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THE BASHFUL MAN.
from the hands of Mr. Peake, who, to make the match undesirable, dea without doubt, is the cleverest writer termines on wooing the young gento order, of any dramatist of the day. tleman into the family. . Blushington He can, if he pleases, make an actor; is asked to dinner at Friendly Halland the less activity there is in the he accepts the invitation and becomes object he selects to work upon, the alarmed. He goes—blunders a set more he achieves. He built up Wil- speech, intended for the Baronet, to kinson out of some very raw mate-' his butler ; reaches down the wooden rials,-and it has also pleased his all Xenophon, upsets the ink and his own thorship to erect Mr. Keeley into three grains of treinbling self-possomething like an acting shape. We session, bows down a bust of Soonly wish Mr. Peake would patronize crates, wipes up the ink with his a few other sleepwalkers; he would white handkerchief; and goes, thus do an incalculable service to the thea- tuned in every nerve-string, to the tres.
dinner table, where he lays waste
every moveable object! He throws This is a very clever dramatic down the butter-hoat, scalds his sketch, for it is no more ; and all our mouth with burning soup, spills the readers who remember the story in salt, and drinks to his young lady in Cumberland's Observer, will recog- vinegar ; wipes his flushing face with nize the original on which this piece the inked handkerchief, and then, is founded. Mr. Moncrieff is the ainid the laughter of all the Friendly author, and he is fortunate enough to family, jumps up with the tablehave once more hit the town a mas cloth in his button-hole, and acconterly blow; having with his Tom plishes a finished clearance. He reand Jerry, Giovanni in London, Mon- turns home; but the Friendlys (desieur Tonson, and other pieces, suc termined not to lose their prize) folceeded in planting some tolerably low him, and invite themselves to hard hits heretofore. Mathews plays dinner at his house. We do not see the Bashful Man, and though the this second feast, but we
see its part is not suited to him, and other effects, for he comes in fuddled yet performers might be found who frightened, has an interview with his would make more of it, still he ex- lady, who contrives a good fainting hibits a very ludicrons picture of the fit in his arms, and finally with wine miseries of a constitutionally timid and kisses he is sobered into a fit man. His bow is nervous and gen- state for marriage. The intoxicatlemanly,—but he is only near sighted tion, though well acted, is awkat intervals. Elliston, or Jones, or wardly introduced, and as awkwardly · Liston, would perhaps better fit the got rid of, for the curtain falls before part than Mathews; who, since the he has well done staggering. Solos he has been of late years ac The laughing in the front of the customed to play on the stage, has house is true Mathews-made laughacquired habits of conferring with ter-noisy and incessant! There are himself, or with the audience only, some rugged puns and antiquated which much perplex the other per- jests, but the piece on the whole is formers.
one of the most amusing we have There is little plot. Mr. Blush seen for many seasons. ington, by the death of a rich uncle, suddenly comes into a large pro Harley and Liston have been for perty, which appears to be settled the past month acting their favourite upon his nerves for life, with no characters at this house with success; “ remainders over.” His college habits and several of the stock comedies have having increased his constitutional been revived to admit of Farren playtimidity, he is well fitted to come ing his best old men. In the Hypotrembling forth into society. All is crite he makes but a hard, and not an agitation, diffidence, confusion, error, insinuating Doctor Cantwell,-Memischance. He sees a young lady at thodism, like Noyau, is an oily corchurch whom he should like to love. dial, and has nothing tart or efferveThe father of the girl, descrying the scent in its nature; it is drunk in quiet, tender and fearful affection, and not and wets the heart through in sober perceiving any objectionable poverty salness. The Country Girl, in a clip
THE HAYMARKET THEATRE.
ped state, to suit the summer even- audience were evidently charmed
- The young lady who has now ap- yet named in the bills.
HYMN TO THE MONAD.
Yet weak the power, and false the voice of sense,
"Simplic. de Coel.-Procl. in Plat. de Rep. &c.
Plut. in Num.
And if one beam in many ages fall
But Hyle's reign returns, and fainter grow
Yet are there souls, by Hyle less confined,
REPORT OF MUSIC.
Our article in the August Maga From Salisbury, Madame Catalani zine contained a relation of the Bath chasséed to Portsmouth, where she and Cambridge festivals. The series not only enlivened the town by a feshas been since continued by the Sa- tival, but by an aquatic fête, for lisbury, Worcester, and Norwich which she furnished the prizes. There meetings; and at the very close of were two evening concerts and one September, comes that of Newcastle. morning. The singers were the great Never were grand demonstrations of undertaker herself, Miss Goodall, art so numerous in the provinces of Messrs. Harrington, Forster, and England. At the Salisbury meeting Rolle. The only remarkable trait Madame Catalani had her share with was, that between the first and last Mr. Corfe; and a pretty large share parts of the Messiah "was given it was, as she is known to have net an act of miscellaneous selection, ted something more than 700l. There Madame sang no fewer than five were six performances; three sacred, songs cach night, but Miss Goodall commencing on the morning of Wed- had all the encores. Neither was nesday, August 18, on Thursday and there a note of Italian except from Friday; and three in the evenings, Madame Catalani. Verily the Portsthe first and last being concluded by mouth and Portsea audiences are a ball. Madame Catalani, Mrs. Sal. more national or less advanced than mon, Miss George, Mr. Harrington, the rest of the country. But then Mr. Rolle, Mr. Sapio, and Mr. Bel- they had Rossini to English words; lamy, were the principal singers. which, amongst those who know noThe band was wretched for such a thing of the original language, will meeting, and we look in vain to the answer all the same purpose. These selections for the least particle of Concerts were thronged. And here novelty. At the first performance Madame Catalani had all the mawere present 762 persons, at the nagement, and all the profit. There second 425, at the third 1200, at the was no “ soft charity” to “repair.” fourth 482, at the fifth 884, and at The first of these performances took the last 642.
place on Aug. 21h, and we find this
rapidly itinerant musician in another expression like his. There are no fortnight at Southampton, giving chorusses that even approach the two Concerts, with the aid of her old magnificence of his combinations. friends, Mr. and Mrs. Bedford, with The Messiah is held in such respect, whom she last year traversed the that the very religion of the country north and west, Mr. Loder, with as it were dictates its performance Mr. Bishop at the pianoforte. Here at every festival. Hence there will in addition to Non più andrui, Rode's of necessity be a certain sameness in air with variutions, Rule Britannia, the selections. This sameness has of and the National Anthem (a new late been varied by the introduction piece of titular affectation), Sweet of Italian music, and we must do the Home was added to the list of Ma- Italians the justice to say, that they dame Catalani's wonders. Having were anxious to increase their stock descended to the simple English bal- by as many additions as the genius of lad, style has no more variety for her. their countrymen will enable them to These Concerts did not take so well make: our modern musicians, conas the others. The first produced ductors and singers, composers and only 971.
Her next appearance will instrumentalists, are all ready enough be at Newcastle, where, in truth, to complain of the increasing inthere will be a most extraordinary fluence of foreigners; but when we list of principal singers. There are look at the bills of their festivals, it Madame Catalani, Mrs. Salmon, Miss almost ceases to be a matter of wonStephens, Mrs. Bedford, and Ma- der. Here we have on the tirst night dame Ronzi de Beguis, Messrs. Bra- as concerted English pieces, There ham, Terrail, Bedford, Phillips, Sa- is a bloom that never fides (so it should pio, and Siguor de Begnis. The seem), Peace to the souls of the heroes, heavy charge thus incurred will and 'Tis the last rose of summer. lay a tremendous expense upon the Among the single songs is Mr. festival, of which “ several of the Vaughan's never dying Alexis. This charitable institutions of Northum- worthy gentleman has not sung more berland, Durham, and Newcastle,” than half a dozen songs in Concerts are said to be the objects. Sir George (we exceed the number) for the last Smart conducts, and he is to have a twenty years, and yet he probably chorus and a band of about fifty per- wonders that he is likely to be superformers under his orders. There seded! The music of the Tempest, will be sis concerts and a ball. —very good—but just as antique as
The Worcester meeting, the first Purcell, and almost as threadbare as of a second century, since the three poor Vaughan's Alexis. Nor are we choirs of Gloucester, Hereford, and vastly struck with the good taste of Worcester first established this an- his competitor, Mr. Braham, who nual junction of their forces, com- repeats Kelvin Grove, Smile again my menced on the 15th of September. bonnie lassie, and such trash ad nnuCompetition and example have, it seum. We are not at all surprised that seems, inspirited the managers to en- singers should be anxious to introlarge their plan; for this year double duce what they know they sing well, the usual number of instrumentalists what has pleased, and therefore what were engaged, and the vocal strength may please again, besides it spures included not only Mrs. Salmon, Miss them the labour of thought and pracStephens, and Miss Travis, Mr. tice. But we marvel exceedingly at Knyvett, Mr. Vaughan, and Mr. committees and conductors, who Bellamy, but also Signor and Ma- ought to have some feeling in the dame Ronzi de Begnis, and Mr. matter, as they surely have some Braham. Every one is aware that character at stake. But the taste of there are a certain number of standard the inhabitants of Worcester is, it is compositions, in sacred performances to be presumed, for variety; and they especially, which must be given for must have no slight personal powers; the simple reason that their intrinsic for after a morning and evening perdignity and excellence cannot be re- formance of no less than seventy placed by any others. Thus it is pieces, tossing all the recitatives into that Handel occupies so vast a por- the bargain, there was a ball. Pretty tion of the bills of fare. There are strong appetites for pleasure they Io songs of simple majesty and pure must have, tu say nothing of the
ļ thews and sinews" of the males, of the metropolis in the ensuing seaor the nerves of the ladies: we re son, at any length. The absolute commend the conductor to open his suspension of the Oratorios, and the next festival with the appropriate total embarrassment of the affairs of chorus of Philistines in Samson « To the King's Theatre, would leave it song and dance we give the day," and yet very uncertain whether the pubif he can introduce “ the night" also, lic will be gratified with the one very it will make the description the more cheap and the other most costly encomplete. There is little to be said tertainment. But we look upon the about the execution of these concerts. absolute cessation of the opera to be They are much alike in all places, impossible. The world of fashion allowing something for the more could not get on without such an inpractised skill of a metropolitan con- strument to promote the various pleaductor. The meeting of the choirs, sures and intrigues that depend altohowever, has been eclipsed by the gether upon this place of elegant superior magnitude and splendour of resort, to say nothing of the interests Birmingham, Liverpool, and York; which are involved in the opening of and this year, by Norwich, where the house. An Oratorio may prothe attempt being new was made bably be taken up by the proprietor with the proportionate energy that of one or other of the great houses, usually attends novel enterprises. But this depends upon circumstances. Wakefield, Newcastle, and Edin In the meanwhile we cannot fail to burgh, are yet to come with such notice one scheme, which has for little interludes as Madame Catalani some little time been before the thinks right to introduce at every town, and which promises immense town which presents a chance of to- things, and is, we are told, though lerable remuneration. Thus the dif we scarcely know how to credit the fusion of music will this year be as- fact, to be tried with some modificatonishing, and when we regard the tions. The scheme is for “ Sunday magnitude and excellence of the sacred music assemblies," and the preparations,at the great meetings es outline of it is as follows: pecially, we can hardly believe that “ The expenses, which will be England, unmusical as the foreigners very great, are to be defrayed by the repute her, can be the patron of such subscription tickets, and limited to numerous and such vast enterprises four hundred in number; and to enin the art.. Be it owing to example, sure the sELECTNESS of the combe it owing to fashion, be it increas- pany,' the admission tickets are to ing opulence, or be it what it may, be transferable to such as are dothe experiment of propagation is now mestically one family, and not genein the most energetic progression, rally. Å house is to be taken for the and the question is, will it make the express purpose. Signor de Begnis is country more or less musical? In so to procure from Italy a classical colfar as money is concerned, these fes- lection of Oratorios and other sacred tivals will have an extraordinary music, at present totally unknown in effect. An expenditure of at least this country. Mr. Braham, Signor thirty thousand pounds may be taken de Begnis, and Sir G. Smart, aré as a fair estimate in any town where engaged, and every fourth Sunday an they are held; and in some cases, Oratorio entire will be performed.” York, Birmingham, Liverpool, and Three fancy balls are to be given Norwich, for example, even much during the season, the first on the more money will change hands. The third Thursday in March, the second London professors will earn much on the last Thursday in April, and the more than in any other preceding third on the last Thursday in May. year of their lives, for nearly the The terms of subscription for the sea
same names are to be found in every son are,-Tickets for single gentle· band according to its proportionate men, 30 guineas each; married persons strength.
taking two tickets, 25 guineas; for The record of these transactions the daughters of a family, where more in the provinces occupies so much of than two tickets are taken, 20 guiour space, that we have not now neas. The Assemblies will commence room to write upon the various spe- on the second Sunday in February culations afloat, relative to the music next, terminate on the last Sunday in Oct. 1824.