Grétry. Sa vie et ses Œuvres

Michel Brenet
1885 The Musical Times and Singing Class Circular  
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more » ... after a protracted visit to Germany, has returned to London for the season. Shortly before leaving Berlin she had the honour of being invited to play at a Soiree given by their Imperial Highnesses the Crown Prince and Princess of Germany, when she performed pieces of Rameau and Chopin, and, by desire of the Crown Princess, some of her own pianoforte compositions. MADAME FRICKENHAUS and Herr Josef Ludwig announce that they will resume their Chamber Concerts at the Princes Hall, Piccadilly, on Thursday evening, the I4h inst.; the dates of the three following Concerts being Thursdays, the z8th inst., June I I and 25. The programmes will include the works of the old masters and modern compositions of special interest. THE last Entertainment of the present season at the Brompton Hospital took place on Tuesday evening, the I4th ult., when a good programme was well rendered by Miss Amy Foster, assisted by Miss Fanny Moody, Miss Hyde, Mr. Lance Calkin, and Mr. Randulph Coward, Miss Foster was solo pianist and accompanist. The Coslcert was one of the most successful of the season. THE new Easter piece entitled " Hobbies," produced at Mr. and Mrs. German Reed's entertainment, derives much of its attraction from the brightness and melodiousness of some appropriate music by Mr. George Gear. A song (well sung by Miss Fanny Holland) is exceedingly good, and usually secures an encore. THE new organ, built by Alfred Monk, London, for Kelvedon Parish Church, Essex, was opened by Mr. Higgs on the gth ult. The organ contains nine stops in great organ, nine stops in swell, three stops in pedal organ, and three couplers. All stops have the full compass, and there are four sixteen feet stops complete. WE have much pleasure in announcing that Antonin Dvorak's " Patriotic Hymn," to be produced at the Benefit Concert of Mr. Geaussent on the I3th inst., at St. James's Hall, will positively be conducted by the composer, who remains in England for the purpose. AT the Parish Church of St. Mary, Balham, on Easter Day, at the g a.m. High Celebration, a new service in D composed by E. H. Ryde, Esq., was sung for the first time. Mr. H. W. Weston, A.C.O., Organist and Choirmaster of the church, presided at the organ. THE last meeting of the Committee of the Peck Testimonial Fund was held on the 23rd ult., when it was announced that the subscriptions amounted to a total of ;g294 I2S. 6d. This sum will be, therefore, at once handed to Mr. Peck. IN a Convocation held at Oxford on the 2sth ult., the honorary degree of Doctor of Music was conferred upon Herr Hans Richter. A Concert was afterxvards given by the Richter Orchestra in the Sheldonian Theatre. BACH'S " Passion Music " (St. Matthew) was performed in York Minster during Lent in six nveekly portions. The services were largely attended, and the music produced a profound impression. ACCORDING to report issued just before going to press Sir Julius Benedict continues slow]y to irrlprove. The Red Kifzg. Choral Ballad for Male Voices. The words written by the Rev. Charles Kingsley. The music composed by Alice Mary Smith (Mrs. Meadows White). [Novello, Ewer and Co.] THE first posthumous work of this gifted representative English female composer is nos before us, and increases our regret that an artist so earnest and truthful in her musical settings of high class poetry should have passed from amongst us. Like the same composer's " Song of the Little Baltung " (also to Kingsley's words), the dramatic feeling of the ballad is admirably preserved, without any undue straining after sensational effect, and the writing throughout is clear and faithfully reflective of the text. The opening chorus, commencing with a Symphony alternating between G minor and major, well prepares the ear for the bold vocal subject in the major expressive of the Red Kiolg's carouse in Malwood Hall the baritone solo of the Monk, and the defiant solo of the King, with the relation of his dream, containing some excellent dramatic points. The progress of the storythe shooting of plzillian R1zfus by TJrx el-is musically coloured with much fidelity, the fall of the KislF and the flight of TyYrel-the latter related in a graphic choral piece, interspersed with solo quartet-being especially worthy of commendation. The chorus, ;' And fend our princes every one," most effectively concludes the composition, which, as we have already indicated, contains all that refinement of style, artistic treatment, and feelinb for melody which characterise the works of this writer. To
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