The Electric Organ
The Musical Times and Singing Class Circular
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... ORRESPONDENCE . CORRESPONDENCE . 3oo 3oo 3oo with Herr Baer and Fraulein Roth in the title parts. It is strange, however, that an institution which has so frequently led the way with first performances of remarkable foreign works (Gounod's " Faust " was brought out here for the first time in Germany) should have been so far behind many inferior institutions of the Fatherland in producing this remarkable work. Palestrina, whose proper name was Giovanni Pierluigi Sante, to which, according to the custom of the time, he (or his contemporaries) added that of his native place is to have a monument erected to him in the little town of Palestrina, not many miles distant from Rome. A committee has been formed for the purpose, and the monument will, it is hoped, be unveiled on February 2, I894, the tercentenary of the birth of the great master of polyphony. A monument is shortly to be erected, at the instance of the Duke of Saxe-Meiningen, to Bernhard Muller, late organist and director of church-music at Salzungen. A brilliant success is reported from the San Carlo Theatre, of Naples, last month, of a new opera, " Spartaco," by the young Maestro Pietro Platania, who was called before the curtain over and over again by an enthusiastic audience. The libretto is from the pen of Signor A Ghislanzoni, who is also the author of the book of Verdi's " Aida." A subsequent first performance of another novelty at the same house met with a very diSerent reception. The work produced was an opera, ' Erebo," by the Maestro Gianetti, and was so distinctly disapproved of by the audience as to lead to scenes of indescribable tumult not contemplated by the stage manager, who had the greatest difficulty in going on with the performance. At the Teatro Pagliano, of Florence, an opera, entitled " Labilia," by a young composer, Signor Spinelli, has just been performed, the work having obtained the second prize in the competition instituted by the publisher, Sonzogno, which brought to light Mascagni's " Cavalleria Rusticana," as the winner of the first. The work had been well mounted and was received with favour, though with no special marks of appreciation. A season of opera is about to commence at the Costanzi Theatre, of Rome, under the management of Signor Sonzogno. The rQertoire comprises four operatic works only-viz, Mascagni's " Cavalleria Rusticana," Bizet's " Les Pecheurs de Perles," Platania's " Spartaco," and &' Andre del Sarto," by Baravalle, which has recently met xvith conspicuous success at Turin. It is stated in Italian journals that Signora Bianca Donadio, the well-known primc1^ cioslnd, has just taken the seil at a convent in Bologna. She is a native of Lorraine her real name is Blanche Dieudonne. She was married some years since to the Italian singer, Signor Frappoli. A chair of musical history has just been established at the Liceo of Turin, an institution subsidised by the municipal government of the town. The post will be filled by Signor Gaetano Foschini, a composer of some note. Edward Grieg is engaged upon the composition of an Oratorio, the words whereof hane been written for him by Bjornson, the eminent Norwegian poet. A posthumous unfinished opera by Leo Delibes, entitled " Kassya," is to be brought out next season at the Paris Opera Comique, M. Guiraud being norv engaged upon the completion of the work. A new opera by Signor Spiro Samara, the successful composer of " Flora Mirabilis," was brought out last month at La Scala, of Milan, but failed to produce any very 4 marked impression. * A great success is reported from Lisbon of the first performance, at the San Carlos Theatre, of the opera ^ 4' Frei Luiz de Souza," by the young composer Senhor Franciscc) de Freitas Gazul. The libretto of the new work 4 is founded upon a drama by Almeida-Garrett, one of the i most eminent among Portuguese authors of the present 1 century. The music is said to exhibit the composer's 1 acquaintance with modern operatic scores, particularly 4 those of Wagner, while possessing, at the same time, some very excellent and distinctive qualities of its own.