Original Correspondence

John Taylor
1869 The Musical Times and Singing Class Circular  
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more » ... out Early Journal Content at http://about.jstor.org/participate--jstor/individuals/early-journal--content. JSTOR is a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary source objects. JSTOR helps people discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content through a powerful research and teaching platform, and preserves this content for future generations. JSTOR is part of ITHAKA, a not--for--profit organization that also includes Ithaka S+R and Portico. For more information about JSTOR, please contact support@jstor.org. Eweter Xa11. December. TEI8 ix thoroughly a Christmas number; every plece, vocaA and instrumental, having reference to this season. " A Christmm Thought," by J. L. Hatton, i8 an elegant and placid setting of some saitable words, by George Valentine. How so accomplished a musician as Mr. Hatton would treat such a subject mav be easily inferredand we need only say, therefore, that arnateurs will find a religious feeling running throughout this little song which will render it acceptable to a Christ1Tus or Sunday fire-side audience. 44Efalleluah! Christ is King," a Christmas Eymn, by G. B. Allen, can scarcely lay claim to any oliginality * but it is smoothly written and easy to sing. The Carol 44 Christmas comes, the time of gladness," is adapted to music by Gourlod * and moves along perhaps as well as mllsic not intended by the composer to express these words can be expected to do. Another Hymn for ahristmas, ; Our Saviour's birth," by Henry F. Hemy, is a harmless series of chords, calling for no especial remark. Corelli's " Pastorale," in celebration of the blativity, is made into an effective Pianoforte piece by Dr. Rimbault; who also givesus, in his c'Stmday }£venillgs at the Earmonium," some very good arrangements of old (:arol tunes, many of which are full of character, especially the " Boar's Eead Carol " and the English tune, ic The First Noel," both of which are interesting specimens of these quaint old ditties. ROBERT COCKS AND CO. True Love Mtne. Barcarole . Rzee, my Child. A Song of Christmas. Words and Music by Lowsa Vance. A]\IONGST the heap of songs, good5 bad, and indifferent which daily come before us, we select these, by a composer who is entirely unknown to us, but who mav, if she persevere, add to the small store of elegant and poetical vocal music many composition3 of infillitely more value than tho3e now under lsotice. The Barcarole i3 full of character; and the peculiar rhythm of five bars gives a charming piquancy to the opening theme. The monotonous effect of the waving accompanimont is thoroughly in keeping with the subJect, and the SOllg iS throughout instillet with grace and truthful expression. I?he " Song i for Christmas" is a devotional and hopeful melody accom-p3"nied with quaver3, pianissimo, above the voize part. Eere again is positive evidence of a musical mind not to be betrayed into conventional clap-trap. The harmonies are natural; and the modulations in sympathy with the words. The final " Amen," ending on the fifth of the key-note, has an excellent efEect. NVe cordially commend these two songs to the notice of vocalists-and trust to meet with the composer again at no distant period. .
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