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NEW MUSIC AND THE DRAMA.
Number 1. of the Beauties of Haydn, The favorite Overture to the New Opera
being a selection of the most esteemed of Cenerentola, now performing at Sonatos, composed by this distinguished the King's Theatre, Haymarket, comAuthor for the Piano-forte, with posed by Signior G. Rossini, arranged Accompaniments. 8.
for the Piano-forte. 3s. The great, and certainly, laudable This Opera was a favorite both in object of the proprietor of this work, is Italy and Germany, before it received to collect and embody all the superior the approbation of an English audience; excellencies dispersed in the voluminous and the overture is among its better piano-forte compositions of Haydn. portions. The general construction of The plan upon which the work is con- this introductory composition is ingeducted, includes the useful practice nious, and announces the master: but of inserting in diminished notes of all it is deficient in what the English ear is the obligatory passages of the accompa- accustomed to listen for,-a leading niments (which accompaniments are theme. The different passages are in for the violin and violoncello, and themselves well-fancied and scientific; printed separately) and thus presenting but as regarding each other, are too to the eye of the piano-forte performer vague and unconnected to constitute a consistent whole, that at once fills up that consistent whole, or produce that the vacuity, gives him a command of the distinct impression, or governing effect, whole subject matter, and enables him which constitute an exclusive character, to feel and impart all the intended effect. and bespeak a creative imagination. The Beauties of Haydn are designed to Nevertheless, this overture is much too be comprised in six or eight Books, or excellent not to form a pleasing exercise Parts, of more than thirty pages each, for the piano-forte; and its adaptation to independently of the accompaniments, that instrument is managed with a deand will be embellished with an excel- gree of skill that demands our commenlent and striking portrait of the Author, dation. procured from Vienna, expressly for this Numbers 1 and 2, of Dramatic Airs, publication; and with which the libe from English, Italian, German and rality of the Editor presents the public French Operas, arranger as Rondos his first Number.
for the Piano-forte. 2s. 6d. Monthly Mag. No. 338.
The first of three Numbers of a work, a Tragi-Comedy, called “The Hebrew," the design of which is well conceived, founded on Walter Scott's “Ivanhoe,” consists of Davy's admired little air of has been produced, and honoured with
Just like love with such digressions the decided approbation of the public. and additions as were necessary to This piece, written by Mr. John Soane, transform it into a piano-forte rondo. son of Mr. Soane the architect, though The second Number presents us with not without its defects, possesses very “ Zitti, Zitte," in the Opera of “ Il considerable merit. If the scenes of the Barbiere di Saviglia,” arranged by Mr. three first acts are not wholly exempted M. P. King. The resource resorted to from languor, the spirit, energy and by the projector of this publication is so interest that illuminate and elevate the extensive and so eligible, that it is diffi- fourth and fifth, and the vigorous and cult to foresee where he intends to stop, poetical style of almost the whole of the or to what point he may not, with pro- language, might well justify Mr. Elliston priety, carry the executions of his idea. in bringing the Hebrew forward, The dramatic airs that equally merit the Of the admired music of this Drama, attention of the conductor are innumer- the overture, inter-act pieces, and choral able, and would furnish him subjects for hymn, are from the scientific pen of Dr. many succeeding years; but his best Busby; and the scenes and dresses, the praise is, that if the future Numbers are greater portions of which are new, have as well constructed as the present spe- been prepared without any regard to cimens, the public will not quickly be expence; and are equally appropriate. tired of the undertaking.
The COVENT-GARDEN managers have The Lay of Lové, a Ballad, written and manifested a laudable emulation of the
adapted to a Popular Irish Melody, exertions employed at Drury-lane, The by D. A. O'Meara. The Sympho- spirit and activity with which the mananies and Accompaniments, composed ger of the latter started, appears to have by C. N. Smith. Is. 6d.
put Messrs. Harris and Co. on the alert. The ideas of this ballad are conceived No less than three new pieces have with fancy, and expressed with taste and already been produced by them this smoothness. The air to which they are season (“ The Antiquary," a Comedy; adapted has long and justly been a “ Ivanhoe," a musical play; and “ Too favorite with the Irish nation, and Mr. late for Dinner," a farce;) all of which Smith's symphonies and accompani- have been favourably received. The ments and their bass are quite as good attention paid at this Theatre to the as the irregularity of the melody would gratification of the ear, and of the eye, permit. The f sharp in the accompani. in its music and scenery, is both liberal ment, under the word fondness, in the and politic. To this remark we are parsecond page, is, we suppose, to be re- ticularly excited by the embellishments garded as an error of the engraver. lavished on “ Ivanhoe.” The music, . How sweet to see young Roses blooming, selected from Storace, is plentifully in
a Ballad adapted to a favorite Air of terspersed, and the canvas glows with Mozart.
beauty and brilliancy. The simplicity of the words of this “Ivanhoe” and “The Hebrew," canballad, and the natural and unaffected not be regarded but as rival pieces, in ease of the melody to which they are the strongest and closest sense of the adapted, are admirably suited to each word. Both founded on the same poother. It is not often that a foreign pular novel, both first appeared on the air so strongly favors the sentiment and same night; and in their representation, style of an English lyric writer; but the the performers have been uniformly truth is, that Mozart, who could stoop to straining against each other, but the plainness, without being mean, as easily “Isaac" of Kean so far transcends in as he could soar to sublimity, yet avoid every respect, the best acting in “ Ivenbombast, often composes with the ease hoe,” that were all the representative and inartificiality of an English master. merit in the “ Hebrew” confined to his THE DRAMA.
individual excellence; were even the The Theatres Royal proceed with varied, very distinguished abilities of Mrs. but improved success. At DRURY-LANE, West's “ Rebecca," left out of the scale, the Tragedy of Coriolanus has been got the weight of talent exhibited in his up in a style, and with a splendor that forcible acting and varied and pathetic confer credit on the taste and liberality intonation, would, in our opinion, overof the manager; and in addition to the balance all the histrionic art displayed highly favourable reception of the Pan- in the representation of the Coventtomime of “ Jack and the Bean Stalk," garden Drama.
THEvicissitudes of the weather, and extra- case of Dr. Yeats is, if the reporter be
I ordinary severity of the season have pro- right in his conjecture, interesting in another duced a more than ordinary number of those point of view, as it records the sufferings disorders which implicate the pulmonary and alleviations of such sufferings of one, organs.-Of true consumption, however, the who, in his declining years, possesses the cases still continue to be under the propor- satisfactory consciousness of having, not tion which were observed some years since in only passed through life, under the constant the reporter's practice; and he still continues exercise of private virtues, but of having to hope, that this great source of annual also contributed largely to the treasury of mortality in the British Isles, is about to be public usefulness. considerably curtailed.
The reporter has recently been much gratiInstances have lately occurred in consider- fied in witnessing the effects of another medi. able numbers of those affections, which, cinal, the use of which, likewise in the doses, under the medical pame of Gastroliynja, are and manner it is at present administered, is of viewed and treated in a somewhat empirical modern date. He means the Oleum Terebinmanner, neither tbeir locality, nor precise na- thinæ: For tape worms, this medicine is of alture being of very easy predication. It is most invariable efficacy, and even, when given in these obscure kind of stomach ailments, under the probability, that worms are preythe oxide of bismuth, lately introduced as ing upon the vitals, and the expected effect of an article of the Materia Medica, proves their dislodgment has not taken place, the often to be of decided and extensive efficacy advantage following the administration of An interesting case, in which this medicinal the drug, has nevertheless, proved immediate has been employed with advantage, even and permanent. Dr. Hamilton, in his recent where there is evidence approaching too work on mercurial remedies, lauds this medinearly to absolute demonstration of organic cine in conjunction with castor oil, as constidisease, is recorded by Dr. Yeats, in the last tuting a most desirable cathartic, in some connumber of the Quarterly Journal of Science ditions of the intestinal canal, and there is and Art; and indeed, it is the admissibility a case in the Irish Transactions, in which of this drug at once, in merely spasmodic, absolute marasmus yielded to the influence and in more formidable and protracted kinds of turpentine, with the celerity almost of a of irritation, which constitutes one of its charm. principal claims to medical patronage. The T'havies Inn. D. Uwixs, M. D.
REPORT OF CHEMISTRY, NATURAL PHILOSOPHY, &c.,
D ARON de Zach announces, that Capt. of sulphuric acid, observing the precautions
D Schumaker (brother of the Astronomer before indicated ; the acid mixture dissolved Royal, Copenhagen) has invented a rocket in a certain quantity of water, precipitated superior to Congreve's both in force and in the ligneous matter a little altered; when the precision with wbich they are thrown. dried it weighed 3.6 grammes (55.5 gr.) A new corps has been formed to use these This, when evaporated, yielded 23.3 grammes missiles. They ascend to an immense height, (359.8 gr.) of sugary matter of the consisand then exhibit a globe of fire, which may tence of syrup; at the end of twenty-four be seen at a distance of seventy miles.
hours it began to crystallize, and some days Among the discoveries of chemistry in the after, the whole was condensed into a single present day, may be reckoned the process of mass of crystallized sugar, which was converting into sugar, even linen rags. M. pressed strongly between several folds of old Henri Braconnot, speaking of tbe crystalli. cloth; crystallized a second time, this sugar zable sugar he obtained, he says, “ I was was passably pure; but treated with animal led accidentally to this result by treating a charcoal, it became of a shining whiteness. solution of the acid mucilagenous mass, pro- The chrystals were in spherical groupes, duced by the action of sulphuric acid on which appear to be formed by the union of linen, with the oxide of lead, subjected to small diverging and unequal plates. They a long continued heat of 1000 centigrade; are fusible at the temperature of boiling but after having passed through the liquor, water. The sugar is of a fresh and agreeable a current of sulphurated bydrogen gas, to flavour, producing in the mouth a slight precipitate the lead contained in solution, sensation of acidness. and after evaporating it, I was agreeablý Mr. Brande has recently found that the surprised to see that the whole of the gummy illuminating powers of olefiant, oil, and matter was entirely converted into an acid coal gases are as the numbers 3, 2, and I; sugary mass. I digested this mass with and that their heating powers are nearly in concentrated alcohol, by which the vegeto the same ratio. sulphuric acid was dissolved: the sugary According to Sir H. Davy's Theory of matter remained a little coloured, and of a Mists, land and water are cooled after
very fresh flavour. Twenty-four grammes sunset in a very different manner: The im; (370. 6 gr.) of old cloth well dried, were re pression of cooling on the land is limited to duced into mucilage by 34 grammes (525 gr.) the surface, and is very slowly transmitted