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something of its bygone power.

We trust to encored. * In this the reading of the delicious motivo be shortly able to announce that some terms was beyond all praise, while the surprising force and have been entered into, that we may see Mrs. grandeur with which the subject was given in octaves, Warner once more upon the boards at SAD- with a brilliant accompaniment of arpeggios, called

forth vollies of applause and commanded the encore. LER's WELLS.

In all the above compositions, which depend for their effect almost entirely on the manner in which they

are rendered, we were equally surprised and charmed MADAME PLEYEL'S FIRST RECITAL.

by the facility which, in the midst of passages of treThe musical event of the past month has been mendous mechanical difficulty, could preserve the inthe arrival of this distinguished pianist. The finite nuances of light and shade, the varied colouring management of the Dublin Philharmonic So- of rapid and capricious phases of expression, and the

softest gradations of the pianissimo without any ciety contrived to secure her services for their assistance from the una corda pedal, which Madame concert on the 15th, and thither across the sea Pleyel rarely uses. The manner in which she enBroadwood and Erard sent pianos for her touch forces a melody with the thumb alone, preserving the to make famous. But Monday-the long-to-canto distinct and unbroken, while both hands are be-remembered 18th of May-was the day fixed busily employed in traits de bravoure, is ui o well for her first Recital in London, of which Willis's worthy of remark. But where Madame Pleyel most Rooms were the scene. All verbal description pleased us was where most she could employ passion must fall short of conveying any impression of and sentiment. Her reading of the song of the the wonderful powers of this great artist, com- broken-hearted Marguerite was incomparable; it was bining as she does the different excellences of absolutely making the piano weep bitter tears, while the various schools. Lest our praise should forth, and the broken interrupted delivery of the

the exquisite tone with which the melody was wailed seem exaggerated, let us quote the acknowledg- spinning wheel accompaniment were instinct with a ments of Liszt himself, who pronounces her not poetry far beyond all the wonders of executive meonly la plus grande,but “le plus grand chanism. In the Tarantella it were superfluous to pianistein the world, in a burst of honest and speak of the effect produced by Madame Pleyel. She enthusiastic appreciation, for which, towards a has so made it her own that few pianists would be rival of the gentler sex, we honour him im- rash enough to attempt it after her. measurably. The following was the programme of the “ First Recital,” presenting, as our readers will perceive, an infinite variety of style in the

VOCAL CONCERTS. masterly compositions selected :

The second of this interesting series of con

certs took place on Tuesday evening, the 12th, Adagio de la Grand Fantaisie .

at the Hanover-square Rooms.

The glee, Fantaisie, “ Guillaume Tell”

“Blest pair of Sirens,” was exquisitely sung by L'Inquietude, Morceau de Concert... Dreyschock. Miss Birch, Miss Rollo Dickson, Miss Maria B.

Hawes, Mr. Hobbs, and Mr. H. Phillips. The Quatuor de “Don Pasquale”,

· Frost Scene” (Purcell) was most effectively Grande Fantaisie “ La Sonnambula” .. Thalberg.

sung by Miss Rollo Dickson and Mr. H. PhilMarguerite, “Let me weep again”

lips : the latter, in the “ Cold Genius,” made his Tarantella “ La Danza,' transcrite

hearers thrill by the deep and magnificent tones pour le piano, par

in which he gave “From beds of everlasting A contemporary has expressed all we would Snow.” Miss Rollo Dickson was a most charm.. say, so very eloquently, that we are tempted to ing Cupid ; every word was distinctly heard, as borrow his words.

her clear and silvery voice ran through the diffi"Madame Pleyel accommodates herself perfectly to cult passages of this splendid composition. Miss the master she is interpreting, giving to his ideas their Birch's recitative and air, “Sweet Bird,” was original meaning, while impressing on them the cachet | indeed a treat to all lovers of music; and Miss of her own charming manner, which lends itself Maria Hawes, in “Water parted from the Sea,” gracefully to so many opposite schools. Thus, in the

was beyond all praise. Andante of Hummel, there was all the quiet dignity We hear these concerts have been so successof the composer rendered captivating in spite of its ful, that arrangements will be made at the close original staidness, by the melodious ornament of the of the present series to give others during the pianist. The fantasia of Döhler, a true pezzo bravura, showed the executive powers and mechanical perfection of Madame Pleyel to be astonishingly great. The Grande Fantasie of Thalberg served for the same purpose. In both these pieces the style in MISS BINFIELD WILLIAMS'S SOIREES. which the fair pianist delivered the melodies was full The first of a series of these soirées musicales, of poesy and sentiment, and called forth repeated given by one of our best native pianistes, Miss murmurs of approbation from the audience. The

Binfield Williams, took place on the 24th April, Inquietude of Dreyschock, a caprice of immense difficulty, displayed other qualities in the pianist

at Blagrove's Concert Rooms, Mortimer-street, e. g., the quick reiteration of the same note, and the

and was attended by a crowded and fashionable

au rapid execution of arpeggios with the left hand-in

The vocal portion was sustained by which latter particular Madame Pleyel excels every the Misses Williams, who sung one of their pianist we have listened to. The Quatuor of Pru.

well-known duets with their usual taste; Miss dent, a morceau in the Thalberg style, was loudly | Cubitt, who distinguished herself in an elegant







next season.

song by Verdi-Miss Emily Badger, whom we , soireé (the 18th May), Miss Ellen Lyon rendered must congratulate upon her marked improve- Mr. Allman's canzonet,“ What dost thou whisment in voice and style--and Miss Sara Flower, per, murmuring shell ?" (the poetry of which, by who perfectly electrified her audience by the Cainilla Toulinin, we extracted some time ago display of the astonishing depth and power of very beautifully, and it was most enthusiastically her noble organ in Benedict's ballad, “ By the applauded. By the way, we are glad to obserre Sad Sea Waves.” The gentlemen were Messrs. that this young composer's works are beginSporle, Crouch, and Machin, who acquitted ning to extend among our concert singers. It themselves with their usual ability and good is a sure sign that their merits are at length taste. Guilio Regondi on the guitar, F. Chat- being appreciated. On this occasion, young terton and Jarret on the harp and horn, were Robert Blagrove played a solo on the concer. also excellent, and the beneficiare herself was tina. He lacks power, but that will come apace; much applauded in a duet with Mr. Ribas on otherwise his performance was all that could be the flute, and evinced her capability for inter- desired. Mr. Pratten executed a solo on the preting classical music, in Beethoven's lovely Aute very neatly, as did Mr. J. Thomas on the trio, op. 70, for piano, violin, and violoncello, harp. We hope that the concluding soirée of with Messrs. Thirlwall and W. L. Phillips, and the series, fixed for the 29th May, and which we also in an andante and rondo by Mendelssohn. shall take occasion to notice in our next, will The concert was altogether a most agreeable one, be as successful as we are assured it deserves and passed off exceedingly well. At the second to be.

Р Е А СЕ S OC I E T I E s. It is with emotions of heartfelt pleasure, and united in the bonds of Christian love. How shall not without a thrill of gratitude to the Most those whose interests require the maintenance of High, that we find the exertions of the noble closest friendship, and who ought to love as brethren, minded band, to whom we have before alluded, meet on the field of battle to destroy each other! are being crowned with success. And we should

"Above all, let us unite in prayers to the Grat hold ourselves culpable if we did not give the Lord of the universe, who turneth the hearts of the

children of men, that He will dispose the rulers of publicity our columns may afford to the follow- both countries to a pacific adjustment of their naing address, which has been signed by no fewer tional differences, that so the reciprocal benefits of than sixteen hundred women of Exeter, of all friendly intercourse may still be maintained, and that, classes and denominations.

under the benign influence of peace, the cause of re“ To the women of the City of Philadelphia, and of ligion and virtue may prosper, and these two great

the United States generally, the friendly address nations perform their part in promoting the advance of the undersigned women, inhabitants of the of that blissful period foretold by the prophet, when City of Exeter, in England.

nation shall not lift up the sword against nation, and “Beloved FriendS AND SISTERS,—The sug. the people shall learn war no more. With senti. gestion of friendly international addresses, in order ments of sincere goodwill, to deprecate war and create a pacific spirit, having

" We remain, been extensively approved and its adoption pressed

" Your Friends and Sisters," upon all classes, we trust it will not be deemed un

There is no lever so mighty to move the seemly in women to seek, by the same means, to in- moral world as that of Public Opinion; and Auence their American sisters in the cause of religion every Englishwoman does a good deed, if she " It may not be within our province to judge of emancipate her judgment so far from evil habit

as to withhold her admiration from deeds of the merits of the question now at issue between our respective Governments, but we must all feel how false glory, or if she direct one youthful mind greatly to be dreaded would be a resort to arms on

in the path of true heroism. While on this subany subject. Let us, then, beloved sisters, unite to- ject, we are tempted to intrude an extract from gether, though separated by the mighty deep, in a poem contained in a volume recently pubusing the influence we possess, which is not power- lished ;* and which was suggested by the less, though exerted chiefly around the domestic horrors to which the 62nd regiment were exhearth : let us seek to infuse into the minds of our posed at Ferozeshah. husbands, our fathers, our sons, and our brothers, and of all around us, a spirit of amity and concord, whispering peace wherever the sounds of discord are “ Let Scorners borrow Fancy's aid, beard ; and let us, as mothers, watch over the open

Though weak her pencil be, ing minds of our tender offspring, and point out to

And faint the pictures thus portrayed them that the way to true honour is not through

Beside reality. fields of battle, but through the enlightened straightforward course of justice and equity prescribed by

“Yet 'tis enough : ye see a bandthe Gospel of Peace on earth, and good will towards

Eight hundred fellow-men
All exiles from the native land

How few shall see again ! “ You and we have a common ancestry, and are bound together by innumerable ties of consanguinity and mutual interest ; surely, then, we ought to be * Poems by Camilla Toulmin. (Orr and Co.)

and peace.



" Foot-sore with weary, weary march,

Athirst ! No water nigh ;
No food ; and night-yet Heaven's arch

Their only canopy!
"And think the inner life that dwells

In every human breast;
Its love, or hope, or fear that swells

To be a ruling guest !
“ Yet faint, exhausted, on they lead,

To meet the iron shower,'
Nor quailed till half their numbers dead

Beneath its murderous power.
"Not till their captains fell like reeds,

Sway'd by the tempest's breath-
More wise to live for future deeds

Than rush on CERTAIN Death !
“God! what a scene for Angels' eyes

A field of battle is!
God! what a scene for star-lit skies

Was horror like to this !
* Rivers of blood the arid sand

Suck'd in like crimson rain ;
While quivering flesh on either hand

Bestrew'd the accursèd plain :

“ Dissevered limbs, and trampled clay,

In strange and ghastly heaps,
Proclaim the horrors of the day

Where Death his harvest reaps :
“ Features distorted, and on some

Unulterable sadness ;
Others to deeper depths had come-

The hell of Torture's madness!
“From parched throats the wail is heard

Of · Water-water send !'
Or • Oh, dear comrade, hear a word-

Your sword this anguish end !'
Fling back the Scorn! again I say,

Ye were the bravest brave;
And sad Misfortune's sombre ray

Should hallow every grave.
“ Fling back the Scorn! Survivors few,

Yours is the Martyr's crown,
Seen by the sunlight of the True,

In glory all your own.
“Oh, what a poor and fading wreath

Success alone can twine !
The Martyr's Life, or Martyr's Death

Weaves one far more divine !"
March 3rd, 1846.


The coldness and uncertainty of the weather prettiest of the capotes are composed of tulle has, as yet, retarded the departure of our beau bouillonné, the bouillons divided by a pretty kind monde for their chateaux, or the watering-places; of trimming, composed of Italian straw; á boua few, but very few, have quitted us ; and, as we quet of field flowers is attached on the left side, have had several new arrivals, Paris is as bril- and a knot of tulle of the lightest possible form liant as ever. Some slight modifications have decorates the right. Pink or white crape capotes taken place in the shapes of chapeaux and ca- are trimmed with wreaths of scalicuses and of potes ; both are of moderate size, and the latter Bengal roses; those of bleue de chine are ornaclose, but not unbecomingly so, have the bavolet mented with tufts of red roses, with rich golden of rather an increased size; the bavolit is also brown foliage; and several of white crape, with employed for silk chapeaux, but not for the sprigs of splendid roses saumons, with purple others. The shapes of chapeaux are in general foliage. Crape chapeaux, with application de round, short at the ears, and generally becoming. velours, are usually decorated with spotted or They differ very much from the Pamelas of last shaded marabouts and ribbons corresponding season; nevertheless, Italian and rice straw have with the chapeau. Some other novelties that the brims rather raised, but that form is adopted are likely I think to succeed, are chapeaux of to show the beauty of the straw. Paille d'Italie, fancy straw, a round shape, and the brim dewhich in the beginning of the season was not scending a little over the forehead; they are much seen, is now extremely fashionable, though ornamented with dessins formed of black cheits exorbitant price prevents it from being so nille; a broad black lace traverses the brim, much employed as other materials. Their brims and partly covers the crown, giving an air of are more open than those of other chapeaux, and originality and distinction to the chapeau. Some they are usually trimmed with feathers; the most others that are much admired are composed of elegant have a heron plume, or a long white festooned bands of citron crape ; they are decoostrich one, with ribbons to correspond. Fancy rated with epis of rice and wild flowers. feathers and flowers seem in equal request for A novelty just introduced by a very celebrated fancy straw chapeaux ; they are always lined marchande de modes—but with what success I with taffeta, either pink, cherry colour, or cab- cannot pretend to say, its vogue being by no bage green. Paille de riz and crape, both admit means certain—is a material for capotes, comof a great variety of trimmings; but if feathers posed of white or écrue horse-hair; these capotes are employed, they are always of a very light are lined with rose-coloured gauze, and trimmed kind. The most novel of the rice straw chapeaux with tufts of roses ; this material is extremely have the brim divided by a row of broad" lace, light. It is sometimes embroidered with silk of and crowned by a sprig of chesnut blossoms. the same colour, or with straw. A new kind of Half-wreaths of marabouts, with gerbes of fruit fancy straw has just appeared, called paille Louis blossoms or foliage at each end, are also fashion- XV.; it is of a very pretty and really novel kind, able; and a very great variety of fancy feathers generally lined with white, and trimined with and flowers are likewise employed. Some of the white ribbon and a single large flower. A new wreath, that is a good deal employed for trim- headed by a black galon ; it is intended for the ming straw chapeaux, is composed of camphor evening promenade. The fichu Maintenon is foliage; it is arranged in such a manner as en- for the warmer part of the day; it is a rounded tirely to trim the chapeau without any mixture point composed of taffeta, and trimmed with of ribbon.

either black or white lace so very deep that it Every day brings us new forms, or at least renders the fichu almost as large as a mantelet, new modifications of pardessus ; I may cite while it does not conceal the shape; the long among the latest creations the surtout Mazarin ; ends of the fichu cross upon the bosom. it is a mantle somewhat in the Italian style,

Shawls and scarfs divide the vogue to a cercomposed of rich taffeta, and trimmed according tain degree with mantelets; those of black lace to the colour of the silk, with very broad rich are much in request. Barege of new patterns black or white lace.

are beginning to be a good deal seen; there is a The mante Theresa, also somewhat of the great variety of China crape ones, both white Italian style, but comparatively small, is like and coloured, plain and embroidered; they will wise composed of taffeta, and trimmed with lace; be fashionable, but only to a certain degree. it is made of light coloured taffeta, and white A new material, the grenadine de laine, has lace only is employed for the garniture. just appeared for morning dress; it is princi

The écharpe mante, always made in the same pally intended for the country or the watering material as the robe, is trimmed with rolants of places, and is destined to replace Nankin and the same, cut in round dents; the risite prin- foulard. Silks are still predominant for robes cesse, which may be composed of either taffeta in negligé; several are composed of quadrilled or moire, is closed in front by brandebourgs, and foulard, and foulard écrue ; they are embroidered encircled with an embroidery in passementerie: with braiding. Silks, striped in very narrow it has short sleeves open on the arm, and laced white stripes upon dark grounds, are also with slight silk ends, from which tassels fall fashionable. Mousselines de soie and bareges upon the robe. The mantelet espagnol, com- divide the vogue with silks in half-dress, for posed of black lace, and lined with black silk, is which it is also expected that printed tarlatanes rounded, and descends only to the bottom of will be very fashionable ; they will be made in the waist; it is terminated by very broad lace. the robe form, trimmed with festooned rolants, The visite Olga, composed of either taffeta or and the sleeves in general demi long. Jaconot moire, is made very open on the bosom, and muslin, printed in patterns that date from the terminated by long scarf ends; the trimming is days of Louis XV., are expected to be very much generally an effilé to correspond. The mantelet in vogue for the Spas, and the country; the jeune femme, always composed of shot silks of make will be in the same style as the material light colours, is bordered with a ruche of the of these dresses, and in strict accordance with same material, and has a small scarf which ties the name already given to them, déshabillés on the breast. A good many mantelets are Pompadour ; the form is a peignoir, a white closed down the fronts by buttons; these are ground flowered in a large showy pattern in now either very small and valuable, as gold, vivid colours; the peignoir, encircled with lace, opal, &c., &c.; or else of marcassite, and very opens on a petticoat of the same material, large. The principal novelty for visits of cere- trimmed with a very deep flounce. The peignoir mony, is the Andalouse, or mantelet risite, com- is drawn round the throat by a lace bouillon, posed of white moire, and trimmed with deep through which a ribbon corresponding with one volants of créye lisse, also white, and edged with of the colours of the muslin, is passed. Wide an effilé of the lightest kind; each flounce is sleeves, descending to the elbow only, and tersurmounted with a rich border of the new minated by a deep volant, which falls over the passementerie points de Venise, applique on the arm nearly to the wrist. The material of these silk ; the scarf ends are very narrow, and the deshabilles is too showy to be very generally front of the mantelet cut so that the arms are adopted, but the form I think is likely to be quite disengaged from the silk, but partially adopted with printed muslins of a quieter kind, covered by the garnitures. The Reine Berthe is a worn over a petticoat of the same, or a white visite composed of silk, shot in two dark colours; one. it is trimmed with two rows of very broad black Morning robes continue to be made with the lace, surmounted by a trimming of the material corsages quite high, and the majority close; of the cloak; it is a fulness arranged in a novel several open at the bottom, forming a jacket; manner. The petit mantenu des eaux is one of but, as I believe I have before observed, very the prettiest creations of the season ; it is com- deep jackets are seldom seen. Tight sleeves are posed of muslin, lined with rose, lilac, or light in a decided majority: Skirts are not made green silk, trimmed with lace; there are two quite so long before, but they form almost a falls, and by the form of the mantelet the second demi train behind, and their enormous width row of lace makes a second pelerine, which has has increased instead of diminishing, as it was a very graceful effect. I have recently seen, supposed would be the case. The redingote form among the novelties in preparation for the is still predominant, both in morning and half country, a pardessus called manteau Vénitien ; dress. "Those of taffeta are in very great favour it is composed either of white cashmere, lined for the promenade; ev are embroidered en and trimmed with broad silk fringe, or else in tablier, or else ornamt... passementerie, ponçeau cashmere, encircled with black lace, I or with the material of the dress : I have sent


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