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this frail outline; but we will not led the hero of the piece into his dis trouble the reader with either the one lemma; and hence, the title of The or the other. We may observe, how- Cure for Coxcomhs. Wrench played ever, that the gentlemen who write exceedingly, gaily and delightfuly; farces think it incumbent on them to some may think he is too “slip-shod make their heroes as little like gen- at times, even for farce: we think tlemen as possible. They are gene- not. rally successful in their amours; and are rewarded at the end of the piece, Venice Preserved.-d young debutalthough they may have committed, ante, of the name of Brudenell, has in the course of representation, half made her appearance at this theatre, a dozen actions that would have sen- in the character of Belvidera. She tenced them to a last look at St. Se- is lady-like and gentle, and expresses pulchre's.

the softer emotions agreeably; but THE ENGLISH OPERA HOUSE. she is not adapted to the higher - This lively little theatre goes on walks of tragedy; and she would be merrily. Miss Kelly is the soul of lost in a conflict of the stormier pasa the place; and the fluttering of sions. There must be something Wrench, and the strong rugged hu- greatly marked in a countenance to mour and pathos of Emery, never give us truly all the fluctuations of come amiss to us.

grief, and to tell the story of proThe Cure for Corcombs is a didac- found despair ; there must be a power tic afterpiece. Wrench, who is of eye, and a depth of voice, and a gentleman, coxcomb, and soi-disant dignity of gait, beyond the ordinary artist, incited more by the beauty of graces of women, to strike us on the Mrs. than the hope of rivalling stage. Miss Brudenell has few of either Raffaelle or Correggio, intro- these requisites. She is, if we may duces himself to her presence, with venture the word, too feminine ; for, an agreeable confidence that is pecu- though it is desirable for an actress liar to himself. Here he prevails on to picture all the gentle movements her to sit for her portrait; and while of the spirit in tones and looks as he is daubing it with all the effect gentle, she must, nevertheless, have and self-satisfaction of an empiric, he some sterner qualifications for the mingles with the strokes of his pen- tragic chair. Mr. Conway played cil those pleasanter touches of com- his old character of Jaffier very repliment which are so well known to spectably, and in some parts very relieve the tedium of sitting, while well; and Mr. Terry acted Pierre they diversify the toils of the artist. with that decided good sense and At last, the painter's compliments spirit which he shows in every thing. deepen into a declaration of love; If there was any thing to object to, and then it is that the lady, who it was that he was too bitter almost waits for her husband's return home, for the part of Pierre; he did not inflicts upon the unhappy penciller 66 round it off" quite enough. that sort of admonition which no one There is a clever little comedy but he who has deserved it can ap- from the pen of Mr. Kenny, called preciate. It effects, however, a cure Match Breaking ; but we must speak of that tendency to gallantry which of it hereafter.

REPORT OF MUSIC.

No. XX.

“ All the world is out of town," the progression in art that is to be and, therefore, so is music also; and drawn from the hearing of fine muit is well for the provinces that the sical performances. For though inmetropolis, sometimes, is thus evacu- dividuals do continually visit Lone ated by those who demand the grati- don, and do there attend the best fications afforded by high science; concerts, such single and isolated adsince this demand would otherwise vantages could never have half the go near to deprive the residents of the effect of a grand county meeting. A body of the empire of all chance of whole town, and not only a town—a county, and perhaps even more than shook hands with Lindley at the one county, receive from such, to conclusion, with such irresistible them rare assemblages of talent, a glee, that he was dismissed with simultaneous stimulus to improve thunders of applause. The sacred ment, which interest, example, con- performances were received with versation, and a thousand other less boisterous, but not less heartfelt nameless motives, bring into the full- approbation. Vaughan was a partiest play. The rays are thus concen- cular favourite. Mr. Card, from trated into a focus, from which their Norwich, played a flute concerto collected heat is thrown with a de- with considerable success. Lindley gree of force that accomplishes far was, as usual, wonderful, delightful, more than could be done by any other and supreme, as an instrumentalist. contrivance. Thus the love and The Ninth Number of the Quadrille practice of music are mainly propa- Rondos. This series of lessons bas gated in smaller circles, and produce been very well sustained; and the numnot only individual solace and social ber before us, although not equal to enjoyment, but many advantages to those which have preceded it, has trade, to charity, and to science, at a yet a title to many of their excellena'", comparatively trifling expence. A cies. It has, apparently, been the little patronage from a few great intention of the composers who have names is, perhaps, almost the only been engaged in these publications, thing necessary : and the subject is to give them sufficient elegance ana well worthy the attention of those brilliancy to satisfy performers of who watch over and promote the some attainment, and yet to place progress of civilization, not less than them within the reach of more modeof those interested more particularly rate powers. This has certainly been in the cultivation of music.

effected; for, in the one respect, These introductory remarks are they cannot fail to afford amusement, drawn from us by the succession of and, in the other, improvement. In county meetings which are just be the present rage for quadrilles their ginning. Salisbury, this year, has very title will attract and recommend taken the lead ; and is to be followed them to notice. Mr. Kiallmark, ini by Worcester and Chester. A festi- number nine, has chosen a subject of val meditated in Norfolk has been which we confess ourselves weary, given up for want of public support. namely, the Barcarolle; but we The Salisbury meeting was well at- know this is not the case with the tended. Madame Camporese and rest of the world. It has always 's Mrs. Salmon, Ambrogetti, Vaughan, been a favourite ; and it will not be W. Knyvett, and Bellamy, were the less relished in its present shape. principal singers; and it is a curious It is light, pretty, and extremely fact, for it shows the diffusion of easy. language as well as of music, that the Heart beating, a favourite air by Italians bore away the greatest share Giordani, arranged as a rondo for of the popular applause. That the the pianoforte by T. Cooke. This style of Camporese, wherever style is lesson is intended for learners; and! in the slightest degree understood, has greater merit than we usually should attract admirers is no matter find in this class of compositions. of wonder, particularly when she is The subject is good; and is arranged compared with such a singer as Mrs. in a spirited style. The passages, Salmon, who, however, generally though extremely simple, are calcuwins all ears by her beautiful tone, lated to afford beneficial practice. and her exquisite, delicious facility. The Psychean!! Waltz, with varia! But every note from Camporese goes tions, by Klose, is of the same deto the heart, in spite of an intractable scription, though inferior. The vavoice which is a little passée. We riations are upon an unmeaning subconfess, we like to know that soul ject, and are common-place. Variagets the better of solfeggi. The hu- tion five will give good exercise mour of Ambrogetti completely re- to a young hand; and perhaps the laxed the minds of_his audiences; whole piece is sufficiently pretty to and, in his Presto, Presto, Signori, attract the performers for whom it is on the last night, he danced about intended. the orchestra, scolded the band, and Mr. Rolfe has publislied twelve

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progressive pieces for the pianoforte. this early application of his talents to They are of the easiest description. musical compositions.

Mr. Kiallmark's Divertimento for We now turn to a Sestetto for the the harp and pianoforte is a very pianoforte, two violins, viola, violinagreeable duet. It is adapted to cello, and bass, by Mr. Kalkbrenner very small acquirements. There is himself. It partakes of the leading no great choice of easy duets for characteristics of Mr. Kalkbrenner's these instruments; and as such it style; strength combined with grace will be found useful.

and originality. We seldom find in Fantasia on the favourite air Di this gentleman's compositions a compiacer, by Pio Cianchettini. There is mon-place passage. His manner is one fault which pervades the whole peculiar; perhaps more so than that of this fantasia-an over-indulged of any other modern writer. We imagination. It is impossible to have always thought it requires a follow Mr. Cianchettini through his general acquaintance with this comflights of fancy: the ear finds no poser's style before it can be really resting place; and although there understood and enjoyed; and we at are many sweet and beautiful pas- tribute it to the fact that it stands sages, they cloy from their constant alone. We are also convinced that recurrence, and fatigue from want of the more it is studied the more highly connexion. None but the composer it will be appreciated. In the prehimself, we are well aware, could do sent work we particularly admire it justice. We have seen many me- the minuet, trio, and adagio. The ritorious works from the hand of Mr. latter is very expressive. Indeed, Cianchettini ; and as his composition we consider the whole piece as now suffers merely from a redun- amongst Mr. Kalkbrenner's best dancy of images, time, there is little productions. doubt, will cool the ardour of his Amongst the selections of this fancy, and render him eminent. month are a third duet, by Watts,

Mr. Burrowes has published the from Il Barbiere di Siviglia; the setwelfth number of his Caledonian cond book of Mr. Latour's arrangeairs, which completes the set. It is ments from the same opera, both an agreeable conclusion to a very with a flute accompaniment, ad lib. nice collection of pianoforte lessons. and the second book of airs, from Il They are all in the form of airs with Turco in Italia, by Mr. R. Lacy, variations; and, consequently, a test also with a flute accompaniment, ad of the composer's power of invention lib. and imagination. Scotch music is The vocal pieces are few, and of always a favourite ; and amongst the little interest; the best of them is airs Mr. Purrowes has selected will Father, accept the humble praise, an be found many old friends of tried arranged sacred song, by Mr. T. excellence.

Cooke, who, by the way, has also Fantasia for the Pianoforte, on Mo- published his music to the Coronazart's Air E amore un ladroncello, by J. tion spectacle at Drury-lane. The E.Griesbach. This gentleman is a pu- same ceremony has also called forth pil of Mr. Kalkbrenner, and a young tributary stanzas, and music, from composer, the piece before us being other hands. Mr. Danneley, of Ipsonly Op. 2. It is, however, a highly wich, has printed a bravura and chocreditable composition, and would do rus, Hail to our King; and Mr. Harhonour to an older master. The selec- ris, a sort of cantata, Bright Star of tion of the subject is a proof of an Brunswick's royal Line, of which elegant mind, and Mr. Griesbach has their overflowing loyalty is the prinadorned his work with many grace- cipal recommendation; and this has ful and melodious passages. The been found sometimes a good saleable solo for the bass, at page 6, is ex- commodity enough. tremely good; and we distinctly trace The Laburnum Tree, a song, by the school in which he has been Mr. Harris, was made, we presume, trained in this and many other in- ' for Vauxhall ; since it is by no means stances. We are happy to congratus, equal to his duets, and other prolate Mr. Griesbach on his success in ductions we have seen of that cast.

THE COOK'S ORACLE. DR. KITCHENER has greatly recog- of the picturesque ; or leaped double nised the genius of his name by sentences, and waded through metataking boldly the path to which it phors, in a grammatical steeple-chace points; disregarding all the usual se- with Colonel Thornton; or turned liductious of life, he has kept his eye terary cuckoo, and gone sucking the steadily on the larder, the Mecca of eggs of other people's books, and his appetite; and has unravelled all making the woods of the world echo the mysteries and intricacies of celery with one solitary, complaining, resoup, and beef haricot, to the eyes of viewing note.” Such might be the a reading public. He has taken an Doctor's notion of a reply, to which extensive kitchen range over the whole we fancy we see him simmering with world of stews, and broils, and roasts, delight, and saying, “ No, Sir! I and comes home to the fireside (from have not meddled either with the which, indeed, his body has never curry of poetry, or the cold meat of departed) boiling over with know- prose. I have not wasted over the ledge-stored with curiosities of bone slow fire of the metaphysics, or cut and sinew-a made-up human dish up the mathematics into thin slicesof cloves, mace, curry, catsup, cay. I have not lost myself amongst the enne, and the like. He has sailed kick-shaws of fine scenery, or pamover all the soups; has touched at pered myself on the mock-turtle of all the quarters of the lamb; has metaphors. Neither have I dined at been, in short, round the stomach the table and the expense of other world, and returns a second Captain men's minds ! No, Sir. I have writCook! Dr. Kitchener has written a ten on cookery, on the kitchen, on book; and if he, good easy man, the solids, the substantials, Sir should think to surprise any friend Giles, the substantials!'”. or acquaintance by slily asking, If it were not that critics are pro“ What book have I written ?” he verbial for having no bowels, we would be sure to be astounded with should hesitate at entering the paraa successful reply, “a book on dise of pies and puddings which Dr. Cookery." His name is above all Kitchener has opened to us; for the disguises. In the same way, a wor- steam of his rich sentences rises a. thy old gentleman of our acquaint- bout our senses like the odours of ance, who was wont to lead his vi- flowers around the imagination of a sitors around his kitchen garden poet; and larded beef goes nigh to (the Doctor will prick up his ears at lord it over our bewildered appetites. this), which he had carefully and But being steady men, of sober and cunningly obscured with a laurel temperate habits, and used to privahedge, and who always said, with tions in the way of food, we shall an exulting tone, “ Now, you would not scruple at looking a leg of mutbe puzzled to say where the kitchen ton in the face, or shaking hands garden was situated;' once met with a shoulder of veal.

« Minced with a stony-hearted man, who re- collops” nothing daunt us; we brace morselessly answered, “ Not I! over our nerves, and are not overwhelmed that hedge, to be sure.” The Doctor with " cockle catsup !" When Bays might expect you, in answer to his asks his friend, “How do you do when query, to say ; “ A book, Sir! Why, you write?" it would seem that he had perhaps you have plunged your whole the Cook's Oracle in his eye-for to soul into the ocean of an epic ; or men of any mastication, never was rolled your mind, with the success of there a book that required more a Sisyphus, up the hill of metaphy- training for a quiet and useful pesics; or played the sedate game of rusal. Cod's-head rises before you the mathematics, that Chinese puz- in all its glory! while the oysters rezle to English minds ! or gone a volve around it, in their firmament tour, with Dugald Stuart, in search of melted butter, like its well-ora

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Cook's Oracle : containing Receipts for plain Cookery, &c. the whole being the Result of actual Experiments, instituted in the Kitchen of a Physician. Inondon. Cona stable and Co. 1821.

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dered satellites ! Moorgame, macka- stands much upon the order of bis rel, muscles, fowls, eggs, and force going. But now, to avoid sinking meat-balls, start up in all directions, into the same trick, we will proceed and dance the hays in the imagina- without further preface to conduct tion. We should recommend those our readers through the maze of readers with whom dinner is a habit, pots, gridirons, and frying pans, not to venture on the Doctor's pages, which Dr. Kitchener has rendered a without seeing that their hunger, very poetical, or we should say, a like a ferocious house-dog, is care- very palatable amusement. fully tied up: To read four pages The first preface tells us, inter with an unchained appetite, would alia, that he has worked all the culibring on dreadful dreams of being nary problems which his book condestroyed with spits, or drowned in tains, in his own kitchen; and that, mullagatawny soup, or of having after this warm experience, he did your tongue neatly smothered in your not venture to print a sauce, or a own brains, and, as Matthews says, stew, until he had read “ two huna lemon stuck in your mouth. We dred cookery books," which, as he cannot but conceive that such read- says, “ he patiently pioneered ing, in such unprepared minds, would through, before he set about record have strange influences; and that ing the results of his own experithe dreams of persons would be ments !” We scarcely thought there dished up to suit the various palates. had been so many volumes written The school-girl would, like the on the Dutch oven. French goose,

« be persuaded to The first introduction begins thus : roast itself.” The indolent man

The following receipts are not a mere would“ steep a fortnight," and even then not be fit for use.

marrowless collection of shreds, and patch

The lover would dream that his heart was fide register of practical facts,-accumu.

es, and cuttings, and pastings ;-—but a bonâ overdone. The author would be lated by a perseverance not to be subdued, roasted alive in his own quills, and or evaporated, by the igniferous terrors of basted with cold ink. It were an a roasting fire in the dog-days, in defiendless task to follow this specula- ance of the odoriferous and calefacient retion; and, indeed, we are keeping pellents, of roasting,—-boiling,frying,

readers too long without the and broiling :-moreover, the author has meal to which we have taken the submitted to a labour no preceding Cookliberty, of inviting them. The dina ery Book-maker, perhaps, ever attempted ner « bell invites

to encounter-having eaten each receipt, us—we go, and

before he set it down in his book. it is done.

The book, the Cook's Oracle, opens We should like to see the Doctor, with a preface, as other books occa- we confess, after this extraordinary sionally do; but " there the likeness statement. To have superintended ends;" for it continues with a whole the agitations of the pot,--to have bunch of introductions, treating of hung affectionately over a revolving cooks, and invitations to dinner, calf's heart-to have patiently witand refusals, and “friendly advice, nessed the noisy marriage of bubble and weights and measures, and then and squeak,—to have coolly inveswe get fairly launched on the sea of tigated the mystery of a haricot boiling, broiling, roasting, stewing, appears within the compass of any and again return, and cast, anchor given old lady or gentleman, whose among the vegetables. It is impos- frame could stand the fire, and whose sible to say where the book begins; soul could rule the roast. But to it is a heap of initiatory chapters-á have eaten the substantials of 440 parcel of graces before meat-a bunch closely printed pages, is “ a thing to of heads,—the asparagus of literature. read of, not to tell.” It calls for a You are not troubled with « man of iron interior, a man “ alieni last words of Mr. Baxter,” but are appetens, sui profusus.” It demands delighted, and re-delighted, with the rival of time; an edax rerum ! more first words of Dr. Kitchener. The Doctor does not tell us how he He makes several starts, like a rest- travelled from gridiron to frying-pan less race-horse, before he fairly gets —from frying-pan to Duch oven-upon the second course; or rather, from Dutch oven to spit—from spit like Lady Macbeth's dinner party, he to pot-from pot to fork : he leaves VOL. IV.

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