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KING'S THEATRE. Two new operas have been produced wich tolerable success -I due Bironi, and Il matrimonio secreto. Signora Gerbini, the new singer, has a most excellent vaice, modulated with consuminate taste, and her execution is delightrul. Mrs. Billington excites the same admiration and applause, with which she was honoured on the English boards last season. Nothing very striking has yet been attempted in the ballet way, owing, no doubt, in some degree, to the indisposition of Parisot and Madame Coralli. Mr. Taylor has disposed of his share in the property to an Irish gentleman of fortune of the name of Gould, who proposes soon to visit the continent, with an intention of making some new engagements.
Mrs. Billington 'had entered into an agreement to sing at Messrs. Harrison and Knyvett's Concerts ; but it appears, from a clause in the trust deed, that she has no power to form such an engagement, and the proprietors, it is said, inean to oppose it. This report, however, has been contradicted ; and it is allediged that there is an express stipulation in her article that she shall perform “ at any two concerts she pleases,” in consequence of which she chose the Ancient Concert and Mr. Harrison's.
THEATRICAL CHIT-CHAT. Mr. Richardson, one of the proprietors of Drury Lane, has been dangerously indisposed for some time. Kemble is at present at Madrid, where he is honoured , with the most flattering attentions. Mrs. Siddons has had a grand rout and supper at her house in Dublin. All the fashionables in the city were present, amounting to upwards of a hundred, among whom were the Lord Lieute. nant and family. The supper was a Pic Nic. At three o'clock the party broke up. One hundred carriages were in waiting, a sight seldom seen at a private door in Dublin. The ladies were dressed very splendidly, with a profusion of dia. monds. The comedy of Hear both Parties, announced at Drury Lane, is from thie pen of Mr. Holcroft. A new drama, expected at the same theatre, called the Hero of the North, is founded on the history of Gustavus Vasa, and borrowed, probably, not a little from Kotzebüe's play upon that subject. Mr. Colman's comedy has been read in the Covent Garden green-room, and is said to be his chef d'ouvre. There is a character in it for Mr. Cooke, expressly adapted for his great and peculiar powers. The other reported novelties are Mrs. Inchbald's translation of the Judgment of Solomon ; a musical entertainment by Miss Porter, a sister of the ingenious artist; and an opera by Mrs. Piowden. Captain Caulfield, of the Guards, the hero of the Pic Nic theatre, is the gentleman announced for Hamlet. The Haymarket theatre will open with a prelude by Mr. Colman. Mr. Elliston is certainly to be the acting manager ; and it is said that Blisset and Quick are engaged. A Mr. Byrne is to be the vocal 'hero. Miss De Camp, whose disorder is reported to be the consequence of a broken bloodvessel, resides within a few miles of Paris. Her return to this country is not Speedily expected; but the last accounts were of a favourable nature,
· Mr. Winter, from GERMANY, is arrived, to fill his situation as a composer to the ITALIAN Opera. It is remarkable, at this place of fashionable resort, and elegant entertainment, that principal situations are ably sustained by English performers. Mrs. Billington, First Singer ; her brother, Weichsel, Leader; Kelly, (a West Briton) director of the Chorus; Lindley, first Violoncelle; Mr. Condell, Piano-forte; Harrington, Hautboy ; Mahon, Clarionett; Holmes, Bassoon, &c. &c. The Petrides, two French, Horn players of extraordinary talents,. have succeeded the Leanders.
An elegant and correct SCORE Edition of the works of HAYDN have been Jately published at the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris. To students in music this is a desirable acquisition.
The Amateurs of the German Flute welcome the return of the celebrated Mr. Ashe, who has left Bath to settle in the capital. Some years have elapsed since we were gratified with Mr. A.'s performance at Hanover-square Rooms, Dr. Haydn presided, at the time alluded to, as Composer to the Concerts under the able direction of Salomon. The venerable Haydn particularly noticed Ashe, and wrote those admired: Obligari Flute parts in his Hanover-square Symphonies, expressly for this performer. Mr. A. devotes his time chiefly to Teaching the Accompaniment of the Piano-forte. We understand his “ Flute Treatise" is ia for trardness. Mrs. Ashe gave ample proofs of superior talent as a singer in the late Dr. Arnold's Oratorio, Haymarket Theatre.
Mr. Mazzinghi's trip to Paris deprives the town of an able Composer, and an excellent Master. Mr. M.'s labours have been equally successful in English, as well as Italian composition. Witness his Paul and Virginia,ļEnglish Opera; and Paul and Virginia, Ballet ; Turnpike Gate; Ramah Droog, & c. various Italian Operas, Ballets, Canzonetts, and Piano-forte Lessons.
Mr. Mountain, we are inforined, is engaged as Leader of the Band, and Kelly as Composer, for Mr. Colman's Theatre.
Mr. Ashley has engaged Mrs. Billington' and Miss Parke for his Lent Oratorios, to lead on alternate nights. General Ashley is, of course, Leader of the Band, except on Mrs. Billington's nights, when Mr. Weichsel will presidc.
Review of New Musical Publications, continued. " The Lord's Prayer." Set to Music by John Watlen, Professor of the Piano.
forte. A seasonable present to youth of either sex. Mr. Watlen has been a Lieutenant in the Navy, and is now settled in London respec tably as a Composer and Teacher of Music. We have observed various Rondos, founded on Scettish Airs, of this Gentleman's composition, lively and playful, though not very profound. By saying 8), we do not mean to depreciate. In light compositions, consistency and facili'y may be preferable to laboured and extraneous modulation.
" Instructions for playing the Piano-forte.” By William Reeve. Well adapted to the capacity of juvenile pupils. We recommend Mr. Reeve's book as a prefatory one to Clementi's The fingering is accurately marked, the rules concise, and easily comprehended. “ His sparkling Eyes.” Rondo P. forte. By T. Bennison, Pupil of M. Kelly.
Brilliant, à la Mozart. Mr. Bennison is a junior composer of much promise. · The favorite Airs in Blue Beard, &c. by Kelly, arranged as Rondos by Stei
belt, Kreitzer, and other Masters of eminence." Mr. Kelly has adopted a judicious plan, by calling in the aid of established Composers, to render his “Tink a tink," &c. still more popular, by elegant and appropriate variations.
“Six Vocal Duetts." By John Davy.) A re-published work, worthy of the Elève of Jackson. « Eliza.” Canzonett. The Words by an Officer of the 86th Reg. Music by
Moorehead. The Poet military has written literally con amore. The Latin quotation in the Title-page (Vulnus alit, &c.) is rather unusual for a bagatelle of this description. Both Words and Music seem to be of Hibernian production.
“'Three Duetts for Violins.” Op. 11. By J. Sanderson. Mr. S. has displayed a thorough knowledge of the instrument in this little production. If we err not, the popular Ballad “ The Cottage on the Moor,” is the composition of this gentleman.
Treatises, &c. We notice a new Edition of Mr. Shield's admirable Treatise of Harmony. It is now rendered more complete, by the correction of Typographical errors, and the addition of a Head of the Author. For a character of this work, see a forn.er M. Mirror.
A Literary Correspondent iótimates, that Mr. Professor Porson is engaged in a Translation of Plutarch's work on Music. To those Musicians who do not understand GREEK, this may be an accommodation.
In our next we shall present the Public with an Authentic Memoir of the Life of the famous Irish Bard Carplan.
Paris. -Seventeen theatres open their doors every evening for the enter. tainment of Paris, where the population does not exceed 620,000 souls. It may be calculated that the spectacles of this city occupy, on an average, the leisure of 20,000 individuals, or nearly one thirtieth part of the whole. The following is a list of the theatres.
1. The opera, or the theatre de la Republique et des Arts, situate in la rue de la Loi, formerly la rue Richlieu.
2. Le theatre Francois de la Republique, rue de la Loi, at the corner of rue St. Honore. This was formerly the theatre Francois de Faubourg St. Germain.
3. L'Opera Comique, rue Feydeau, the entrance in rue de la Loi. This was formerly the Italian theatre of la rue Manconseil..
4. The Italian opeta Buffa, rue Favars, the entrance in rue de la Loi.
5. Le theatre Louvois, rue de Louvois, the entrance in rue de la Loi, opposite the opera. This theatre is under the management of Picard, a dramatist of some repute.
6. The theatre called Montansier, formerly the theatre Beaujolais, in the buildings of the Palais Royal, behind rue de la Loi.
7. Le theatre de Vaudeville, in the square of the Palais Royal, almost facing la rue de la Loi.
8. Le theatre de la Cite, opposite the Palace de Justice.
9. Le theatre de la Porte St. Martin, formerly the Opera house, built to supply the place of that which was burnt at the Palais Royal.
10. Les Varietes Nationales Etrangeres, formerly the theatre Moliere, built in la rue St. Martin, at an early part of the Revolution, by an actor named Bourfault, who was afterwards a member of the convention, a drinker of blood, and a worthy collegian of his brother actor-legislator, Collot d'Herbois and Favre d'Eglantine.
11.! Le; theatre des Etrangeres, formerly du Marais, established after the commencement of the Revolution by Caron de Beaumarchais, at one of the extremities of Paris, exclusively for the representation of his own pieces. This theatre was much frequented in 1792, when the great attractions were two new pieces, Robert Chef de Brigands, a farce; and the drama of la Mera Coupable.
12. Le theatre du Boulevard.
Theatre NATIONAL Des Arts.-The Mysteries of Isis, an opera in four acts. The celebrated German opera of the Enchanted Flute, composed so exquisitely by Mozart, was some time back produced at this theatre, under the above title. A French critic thus speaks of it. " Every body knows that in Germany, as well as in Italy, (and he might have added, with strict justice, in England) the constructors of operas pay little attention to plot, style, or even to common sense. The author of the “ Mysteries of Isis” had, therefore, some difficulty in putting the materials into a more regular dramatic form, without which, the music, sublime as it is, would not have been listened to with any satisfaction, by a French assembly, But I think he was wrong in applying the subject of the enchanted flute to the Mysteries of Isis. The buffooneries of a cowardly servant, pleasant enough in a work of fancy, are by no means suitable to the notions which have been handed down to us, relative to those sacred mys
teries in which all the ancient philosophers and illustrious ornaments of Greece and Rorne were anxious to be initia:ed, and which had no connection, as one of the journals has stated, with our Freemason mummeries and lodges of illuminists, that are nothing more than a burlesque of these mysteries. A juster idea is given of them in a work that is too little read, called Sethos, or in a book, still more entertaining, called the Travels of Antenor. And yet their description of them does not come up to what may be gathered from some of the ancient writers. .
The inusic produced all the effect which could have been expected. There is no attempt to entrap the applause of the injudicious; no false brilliancies; the accompaniments are always in unison with the character of the melody and of the airs.
HISTORY OF THE STAGE. FROM THE COMMENCEMENT OF GARRICK'S MANAGEMENT.
Continued from Page 412, Vol. XIV.
DRURY-LANE.-SEASON 1760-1. 10.-WAY TO KEEP HIM, (a) in five acts, with a new prologue, to be spoken by Mr. Holland. D. Disap.
(a) “ The Way to keep Him, enlarged from the piece in three acts into five, by the author (A. Murphy) received with universal applause. Prologue by Mr. Murphy :-heavy." Gross's Diary.
The characters of Sir Bashful and Lady Constant, acted by Mr. Yates and Mrs. Davies, were introduced, for the first time, in this alteration, agreeably to the author's original intention, as he states in his life of Garrick. Several additions were also made to the character of Lovenore.
The ground-work of the character of Sir Bashful Constant, and of several of the incidents, is to be found in M. de la Chaussee's character of D'Urval, in his comedy called Le Prejugé ulamode. Sir Bashful is a gentleman, who, though passionately fond of his wife, yet, from a fear of being laughed at by the gay world for uxoriousness, is perpetually assuming the tyrant, and treating her, at least before company, with great unkindness. The manner in which the author has interwoven this character with the rest of the plot, is productive of scenes which certainly add greatly to the Vis comica of the piece. The design of the comedy altogether is to point out to the married part of the female sex, how much unhappiness they frequently create to themselves, by neglecting, after marriage, to make use of the same arts, the same assiduity to please, the same elegance in the decoration of their persons, and the same complacency and blandishments in their temper and behaviour, to preserve the affections of the husband, as they had before it put in practice to awaken the passions of the lover. This doctrine is here enforced by the example of a gentleman of amiable qualities, and a natural liveliness of turn; yet, according to his own declarations, strongly incli nable to domestic happiness, driven, by this mistaken conduct in