) sitions, where they are judiciously Miss Tree in Viola, Fawcet in the planned and ably produced, that we Clown, Blanchard in Sir Andrew Agueshould be pleased at their more fre- cheek, Mrs. Gibbs in Maria, and quent appearance; and shall be glad, Duruset, Taylor, Abbott, and Chap
man, in their respective characters. so happily blended as to render it the The performances, speaking generally, first theatre in Europe. The ceiling is have continued with eclat; and Mor- brought over the proscenium in such ton's comedy of Speed the Plough, manner as to form a sounding-board, Otway's tragedy of Venice Preserved, unbroken by any intervention; by Shakspeare's Two Gentlemen of Verona, which happy arrangement the effects his Hamlet, the elder Colman's Jealous both to the ear and to the eye are perWife, Guy Mannering, Sheridan's fect. The accommodations to the Rivals, and other favourite and popular audience are also improved in every pieces, have displayed to advantage part of the theatre, and in the pit parthe various talents of Mr. Evans, (new ticularly, the scats of which are coto these boards) Mr. Farren, Mr. vered with crimson cloth, and provided. Egerton, Miss Blandford, Miss Foote, with the luxury of backs. 'l'he illuMiss Green, Miss Hallande, Mr. C. minations are splendid, the corridors Kemble, Miss Lacy (from the Dublin spacious, and the saloon, decorated theatre,) Miss Chester, (a new candi- by mirrors in every direction, astodate for public favour,) Nr. Pearman, nishes and delights with a delusion and other performers. The house, for almost magical. These important imthe most part, has been respectably at- provements have been effected at a tended; and, though the managers cost of nearly 20,0001., and the whole have suffered the establishment to lose was completed within the astonishingly the support of some of its chief pillars, short time of sixty days. Perhaps in their activity and judgment, in other no other city than London, and in no respects, have succeeded in supplying other age, could a work, at once so other powerful attractions. Among stupendous, elegant, and perfect, have these, the principal has been, a new been effected within so short a period. grand, serious melo-drama, entitled, Tho achievement will be memorable, Al Packa.
and has resulted solely from the unDRURY-LANE.—This theatre, which sparing expenditure of Mr. Elliston, was re-opened on Wednesday, Oct. and the unwcaried assiduities of Messrs. the 17th, now exhibits to the admiring Beazley, Scrase, and the other profes. eye fresh proofs of the taste and spirit sional persons. of its lessee and principal manager, The engagement of Young, Liston, The sum expended upon its internal Dowton, and Miss Stephens; tualterations and decorations, since the gether with the re-engagement of close of the last season, and the bril- those favourites, Braham and Madame liancy of effect and extent of personal Vestris, Munden and Mrs. West, accommodations which those altera. Davison, Cooper, and Harley; the tions and decorations afford, are de- acqnisition of Mrs. Hughes, (from the cisive evidences of Mr. Elliston's Exeter theatre ;) these, with the maanxiety to render the public every nagerial activity of Mr. Elliston himpossible gratification. As the shape self, hold forth the promise of unexand size of the house had been found ampled brilliancy and success. unfavourable to the purpose of dis- In fine, the Theatre Royal Drury tinctly hearing, it has been contracted Lane now accords with the Attic tasto andre-formed with great judgment and and character of this refined and poscience by Mr. SAMUEL Beazley. lished age; and the pre-eminence which The decorations, by Mr. Scrase, are London has attained in the rank of ci. highly chaste, classical, and elegant; ties, receives, in the completion of this while magnificence and simplicity are edifice, an accession of perfect beauty.
NEW BOOKS PUBLISHED IN OCTOBER:
WITH AN HISTORICAL AND CRITICAL PROËMIUM. Authors or Publishers, desirous of seeing an early notice of their Works, are
requested to transmit copies before the 18th of the Month. AMONG the numerous books of travels in various countries, at the period of the character
, deserving of onr notice, we may pears as the editor of a work supposed to cation, entitled, Travels of Theodore Ducas, who lived some three centuries past; and
whose opinions on the revival and pro- Sun at your head thro' twenty years of war grese of literature and the arts, with an
Yourselves, your names, your services, he toew;
Your tolls, your dangers, and your every scar, account of the most distinguished geniuses With all that to those coils-those scans were
due. of the time, are taken from a variety of interesting sources and anthorities in mo
Together young, you fought your first campaign,
Together many a snow-capped mountain elimbid; dern writers and those of the middle ages. Together crossed seas, rivers, and domains, The information and anecdote thus gleaned Remembrances so dear, held long the mind." throughout an imaginary route, are very A curious and interesting collection of pleasingly arranged, together with a series letters from the pen of a soi-disant Dor of critical disquisitions on subjects con- Leucadio Doblado, but really the pronected with poetry and the fine arts, dn- duction of a Mr. WHITE, supposed to be ring the most splendid period of Italy's written from Spain, has been recently literary fame. We cannot, however, lose twice published, witin a short period of ourselves with the pretended tourist time. They have appeared and res amidst the scenes of classic glory and appeared, much upon the same plan romance; the author fails to impress upon adopted with regard to those fugitive us the idea of a Greek traveller, while the periodical essays of the day, first adorning reality of a modern clitor accompanies us the columns of a Magazine, and afterthrough the whole of his progress. Allow. wards, by a very easy and profitable me. ing for this deficiency of illusion in the tamorphosis, assuming the dimensions of character of the hero, we zhink Mr. M. a duodecimo or octavo, modestly affording has executed his task in an able, as well as thre public an opportunity of a second an amusing and instructive manner. Mr. perusal. Thongh abonoding with a good M. it will be recollected, lias already ap. deal of trite and general information repeared before the public as an historian lating to the late ecclesiastical and political of the Crusades, and of Mohammedism; situation of Spain, yet these letters are not and is at present, we are told, engaged in destitute of a certain spirit and originality a history of Rome.
of character, in their sketches of society The melancholy tidings of the death of and manners, the portraits of monks and the illustrious conqueror of the confede- confessors, and terrific instances of papal rated kings of Europe, a captive at St. and inquisitorial corruption and tyranny. Helena, were received' in Paris with the Diving into the recesses of its dungeons grief and indignation which might natu- and convents, the author traces the staterally be expected. The irrepressible bit. monster through all its hypocritical windterness of feelings expressed at such an ings of cruelty and power; and, tearing the event, and at the restoration of the old mask from the dreaded face of the confes. dynasty, has in some instances, it appears, sional, represents it in its own odions broken forth in the more indignant, and colours of spiritual tyranny and most wanat the same time the more prudent strains ton abuse.' “ The effects of confession," of poetical fury. The adage of the old says the author, “on young minds, are poet, “ Facit indignatio rersus," is here generally unfavourable to their future indeed verified to the letter, iu a Lyric peace and virtue. It was to that practice Poem on the Death of Napoleon, translated I owed the first taste of remorse, while from the French of P. LEBRUN; perhaps yet my soul was in a state of infant purity. the most spirited, if not the most poetical My fancy had been strongly impressed effusion that has graced the obsequies of with the awful conditions of the peniten. the people's broken-hearted and lamented tial law, and the word sacrilege had made chicf. We shall select a few of the pas- me shudder," &c. sages we think most likely to prove in- One of the most interesting translations teresting to our readers:
of foreign travels we bave lately read, is “ Yes, there bebold him on his funeral bed!
contained in a Narrative of an E.vpedition Sceptre nor bunner now is pear bin seen, Nor warlike pornp nor warriors whom he led;
from Tripoli, in Barbary, to the IV istern Alone he fronts death's pale and awful mien.
Frontier, by Paolo DELLA CELLA, M.D. About to quit those camps he loved so well,
recently given to the English public by His golden spurs for the last time he wears; Antony Aufrere, esq. The author seems The mantle he there bore enwraps himn still, This his last journey, his last confict shares.
to have enjoyed peculiar advantages for Lo, that sunk eye, pale chcek, and fallen brow,
prosecuting his researches into the leastHave not a death of quiet sickness found! explored parts of a country so seldom How is this famous combatant laid low, Without a battle and without a wound!
successfully visited, on account of the Say then, docs France a garb of mourning wear?
numerous difficulties and dangers which Does she within St. Den is' walls prepare,
travellers have to surmount. Through the While her full bosom heaves the bitter sigh, The spot where the imperial corpse must lie?
interest of the Sardinian consul, Dr. Della Where are the soldiers tears, the people's cries, attached himself to an expedition then on
Cella, with a surprising degree of courage, The priests, the forches, and the funeral songs; The trumpets that have told his victories, T'lie state which to a sovereign's death belongs !
foot, commanded by the Pacha of Tripoli's Your tears flow fast, companions,--let them flow;
second son, Ahmet Bey, destined to pass Well inay bis obsequies your sorrow move:
along that part of the coast which stretches His friendship for them all, his soldiers know, And valournever' failed io gain his love!
from Tripoli beyond the borders of the great Syrtis, and across the country of
Cyrene to the western fronter of Egypt. But the author's views are of an historical The fierce and rebellions disposition of and geographical, as well as a classical and the Pacha's eldest son is stated as the antiquarian description. These he has carise of the preparations on foot; he had carried further than most of the trataken advantage of the sedition of part of vellers who have preceded him. His the army, to rouse it into open rebellion: observations are at once learned and “ Among all the monsters,” he observes, ingenious. His botanical and general sci"generated by Africa, which by the an- entific discoveries are also considerable. cients was denominated the country of There is less information, however, remonsters, the first place is due to lating to the moral condition and pecuMokamet Karamalli, eldest son of the liarities of the inhabitants, than we might present Pacha of Tripoli.” It appears, have expected from the favourable cir. that leaving exterminated a whole tribe of cumstauces in which the Doctor was Bedonins for refusing to pay tribute, he placed. The results of bis expedition with became so elated with pride, as to draw Ahmet Bey appear to have been successhis poignard against his own father, who, fol, also, in a military point of view; the contented with banishing him to the eas“ insurgent Bedouins, forsaking Mohamet, teru frontier, soon heard that his unnatural join the standard of Ahmet Bey; marchiog son was marching back at the head of the together, in bloodless triumph, back into Zoasi Bedouins, intending to dethrone Tripoli. At the intercession of Ahmet, him. This was thie army which Ahmet the Pacha pretends to pardon the insurPey and the doctor were preparing to 'gents, receives the Bedouin chiefs as hosencounter. As the Bey, however, was tages, bestows on them the honour of the too wise an Islamite to confide altogether red mantle, and treats them to a public in predestination, equally afraid of the festival, in which the whole rebel army is secret machinations and open hostility of permitted to join. In the midst of per. his ferocious brother, he informed the fect security and rejoicings, at a signal Doctor of his wish to retain him always given, the Pacha's military guards rush near his person, in quality of court phy. upon the assembled people, scattering sician, to which our traveller, in order the their tents, flocks, and herds, and put the better to prosecute bis scientific re- whole of them to the sword; while their searches in the most fearless manner, unfortunate chiefs were massacred at the cheerfully consented. He was immedi- same moment, during a banquet where ately called in to the Bey's brother-in-law, the Pacha himself presided. “During ill of a violent inflammation, for which these terrifying transactions," says the the Doctor prescribed bleeding. Before anthor, "Iohastened to the fort as the complying, ibre patient wished to exact only place of security, and I still sludder the Doctor's word of honour that it should at the appalling spectacle which it ofeure him: to this onr author prudently fered to my sight; for the mfortunate demurred, assuring the prince, at the same victims of African treachery lay stretched time, he mast certainly die without the upon the ground, struggling and expiring aid of the lancet. He submits, recovers, in the blood which was flowing from their and assists at the obsequies of his own wounds: while the Bey, on horseback, royal blood. For this rapid core, one of armed with a musket, in the midst of his the Marabout leechimen, jealous of his art, Mamelukes and of the dead, was swearing approaches the Doctor, threatening to eat and raving like a madman, because the him up alive, as he boasted to have treated troops were not yet on their march a poor Jew not long before. The pre- against the Bedouins." parations for the march are on a scale of The wild and interesting traditions vast magnificence and feudal greatness; which formerly abounded in Scotland, and then the grand encampments, their wind in some portion of the north of England, ing course throngh romantic and solitary and which we believe are still occasionally regions, the description of pitching their to be met with amongst the peasantry tents amidst the desert scenes of Labiar, there, have never hitherto been presented surrounded by the most picturesque rocks, to the public, except when they have and kill-sides crowned with juniper woods, furnished the sabject of some romantic so fancifully described of old by Pliny; poem some border ballad. The these, with the tribes of Bedouins fol highly gifted author of Sir Marmaduke lowing the arniy, the mingled ront of Maxwei, is the first who has attempted shepherds, soldiers, women, and children, to collect these curious relics of a popular driving innumerable herds of sheep and literature, which he has given to the camels before them, more than once re. world, under the title of Traditional Tales minded the traveller of those patriarchal of the English and Scottish Peasantry, by movements, in which a whole nation as- ÁLLAN CUNNINGHAM, in 2 vols. 12mo. sisted. He proceeds throngh the memo- Although we have considerable doubts rable sites of Phænicia and Carthage, as to the allowances with which Mr. every where strewed with dilapidated re- CUNNINGHAM's assertion, that he is more mains of Afric, Greek, and Roman, glory. the collector and embellisher than the
creator of these tades, is to be taken; yet “rises out of sight in the rarefied æther of we cannot but believe that the original Calvinisin, or dips his wing in the puddles hints for these beautiful and romantie of Pelagianism, we would remind the stories, have been gathered in the scenes author, that the language, as well as the and amongst the people they describe. manners and life, of a Christian minister, Any one who is acquainted with those should be humble, modest, simple, and natural and simple songs, which do so tolerant. much credit to Mr. C.'s genius, must ac, “ The paw of the savage bear," by knowledge him to be eminently qualified which flattering image the author of Rome, 6 to collect and embellish" the interesting @ Poem, has typified the hand of the traditions of his native vallies. Many of critic, bás, we believe, been laid with great the present tales are highly picturesque in moderation on the head of the bard; and, their co!onring, and romantic in their in- after a perosal of that work, and of bis cidents; and, on the whole, the collection subseqnent effort, The Pale of Chamouni, exhibits a curious and pleasing picture of we willingly bear our testimony to the rescenes and manners which have been selspectable talents displayed in both those dom described. It may be remarked, productions. To the latier poem, we have that all the tales in these volumes, except no hesitation in giving the preference, both the first, have appeared in periodical pub in the choice of a less hacknied and more lications at various times.
picturesque subject, and in its more equal An Ecclesiastical Memoir of the four first and forcible execution. The versification Decades of the Reign of George the Third, by of these poems is elegant and correct; the Rev. J. W.MIDDELTON, A.M. contains and, if the author does not rise into the an account of the state of religion in the higher regions of imagination, his flight is church of England, during that period, sustained, at a moderate elevation, with ve with characteristic sketches of distinguished inconsiderable spirit. There is a want of divines, authors, and benefactors. Mr. taste occasionally perceptible, particularly Middelton appears to belong to the evan- where he deviates into facetiousness; but gelical church party, and he has allowed his faults are chiefly those of youth and inhis peculiar opinions as an ecclesiastic to experience, and, if we may say so without interfere too frequently and too decidedly offence, of his country. We like his with his duties as an historian. His work verses better than his prose, and even his can only be read as the interpretation errors better than the apologies with given to facts and characters by a particit. which he has prefaced them. Should he lar sect, and is thus divested of a great come before the public again, we hope be part of its value. Those who have the will take our advice; and, depending on misfortune to differ from the reverend au. bis intrinsic merits, say as little as he can thor, are disposed of with very little cere. about himself, and nothing about the critics. mony; and we observe, with particular The high character which Captain disgust, the very illiberal'style in which he Manby enjoys for scientific knowledge and remarks upon the life and writings of the ingenuity, as well as for the benevolent late Gilbert Wakefield, with a degree of application of his talents, warrants us in bitierness and virulence highly unbecoming calling the attention of our readers to luis the nieekness of his vocation, and calcu. Journal of a Voyage to Greenland, in the lated only to defeat their own purpose. year 1821, with sphic Illustrations, which That he was “panegyrized by Dr. Aikin exhibits, in a striking and agreeable for benevolence, and eulogized by Dr. manner, all the incidents, scenery, and Parr for erudition," is recorded in scorn, phenomena, attendant upon an ordmary but will be read with different sensations. whaling voyage. Further than this, we Mr. Belsham too is accused, with the are sorry to say, we cannot go, with all the Unitarians, of “attacking those glorious disposition we have to give the worthy autruths of revelation,” which he is amongst tior credit for his laudable intentions to the first to defend. Enough has been said visit Spitzbergen and collect specimens of to shew the confined and bigoted spirit in its various productions, to re-discover lost wliich Mr. Middleton has performed his Greenland, ascertain the fate of its colony task; the execution of which is, in other and settle its geography, and to determine respects, by no means unexceptionable. the superiority of his new-invented instru. Many of the inferior order of the clergy, ments for the capture of the wliale, AU whom he brings into notice, though devout these things, we lament with Captain and worthy men, have no claim to a place Manby, that he was disappointed in perin bistory. In point of style, the reverend farming ; but especially the last, which author lies open to serious animadversions. was the sole object of his long and painful Always stiff and laboured, and often voyage. Of his gin-harpoon and shell for pompous and inflated, even to a ludicrons destroying the whale, he did not find a degree, we could collect from his pages a single opportunity of proving the efficacy, string of metaphors of the most singular and partly from scarcity of tish, partly from incongruous nature. These follies are the prejudiced opposition of the crew; here quite out of place; and, whether he and, in some measure, we apprehcnd, froin