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NEW MUSIC AND THE DRAMA.
The Art of Singing exemplified by a “The Campbell's are comin,” a cele
new Method of Practice, with a Series brated Scotch Air, arranged as a of Passages and Solfeggios, from the Rondo, with an Introduction, for the most eminent Masters; by F. L. Piano-Forte: by J. W. Holder, Mu. Hummell. 78.
Bac. O.con. 3s. VHIS vocal and didactic publica- This is a production with which, it
tion, besides some of the best is evident, considerable pains bave rules for singing that we have met with been taken; and it is no trivial praise for a considerable time, contains a to the composer's genius, that they course of graduated intervals for the have not been taken in vain. 'Taste aid of those who are ambitious of the and spirit are the prevailing characteability to sing at sight. With respect ristics of Mr. Holder's style, and are to the principal purpose of the work, by no means less conspicnous in the though we do not wholly agree with present piece than in his other compo: Mr. Hummell in his remarks on the sitions. In his returns from the digresnature of the human voice, nor always sive portions of his matter, we think comprchend him, as when he tells us, him peculiarly successful, a particular almost in the same breath, that cvery which evinces no small degree of voice is acquired, and that it does not fall management: we may add to this comto the lot of every one to have a voice natu- mendation, that the passages are rally; since, if every voice is acquired, easily and gracefully turned ; and that no one can have a voice naturally, still the prevailing effect, throughout, is we find in his method so much of the highly pleasant and attractive. lucidus ordo, and iu his matter so many The Disappointed Maid, a Bellad, luminous observations, useful direc- written by Mr. James Stewart. The tions, and hints that an attentive prac- Music composed by Mr. J. H. titioner will not fail to notice, and Little. 2s. profit by, that we feel in them strong. This ballad, which was sung last claims upon our commendation. The season at Vauxhall Gardens by Miss cxercises are uniformly progressive, "Tunstall, consists of three verses, in and are carried, seriatim, through all neither of which do we find any thing the different keys, major and minor. that deserves the name of poetry, any As a guide to their proper practice, a more than we discover in the music a prefatory page is devoted to the stating single symptom of originalimagination, such rules as are necessary, both to the or of genuine science. The Disapavoidance of bad habits, and the pointed Maid will have ample revenge ensuring those that are proper. Among for her mortification; for she will, in these, that which relates to the obtain- turn, disappoint all who expect to be ing a good crescendo and diminuendo, delighted by her strains. that explanatory of the method of The Chough and Crow, composed by acquiring a good shake, and that laid Henry Bishop, esq. Arranged for down for giving strength and flexibi- two Performers on one Piano-Forte, lity to the voice, are truly excellent, with an Accompaniment for the Harp, and cannot be attended to withont by D. Bruguier, 4s. benefit. The precepts for sight-singing This publication, though bnt indir are plain and simple. All the various ferent in its subject, (for we think intervals, from that of the second, to little of the air on which it is founded) that of the eighth, are given in their is far from being destitute of merit, or ascending and descending directions; the power to please. As a duett, its and even the chromatic distances are construction is ingenious and seiennot omitted, though, in our opinion, in- tific; and, as a practice, it is well caltroduced somewhat too early in the culated to produce improvement in the work. Without, therefore, meaning province of execution. The arrange10 say, that Mr. Hummell's book is the ment of the harp accompaniment anvery best extant on the subject, we nounces much care and contrivance. venture nothing in pronouncing it a Its incorporation is easy, close, and highly useful work of the kind, and natural; and the united result quite recommending it to the attention of equal to the best that could be exvocal practitioners.
pected from any superstructure reured
un so poor a basis as that of the vigour, that, according to present apa Chough and Crow.
pearances, will not fail to reward his
liberal assiduity in promoting the inTHE DRAMA.
terest of the drama, and providing for COVENT-GARDEN.— The two na- the comfort of its patrons. The former tional theatres have, at length, it is wide, wild, ultra-extensive, area, conour satisfaction to be able to say, re- tracted into dimensions, that not only gained a large portion of their ancient render the general interior appearance richness in talent, and assumed a much more pleasant and agreeable to splendour and personal accommoda- the frequenters of the pit and boxes, tion far transcending any thing en- but also more favourable both to the joyed by former ages. At this house, eye and the ear, wherever situated, while in the after-pieces called Ali seems to afford universal satisfaction, Packa, and that of the Two Galley- and to point out the correctness of Mr. Slaves, every thing has been achieved Elliston's discernnient in foreseeing that could charm the ear, the eye, and the probable result of the expensive fascinate the imagination, by the magic alterations his judgment suggested. of music and scenery, the powers of Uniformly attentive to the gratificaMr. C. Kemble in Lovemore, Biron, tion of the public, this manager has Don Felix, the Stranger, Lord Hastings, united, to his own personal efforts on and Romeo, have been exhibited to tue the boards, those of a numerous, yet greatest advantage; Macready has select and able company; and the displayed his command of the passions School for Scandal, Wild Oats, Macbeth, in Oikello, and other distinguislied Pizarro, Road to Ruin, Richard the characters; Mr. Farren has given Third, Provoked Husband, Othello, A faithfal and striking portraitures of New Way to pay Old Debts, and the Lord Ogleby, and Sir Anthony Abso- Siege of Belgrade, Love in a Village, lute; Mrs. Gibbs has done ample jus- and Giovanni in London, never owed tice to Miss Sterling ; Miss Chester has more to any histrionic and vocal talents, developed the most conspicuous abili. than to those of Messrs. Elliston, ties in Violante and the Widow Cheerly; Munden, and Dowton; Kean, Young, Miss Lacy has acquitted herself with and Brahain ; Mrs. West, and Mrs. the highest credit in Isabella and Mrs. Davison; and Mrs. Austin, Madame Haller ; Miss T. H. Kelly has shone Vestris, Miss Forde. Sir Peter almost equally in Juliet ; and Miss and Lady Teazle ; Ranger, and Charles Foote has delighted the public in the Surface; Macbeth, and Rolla; Old and very arduous part of Desdemona. To Young Dornton ; Lord and Lady Townly, these attractions, and the two new Othello, Sir Giles Overreach, Rosetta, pieces already mentioned, the active Don Giovanni, and the Seraskier, have assiduity of the managers has added been sden in their own native colours an after-piece, entitled the Irish Tutor; by the numerous and delighted auand if, as spectacles, the former new diences that have flocked to their pieces were too brilliant not to chal- representations; and their reception lenge applause, the latter possesses too has given promise of a good account. much wit, liveliness, and genuine of the treasury at the end of the season. humour, not to afford equal pleasure, The showy after-pieces of the Two and extort an ample portion of public Galley-Slaves, and the brilliant new approbation. To these facts, it is ballet, (an offspring of D'Egville,) pleasing to have to add, that in gene- entitled, Venetian Nuptials, have added ral this theatre has been fully and very their allurements to those we have respectably attended; and that the already enumerated, and filled up the establishment is now in so fair and measures of present success. Love Hourishing a way, as to be cheered by in a Village has also been brought out, the promise, not only of the due re- within these few days, with a new ward of its present exertions, but of Rosetta in Mrs. Austin, whose voice some restoration of its past losses. for sweetness, and powers of execu.
DRURY-Lane.—The spirit and judg. tion, bid fair to place lier at the head of ment of the lessee of new Drury has her profession, and add to the other infused into every department of this powerful attractions of this theatre. great concern, an animation and a MONTHLY MAG. No. 375.
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the perusal of a Description of the Ruins and other well-known works; and a untiof an Ancient City, discovered near Palenque, ber of stories are subjoined, for the most in the Kingdom of Guatimala, in America, part translated from the German, which translated from the Original Manuscript of possess much merit and beanty. The CAPTAIN DON ANTONIO DEL Rio. This genealogy of European sovereigns, and city was mentioned in Humboldt's Travels, list of diplomatic agents, is very copious, and one engraving was given of its sculp: and principally taken from the Gotha tural ornaments, but it was not visited by Almanac; and the work concludes with that intelligent person. The reality of its the tables of the population of Great existence is now established beyond all Britain, formed from the late Census, and doubt. By this discovery a wide field is an account of the popolation of the prinopened for curious speculation and iv. cipal cities of the world. We recomtrend quiry into the history of the ancient inba- this pretty publication, with a strong as bitants of America, and the degree of surance that it is very ingeniously adapted civilization to which they liad attained. to its proposed object. The plates are This subject will be found to be treated very exquisitely designed and finished, and upon, though in a highly speculative and at the beginning of the volume is an enimprobable manner, in a subsequent part graved wreath of flowers, with a blank for of this work,-A Critical Investigation and a presentation inscription. These flowers Research into the History of the Americans, give the title to the work, which is, Forge by Dr. Paul Felix CABRERA. From me not, a Christmas and New Year's Present the idea we can form by the only building for 1823. which is represented in one of the plates, We have expressed our dislike of the we should conceive these structures to practice, which has lately so much prebear most similarity to the Roman style of vailed, ot' reprinting those articles of amusearchitecture. The sculptured bas-reliefs ment which appear in periodical works. are precisely of the same nature with the If the talent displayed, in many of these Egyptian, except in the contour of the papers, entitled them to tlre honour of a human face, which is very remarkable, reprint, the highly interesting Confessions and in all the figures very unlike any pa- of an English Opium Eater, certainly merit tional physiognomy we are acqnainted that distinction. The deep knowledge of with. The nose is very disproportionate nature, and the fine colouring of this tale, to the other features, and has a most have given prevalence to a belief, that decided prominence and rotundity in the scenes pourtrayed are consistent with profile. What these figures represent, truth; and perhaps we should not be very and whence the idea of that peculiarity we much mistaken, if we assumed that the have just mentioned is taken, forms a one principal ground-work is founded on fact, rious question, which, we believe, can and that fiction has been merely emnever be satisfactorily explained. The ployed by a bold and skilfal Land 10 probability, we should be inclined to say, heighten the effect. Be that as it may, is, that there was some communication be the simplicity of the style, and the alltween our quarter of the globe and the sorbing interest of the story, render this primitive inhabitants of those regions, many little work almost as delightful in the te ages before the æra of Columbns. The perosal, as it was at its original appearmajority of our readers may be prepossessed ance; and the shape in which it is now with a different opiniop; but the perusal of presented, fits it for its place in the library, this work, and examination of the plates as one of the most curious and entertainwhich accompany it, will furnish them with ing tales of the modern day.
sons for acceding to our view of The political economist will find a the question.
copious and valuable fund of informaOne of the most elegant little works tion and instruction, in an elaborate work we have lately seen, has just proceeded by Joseph Lowe, esq. on The present from the hands of Mr. ACKERMAN, whio State of England in regard to Agriculture, has exerted upon it all the arts of embel Trade, and Finance, with a Comparison of the lishment. It is intended as an ornameštal, Prospects of England und France. la this and, at the same time, useful volume, very comprehensive range of speculatinn, which may be peculiarly appropriate to Mr. Lowe treats the various difficult present, at the approaching season of the questions which present themselves, with year, as a token of friendship or affection. much sagacity and impartiality. There is The poetical department is executed very every where visible a cool and patient
spirit of enquiry; and his constant refer- these volumes. It is high time, when a eace to facts and solid principles gives fictitious personage like this author has great weight to his opinions. The general gone so far as to impose upon the public result of his researches is such, as to inspire two volumes of such materials as these we confidence in the resources of the conntry. here find, that we should do all in our To the agricultural interest, be opens, power to check the ridiculous rhyming upon various considerations, which are dis passion of the age. We sincerely advise tinctly and ably stated, a prospect of gra. the real author of this book to forsake his dual relief. The advantages of a free trade treacherous muse; as we must, otherwise, in corn he strongly advocates, regarding it, consider it our daty to speak our minds however, as a remote result, which is less plainly, and to inform our readers that his likely to be effected by any arguments productions are, in real truth, quite beneath that can possibly be arged, than by a conti- their notice. ngation of low prices. The consequent re- The higha reputation which the author of duction of the cost of production, and the the Favourite of Nature acquired, by the re-establishment of onr tenantry in nearly publication of those deeply interesting the same situation as in 1792, may, he con- volumes, will not, we are sure, suffer any ceives, cause our corn-laws to expire by a diminution by the publication of Osmond, a natural death. On the question of popula. Tule, in three volumes, The pleasure we tion, Mr. Lowe takes a middle course be derived from the pernsal of the former tween the extreme positions of Mr. Mal- work, made us look forward with some thus and Mr. Gray ; but inclines, with cer- anxiety to the appearance of Osmond; tain modifications and restrictions, to the and, we are happy to say, our expectations principles asserted by the latter, and fully have not been disappointed. The tale is assents to his main doctrine, that the in- by no means an artificial one, and possesses crease of population enriches, instead of but little incident to engage the attention impoverishing, a nation, and that it is the of the reader; but the deep pathos with tendency of income to increase along with which it is fraught, is infinitely more captipopulation. Europe he considers not to vating. The character of Osmond may be peopled to the extent of a fifth, or per- perhaps be thought a little overcharged, a haps a tenth, of the numbers it is capable fault which has sometimes been attributed of supporting. On the subject of our to that of Eliza Rivers ; and yet we shonld finances, his ideas appear to be rational hesitatė, before we asserted that such a and just. He insists upon the reduction of character is entirely out of nature. The taxation, however inconsiderable the pro- history of Caroline Lascelles is altogether posed abatement may appear; and is beautifully told. Her misfortunes and fate ansions to prosecute the system of retrench- are highly affecting, and the way in which ment, which mast eventually lead to a they are related would not liave disgraced favourable issue. Whenever the unnatural the author of Clarissa, What is still better affect of war, taxation, and corn-laws, shall than all this, is, that a strain of the most be removed, the industrious will no longer pure and amiable feeling pervades the be in want of employment; the interrup- whole work. tion to which, he chiefly traces to these We can do little more than give the causes. Having indicated the most promi- title of a small poetical production, which neat opinions of Mr, Lowe, we must re- has just come under our eye: Ontwa, the commend our readers to a closer acquain. Son of the Forest, is a poem that, with tance with his very interesting volume, singular inequalities, discovers passages of from the perusal of which we can con- striking beauty and power. Founded on fidently pronise them no small degree of traditionary story, its air of native strength pleasure and improvement.
and wildness is well preserved, bearing Although the Poetical Works of EAGLES- much of the character which ChateauFIELD SMITH, esq. have received the briand applies to Attala, that it was writ. honor of a second edition, we shall report ten in the desert, and under the huts of our opinion of them to our readers, under savages. It has singular merit in the fidethe conviction, that the first edition has lity of its descriptions, and the picturesque never met their eyes. We could not but and lively force of delineating some abori. conceive some prejudice against the skill ginal scenes and manners. But, as a susof Mr. Smith, in, at least, the mechanical tained and regular whole, it must certainly department of his art, when, upon opening be pronounced deficient. the work at vol. I, p. 209, we found a poem
The Geological Society has just published of twenty-four lines, called A Sonnet; an a half volume
of valuable Transactions, error unworthy of the most inexperienced being the commencement of a new series. school-boy rhymer, who knows well that it contains the following papers. On the this species of poem consists of neither Geology of the southern coast of England, more nor less than fourteen. Nor were from Bridport to Babbacombe bay, Devonour prejudices removed upon perusing this shire; by H. T. De la Beche, esq. On the anomalous piece of verse, or any other of Bagshot Sand; by Henry Warinerton, esg: the very numerous and tedious contents of On a Freshwater Formation in Hordwell
· Cliff; by Mr. Webster. On Glen Tilt; by truth is, that it has pleased Almighty God · Dr. MiCulloch. On the Excavation of in his mercy to smite only a certain pro· Vallies by Dilavian Action; by the Rer. portion of those exposed either to the one Professor Buckland. On the Genera or the other, and many of them in a de Ichthyosaurns and Plesiosaurus; by the gree skort of fatality, otherwise the taman Rev. W. Conbeare, Outline of the Geo- species might be extinguished. We were logy of Russia; by the Hon. William T. H. curious to see in his Croonian Lecture his Fox Strangwuys. On the Geology of the observations on matter and motion, and Coast of France, Departement de la Seine they will astonish all who have made them Inferieure; by H. T. De la Beche, esq. On selves acquainted with the new doctrines
the Valley of the Sutluj in the Himalaya on these simple subjects :-“Every species · Mountains ; by H. T. Colebrooke, esg. On of matter has a mode of aggregation pecn. the Geology of the North Eastern Border liar to itself, when its particles are at of Bengal; by H. T. Colebrooke, esg. with liberty to attract each other according to various other papers and notices, the whole that tendency wbich has been called their illustrated by twenty-four plates, maps, polaritu. Those who tirst conceived this and sections, many of them coloured. idea, seemed to have proceeded on the
We forebore, in our last, to notice a supposition of the ultimate particles of meteoric production called the Liberul, be- matter being solid bodies, infinitely hard, cause we imagined it would soon be for having their different sides endowed with gotten; but, as a second number is an- different powers of attraction and repulnounced, we consider it respectful to our sion, so as to give various configuratie readers to bestow a few words on its ex. to the parts of matter, when concreting
traordinary character. We do not won. into a solid form. There is a still more · der at the bitterness with which a malig. profound doctrine (profound indeed!) on nant turn-coat, who outrages all decency this subject, founded on the hypothesis of in a certain right-infamous Review, is the ultimate particles of matter being treated; but we lament that good educa. combinations of attracting and repelling tion, superior talents, and gentlemanly cha. points, which, when brought much within racter, should be so abused as they are by The natural limits of these powers, produce all the parties in these personal controvers unequal degrees of attraction and repulsion sies. It forms a new era in literature, at equal distances from their conimon echand the printing-press is now become the tre; thereby defining what diay be called recognized vehicle of the scurrility of St. the shape of the particles, and constitutits Giles's. The moral sense of the public polarity. We cannot trace, by inspection, seems, too, to be so vitiated, that works the manner in which the flund putritions sell in the proportion in which they are matter is ultimately upplied in furning so filled with personal abuse, and whose chief lid parts; but, as muscles are composed of characteristics are their undisguised arro- parts so regularly figured and endowed gance, egotism, and intolerance. Both with contractility, it seems probable that caunot be right, yet each writes as though there is some provision made by Nature, he were endowed with omniscient autho, whereby the particles follow the precise rity over all other men, and as though the tendency of their polarity, and constitute rest of the world could think only through a more exquisite structure than in other his majesty. He who began such a con. parts of the body." How truly protest is unquestionably the most culpable of found! - His discoveries in regard to
the set; but silent contempt would have motion are equally wonderful :-“So far as been his suurest punishment,
we know, either from actual observation Sir GILBERT BLANE, the father, or or from analogy, there does not exist in nearly so, of the medical profession, and nature any such thing as absolute rest: for, perhaps, also, of more than one Royal So when we contemplate the motions of the ciety, has presented to the world the re earth and heavenly bodies, the various sults of forty years' active and able prac- complications of the planetary revolutions tice, in a volume of Select Dissertations. in their rotation round their own axes, We looked into it with anxiety, as likely and in the paths of their orbits, in the irto exhibit the standard opinions of the day, regularities arising from the disturbances and we have not been disappointed. As of their mutual gravitation, and from the ours is not a medical work, we shall be precession of the equinoxes, not to merexcused from entering into details in re- tion the influence of the innumerable sidegard to his medical opinions, which, as real systems npon each other, it may be founded on experience, merit general re- affirmed, on incontestible principles, that spect; but of his philosophy we take the no particle of matter ever was, or will liberty to annex some specimens and re- be, for two instants of time, in the same marks. The following is one of the most place; and that no particle of it ever kas extraordinary passages ever put forth in a returned, or will return, to any one point philosophical production. He has been of absolute space which it has ever forspeaking of contagion, and, after some tri- merly occupied. Whether motion, there fling, he arrives at this conclusion :-" The fore, can strictly be called an essentia!